Poul and I just came back from a wonderful evening at Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah. We had dinner at the buffet restaurant Saffron, which turned out to be very much like the huge buffets, you otherwise only see in Las Vegas. There were huge amounts of food from all over the world piled up on the tables and the cooking stations.
One area was dedicated to Chinese dumplings, another area to Indian tikka masala and in the middle of the restaurant a huge dragon was guarding the desserts. Everything looked really tempting, but through the years, I have gathered my fair share of buffet wits, so I knew where to keep my focus. Even though a juicy roast and wedge potatoes may look delicious, starting out with a big serving of that is a typical rookie mistake.
Yes, if you’re happy with only trying a tiny fraction of what the buffet has to offer, then yes, go ahead, knock yourself out, but if you want to spare enough appetite to try some of the really good stuff, then skip all the heavy main courses (which you can always cook at home…and probably cook much better), and stick to the small tasty starters and the desserts.
That was my very successful strategy for the evening and I can proudly say that I tasted all the things I wanted including sushi, smoked tuna, oysters and 5 different desserts:)