Reviewed by Petra Aston and her family
We had a table booked for 12:00 on Sunday. We arrived early. It’s a pretty big restaurant with a mixture of intermit pod type and long table seating. The restaurant and tables were nicely decorated for Christmas with Christmas crackers. We were first in and at that time there was almost no one else there. Within 30 minutes the place was heaving, with people queuing out of the door for a table on a wet and windy Sunday lunchtime. The sign of good authentic eastern cuisine is when it’s eaten by people of this culture. The restaurant was pretty much full of predominantly Asian families and friends.
The restaurant is set up in a buffet style such that you are able to try as much or as little as you want, there is no restriction on the amount or number of times you return. Only one rule, don’t eat at buffet area which is actually spot on albeit it’s pretty hard as the dishes are so mouth-watering!
The staff were very friendly and very efficient. Plates were cleared on a continued basis as the restaurant encourages you to try as many of the dishes as you wish. The restaurant chain manager greeted us and explained the reason behind this restaurant idea, and had genuine passion for the restaurant and its food. He explained he has now opened more than half a dozen, between Brighton, London and the midlands.
The selection of dishes and authentic mainly Asian cuisine on offer is quite something. The restaurant largely focuses on curries both Indian and Thai, and stir-fry dishes but there was also a salad bar, chips, pizza, roast turkey and it was even possible to order a steak.
The Indian main dishes were supplemented by typical side dishes and with the Nan breads made in front of you. There a lot of other dishes which can be ordered directly by the chef and will be made in front of you. We weren’t able to try all the dishes but we did do a pretty good job trying most dishes. I absolutely loved trying the different curries, fish/lamb/chicken curry, Thai red, Thai green and many more.
When you think you can’t eat anymore you realise you must leave some space for the desserts and there again too much choice and you have to try all of it.
There was a splendid array of desserts, everything from small cakes to a Mr Whippy machine.
Even though we have had a mix up with our review date, the manager and staff were extremely friendly and helpful throughout the lunch.
As this is a buffet style restaurant, it’s an ideal place to take kids along, as there is so much going on and they don’t get bored. Even though you have to be careful in the buffet area with the kids as there a lot of hot pots and dishes. We also found that going to the buffet the kids were able to see their food and could choose what they would like to eat. This is the first time we have been able to spend time in a restaurant without rushing as the kids really enjoyed the atmosphere.
Pricing is really good value for the quality of the food on offer. Adult price for lunch is £9.99, weekend £ 14.99 and for dinner is £ 14.99, Thursday – Saturday £16.99, kids under 4 are free and under 11 are half price.
We would definitely recommend this restaurant, as we really enjoyed the food, the atmosphere and the service.
We would give this restaurant a strong 4 out of 5.
For more information, to view menus or to book a table visit www.jimmysrestaurants.com.