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Red Hot World Buffet & Bar (Nottingham)
Member Name: mattconnect
Red Hot World Buffet & Bar (Nottingham)
Date: 09/03/13, updated on 09/03/13 (141 review reads)
Advantages: Great Variety of Food but mediocre in taste, Dessert Galore, Ice Cream/Pancake section, Decor
Disadvantages: Price is acceptable but waiting time is NOT
until we arrived at the restaurant itself. The frontage was small and we nearly missed the entrance. The big metal globe is evidence for everything that is wrong with postmodern signage. Entering the glass doors, we were greeted with an airport check in desk and travel decor which was sublime. It was the most interesting restaurant in terms of interior design I have ever been to- lamps attached to suitcases to the walls, A passport control desk, exposed ducts and pipes (like an airplane hangar), wide double doors, airport signage and so on...
Thankfully we had all this to look at because despite arriving bang on time at 7.30pm, we waited for another hour before being seated. Ridiculous. The point of a booking is that we should be seated at the time of our booking. If we wanted to be seated at 8.30 we would have made a reservation at 8.30. Fine, it is a buffet restaurant, a wait is expected, but an hour is a whole new level of crazy.
As we turned the corner to the buffet zone- wow- an oasis of food. It was, as my friend described it, like a supermarket in scale. Each station had a different world cuisine, matched by decor, sculptures and signage.
Everything was very exciting to look at and each time you went to look for food was a different experience. I had sushi to start with (which wasn't too great- the rice was kind of hard and the seafood wasn't that fresh- but it was acceptable), followed by some dim sum (which was better than expected) and a first round a dessert (yes I have a sweet tooth and cannot resist).
The range of dessert was amazing- great to look at and they had a great variety, but the actual taste was not that great. Most of them were not chilled enough and left exposed to heat up by the mass of people around it. However, the dessert section did have one redeeming factor which I will talk about later.
At the 'Mongolian grill', the skewers were quite yummy and the teppan (metal plate) noodles (you pick the noodles, meat, veg and sauces yourself before they cook it for you) was quite delicious- probably one of the better stations.
I actively avoided potatoes, rice, bread etc but they had a great range of pizzas and chips, curries and other dishes, which I didn't try as I went for the nibbles. The hoisin duck wrap was acceptable, the prawn tempuras were quite nice , but the vegetable gyoza (fried dumpling) was disgusting.
Moving on to the fantastical dessert redemption: a pancake station and an ice cream station. The pancakes were made on the spot for you with a range of toppings or you can mix and match- I did not get to try the pancake but I would've gone for the BLACK FOREST pancake - it is chocolate as well!!
I decided to go for the ice cream as it looked very exciting- they had bubblegum and blackcurrant and mango ice cream. I went for one called 'Sunrise Goldrush' which featured mango ice cream with real passion fruit and pineapple bits, with a scoop of strawberry ice cream topped with strawberry and passion fruit sauce. It was stick, sweet, sour- delicious.
After this wholly satisfying dessert I went for my last round of food (to fill me up) and because it was near closing time (10.30pm), I wanted to eat my moneys worth.
Overall, the experience was satisfying and enjoyable. Despite the wait, it was a feast for the eyes, but not quite for the tummy. Acceptable food but nothing totally overwhelming. You probably spent more time looking for what to eat than actually eating.
The Price was £14 per person (adult), which is acceptable, though I would recommend that you book earlier and just stay longer and go in groups of easy numbers to get seated quickly- there were people who arrived later and got seated straight away as they were in 2's or 4's.
WAITING TIME: 0/5 (MAKES ME SICK)
FOOD AND VARIETY: 3.5/5 (DROOLING SENSATION)
DECOR: 5/5 (FEAST FOR THE EYES)
SERVICE: 2.5/5 (UNAPPETIZING)
PRICE: 3/5 (HOLE IN MY POCKET)
OVERALL: 3/5 (BLOATED FEELING)
Summary: Waiting so long your stomach closes up