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Red Hot World Buffet & Bar (Liverpool)
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Red Hot World Buffet & Bar (Liverpool)
Advantages: Excellent food, good variety, good value
Disadvantages: Customer service not excellent, tend to come away feeling bloated
I visited the Red Hot Buffet in Liverpool a few months ago with a couple of work colleagues. I had never been before but we were looking for somewhere to go for lunch as one of our colleagues was leaving us, and someone suggested the Red Hot Buffet. The people I went with had been before, and assured me it's a great meal and I wouldn't come away hungry.
We reserved a table as we were going on our lunch break so we thought it would probably be peak time. The first thing I noticed was that it's quite a large dining area, and it was very well presented with nice tables and layout. We were escorted to our seats and our drinks order was taken. I was a bit overwhelmed by the choice of food and wasn't too sure where to start, so one of my colleagues took the lead and I went with her to suss it all out.
I was very impressed with the standard of the food which was much better than what you would usually associate with buffets. There was a vast choice of food ranging from all cultures and even the fussiest of eaters would have found something suitable. I particularly enjoyed the range of curries and Chinese dishes, and was only disappointed that I couldn't fit much on my plate without having to keep going back.
I jumped straight in with some noodles and curry, and then on the way back to my chair I noticed there was an area for starters. First mistake out of the way. I then had to have my meal in reverse order as I didn't want to miss out on the vol-au-vents and appetisers which I have to say were top quality.
I love pasta but didn't really see much going on by the pasta bar. There were a few empty steel containers so I presume they weren't offering this on the day I visited. I had a couple of slices of pizza instead. My final visit to the main course area involved Chinese food, I had some sweet and sour and black bean dishes, with prawn toast and noodles.
I didn't really have room for dessert but thought I'd give it a try anyway! There were lots of miniatures of different types of cakes and cheesecakes, and mini tarts and mousses. It reminded me of those Iceland packs you get where they're all miniatures, but they tasted much much nicer. There was a station for kids to help themselves to sweets, and also a guy serving ice cream so you could pick your own flavour. I tried strawberry and also the bubblegum flavour, but bizzarely this was served onto the plate I had picked up (which was still hot from the dishwasher) and so I had to eat it quickly so it didn't melt everywhere.
Service isn't really an issue as it's self serve in this restaurant, but if you run out of drinks you'll be in trouble as you'll either have to try and grab someone's attention, or wander to the bar to ask someone for a fresh drink.
The best part of this restaurant is the variety of different food which means you'll try allsorts of things you wouldn't usually try, and also the value for money. You can eat as much as you like for £7.95, although I believe it's a fair bit more expensive at weekends and some evenings. As we were leaving we had a waiter chase after us to ask if we'd paid which gave us a laugh! But we were in a hurry to get back to work and didn't fancy walking too fast so we'd just left the money on the table and left. Still, I've done this before and never been chased down by a waiter, you'd think they'd check your table before running after you!
I will definitely be returning to this restaurant, but not as a regular thing because I'd put far too much weight on if I ate here often.
Summary: Not somewhere to visit if you have no self control with food