As many of you may or may not know, the Red Hot World Buffet in Liverpool One recently re-opened its doors after a short period of closure following some reported health concerns. Not one to be unfair, I recently went along to review the restaurant after it’s reopening.
We were shown quickly to our table upon arrival by a polite member of staff, and offered drinks, which came promptly. So far, so good. We were then politely asked if we had been before, which we hadn’t, and informed about the range of food on offer (which is basically a bit of everything). As the buffet is unlimited, you are able to try a little bit of it all if you wish, with starters, mains dishes and desserts all included in the single price of £12.99. I tried the sushi as an appetiser, then the Chinese food first, sweet and sour pork with egg-fried rice, a spring roll and a couple of prawn crackers. The sushi was actually a lot better than I expected, and apart from the prawn crackers being a little oily, the Chinese food was fairly good too. There are stations where you can request chefs to freshly make pasta or noodle dishes to your specifications; my friend requested a pasta dish and the verdict was that it was really good, and to be fair it was really well presented. The buffet strikes a good balance and tries to cater for all; there were plenty of vegetarian options as well as meat and fish dishes.
Over the course of the meal I tried the chicken Korma as well as pizza and garlic bread, which was really tasty and there was a decent selection of pizza toppings; I think its quite hard to go wrong with pizza! The Indian section I felt was let down a little by the pilau rice which was still a little hard in parts, although I guess for a buffet boasting so many things it’s going to be really hard to get everything perfect. There were also a good range of desserts on offer, from mini tiramisus to ice cream or fresh fruit. And c’mon, you can’t go wrong with a chocolate fountain…
I’d say if you are going to go, just get a little bit of everything, don’t pile the plate high with one thing or you’ll fill up really fast and will still only be half way around the buffet. There is everything from soups to curried fish, and with salads and plenty of sauces to choose from in each section, there really is a bit of something for everyone. The buffet would be good if you were in a group who couldn’t agree on one place to go for a meal, as this is a happy medium and a way of keeping everyone happy.
Although the food was a little hit and miss in some respects, it is what it says on the tin; a buffet. You don’t go expecting Michelin star cuisine. For the price, I thought it was quite good value, as it is essentially a three-course meal of your choosing, and there are very few places in Liverpool where you can get a three-course meal for under £15. There was a good level of cleanliness throughout, and plenty of really helpful staff on hand to help with removing old plates. Overall I couldn’t fault the service, and I thought that the food was of a good quality for a buffet, as long as you don’t go expecting everything to be totally authentic.