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It’s a Cake Off! Cake Decorating at Red Hot World Buffet

Last week Red Hot World Buffet in Cardiff launched their new ‘Cake-away’ service and to celebrate the event, I was invited along to take part in a cake off!

Head Pastry Chef, Darshan Choudhari has designed eight cakes ready for customers to order and take away to enjoy at home. The cakes are have been designed so that there is something for everybody from a classic Strawberry Cheesecake to a more exotic Pineapple Passion.

Photo by Lauren Mahoney

I joined Cardiff bloggers, Helen Limbrick, Babettesffest and Cardiff Food Project along with two competition winners to sample some of the cakes and to decorate our own. The morning started with a demonstration from Darshan on how to make the perfect baked strawberry cheesecake which he made look effortless and then it was over to us! With tables full of icing, cream, ganache, unlimited supplies of fruit and the all important chocolate and other toppings, we were left to get creative.

I do enjoy baking but nevertheless, my impatience usually gets the better of me and my decorating skills wain slightly after a time. Neat and symmetrical is not my forte so I decided to go for ‘effortlessly random’ which is a stance I usually take when dressing and doing my hair on account of my lack of skills to make anything match and look ordered.

It was great fun being let loose on all the toppings and I think I got carried away with my three layer chocolate cake covered in ganache and coated with cream. Sickly was not the word! To cover my sorry attempt at icing, I topped my cake with randomly placed fruit and chocolate pieces and dashed almonds around the outside to hide the mess I had made with the cream.

I have to say, I don’t think my attempt was all that bad. Obviously it wouldn’t pass as a professional offering but considering the resources and the time, I was fairly happy. Saying that though, I did get pipped to the post by a small child!

You can view the range of cakes on offer from Red Hot World Buffet on their website.


Making Sushi With The Chefs At Red Hot World Buffet

I am fascinated by Japanese culture and food. Japan has always been on my list of places to visit but sadly on two occasions I have been set to go and something has prevented me from getting as far as booking tickets.

The freshness of the food and the idea of simple flavours that enhance the ingredients in a dish rather than over-complicating things is a revelation to me and one I have been dying to discover. Unfortunately, this post isn’t going to end with a visit to Japan but I did however recently get invited along to cook with the Sushi Chefs at Red Hot World Buffet in Cardiff.

I love sushi and I have made it at home before but without the proper equipment, I have used a cheaty method so I was very excited about being shown how to do it properly.

We were introduced to chefs Danny Dinningson Poththmi and Arvind Rawat who both have an impressive background having worked in restaurants all over the world including Japanese restaurant Japingo in Dubai. Head chef Uttam Kamokar has been a chef for 18 years and his CV includes Burj Al Arab in Dubai (the world’s only 7 star restaurant!). I felt that I was in good hands and after a demonstration, even more so.

Making around 800-1000 pieces of sushi a day, the chefs made it look very easy. It definitely wasn’t as easy as it looked but I did pick it up after a while and although significantly slower, my attempts were passable. We used the traditional method of making sushi roles with a sushi rolling mat covered in cling film and experimented with sushi rolls, moving onto Nigri. We even tried some Uramaki which was a challenge. These involve rolling the sushi so that the rice is on the outside.

If you haven’t made sushi before, I definitely recommend giving it a try. It’s great fun and once you get the hang of it, it isn’t too difficult. I recently bought a sushi mat and have been making sushi at home. They are very reasonably priced and you can pick up everything you need from any Japanese supermarket or online. Make sure you have a sharp knife though, this is vital otherwise the sushi gets squashed when you cut the roll into pieces.

Red Hot World Buffet Launch

Recently, Cardiff saw the opening of the new Red Hot World Buffet. The 16,000 sq foot, two-storey restaurant, in St David’s Shopping Centre is located on Hill Street in an external unit opposite Debenhams. It is one of the chain’s largest in the UK, serving 375 covers at any one time.

I was invited along to the launch along with a whole host of other people and it made for quite a spectacular event. Street performers made a show outside attracting many onlookers and once we were inside, the merriment continued with dancing singing and musicians.

Photo by Mike Hall Photography

The restaurant is nicely designed with a huge dining area and a separate buffet area and serves cuisines from around the world,  including Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Italian, Tex Mex, Cajun, Thai, Mediterranean and British.

After some speeches we were all invited to eat at the same time. I was picturing absolute chaos but even with a full house, it was easy to get around the buffet. It is spaced out very nicely with a separate section for each country’s cuisine and there is ample room to squeeze past people.

So how will this go down in Cardiff?

I think that for families and large groups this will be very popular. The price is right and there is something for everyone. I think children will find it immensely exciting. The inner child in me certainly piped up when I saw the desert station with all the colourful ice-cream and sweets!

Photo by Mike Hall Photography

I think for other’s they might find the range of food on offer a bit daunting. There certainly is an art to it. With so much choice, I found it better to stick to a few cuisines at a time. Sushi and cottage pie was not a good flavour combination but I learnt my lesson by my second plate.

I’ll look forward to trying the Red Hot World Buffet on a normal night.

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