As you probably can guess from some of my previous posts, I love food and I never turn down trying out the latest restaurants. The next Restaurant I’ve reviewed in the abundance of restaurants that have joined the ‘West Quay Watermark’ is, Cosmo, ‘The Ultimate all you can eat World Buffet’. Cosmo has been running across the UK and Ireland since 2003, with a main ambition to get people embracing global cuisines. Cosmo prides itself on the variety of 8 different live cooking stations serving over 150 different dishes from Teppanyaki experts, Indian Chefs, BBQ and even a good carvery. They have labelled themselves as a ‘crowd pleaser’, suiting everybody from families, friends, couples and large parties.
It features at the top of the West Quay Watermark and is a very impressive size. I admired the modern, fun interior and the glorious smell of different cuisines that hit you as you walk through the door. It is very much a canteen sort of layout as far as the tables are concerned, which is typical for this style of restaurant. But I didn’t feel too claustrophobic whilst eating. There is a really sociable atmosphere around the restaurant, I saw a couple of tables with balloons ready to celebrate birthdays. But its not too hectic, so you are able to hold conversations and enjoy your meal without getting a headache!
I do think these style of restaurants can really vary, both on price and quality, depending on the day of the week and time you visit. I visited on a monday evening around 7ish, and it was fairly quiet, the staff were all friendly and happy to cater for everyones needs, although it is pretty much a self service for all of your food and soft drinks.
The food choice is so diverse! And although I had a good attempt at trying to test out all the food it was pretty much impossible to try everything in one evening. My personal favourite was the indian selection. I was so impressed by the choice of curries and indian snacks. They were very authentic and tasty. I loved the oriental menu, some dishes that I have never come across before which I was intrigued to try. I think it was made even more appealing because you can stand and watch the chefs create the dishes right in front of your eyes. Next door to the oriental food was a carvery section, followed by an array of pizzas and a mini in-door BBQ – do you see what I mean by almost impossible to try everything? – I did give it a good 3 plates before I retired to the desert area, which I must add usually isn’t much to shout about at a buffet… But I was majorly impressed, not only by the giant chocolate fountain but I clocked a pancake making machine in the corner and devised a little desert plan, pancakes smothered in chocolate sauce! It was safe to say I had to have a large glass of water and a few deep breaths before I was able to even contemplate leaving the restaurant.
My only criticism would be the lack of staff, although the staff were friendly you are left to your own devices. There are plenty of live chefs prepping food but not too many clearing tables, getting drinks etc…
Cosmo is really fairly priced for the quality and quantity of food. As I said earlier it does differ depending on time and day but equally I do think the price reflects the quality of Cosmo. Lunch time prices vary from £8.50 Mon-Fri, £11.99 on a Saturday and £14.99 on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Dinner prices vary from £14.99 Mon-Thur, £15.99 on Fridays, £16.99 on Saturdays and £14.99 on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
It is perfect if you are in the area, and not sure what food you fancy, if you have a large group or just want to over indulge in food. I am looking forward to going back at some point to try out the rest of the buffet…
*complementary meal for review purposes.