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Red Hot World Buffet and Bar (Leeds)
Member Name: twinkle-star
Red Hot World Buffet and Bar (Leeds)
Advantages: vast array of dishes and very good quality food
Disadvantages: not exactly a sociable experience and too much pushing and shoving to get in
Red Hot World Buffet is a growing chain of all-you-can-eat style buffet restaurants boasting dishes from all over the world. There are currently branches in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham and Cardiff.
here is their website address: http://www.redhot-worldbuffet.com/
I have been to Red Hot several times. When I first discovered it I was overjoyed and felt I had to spread the love and introduce all my family and friends to it. However, the more I go the more the novelty wears off unfortunately.
Address: The Light, 44-48 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 8TL Tel: 0113 2440400.
The restaurant is situated in a very central location in Leeds as part of The Light complex, so if like me you don't live in Leeds its easy to walk to from the train station (about 10 mins for me with little legs!)
Opening times are as follows:
Mon - Thurs 12:00 - 16:00 for lunch and 16:00 - 22:30 for dinner
Fri & Sat - 12:00 - 16:00 lunch and 16:00 - 23:00 dinner
Sun - 12:00 - 16:00 and 16:00 - 22:30
It costs £8.49 per person for lunch during the week and £9.99 for lunch at weekends.
It is more expensive for dinner because they have more food available - £12.99 Sunday through to Thursday and £14.99 Fridays and Saturdays.
When you first walk in you find yourself in a bar which is modern looking, with deep coloured walls and benches all around. Walking past the reception however you find yourself walking down some stairs and through a mock aeroplane complete with aircraft windows!
When you reach the dining area it is absolutely huge! It has been divided into different sections, each with decor from a different part of the world. If a little tacky, I do actually quite like it!!
The room where you get your food is organised so that you can walk around either from left to right or from right to left and go past everything on offer. There are plates stacked up at the entrance for you to take.
You will be able to look on the website for an exact list of the foods on their menu but I will tell you what I have seen.
When you first walk in if you turn to the left you go past a whole host of starter type dishes including various salads, canapes, breads and olives. Then you get to a selection of Indian dishes with all different curries and side dishes. After that there is a pizzeria with 3 or 4 different freshly baked pizzas, followed by a live pasta station where you can ask for a chef to cook you a pasta dish and you can choose from a range of pastas and a range of sauces, which you get in a little portion, so don't worry that it will fill you up and prevent you from trying all the other wonderful things on offer!
Next there is a Tex-Mex style section with chicken wings, burgers and corn on the cob being cooked and constantly replenished. Around the edge of the counter there are all sorts of dips and sauces too. A bit further on are the Teppanyaki and Chinese stir fry live cooking stations, and then the last stretch of the circle is dedicated to Chinese dishes. Now that is not all!! In the middle of all this is a potato counter doing all kinds of potato's and fillings for Jacket potatoes and there is also an ice cream station and a huge display of miniature desserts. Somewhere in among all that they have also got huge containers with shepherds pie and broccoli and cheese for those that prefer 'English food'!
I am a bit of a food snob to be honest, and before I went I had low expectations because I have been to so many all you can eat buffets where the quality of the food has been lacking. However I was very pleasantly surprised. Everything is so fresh and the flavours are awesome. If they run out of something you don't have to wait long before it gets replenished. I was also impressed with their idea of putting some things in small portions so that you can try lots of different things. If you like something a lot you just get more than one! The one criticism I have is that the food there does make me quite bloated but maybe that's because I end up eating more than usual when I am there!!
Red Hot gets VERY busy. I think this is what has started to put me off going in a way because it sometimes feels like you are being pushed and shoved from the moment you walk in. Despite booking a table once I was told I had to queue up in this massive line up of people who had walked in way after me. Then another time I found out I could by-pass the queue because I had booked!! I think they seriously need to improve their entry system.
Also when you are eating you feel like you need to hurry in order to free up the table. They do tell you when you sit down what time you can have the table until, and in my experience it is usually 2 hours. However the whole atmosphere tends to make you feel rushed. Plus when you are walking around the food area you are constantly aware that someone wants to get to the food you are at so it can be quite off-putting. At times there have been big queues for certain things that I have given up waiting. The other point I have to make is that if you have been shopping in Leeds and you have bags with you, you tend to have to leave someone to guard the table while you go up for your food! This means that within a group everyone is eating at different times and you can't really enjoy each others company. Maybe they should get some lockers!!
The bar staff can be hit and miss. I have had a bad experience where I was ignored for ages and another where the barman didn't know how to make a Margarita on the rocks and made me feel like a fool! However that situation was resolved and I did receive an apology and a decent drink in the end!
The reception staff need to be more clear about the rules on entering as it can get quite hectic with people pushing all over the place to enter the restaurant. The restaurant staff are brilliant. They are prompt with drinks requests and there are lots of them about. They are also very polite. I once took my mother in-law and she kept leaving loads on her plate and going up for more and I thought we might get told off but they simply took the plate away and didn't make us feel bad at all.
Anyway that is quite enough of that. Thanks for reading and I would definitely recommend going even if just once!
Summary: A bit of something to suit everyone's tastes