The all-you-can-eat buffet might be in decline in London, apart from at weekend brunch where it's at an all-time high, but there are still places where you can eat your bodyweight in pizza, dumplings or tandoori chicken any day of the week. We've rounded up the best of them.
There are branches of this Brazilian joint in Islington and at The O2 -- both, in true churrascaria-style, offering eat-as-much-as-you-can. £27.90 a head, or £19.90 for vegetarians, gets you unlimited access to a salad bar as well as a card that’s green on one side, red on the other. For as long as you display the green side, the waiters will continue to come round and carve meat from large skewers straight onto your plate. It’s every bit as intense as it sounds, so only come if you're in the market for an enormous amount of meat -- which is expertly-grilled and tender, though it does unashamedly lean towards the fattier cuts.
This N1 Indian would still be good value at a lot more than the £7.95 a head they currently charge for their vegetarian buffet. The line-up changes constantly but it's reliably good and a flat price across the day -- unlike many of the other buffets in this article -- so you don't have to be strategic about your timings. Come prepared though: it's BYO and as they're not shy of heat in the curries, you might want to have a beer in arm's reach.
A love-it-or-hate-it place, this Chinese buffet is impersonally enormous. The Park Royal location has a strong feel of 'US strip mall' and people have been known to doubt just how Chinese or how classic their 'Chinese Classics' section is.
But the thing is, it's alright food for ridiculously low prices. Grown-ups pay from £6.90 for a weekday lunchtime to £7.70 at weekends, and a few pounds more at dinner. That gets you free reign of 30 dishes at lunchtime, double that for dinner, parking's free, children's meals are cheaper and there are two karaoke rooms. For when one karaoke room isn't enough.
What's this? Oh, Just your humble 200-odd seater Chinese-Thai-Indian-Italian fusion restaurant. Jamming together so many different cuisines the food varies in quality -- they haven't really nailed the pizzas -- but the oven-warm naan breads, grilled tandoori meats and Thai curries are all good. Lunch starts at £8.99 Monday to Saturday, getting higher for dinner and Sunday lunch, and topping out at £17.99 for weekend dinners.
This churrascaria, with branches across London, works in the same way as Rodizio Rico - also covered in this list. Same unlimited servings of grilled meat, same traffic-light signs for showing the servers your ongoing desire vs total inability to eat more meat. But they also have an alternative for £19.95 to miss the grilled meat altogether and instead go for the -- still impressive -- all-you-can-eat selection of traditional Brazilian hot dishes and salads.
The buffet at this Camden restaurant starts at 5pm every day, with a surprisingly good range of Latin American and Japanese dishes. It's on the steeper side of these all-you-can-eat buffets -- you could eat your fill for £21 a head in plenty of restaurants -- but raw fish isn't something to cut corners with. The higher prices might also be responsible for the decent buzz at their Camden Lock home, as people tend to come and stay for the evening to get their money's worth.