“ Address: 8 Savoy Crescent / Milton Keynes / Buckinghamshire / MK9 3PU / England „
The Red Hot World Buffet in Milton Keynes is in the theatre district (just a few minutes walk from the shoppig centre) along with other restaurants such as TGI Fridays, Bella Italia, Frankies and Bennies etc. If you are ever lookiing for a place to eat in this area, Red Hot is by far the best!
As the name would suggest its an all you can eat buffet, and offers cuisine from all over the world. The buffet is layed out by country, each with a variety of dishes. Their website claims to offer over 120 dishes, and this seems to be accurate (Not that I spend my time counting), cuisines include; Chinese, Thai, Indian, Mexican, Japanese, the list goes on. The problem that you would expect form such a restaurant is that due to the diversity of the food it'd all be of poor quality. However specialist chefs are each cooking their own dishes, so the quality of- chinese food for example- is of equal standard to what you'd expect in a chinese restaurant.
For some of the dishes such as stir fries, you choose the ingrediants that you want, and then a chef will fry it all up for you on the spot. The is a very nice feature as one of the worst things bout buffets can be that the food is just left under heat lamps and dries out. The puddig section is also of good quality. As well as cheesecakes, crumbles, fruit and all the usual desserts, there is also an Ice cream and frozen yoghurt section and bowls of sweets spread about.
The drink menu is average, they have cocktails and non-alcoholic cocktails as well as beers, wines and all the regualr soft drinks.
The service does tend to vary, sometimes I've been and had to actually ask a passsing waiter to take our used plates away. Other times they are taken away almost imediately after they're done with.
This is a great place to eat, the spectacular variety of foods is sure to please everyone, although the service is not always great.
Red hot is a relatively new restaurant (in my area) it is actually called the 'red hot WORLD buffet' as it offers foods from around the world. It is a buffet so you can help yourself and go back as many times as you like but rather than getting bored with the selection or running out of variety you literally have a whole world of food types to taste and explore.
The logo for this restaurant is a black hut on a red square and this theme is continued inside with red and black décor inside. On entering you have to walk up a flight of stairs and are welcomed by the reception area where you are then seated. You can either book a place using the online booking form, over the phone or try your luck and turn up. I personally have never booked and have always got a seat, however I haven't tried this on a weekend when it gets very busy! If you have to wait to be seated, or just fancy a drink, there is a swanky bar area with modern furniture, mood lighting, large mirrors, deep wall paper and a 'nightlife' atmosphere. After being in there for a little while it is quite easy to forget that on the other side of a wall is a restaurant.
The dining area is laid out with tables of 2,4,6... up to long tables which can be pushed together to add more. Obviously with a big table its best to book in advance to avoid the faffing around of moving furniture or being turned away. Once seated you order your drinks and are then free to go off on the hunt for some tasty food. I never sit down to order my drinks as I'm usually starving and raring to go. At this point I will say that on busy nights it's probably an idea to order your drinks yourself at the bar or order 2 at a time as it can take a while for your drinks to come.
You pick up your own plate from a stack and head for the open plan buffet. There are 'stations' around the edge with different countries names printed above them and chefs constantly cooking up more food. You can choose from Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Mexican, Indian and Cajun. I think there's an American bit too but I could be wrong. All food is labelled so you know what it is and you can both choose a selection from one country at a time or mix and match. I personally love the fact that I can have crab claws dipped in chicken korma for dinner! After each course you leave your plate and head back for a new one, while you're gone the staff clears the old ones away.
All the food is cooked using fresh ingredients and you can even watch the chefs cooking it.
In the middle of the room there are long bars with bowls of more food on, these are re-stocked throughout the evening and again they are labelled. There are salads, cold pastas and meats, shellfish, olives and tomatoes to name a few and then there is another bar or two with hot foods. One thing I have noticed is that there tends to be a lot of 'wet' foods throughout, such as curries, korma, mushrooms in oyster sauce etc. I would prefer a bit of chicken chow mien and a few more picky bits.
You can, however, have bits cooked on the spot for you which tends to liven things up. You can choose to have your own stir-fry, a selection of pastas, noodles and curries made to your own taste. I haven't ever experienced this as it has either been very busy and there has been a large queue or I have gone at the wrong time of day (usually lunch times) when they have a smaller selection of food.
When you have filled your face as much as humanly possible its time for the desserts. You can have your choice of fruit, liqueurs, ice cream, cakes, pies and even a big selection of sweets including fizzy cola bottles and jelly beans! A little bit random but great if you're dining with kiddies or just fancy a handful of marshmallows on the side of your cheesecake.
The lunch buffet runs from noon till 3:30/4 pm depending on the day and costs £7.99 mon-fri, £8.99 on sat and £9.99 on Sundays. The evening buffet is £12.99 sun - Thurs and £14.99 on Saturdays. That starts at around 5pm till 11, again, depending on the day. Children under the age of 10 dine for half price. At £7.99 for an all you can eat buffet its no wonder the place is a hit! However the cost of drinks does bump up your bill at the end! Me and my other half went a few weeks ago hoping for a cheap meal but then realised it was £2.50 for a coke and for a large glass of wine it could set you back about £5. Now I'm not a big wine drinker myself so don't know if this is a normal price but I thought it was a bit much.
The atmosphere is quite nice, depending on where you're seated it can be quite romantic but it does feel a bit cramped at times, especially when people need to walk past you to get to their own seat while carrying platefuls of food. It is nice enough to go for a family meal, romantic enough for a first date, big enough for a hen do and casual enough to stop off while shopping. It really does suit everyone, all the same time.
Overall I would recommend this place to anyone; however once you have been there a few times you tend to get stuck in a rut of picking the same things so the novelty wears off as you already know what you're having. There's just no pleasing some people! But it still remains the only place that I know of where you can have a samosa with noodles and jelly beans on the side!
Normally when we eat out, we pick something like a nice pub, or a decent Chinese or Indian restaurant. However, today some friends took us to this restaurant as a birthday present for hubby who turned 38 yesterday, and as it's somewhere quite different in terms of style and what you get I thought a review might be in order. The idea of a restaurant which serves English, Indian, Thai, Mexican, Chinese and more all at the same time buffet style seemed a little unusual to us to say the least, but I have to say we enjoyed ourselves and I can see why they do such a roaring trade.
As restaurants go, this place is very modern looking inside, lots of red and black, very big, very open and very very busy. It's not posh, though it could be if it wasn't the teensiest bit dowdy looking in places. The odd hole in the wall that looks like it ought to have a picture hanging on it, and a socket placed high up above table top level that looks slightly out of place. I wouldn't suggest this as a place to go for an intimate meal for two as you'll be disappointed, but for a family meal out or as a place for a group of friends to go it's not bad.
~The Staff & Service~
Umm... what to say here, I have slightly mixed feelings on this one. There were a LOT of staff running around, they've very fast to grab plates, but because of the nature of the restaurant, they remove your cutlery from the plate and sort of just dump it unceremoniously on the bare table as they do so which doesn't seem too hygienic to me. If they want you to keep hold of your cutlery then perhaps providing a little stand or glass for you to pop them in while they're not on a plate might be good. They were however very friendly and prompt in providing drinks and offering highchair etc. (our friends have a 6mth old baby).
Apart from drinks, service is not table by table, it's a bit of a free for all actually, and you go up to the food area, take a plate from the stack and generally help yourselves. It's divided into sections so if you just want Mexican you can just have it, or you can go there and grab a fajita and then move over to Indian for a spoonful of curry and dhal following on with some Chinese pancake rolls and so on. Everything is kept clean and the food is hot where it should be, though it is rather crowded so if you're a little unstable on your feet (like me) you might find it a bit disconcerting as there's no order you have to go in, so people just go where they like in a bit of a melee.
I have to say, I really didn't know what to expect here, and I was greatly surprised at how good the food actually was. It's not haute cuisine but it is top notch tucker if you see what I mean. The choice you get is vast it really is, there are different sections for different food styles, so all the Mexican food is grouped together, the salads are in another section and Indian, Chinese, English etc. are all grouped independently but next to each other so that you can just mix it all up on your plate if you want to. You can go back as many times as you want to however, so you could do each style totally separately if you wanted to - and of course if you had room! I sampled a little of various things from the different sections, and overall I liked what I tried. I'd say the Indian food was probably my favourite not because I don't like the others, but because it was just superbly cooked. Dhal for example is something which places that don't specialise in Indian food often get wrong, but here it was beautifully right. Nothing was too greasy either which was good as I'm not a fan of food that's swimming in fat.
The desert section is worth mentioning separately I think. Like with everything else it's pretty much help yourself, and everything is mini - so you can select a variety of mini cheese cakes, pancetta, gooey chocolate gateau type stuff as well as ice creams (the apple pie ice-cream and the pancetta were gorgeous!). They've also got lots of bits here to amuse the kiddies so they can come back with a real plateful of stuff including things like jellybeans for decoration.
I am of the opinion that this place is very reasonable! Mon-Sat daytime it's £7.95 a head and Sunday daytime it's £9.95 a head. The price is a little more in the evenings around the £13-15 mark, but they do list that as a gourmet buffet, so it may be that you get more choice or different items then, but not having visited at that time I can't say for sure. Drinks are a bit on the expensive side, though not hugely over priced (£2.75 for a large fruit juice, and £1.95 for a coffee), and to be fair I guess they have to make their money somewhere, and they certainly can't be making much on the food judging by the amount some people seemed to be eating.
Despite this not being the sort of place we'd normally think to go, we did very much enjoy it. I think if you're picky about the décor you might be a little uncomfortable, but for me as long as the place is clean which it was, that side of things doesn't bother me so much. I was surprised to see so many families there to begin with, but thinking on it through the meal it does make sense as there's really something for every palette there. The kids can have chips and pizza and cake while the adults enjoy something a little spicier. It's somewhere I'll definitely consider going again, though possibly mid week when it might be a fraction quieter as it did feel a little hectic for me.
Situated at the theatre district in Milton Keynes the resturaunt is a stones throw away from the shopping centre which is great for hungry shoppers.
The buffet is around £12.95 for all you can eat. This is all you can eat with a diffrerence. There are around 15 different styles of food to choose from and it is very authentic. Chinese chefs in the chinese section. There is also japanese, mexican, indian English and many more. I usually stop after 3 heaped plates of everything, I love to try everything.
The desserts are also fantasic, with a range of fruit, cake, haribo, ice cream. Their speaciality is fruit which is mixed with a liquore of your choice, I always pick baileys as it is heaven!
The staff are great they really keep on top of the finished plates. Everytime I came back from the buffet my table was set up again with a new knife and fork and a napkin.
You dont need to wait long until you get there to start eating either. As soon as you have your table which is usually in 5 minutes. You can go and enjoy the buffet. Great for people having lunch out of work as there is no waiting a queing.
A must try!
Over sixty dishes from around the world to choose from. Prepared right before your eyes at one of the six cooking stations.