Hi: I am Paul's friend that ate at Marchet with my 2 boys. Go there with plenty of time and a valium because it is hectic and very different than you have experienced. Imagine a buffet spead out over 10,000 sq. feet instead of in one buffet line. You visit many food stations from pasta to soups to steak. The trays are small and it woudl be difficult to just make one trip for eats. As you get your food, the 'vendors' stamp your "passport" and the bill is tally'd when you leave. A tip of 11% is added to yourt bill for servers.
Overall I liked it very much. I wouldn't go there for a quiet or relaxed meal. For fun, YES! Let me know what you think.
re: Dick Syatt
Dick -- I understand that it is sort of an international cuisine theme park -- with plastic jungle trees and paths that lead to all sorts of cuisine stations. My wife and I have a gift certificate to eat there. The orginators run hotels and are Swiss -- so we may be able to get rosti. Rosti was discussed on the Boston list a few months ago.
I have heard that there are food stations for Korean barbecue --wok cooking --and several other specialized cuisines.
"Movenpick" typed into a search engine gives lots of info. We will go soon and tell you what happens.
Tord I asked a friend to post on Marchet/Movenpick. He ate there with his two boys last Sunday. Hopefully he will post soon.
I'm off to the Weston International Food Group dinner at 5:00 tonight. The theme for this month is "Caribbean". My contribution is "Chicken and Peanut Soup". I will let you know how it turns out.