So here I go again, on the buffet crawl. This time I went to JRC Global Buffet Ilford, and the clue’s in the name.
Italian, Thai, Indian, Chinese and Japanese were all on the menu at the food fest.
The buffet mixed quality food, such as scallops cooked fresh before your very eyes – with some cheap and cheerful options such as onion rings, which tasted suspiciously like those from Iceland.
One note of caution of any who only eats halal meat – not everything at JRC Global Buffet was halal. We made this mistake initially when we loaded our plate without discrimination, before spotting the halal sign on some, but not all dishes. This resulted in some food wastage. But we perhaps naively assumed that all the dishes would be halal given the location. So a tip if you’re visiting, check the signs. Also they also serve some pork dishes, such as in their dumplings.
The cuisine was definitely more leaning towards the Far East, with an impressive range of delicacies such as seaweed salad, a super-hot tom yum soup and deep fried okra. Oh and of course, a table of sushi.
It was also good to see that chefs putting the food together seemed to be from the respective region they were representing. I’ve been to ‘world’ buffets before where every chef was of Indian origin and as a result the food didn’t taste authentic of varied (NB. That’s not me being racist, of course you’d be suspect of an Indian restaurant run by Italians, and vice versa).
Having been to more than my fair share of buffets and finding that the they’re often the jack of all and master of none, I was pleasantly surprised with the range on offer. And while there was more far eastern food than any other cuisine, I didn’t mind this so much as in quite a fan and it allowed me to experiment with dishes I haven’t tried, such as prawn with chive dumplings- what a revelation.
The teppanyaki was also a great addition, there were generous options such as scallops in butter and prawn with lemon, which you have prepared before your very eyes.
My husband, who’s more of a meat eater, opted for lamb and beef with black pepper sauce for his made-to-order options. The teppenyaki only gives you a small portion of meat or fish, but this is only fair as people were queuing to order. You can also only choose two options, but that’s not to say you can’t go back again and get more. We however stuck to our two, as by this stage we were at bursting point.
Despite my feeling near-nausea, I was insistent on trying their more mainstream options such as chips and pizza, just because I love it.
And of course, we couldn’t leave without piling into their dessert. See the shameful evidence below. And this was only a small representation of what was on offer. For the uber sweet tooths, or children, there was also an extensive sweets section.
So I left the JRC Global buffet pretty much in the same way I leave all buffets – full, bloated and slight ashamed, but having said all that, I would still visit the Global Buffet again.