Cosmo offers an all-you-can-eat buffet experience spanning all sorts of Asian food - from Thai and Indian curries, to sushi and Chinese dumplings. It's quite good fun but don't go there expecting fine dining.
First off, you pay upfront before you take a seat, which took me aback a little - then you order drinks separately.
You then go and get yourself whatever food you fancy, and you can go back to the buffet as many times as you like. The quality of the dishes on offer varies; most of it isn't particularly authentic, but a lot of it is quite tasty - while other dishes are decidedly cheap and lack any finesse (the desserts in particular are unbelievably sweet and sickly).
The staff are not exactly overly friendly, but they are very efficient - clearing plates and bringing drinks quickly, and keeping the place clean and tidy.
I believe that if you book ahead, you get a 1 hour 45 minute slot to eat in (!) whereas if you just show up on the night without a booking you get a 1 hour 30 minute slot.
It's quite good fun, very clean, and great for groups arguing over what type of food to eat - but it's not the place for a stylish date!
Haven't been to many all-you-can-eat buffets here in the UK, but I would venture to say that Cosmo is probably the best one that I have been to. So why the three stars? I thought it was a bit overpriced, especially the drinks (which you have to pay for separately after you have paid for your meal) and every time I went to check if they had more of an item, the pan would still be empty. And while I appreciate the quickness at which the staff moved, sometimes it was a bit haphazard almost running into people, dropping things while clearing (a real problem when they are dropping stuff on you or if you incur some of the splatter from something dropped on the floor), etc.
However, the reason it is probably one of the best ones... the choices! Not to mention, most of the food was pretty good. They have a number of different stations. Some of them are stations where food is cooked/prepared to order, there is the standard area with food in pans under hot lamps that you help yourself to, dessert station, salad station, soup station, etc. And there is such a wide variety of different Asian cuisines to try... from Chinese and Japanese to Thai and Indian... of course there is always a small area with chips, pizza, chicken nuggets, etc. the not so Asian items as well.
When it comes to cooking, if quantity rather than quality is your bag, then Cosmo will definitely be for you. That's not to say that they're food isn't good - only that the first thing that struck me about this Asian bistro is the sheer scale of the place, and the menu. It is a bargain at just £12.50 a head but do watch out as the prices can go up by a couple of pounds on Friday and Saturday nights.
What I love about Cosmo is that you'll be able to try a variety of dishes from across Malaysia, China, Japan and India - to name but a few! It's not a great place to take anyone suffering with a specific food allergy as the menu clearly states that nut traces can be found in nearly all dishes.
This super sized restaurant on the Clifton Triangle comes with a super-sized menu, but you also need a super-sized gut to stomach all the food you set your eyes on. Based on the all you can eat Chinese banquet model, this enormous restaurant has everything you could possibly want and as much of it as you want for a set price for £11-12 depending on the day of your visit, you can gorge yourself on whatever your heart desires.
There are dishes from all of Asia, including China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, Mongolia, India and Vietnam. And unlike other all-you-can-eat[eries] they don't compromise on the quality. Definitely worth a go!
As mentioned before this place is massive! The food is really good, but I think that it is a little pricey for me, especially because I can never eat £12.50 worth of food. Having said that, if you are famished/can eat a lot then this may be the place for you!
Its really lovely inside, very sheek and stylish. I would personally recommend going for a large lunch as its only £6.99 until 3pm so you could spread out your lunch over a few hours! Children prices are very reasonable too.
This glamorous restaurant seats over 250 diners in envious and comfortable surroundings. The decoration and layout makes the most of the interior space and is an ideal venue for a large group or office night out.
The restaurant boasts 6 live cooking stations, incorporating a teppanyaki hotplate, yakatori barbecue grill, dim sum bar, wok station, fresh noodle bar and freshly prepared sushi counter. These are in addition to the popular and sumptuous dishes available on the hot and cold cooking stations.
Not quite fine dining, but the surroundings and the quality of the food are decent enough to warrant the slightly higher than average prices.
Cosmo is a pan Asian "all you can eat" buffet restaurant, but with more of a classy feel! It's located right at the top of Park Street on the Triangle, so a great place to pop into for lunch whilst doing a bit of shopping.
Undoubtedly the best thing about this restaurant is the variety of food on offer. They have three large hot tables with all sorts of starters, curries, noodles, rice etc which you can help yourself too, and once you're full from this you can move onto the dessert table - and the profiteroles are amazing!
At Cosmo you can go back as many times as you like to fill your plate, but they limit everyone to a 2 hour period so you can't just sit there all day long, which is fair enough! The most surprising thing is that for all this you just have to pay £7 at lunch. In the evening they have an even more extensive range of food, including sushi, and although this is more expensive at around £12 it's still great value for money!
The place itself is really well decorated and you feel like you are dining out in a fairly posh restaurant: I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting somewhere new to try for either lunch or an evening out.
Cosmo is situated on the triangle and is very popular. I would recommend booking a table before going otherwise you may have to wait to be seated.
This oriental all-you-can eat buffet offers one of the widest ranges of food I have ever seen. You pass through the large variety of dishes as you are walked to your table. The seating area does not offer much in the way of atmosphere but this is not the sort of restaurant you go to for the surroundings; you go there to eat a lot of food!
It is £13 (each) all in, really good value, but Cosmo really over charge for the drinks, both alcoholic and soft drinks are very expensive, you can forgive them slightly because the food is so good, but this is 'how they get you'.
I started with the sushi bar, it is made fresh on the premises, the sushi chef makes sushi throughout the night so it is always fresh and delicious. I then made my way round the various buffet counters. Each different counter offers a different type of oriental cuisine. From your Chinese takeaway favourites to your thai curries there is something for everyone. They will even cook a piece of meat of your choosing in front of you.
What is really special about cosmo is the fresh food bar at the back, you can choose upto 2 dishes at a time to be made fresh infront of you. I enjoyed some freshly made scallops, they were delicious!
It is not just savoury food that are all-you-can-eat either. Cosmo has a large selection of desserts; I would recommend the chocolate fountain with marshmallows and fruit. But if you fancy icecream that's there too and plenty of cake!
Cosmo is a fantastic all you can eat buffet with a twist, but only go there if you're hungry! But most of the time the food is just a bit too greasy and salty for me.
I came here for a Christmas meal and was very excited, I love all you can eat buffets! They always remind me of being at a party in Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree where you can just wish food and it will magically appear. There are a huge variety of dishes, I had a little taste of everything, the chinese and thai food was particularly good. I was less over excited by the desserts which were so-so rather than super tasty.
However why this place only gets 3 stars is the incredible rudeness of the staff. No matter how much fun all you can eat is and how lovely the surroundings, I'd be embarassed to bring a group of people knowing the staff are going to be rude in some way. If you look at rude service as part of the 'experience' you'll have a far nicer time here.
Who doesn't love an all you can eat buffet eh? I know I do but sometimes it can feel too much like a cheap, torrid affair. Buffets are often part of a meal deal or only frequented by greedy people who don't know when to put down the knife and fork. Cosmo brings and element of class and sophistication to the buffet scene with it's sleek, black interior and dark wood tables.
Being a pan Asian restaurant the emphasis moves away from just how much you can fit on your plate to trying new flavours and concoctions. While there is a lunch menu for £7 the evening range is far more extensive, including sushi, among other things.
So if you're not sure if you like raw fish or fancy trying a new curry or stir fry then Cosmo is a fantastic place to go as you aren't tied to just one kind of food. There is also a dessert buffet towards the back of the restaurant though this isn't quite as nice as the savoury tidbits. Having said that you can't go wrong with a chocolate fountain, mmm...
Situated on the former site of Le Monde, we only popped in as a Tasca nearby was closed. You can only enter one way via the host and till where you pay for your meal before being seated as it's an all you can eat buffet Pan Asian restaurant. £6.50 each for lunch.
We weren't too sure about this but were quickly seated in what turned out to be a very busy lunch period. The waitress took our drinks order which were payable on arrival unless you set up a tab. We only ordered 2 pints of oj and lemonade and that came to £5.20 which wasn't that overly priced for a restaurant. Then we went up to peruse the hostess carts to see what was on offer.
Wow.weren't we pleasantly surprised. 3 or 4 carts filled with delectable delights ranging from the usual Chinese food fayre and some new surprising dishes.
They also have a fresh sushi bar and a fresh cook area where you get to have a chef cook you a dish from some fresh ingredients displayed.
We managed to sample 4 plates each of savouries and were then directed to the sweets carts and ice cream counter.
2 hours later, full tummies and happy faces we left with plans to return.
Thumbs up all round.
It only loses a star for the too prompt plate snatch process lol
ps always a good sign to see tables of the local Asian community feasting too
AWESOME!!!! Ever ordered a chinese meal, had your favourites but could've done without the others orders? This place is perfect for you, if you like to stick to what you know you love and just have a taste of something(s) new.
In your two hour window - you got your sushi bar, pan-asian selection, starter selection, dim sum and teppanyaki bar, traditional chinese dishes, any room left?? Try the huge selection of desserts.
Just under thirteen pounds a head .. bargain, and will be going again. I went on a saturday evening, be warned - ever other table is a hen party and the place is packed! :)
And I though le monde was bad, the food here is not fresh!
Looking at the reviews below it seems to be like an amazing restaurant In my opinion it's not, oh my god no where near it.
If you do ever go here and like sushi you will be dissipointed, the sound of all you can eat sushi is wonderful but only if it's fresh and half decent.
One star and that's all your getting cosmo!
Cant believe some of these reviews as we had a brilliant experience both times we went here ( on a Saturday and Thursday night)
Loads of waiting staff who collect the plates and top up the buffet style service areas. Good sushi bar too
Huge variety of dishes and desserts in an all you can eat style restaurant. Dress as you want - we saw everything from jeans to evening dresses. Really good value and you know what you are paying when you arrive so no nasty shock when the bill comes!
The chefs are top notch and everything is cooked just right - if you love chinese and asian food this is the place for you
We will definately be going again as its brilliant value for money - cheaper in comparison than our local chinese where 2 dishes wiould cost the same
I had high hopes for this place, a good value buffet in a good location. Oh how I was disappointed I went for lunch and I was not satisfied by much to be honest. The food reminded me of school food. But the think that upset me the most was how rude the staff were. There were no smiles when we walked in, no niceties from the staff this wouldn't annoy me except I found them outright rude. It is a shame that this space is filled with such a bad restaurant.
Cosmo is a pan-Asian restaurant. It is best described by the word big. It seats half of Bristol in its elegant granite interior, and the food is equally as brash. The idiom 'jack of all trades but master of none' immediately springs to mind when thinking of Cosmo. Sushi, Chinese, Indian...they have all been done better elsewhere. The puddings are visual delights but taste frightful. The major advantages to Cosmo are: it is an all you can eat so people with more than six chins may satisfy their greed, the food cooked at the live stations is of a much higher quality than the buffet and it is recession friendly. It is possible to eat lunch at Cosmo and keep hunger locked up until way beyond supper.
Cosmo is situted where Le Monde once was on the Clifton triangle and very near some competition (Wagamama), I would say overall though that they offer an entirely different dining experience.
Cosmo is a buffet style asian restaurant. When you walk in the door, you pay up front at reception for the number of people who will be eating that evening. So for me, on a Thursday evening, it was (rounding up) £12 a head. You're given a bar code that is scanned at your entry into the buffet area (I think where they scan you in may vary depending on how busy they are). Following this, you're taken to your seat, and then your inital drinks order is taken.
Drinks are quite expensive, but it's not unexpected really, as that's the usual with buffet style places in my experience. Came to £5.20 for two cokes. Unfortunately, they do not tell you that this is payable essentially a few moments after they deliver the drinks. If you have no cash, you need to spend a minimum of £10 before they will allow you to pay by card. So, I ended up buying 4 cokes so I could pay by card. This wasn't a fantastic customer experience for me.
The staff were extremely polite and accomodating, especially considering the calibre of some of the diners, I was surprised they could put up with them and their rudeness (it made me feel ashamed to be British!). So a huge respect for the staff from me.
There is a huge variety of food on offer. There is pretty much a guarantee you will find at least a few things you'll enjoy (even if you're not a fan of asian cuisine). 90% of the time each buffet area has a member of staff attending to it, keeping it tidy and stocked up, so this is fantastic. There's nothing more frustrating than a buffet where most of the selection is rarely there (if at all) during your meal. This is nothing to worry about at Cosmo, they are 100% committed to keeping everything available for you.
Aside from the general buffet area, there is a fantastic sushi bar, & 3 cooked on demand areas, where there is a chef assigned to each who will personally cook what you'd like. I cannot remember the name, but there is essentially a fried noodle area, where you can choose from lamb, prawns, chicken and I think, egg. A skewer section and a section where they'll cook you things like scallops, squid, steak etc. You really get a huge appreciation for the talen these chefs have, especially when cooking the squid. It's a great opportunity to thanks to the person who just cooked your food.
Something that wasn't great in the freshly cooked area, is there wasn't exactly a description of what was on offer, and you (most of the time) were eves dropping on the person in front of you to understand what was what. The chefs do try to explain everything they best they can, but their English isn't fantastic. This isn't a criticism of the chefs, but just it would be useful if there was some plaques or printouts explaining my options etc.
All in all, I really enjoyed Cosmo and will be going again. The food quality is good, but most of the food is not quite upto that of Tampopo or Wagamama for me, although the freshly made sushi and cooked on demand food is superb.
Unfortunately, I was made to feel a little like a sheep, and the atmosphere provided by the other customers was less then pleasent. The suprise instant drink charge was also another negative.
So, my final rating is 3 stars, but I'd imagine, given some time to settle in, this will rise!
When I first got wind of this place I thought "What's not to love?". It's an incredibly cheap and fairly high quality all-you-can-eat buffet with food that is truly Pan-Asian. There's sushi, a place where they make dim sum and dumplings under your very eyes and another hot plate where the cooks whip up little heart-shaped omelettes and all sorts of treats. There is also counter upon counter of Thai, Chinese and even Indian favourites from crispy shredded duck pancakes to chow mein and Pad Thai. The lunch deal is cheaper but they do offer less selection of dishes. The only thing is it is rammed on Friday and Saturday nights often with huge groups of lads and lasses stuffing their faces before a night out on the grog. And you can bet most of that food will end up on the streets of Bristol later on. The service of a weekend is a bit similar to herding cattle but then they are making a mint so they care not for niceties. However, after a few visits, the novelty does wear off. Especially after I have seen more than one drunk girl stick their face in the chocolate fountain!
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