Originally Posted by Radharc na Sleibhte
I shall report shortly.
Top notch grub. Went this evening for the buffet.
Its not a buffet self service as you would think.
Probably a good thing as i wouldnt be a fan of food sitting out being kept lukewarm.
Basically, your place mat is the menu and she comes and takes your order for your soups and starters. Order as much as you like from the selection (bearing in mind the bbq spare ribs means one rib, spring rolls = one spring roll etc, but like I said you can order as much as you like and in fairness are encouraged to do so).
So i had the chicken and sweetcorn soup, sesame prawn toast and salt and chilli ribs (you get a few of the salt and chilli ribs!!!), all were lovely. Others had the salt and chilli prawns/chicken, bbq ribs, chicken satay skewers, won tons and duck with pancakes. No complaints from anyone. Appetisers were freshly prepared and top class. I should also mention you get free unlimited soft drinks (from a can, not the usual flat shyte).
She arrived mid way through the starters to see if we wanted more, so at this stage you could get more ribs etc if you wanted.
Anyway, happy enough to go for the mains, she cleared our plates and took our order. I went for the chicken curry and fried rice. She told me it was only a small portion and encouraged me to order more so what could i do only add in a kung po pork. Others in the group ordered shredded chicken, chicken chow mein, prawns in hot garlic sauce, chicken balls, sweet and sour chicken, chips and a few more dishes from the starter menu were also ordered. Food was a bit slow to be prepared and come out and rice and chips even longer so i basically had my curry eaten by the time the rice came. Bit of a let down. But again, the quality of the mains was top notch and as there was a group of us, we didnt really mind too much. I would normally really only speak this highly of the mandarin court but this food was really very good and perfectly fresh. Portion sizes are about 2/5ths of a normal portion so you would need a couple but its nice to sample a few dishes.
Halfway through our mains, she came to see if we wanted to order more, but suitably stuffed with clear plates all round, we declined. Its a great way of preventing food wastage as with all these smaller sized portions, there was none left over. House white wine was lovely. Kids under 6 eat free. €14.50 per adult unbelievable value. The desserts were the usual ice cream crap you get in a chinese.
You can of course order from the a la carte, which is also very very good value, but i dont see why you would really if you were sitting in, maybe to be more organised, the mains arriving was unfortunately a bit sporadic. You dont really mind this for all the shared starters but it would be better if all the mains and rices etc arrived at once particularly considering there was a bit of a wait in the first place.
Left feeling not too stuffed but nicely full as the small portions were spread out over the duration of the meal. Will be back, definitely. Tomorrow