MAN, you gotta' love this place. I know I do, I just wish I wasn't so small and then I could eat more! All you can eat buffets are one of the best inventions ever, they are up there with the wheel and those cheese grater box things. Amazing. They opened in Leeds in 2003 and can seat over 200 people.
My better half and I had met up in town before going to the cinema and had an hour to kill. On passing No 1. we both looked at each other with a glint in eyes. We don't need to even discuss it. YES. We will go there for dinner, even though we are trying to be good with money, mischievous spending is absolutely fine, as long as it's on oriental food (obviously).
It does look really tacky outside with the neon lighting calling you in from the cold and dark. But that's all part of the fun. As you walk in you are shown to your seats briskly (they like a quick customer turn over just like many other oriental food outlets). The tables are quite small and close together but it didn't bother us, we were starving and are both serious appreciators of oriental food so just wanted to get to the bit where we can eat as much as we want.
Once you are seated you are left to your own devices of piling food onto your paper plates. In the next room there are rows and rows of steaming hot trays of various mouth watering goods. Deep fried chicken, veg stir fry, sweet and sour chicken, roast belly pork, chicken noodles, prawn toast, egg fried rice.....yumyumyum! The list goes on. In total they serve over 60 different dishes! They also have a salad bar if you fancy a 'yin and yang' or 'good cop, bad cop' type meal, with a healthy salad alongside mounds of the guilty pleasures.
We gobbled greedily, grinning and giggling from the deliciousness and the slight giddy effects of an MSG overload. But, MY GOD, it was good. The quality of the food, I have to say, is not up there with the best, but still very very tasty.
Happy Hour is 4pm - 6pm on Monday to Saturday, and 11.45 till 6pm on Sundays at £6.90 all you can eat, for adults. They also do a slightly cheaper student deal. Oo! And included in this you get desert, where you can choose from as much ice cream, or swiss rolls as you want, and maple syrup. Pure indulgence.
Went here for a meal here last week with my parter and it wasn't all that it looked. The food wasn't great and much to our suprise when we was eating a tramp/homeless guy came in of the street and started eating from the food bowels and buffet counter and the staff didn't react at a pace I would of hoped. One member of staff was having an argument at the door with a friend of the tramps.
I can assume it happens somewhat more often than they will let on.
Maybe a great service at the door would be a good idea.
By no means would I go out of my way to put a 1* on this place, it has its fans and those who put it down. Its a simple Chinese all you can eat restaurant with a mighty selection of food to endulge in if you're in the area and do not fancy spending a little for a lot. The food is fine and you will sure to finish up feeling satisfied, if not a little guilty for overdoing it! The staff are friendly and the service works on a 'grab them if you need them' basis.
If you happen to have an hour to fill and happen to be up for endulging in a bit of Chinese, without the glamour associated with dining out, there is nothing wrong with No 1 Original Buffet.
Since the selection has been expanded, this place is ace. They do char-siu buns, which you don't get in a lot of restaurants, ad that impressed me. I particularly like all the tasty starters, and always keep room for pineapple fritter and golden syrup, mmm
Good food at cheap prices. Decor's a bit garish though!
Well I'm not sure what other people think on this place but personally I would rather eat ground glass than visit this place again. The staff are RUDE, they ignore you, and look at you like you just spat on them when you dare to complain about the filthy conditions of the restaurant, the cold, inedible slosh they call food and the dirty seats, tables, glasses and cutlery.
I have no idea why anyone would visit here. It's not particularly cheap in comparision with other restaurants in the area (I mean, at least McDonalds is clean), and it is not a place anyone would find pleasure in visiting or eating at.
I can only assume that they either make a huge loss or I have higher standards than sitting on a chip then drinking flat cola from a dirty glass whilst I eat food with dirt and hair in it.
This place is offers amazing value. The selection of dishes is huge. More dishes come out as the prices increases throughtout the day. My fave time is the evening buffet when the yummy crispy duck pancakes make an appearance. There's usually two soup with prawn crackers and large selection of salads then a huge range of hot main courses. With various types of rice,noodle and potatoes to go with them. There's plently for veggies too and they also have a selection of sweets like jellies, fruits and icecream. If your looking for a nice relaxing meal then this isn't the place for you as you'll be up and down for food throughout the meal and so will others around you. If you don't mind self service and fancy stuffing your face with lots of yummy Chinese dishes this place is perfect.
Quick note about some down sides
If your taking young children you pay half price they charged my 1 year old who only poked at a few chips so I wont be taking him again until he's old enough to stuff his face properly.
Also they don't serve tap water.
I went for the all you can eat buffet at No. 1 Oriental Buffet, and I must say they maybe regretted their promise when they saw how much I ate (though not as much as my companion!). Everthing deep-fried was good, but especially the vegetables, and out of those, especially the broccoli. Come on, who doesn't love deep-fried food. Have a fruit smoothie or something afterwards if you're getting nutrition guilt. If you've paid for an all-you-can-eat, health isn't going to be your main consideration anyhow. Deep fry broccoli and you might even get kids to eat it.
My companion loved the prawn rolls, but I'm allergic and denied that pleasure. I was quite keen myself on the nursery-style puddings: huge wodges of sponge and jelly. Yay!
I ate nearly enough to double my body weight, I was stuffed, I was happy, I got my money's worth and then some. Recommended.
3 Stars = A-OK, that's exactly what this place is A-OK. Its great if you're in one of those super hungry moods as it's an all you can eat at the lowest of costs. Next to the market, in a bit of a grubby area, this buffet has it's ups and downs. The selection of Chinese on offer is so vast you're sometimes full after you've only just shoved your starters of prawn toast and spring rolls down you. The downside is that in return for quantity you don't always get quality, I have had some very questionable meat from there and it wouldn't surprise me if some people left running for the toilets. For an all you can eat buffet the service is surprisingly very good, the waiters are very friendly and right at your service, not that much needs doing as it really is a help yourself kind of place.
The only good time to eat here is if you are starving, fancy Chinese and are a passer by. I would never go out of my way to eat here as there's only so many spare ribs with about one bite of meat on, that i can stand.
its an ok place to pop into for lunch when shopping in leeds, food was ok, nothing that sticks to mind as really good, they did do some dim sum dishes on the buffet
service was efficient, place was clean to look at and prices cheap enough. toilets basic, though dirt behind doors and in the corners!
my main worry was the self service, on a hygiene level, was not that well planned out.
the serving ultensil handles were not long enough for the handles to remain out of the food, when put back. and the serving spoons for the rice, was in the rice pot?
the chef may have washed his/hers hands after going to the toilet, just as you would expect them to.
but what about the people that handled that spoon when serving themselves? and put the spoon back into the rice! and this was a very busy restaurant.
so lets say i skipped having the rice!
hopefully they have invested in some suitable serving ultensils since our visit last month!
If you're after stuffing your face with Chinese food then get yourself down to this place, its right next to Kirkgate Market in Leed centre and is a bargain of a place for all you Chinese food lovers. If you get there on a lunchtime before 4pm is only £5.50 for the buffett. They have a good variety of dishes although I was a bit dissapointed with the beef in some of the dishes as it was a bit fatty but the pork was divine and I'm not a huge fan of pork dishes usually but this was tasty good with no fat on it at all. They also have a salad bar randomly which I don't get, why would you want salad when you go to an all you can eat Chinese Buffett?? And if you can manage it they also have a selection of sweets to finish you off.
This is a great place for a Chinese buffet- they have two tables of food with a huge variety- spare ribs, some dim sum, lots of veggies, however, nothing special comes to mind. One of the lesser known option is that you can choose to have authentic chinese hot pot (or chinese fondue). The price is around 12 pounds and you have an extra table of choice of raw meat (beef), shrimp, squid, crab, noodles, fish balls, etc. It is well worth it if you spend your time eating all the crab! In addition, you can also choose from the other tables of food if you want to eat cooked chinese food.
For the price you pay the food is good. I always eat plenty when I'm here because there's plenty I like, but some people may not find it has as much as they like. The duck and pancakes is fab. If you want a cheap and cheerful night out then this is the place for you.
Chinese,cantonese,peking food .Eat as much as you like from £5.50 per person. Good place to go for something good to eat after busy day shopping in Leeds city centre.
If you want a cheap, fast meal this oriental buffet is excellent. It has a large choice of dishes to choose from, including starters, main course and dessert. It is an ideal place to visit for lunch and is very child and student friendly - they also offer an NUS discount.
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