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Dec 13, 2007 07:30 AM

Best London Buffets?

I realize that many people do not admit to going to buffets, but I will. Was wondering what the best cheap (i.e. under £15) buffets are in London. There are a large number of Chinese ones in Chinatown, as well as a few Italian ones (Questo) in Soho. Still, it does not appear to be a huge trend. Help is appreciated in uncovering the good ones.

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  1. There is a great Indian buffet, its in between Russell Sq and Holborn tube stations. I cant remember the name right now - I heard that Ricky Gervais used to go here alot when he lived locally.
    Also, for Iranian food - Shehrezade in Kensington has a good buffet lunch on Sundays.

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    1. re: fifi

      fifi - any luck with that name? I live near there, love indian food, so would like to check it out. Is it a restaurant or within a hotel?

    2. A few months ago, I passed a Thai buffet on Wellington St. right near Mildred's vegetarian place in Soho. The sign said £5 for lunch. I have no idea if the food is worthy, but I plan to give it a try unless someone tells me it's awful.

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      1. re: zuriga1

        if its the one a few doors down from Mildred's and on the corner....take it from me - it's NOT good. My boss and I went in about 18 months ago looking for cheap comfort food. It looked good - but it was fake meat, with a very nasty aftertaste.

        we walk past the place a lot - and it appears a chain has sprung up - but we still groan and joke about the 'cow eyelids' - as some of the 'meat' distinctly resembled that day.

        1. re: DietStartsTomorrow

          Thanks very much for letting me know. I'll definitely give it a pass.

      2. What about Chutneys on Drummond Street? Buffet is available on weekday lunchtimes and Sunday all day. It's really cheap but good vegetarian Indian food.

        Helen Yuet Ling Pang

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        1. re: foodie guide

          Some of these 'Tai' and 'Indian' all-you-can-stuff-into-yourself buffets represent the absolute nadir, the very dirtiest low-water mark of London eating. I would avoid them.

          1. re: loobcom

            I agree that most should be avoided. I hate buffets with a passion, and rarely go to them, but this one is an exception.

            Helen Yuet Ling Pang