An empty stomach is a must before a visit to Grantham’s only all-you-can-eat restaurant.
With soup, salad and dessert bars in addition to the Chinese, Indian, Mexican and pizza stations, there’s no chance you’ll go home hungry from Arri 88 World Buffet.
A word of warning though...pace yourselves! Both my partner and I were too full after trips to the Chinese and Indian stations to manage a pizza or to sample any Mexican food. We did squeeze in a bit of pudding though!
Our trip to Arri 88 got off to a good start when a waitress asked if we would like a tour as we hadn’t been there before. I thought this was a lovely touch, and useful as she explained that pizzas and naan breads were made to order.
Throughout the meal we were asked by four members of staff whether we were enjoying our food, which in itself deserves a full star. We felt very much looked after.
Arri himself stopped by our table to tell us some of the new ventures coming up, which include a Sunday carvery alongside some of the buffet selections. Unusual mix but I hope it works.
Considering each food station is relatively small, there is a good variety of dishes on offer. And the fact that the serving containers are small means you are reassured that the food is fresh and replaced regularly.
The options of mild and spicier curries was handy as there is something for everyone. The made-to-order garlic naan bread Gary and I shared was especially nice, fresh and buttery. We also picked up a couple of poppadoms which came with the usual selection of chutneys and dips.
Food quality was much better than that of some other buffet restaurants we’ve dined at previously, although there is a noticeable difference between the buffet food and better quality Chinese/Indian restaurants in town. But that is to be expected, and the food was still tasty.
If you’ve room, there is a nice selection of desserts available. My other half tried the lemon sponge and gave it a thumbs-up, while I opted for a chocolate fudge cake. And it was delicious. Other desserts on offer were Bakewell tart, chocolate brownie and jelly cubes.
The ambience at Arri 88 is relaxed and you don’t feel rushed. I quite liked the decor and feel Arri has done a great job with the space, which many will remember was a clothing shop previously. Plus, the place was spotless.
Review by Marie Baker