Young freelance writer currently studying Computing in Sheffield Hallam University, enjoys visiting cafes, restaurants and events - documenting the experience is just a bonus.
Finding a good all you can eat buffet is hard to come by, they usually fall into the two categories of "plenty of food choices but not good quality" or "decent quality but not really enough choices" so when I came across Cosmo in Sheffield I was pleasantly surprised, with a sensible price of £15.50 per plate you can really get your money's worth.
If you like variety, this is the place for you. Hosting different world sections such as; House of Spice, Italian, Teppanyaki & Sushi and several more there's definitely something for everyone here. And it's all high-quality - or at least higher than you'd expect from an all you can eat buffet.
So let's talk about what you can expect from each of their different food types they have. Starting with the Italian you can expect the predictable pizza, which doesn't really hold up to a takeaway but you'd struggle to find nicer pizza in an all you can eat buffet. Alongside the select of pizzas (pepperoni, margherita and a vegetarian one if memory serves..) you can find garlic bread and a selection of pasta dishes lasagna and the classic chicken arrabbiata. Overall the Italian I would rate maybe an 8/10 - in an Italian restaurant it wouldn't really hold up but as a small slice of a large all-you-can-eat pie it really does impress.
Not world class Italian pizza - but definitely hits the spot.
When I visited Cosmo this next section was definitely the most popular; World of Asia. Serving things you might and also might not expect, it really is quite a treat for both the adventurous and those who err on the side of caution. From the plain chicken and sweetcorn soup - to the impressive aromatic crispy duck (with pancakes, hoisin sauce and greens of course) and Mongolian stir-fried lamb. With plenty more in between these dishes such as Beijing ribs - there's plenty to enjoy.
Not quite this clean on an all you can eat plate, but definitely as tasty.
Frankly, I'm not a huge fan of fish. In fact, I can't really eat it at all - but in the teppanyaki section there's plenty for both fish lovers and haters, there's a number of different sushi rolls and sashimi or for those who like their plates a little less fishy, there's yakitori and yakisoba which can be served with meat or vegetables instead.
Next up is the tasting kitchen - in this section they serve over 150 dishes and are constantly changing things up, expect things such as chilli con carne, mini cheese burgers, chorizo sausages and southern fried chicken wings.. this list can go on forever making Cosmo a great place to return to try something fresh. When I went they had an English food section which was filled with chicken nuggets, fish and chips and a few other things for those feeling a little less adventurous.
Skipping the carvery (roast beef, lamb, turkey) we come finally to the desserts menu - this is very much similar to the tasting kitchen, with over 70 potential desserts you really have no idea what to expect! Not listed on the website, the Sheffield Cosmo has its own chocolate fondue fountain with plenty of dipping options, which is great for the kids. But for the more grown ups there are plenty of cakes, trifles and others to enjoy.
To summarise.. if you're looking for a fun and tasty meal without breaking the bank - try Cosmo in Sheffield! There's so many options you can't really be disappointed.