I wholeheartedly resent the “All you Can Eat” concept; particularly with buffets.
It is a sketchy (yet intelligent) marketing premise and is a guarantee that your meal will be void of quality essentials such as truffle oils, avocadoes, and perhaps even WHOLE EGGS.
No thanks, I would rather go hungry and feed on seven leaves of organic radicchio for the same price.
Disclaimer: May be perceived as offensive…take with a grain of (Pink Himalayan) salt
So, here it is: Five Reasons Why I Shun All-You-Can-Eat Buffets:
1. The Food Sits Out: While I am sure some establishments are adamant about refreshing trays as frequently as possible, most stick to switching out dishes once they near completion…which could very well be never for unpopular dishes such as potato salad. Plus, we all know how unappetising congealed scrambled eggs drowning under wisps of grease look, which leads me to my next point…
2. Egg beaters: Unless you are dining at the Four Seasons, chances are those scrambled eggs are egg beaters, which is why their colour is so monotonous. And while some people adore and swear by the convenience of egg beaters, I only consume my unborn chicken spawn from their original shelling.
3. Hygiene: Even if the establishment abides by all the health codes in the world, people are inherently gross…particularly children. They will grab a piece of toast, notice it’s whole wheat, and shunt he tongs to put it back WITH THEIR HANDS! Hands which have touched doorknobs!
4. Food Quality: Anything all-you-can-eat is going to be lower quality, because in reality the restaurant does not actually know how much you can eat. And of course there are many people who will devour the sun and the moon and the stars in one sitting thinking they are taking part in a fabulous deal (when in reality they are polluting themselves with poor quality ingredients and demolishing their productivity potential for the remaining calendar day). Note to yourself: If you are paying $9.95 for a lunch theme park, then the beef wellington is most certainly NOT organic and grass-fed and that caviar is really some sort of artificial roe. Oh, and the caesar salad dressing would probably violate Danish law since it’s 87% trans-fat.
5. The Overwhelming Factor: Choice can be overwhelming, which is one of the many reasons why I am also an active shunner of casual dining establishments as their menus are far too vast! Any menu or spread with too many choices forces me to turn on my inherent cost-benefit-analysis and figure out which quantity and set of foods will lead to my optimal outcome. The factors that go into figuring this out are: Hunger levels, what I ate yesterday/earlier today, what I will eat later, is this a rare opportunity to eat this, will I be social for the rest of the day (if yes, anything with garlic or kimchi is automatically cancelled out), and of course cravings…if available. While this reason might not be applicable to all people, I am not afraid to admit that too much dining choice still elicits some anxiety.
With that said, I will admit that when abroad, I do enjoy hotel breakfast buffets- particularly the ones in Dubai, Riyadh, Stockholm, Bombay or Vienna; the price point is certainly higher (we’re talking closer to $50 per person), but the quality of the food is actually impeccable and the fact that I am traveling and have things to do, people to see, and chic outfits to wear prevents me from eating past the point of satisfaction. Oh, and the eggs are usually made to order!
What are your opinions of all you can eat buffets?
Best buffet you have ever eaten at?
Do you prefer limited dining menus or ones that resemble miniature textbooks?