ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Buffet Restaurant in Cardiff - Red Hot World Buffet and Bar Review

Updated on November 13, 2012

About Red Hot World Buffet

Red Hot World Buffet does exactly what it says on the tin! It is a world cuisine buffet. It has a similar feel to Cosmo's in the Bay if you have been there yet. Although it has more choice than Cosmo, to me it is of a lower quality. But I think if you are going to a buffet of this price (around £7 in the day and £13 in the evening) you can't expect amazing quality food.

They have a few of these dotted around the country, so check out the website at the bottom to see if there is one close to you. This is a review of the Cardiff restaurant.

Opening Hours

Mon - Thur: Lunch 12-4 Dinner 5-10:30

Fri - Sat: Lunch 12-4 Dinner5-11

Sun: All day

Contact Details

3-6 Hills Street

St David's


CF10 2 LE

02920 342499

And some pictures to make you hungry

Just a selection of pizza, pasta and veg and the Red Hot Buffet
Just a selection of pizza, pasta and veg and the Red Hot Buffet | Source
A selection of Chinese and indian at the Red Hot Buffet
A selection of Chinese and indian at the Red Hot Buffet | Source
Some Dessert at the Red Hot Buffet
Some Dessert at the Red Hot Buffet | Source
The indian and cook while you wait at the Red Hot World Buffet
The indian and cook while you wait at the Red Hot World Buffet | Source
The Main's section in Red Hot Buffet, mainly Chinese, thai and curry
The Main's section in Red Hot Buffet, mainly Chinese, thai and curry | Source
The Dessert Section at the Red Hot World Buffet
The Dessert Section at the Red Hot World Buffet | Source
The salad and starter section at the Red Hot World Buffet
The salad and starter section at the Red Hot World Buffet | Source

The Appearance and Décor

This place is huge! The outside doesn't really show it all off as it is built into the St Davids Shopping Centre so only the front part of it is on show. The exterior looks lovely, big windows and lots of black tiling, although you can see the big bowls, stands and plastic type food in the window of the food area as a kind of display - not great really.

It has a shiny new interior, but it could be described as a little claustraphobic as there is a split level seating to allow an extra floor of seating above. It all looks very nice and glitzy, but again the quality of the chairs and tables is a little basic (think ikea furniture).

My husband actually said he finds the food area a little harsh on the eyes as the main food dishes are spaced in an up and down, zig zagged way around the room making it difficult to view everything. Plus all in separate lidded dishes, so you need to keep opening them, although they are labeled with little signs.

There are lots of mirrors and spotlights, probably to brighten the food area as there are no windows in that section, but they also make it a bit glarey and a little tacky looking.

Overall it's not very posh or classy looking really, but it is what I expect of big buffet restaurants like this one. Its always clean usually and it looks tidy (no damaged furniture or cracked tiles or anything like that).

The Staff and Service

I can't really say you have a lot of contact with staff as you serve your self really. But the staff are usually polite and helpful and smartly dressed. I have been in the evening on 3 occasions now and it has always been full, be advised you do need to book for any evening or risk being turned away or having to wait 30mins-1hr minimum to be seated. The day time is a little quieter so you will usually be seated immediately, although on a weekend or at peak season you may have to wait 10-15mins. But as with Cosmo, the selection of food in the day time is only about 50% of that in the evening.

Staff are fast to clean up used plates, clear tables and serve you drinks. If it is very busy you may have to wait a little for your bill to be bought but they are usually great.

The live cooks are sometimes a little miserable, but most are ok and very quick at what they do. You can kinda understand when they are repeating the same thing for hours and probably getting little gratitude from the people queuing. So always be nice and say thank you!

The Food

Food ranges from chinese, indian and sushi to pizza, risotto, Pasta and english cuisine, and a lovely salad type area at the start. There is an italian station, making fresh pasta and risotto, a stirfry station, an icecream station, a waffle station (amazing!!!) and a few other little things. Plus a huge dessert area. The food is lovely but nothing majorly special, Cosmo in Cardiff Bay (if you have been there) is much better quality but the location of Red Hot is more convenient to most people as it is the centre of town.

It would be a great venue for a party or large group as everyone is bound to find something they like. That is kind of the huge benefit of the place, no matter how picky people are, everyone will be able to eat something here.

My big problem is that in the day time the food doesn't always stay that hot as it is left sitting for a while. Although they are in heated, lidded dishes they just don't seem to keep the heat that well. In the evening this is much less of an issue as the dishes are used up and refiled with fresh food numerous times throughout the evening, so it is kept hot long enough to be eaten.

The Daisy Rating

Good for the value and brilliant for large groups or fussy eaters as something for everyone. Conveniently located in the centre of Cardiff. Food quality isn't great but selection of food is.

My Rating for Red Hot World Buffet

3 stars for Red Hot World Buffet

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)