Friday, 21 June 2013

Red Hot World Buffet Promotion: Leeds

Ever have the dilemma of what type of cuisine to opt for on a night out? Can't agree with your family, friends or partner whether to go for Chinese or Indian? Does your husband hanker for a steak whilst you have a real craving for Mexican?

If so look no further than the Red Hot World Buffet...I was invited to sit at the Chef's table at their Leeds branch and was seriously impressed with all of their dishes. The restaurant in Leeds includes specialist zones such as North and South Indian kitchens, a sushi station, a cold-stone creamery, Oriental grill and Mediterranean kitchens. I have also been with my family about six month's ago - when we were impressed with the stunning presentation of the food, the attentive service and the vast choice of dishes. So please be aware that although the meal was complimentary all views and opinions included in this review are my own.

Above is a picture of the 'mocktail' which greeted me - all juicy strawberries and crushed ice (a perfect combo for a heavily pregnant lady!) 

And here was our menu, complete with accompanying photos, for the night:

 Amuse bouche
Hand rolled salmon sushi or with avocado and mango (v)
Potato tikki, a traditional Indian street food
Fish course
Seafood risotto or with asparagus and sundried tomato (v)
Main course
Chicken teppanyaki prepared on an Oriental grill or with vegetables (v)
Petit fours
Mini crème brȗlée, brownies and cheesecakes served with fresh coffee
Pancakes served with a variety of delicious toppings
Choose from triple chocolate, white chocolate and strawberry or banana and caramel
And to finish homemade mini macaroons with melon liquor - phew! Serious food coma!
My highlights: 
  • Avocado and mango sushi was light and the spring flavours really complimented each other
  • The sauces served with the potato tikki really set it off and it was a yummy starter
  • The risotto was delicately flavoured and has plenty of asparagus tips to crunch on
  • The brownie and chocolate pancakes were a revelation and for me the top dish of the night - but then I do have a serious case of sweet tooth!
  • Perfect for a big group or family as there is so much variety (there is a stringent booking policy for big groups - so be aware of this)
  • Attentive service
  • Food is expertly prepared using the freshest ingredients and is presented in an eye-catching and mouth watering plethora of cuisines
  • You will not leave hungry!
Branches in: Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Cardiff.

The lovely people at Red Hot are offering a special promotion exclusively for readers and followers of this blog: 

So what are you waiting for?

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Red's True BBQ: Leeds city centre

Having read rave reviews of trip advisor and loving all things Americano I was keen to try this new BBQ restaurant. It is opposite the Corn Exchange - on the corner of Call Lane.

Veggemac and two sides

Having read the reviews I was aware that they run a no booking policy and you have to turn up and give your name and number and then they let you know how long the wait will be, they also offer to call if a table becomes available sooner. We arrived at 3ish and were told we could be seated at 4.45. We didn't mind as we had shopping to do and so we went off and came back and were seated about 4.30. However I did see quite a few customers quite disgruntled at being told there was a three hour wait. Basically you have to plan your day or evening around it - don't turn up starving already!

  • Howdy Doody shake (peanut butter, banana and maple) served in a vintage milk bottle was not too sickly or thick and just delicious
  • Great choice of side dishes and good value for money - best side dish by far was the BBQ Pit beans and the sweet potatoe fries were tasty too. If you get the 'plates' (prices between £8.50 - £17.95) you get two side dishes with it and this is plenty of food. Too much really!
  • My husband raved of the beef brisket and it looked really tender
  • Quite prompt service - despite the fact that your table was not assigned a specific waiter or waitress
Low points?
  • I was really looking forward to trying the deep fried pickles, but the pickle just slipped out and you were left with just batter
  • I am veggie (so not the best place to go really!) and the veggemac was a bit sloppy and disappointing
  • Quite smokey- try to  get a table away from the kitchen. We managed this as i had read that recommendation in a review online.
Sweet potatoe fries
Deep fried pickles
Big plate  Beef Brisket and two sides
Close-up of the veggemac
Delicious peanut butter, maple syrup and banana shake
Assortment of sauces at your table
  • Quite good value for money as you get so much food
  • Be patient and expect to have to book in person two hours in advance
  • Great milkshakes and sides
  • Brilliant for meat lovers and good deal platters for big groups 

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Krispy kreme: Birstall Royal Donuts

Have you tried the new bite and reveal donuts? They've been released to coincide with the royal baby, but i am due three days before Kate. We haven't found out what we're having and our server, who was very friendly, said that it was 75% effective! So apparantly its a...girl. We shall see.
We each tried their new summer coolers i had raspberry ripple cream and it was very sweet, but I have a sweet tooth and loved it. The Belgian had the pink lemonaid and found it quite sour-but also liked it.
A fun thing to do with the kids this summer.