If there's one thing myself and Jim do best it's all you can eat buffets. It's a tradition of ours ever since Vancouver and we always get our money's worth. I genuinely believe we have a skill for putting food away. Usually we're both very health conscious at home and we frequent the gym quite a lot, but sometimes you just need a treat. A new world-buffet opened recently in Leicester and despite our busy schedules we decided to find time for a lunch date there.
The theme of the place is pretty much world traveler, which I really like. There's airport decor and signs throughout. Even the food stations have gate numbers with their destination's flag showing you which type of food is at each one.
Our first temptation was the sushi bar, of course! The chef at this station was so happy and friendly, he couldn't make us enough delicious rolls and really seemed to enjoy talking about the food he was preparing.
At each of the stations they have street scenes from where the food originates. It was really interesting to see as the photos were of market places where this type of food would mostly be served.
Their deco was really interesting. Below each dish they had a dried ingredient belonging to the dish or the region it originates. Mushrooms under the mushroom pizza, spices below the Indian dishes, lentils below the dal, even sweets displayed below the dessert sections.
The food was really, really good but I was limited. Having a dairy allergy can hinder the dishes you're allowed to try. Quite a lot of Indian is made with ghee, a clarified butter paste, and while they did have markings for gluten free and vegetarian on the cards, they didn't include any possible dairy ingredients. I had to feel my way around and avoid anything that may contain butter or cream, but there was still plenty to choose from.
The dessert station was so fun! It was beautifully decorated. It had an ice cream section (unfortunately, no sorbet), an assortment of amazing looking cakes and a chocolate fountain with fruit, marshmallows and other things to dip into the chocolaty goodness.
Again, I couldn't have a lot of the stuff in the dessert section. But it's ok, I get quite a few servings of fruit when I'm at buffets. I prefer being around food this way, I like having control over what I'm eating without seeming fussy. Red Hot also has a lot of jellies and chewy sweets to use in the chocolate fountain so I could have as many of them as I wanted.
This is typically a dairy-free dessert for me at buffets (first plate of many). Not so bad, huh?
No trip to an all you can eat is complete until you get the ridiculously unflattering mid-bite photos.
I was eventually defeated. Thankfully, we went to the cinema right around the corner to watch How to Train Your Dragon 2 (which I loved!) so our stomachs could rest. Totally worth it!
It's a really cool place. If you're in the area I'd totally head in for a bite, or two, or three. The chefs are so smiley and are really, really proud of their dishes. You won't leave hungry, at all.