A great believer in exploring the off beat, non-touristy things hidden inside every city.
Published January 21st 2018
A foodie haven of sorts
New Year's eve found us doing a family meal at the 'All you can eat' buffet at JRC Croydon. To make this review a little more balanced, I thought of asking my 13-year old daughter what her take was on it, before summing it up with my observations at the end. So, in her words (which I think could be extrapolated to other hungry teens):
Picture this: hundreds of dishes and delectable desserts-a girl can dream right? But you don't have thanks to JRC Croydon a gem in the middle of the Valley Retail Park in Purley Way.The food ranges from 12 different countries and options available for people with different dietary needs. Nota Bene: you should make a note not to eat any full meals prior to going there to enjoy the full experience, as I can assure you that you will be stuffed as you leave the premises."
She goes on to note that "the staff is friendly and make the experience more pleasant with their ready smiles.The restaurant itself is a buffet set up and on your table is a map showing how to get from 'station' to 'station' as it can get a little confusing if it is your first visit to JRC. The decor in the restaurant is very aesthetically pleasing and gives off an almost mid-century modern vibe and has a low light situation going in the seating area.The prices are somewhat reasonable for a buffet of this calibre and come in at £19.99 for an adult (which includes a bottomless soft drink too).The normal price for a child (under 150cm) is half that price. Then there's a thing they do for birthdays- as in you get a free meal on your birthday (along with a fully paying customer)"
So, what's my take on JRC? Well, having been there a few times now, I think its a good place to go if you have a large number in your party, especially when you know people have definite likes and dislikes about a type of cuisine. There's something for everyone under the same roof, that's for sure. However, on the flip side, I am now coming to that age and stage in life where I'd rather do a spot of gourmet or fine dining of a selected cuisine rather than crowd my plate with such eclectic fare. But that's why I asked my teenager what her views were, because certainly for the young and hungry among us, this is definitely a must-do.