Ahhh... Za Za. In no other place can you find such an extraordinary variety of entrees, mains and desserts brought together for your tastebud's delight!
Za Za Bazaar is an all-you-can-eat buffet in the centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne that offers a truly global selection of food.
Located in The Gate, Za Za has a fixed price per person, which changes slightly depending on the time of day and day of the week you visit, as follows:
Lunch Monday to Thursday from 12 noon - £8.99 / Fri & Sat - £9.99 Dinner (5pm to 11pm) Monday to Thursday - £13.99 / Fri & Sat £15.99 Sunday Carvery - £12.99 All Day Children's Prices - 0-4 yrs old FREE / 5-11 yrs old Half Price.
You absolutely must book in advance if you are considering dinner, though it is possible to get a table as a walk-in for lunch. On arrival, you will be greeted at the door and shown to your table, where you can order your drinks. Once you're settled it's up to you to grab a warm plate from the stands by the buffet benches and pick up whichever cuisine tickles your fancy!
I love to head to the Japanese section first, where chefs are whipping up row after roll of miniature sushi. Further along there's made-to-order wok-tossed stir fry - just had the chef the ingredients you've chosen and watch it sizzle before your eyes! Next up is Indian, and then some Western-style options: a slightly lonely salad bar, pizza and pasta, garlic bread and American Kentucky chicken.
When in doubt, grab a bit of everything! My plate at Za Za usually gets weird and colourful
Finally, you simply cannot miss the desserts - I'm sure you will somehow find room for one... or three! As well as ice-cream sundaes, cakes and muffins and jelly, there's rice pudding and the ever-sweet gulaab jamun, an asian type of milk dumplings in syrup water.
Because it is located within another building, the atmosphere at Za Za is quite dark and artificial - you will be strangely relieved to leave (or is that because I always eat so much I can no longer stand the sight of food!) It is usually very busy, but other customers are generally very polite so there isn't a feeling of competition for food. Staff are helpful, and it must be some sort of miracle how clean the place remains, given the sheer scale of coking and custom.
Overall, the food is not as good as you might find in another restaurant, but this is made up for by the number of choices you are given. I definitely recommend giving Za Za a try - just make sure you're VERY hungry when you arrive!