Review: Cosmo, Swansea
A few weeks ago the hubby and I took a night off from the kiddies and went out with my brother in law, his girlfriend and a couple of friends for a dinner in Cosmo in Swansea.
Cosmo is an all you can eat type restaurant which serves ‘pan-asian’ cuisine. I was quite apprehensive, because I am not a fan of all you can eat restaurants – the food is usually old and cheap and generally tasteless.
We had booked a table and when we arrived we were asked to pay for our meal up front!! Now I have NEVER been asked to do this before – I guess they are concerned about people walking out without paying. In fact, the whole place had the air of a nightclub about it – the staff were like bouncers and you even had to get a ticket to go out to the toilet. The restaurant itself is very modern and chic, lots of hard lines and shiny surfaces.
We were shown to our table and our drinks order taken…which we also were asked to pay for once our drinks arrived!! The waitress had never heard of a white wine spritzer and made me feel very stupid for ordering one. There was little explanation of the procedure so I asked the waitress. Essentially you can go up and get as much food as you like and keep doing that for the 2 hours that you are allowed to be there. Vegetarian foods were clearly labelled as such, which was great for me. All too often at all you can eat places you are forced to poke and prod at things to ascertain the contents!
The food was lovely, clearly very fresh and clean. There was a massive variety of Chinese, Indian and some English dishes. There were counters where food could be freshly cooked for you while you waited. I was very impressed with the quality and the cleanliness.
The only let down on the food side of things was the deserts. Some were clearly made with long life cream which affected the taste and many were bland and tasteless. A little bit of a let down.
All in all though, for £11.99 for an all you can eat dinner, in a lovely setting you can’t go wrong, as long as you don’t expect personal service or a cosy dinner.