“ Address: Hamilton: 37 Campbell Street, Hamilton ML3 6AS „
*Please note this review was posted on Ciao mid February so the dates may seem a bit off!*
'We have serving some of the finest award winning Indian cuisine in Lanarkshire for over 20 years and now we are proud to bring you food from around the world.' (www.hotflameworldbuffet.co.uk).
~Hot Flame World Buffet~
Hot Flame World Buffet is a buffet restaurant serving food from various parts of the world. There are two buffet restaurants in Lanarkshire, Scotland. The restaurant in Uddingston has been recently refurbished and they have now opened a new buffet restaurant in Hamilton.
Hot Flame World Buffet offers a different dining experience to other restaurants. Depending on what time of the day you visit, you will be treated to buffet cuisine including Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Thai and even Sushi. This restaurant boasts over 30 starters, 25 main courses and at least 10 desserts. The food is arranged in a buffet 'help yourself' layout but there is a small 'a la carte' menu with a few Indian dishes present (comes at an extra charge).
The Hamilton restaurant is located a short distance from the main shopping area. It can found down a side street and is adjacent to the police station (don't be getting drunk and cause an uproar hehe). As you approach the restaurant, you notice the outside windows are tinted to allow a little more privacy from passersby.
When we arrived at the restaurant, it was 12.30pm and it was quite quiet - it soon picked up. The restaurant is very modern and spacious. It is tastefully decorated with black, silver and red tones and has a relaxed ambience with music playing. The bar is located down one side and there is a range of seating options including high backed booths and tables for various sized parties. I liked the booths as they were very spacious and I didn't hear noise from the 'next door' diners! Plenty of room for wheelchairs to move about, room to store prams and high chairs are available on request.
The toilets are located at the back of the restaurant next to a cloak room. There is a disabled and baby changing toilet. The ladies toilets were so cool and spacious. The sinks were fancy and there was a large mirrored area in the corner with a stunning vase and flowers. The walls were black with glitter and it looked really jazzy. The toilets were clean and very tidy.
The buffet area is very spacious and well laid out. The different food options are laid out according to which country it is from. The kitchen is open plan and the chefs can be seen at work preparing and replenishing food. There is a section for each country. There is a salad bar and a dessert area. Everywhere is spotlessly clean and neat. The restaurant offers live entertainment on a Friday night.
37 Campbell Street
01698 426 129
So what is on offer at Hot Flame World Buffet? Well there is the buffet, a la carte and a takeaway menu (local area only). The full breakdown of dishes can be found on the website (www.hotflamebuffet.co.uk) so I will just give a quick run down.
*Chinese and Thai - calamari rings, prawn crackers, crispy prawns, curry, mushrooms in oyster sauce, chow mein, ginger chicken with spring onions.
*Indian - pakora, spicy garlic mushrooms, chick pea masala, chicken tikka chasni, vegetable jalfrezi, bombay potato, naan.
*Italian - various pizza, soup, macaroni cheese, arbiatta, garlic bread.
*Mexican - potato wedges, nachos, fajita wraps, roasted vegetables.
*Desserts - ice cream, chocolate fountain (night time only), cakes, jelly.
*Salad bar - pasta with toppings, sauces etc
The Hamilton restaurant also offers a 'made to order' service for stir fry, noodles and kebab. Drinks are priced seperate. They offer beers (approx £3.30), wine and spirits (from £2.40), cocktails (£5.95) and soft drinks. The drinks are average priced. The takeaway menu is averagely priced and there are plenty of dining options.
The restaurant serves food from 12pm - 10 or 10.30pm. Extra dishes are added through the day to reflect the price rise. Children dine for half the adult price.
*Lunch 12pm - 4pm £6.99 (£7.99 Saturday)
*Afternoon Buffet 4pm - 4.45pm £9.99
*Evening 4.45pm - 10/10.30pm £10.99 (£12.99 Saturday)
*Sunday 1pm - 10pm £9.99
I'm going into hospital to get some dental work done on the 13th so my fiance suggested we go out for an early Valentines Day lunch. I already knew where I wanted to go. Having had lunch at the cafe directly opposite this restaurant, I had wondered what it was like so we ended up here today!
I think I was more curious than anything else. Hot Flame World Buffet is the sort of place you would take those with mixed tastes when it comes to food. It is a bit of a novelty in the area I think as it combines several 'popular' food types into one buffet. I was a little excited (sad I know) to be dining here as I love Chinese, Indian, Italian AND Mexican food!
From the moment we arrived we were treated perfectly. A lovely gentleman offered to take our jackets and took our drinks order. He explained that we were to help ourselves to whatever we wanted and shout him over if we needed any help. Our drinks were brought out quickly and although he checked to make sure everything was ok a few times, he was never intrusive. The staff were all very friendly and professional.
I suppose I wasn't sure how the buffet would work with there being different food types. I was surprised that the open plan kitchen boasted a Chinese chef, an Indian chef and a few (I'm sure they were Italian) other chefs busy at work! The novelty still hasn't worn off - it was brilliant and they were hard workers but never too busy to explain any dishes to us. The Indian chef was very informative when I asked what was in an aloo gobi! Food was replenished quickly and our bill was brought within minutes of requesting it. Plates were also cleared promptly.
Whilst I didn't request anything from the 'made to order' station, I did witness a stir fry being made in the huge wok - exciting stuff and very hot! They allow you to pick what goes into your stirfry which I find brilliant.
~Got The Whole World On My Plate..~
The choice of food available is brilliant - plenty of nibbles for children and vegetarians as well. I am a meat eater but I indulged in quite a mix of food. I must say though, it did seem a bit 'unnatural' to have pizza next to my chicken korma! The food is perfectly arranged and easy to scoop up onto a plate. I was quite hungry when I arrived (as was my fiance) so we got stuck right in.
For a starter, I had a small bowl of pasta which was cooked al dente. It had a light, herb like dressing and peppers/onions. It was delicious and quite filling - perfect for those wanting something light. I also had some naan bread, poppadoms, vegetable pakora and some mango chutney. Everything was delicious! The naan was presented in small, individual sized pieces and was the most delicious naan I have ever tasted - soft and slightly seasoned. The mango chutney was full flavoured and perfect with my poppadoms. The veg pakora was tasty too. My fiance opted for battered mushrooms, naan, pakora sauce and a bowl of fresh, juicy prawns with the seafood sauce. Everything tasted fresh.
I didn't want to be too greedy but I did fill my plate up with a good mix of food for my main course. Everything was cooked well and served hot. From the Chinese section, I had some rice and chicken curry which tasted delicious. I also had some prawn crackers which I watched them make from scratch - fresh and tasty! I had some chips which were cooked to perfection. I opted for some pilau rice and korma - the korma was delicious and creamy with a thick sauce. I had some chicken pakora which was of a high quality and flavoursome. The Indian chef recommended the hottest curry (not vindaloo - it wasn't available during the day). The curry I had was 'South Indian Garlic Chilli' - a great recommendation and very spicy!
I was quite disappointed in the lack of Mexican food available during the day. I had a handful of nacho chips and a wrapped fajita which was packed full of vegetables and lacking chicken. The pizzas in the Italian section were displayed on wooden boards and there was quite a few flavours to choose from. They were pre-sliced into small slices but you could take as much as you want. I personally went for the spicy chicken pizza which was perfect - a lovely soft base and plenty of flavoursome topping. I found it hard to decide between the pasta options but plumped for arabiatta which had a pleasant flavouring.
My fiance had a completely different meal as he has slightly different tastes to me - he doesn't have a desire for as much spiciness and to be honest, his meal looked a lot less 'colourful' than my own. He had some korma, curry and rice with naan and enjoyed it. He also had some macaroni cheese which I pinched a bit of. The macaroni cheese was simply divine and rich in flavour - perfect for those who appreciate strong but creamy cheese flavours. Overall we were impressed by the quality of the food and taste. The choice was amazing and there is something for everyone from basic tastes to those with a more 'mixed' pallette.
The desserts looked extremely appealing - I just wish the chocolate fountain was on during lunch! The dessert cabinet features little pots of flavoured jelly, trays of miniature cakes, fruit and cream. I opted for two mini eclairs which had white chocolate on them - lovely and creamy inside. I had a pot of strawberry jelly which was tasty and didn't taste cheap. I also had some ice cream (from a choice of strawberry, chocolate, mint and vanilla) but nearly broke a bone attempting to scoop it up! I personally loved the 'toppings' area which allowed you to 'customise' your ice cream. I ended up with lots of white chocolate jazzies but they also offered Rainbow Drops and sauces. My fiance had some ice cream, fruit and a little cake which he pronounced sweet and fresh.
We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at the Hot Flame World Buffet. It was a treat to have so much choice and it is possible to fill up on 3 courses but those with bigger appetites will be even more impressed! We paid £18.98 (rounded to £20) by cash (they do accept card) and this included two large glasses of Coca Cola (£2.50) each. I found this to represent excellent value for money and we left very impressed.
The modern style of the restaurant combined with the price of the buffet, service and quality of food has led me to fully recommend this restaurant. We plan on returning next month as a group in the evening.
Thanks for reading :)