there relatively New buffet style restaurant in the building we are in Glasgow Live They were eager to sample everything it claims to offer.
COSMO Authentic World Kitchen opened its doors at St Enoch Center earlier this year after we got our first look back in February.
Southsiders is a hop, skip, and hop away from the original Glasgow concession at Silverburn Shopping Centre. But it has since landed downtown, and between its promises of a teppanyaki stand, towering chocolate fountain, and robotic waiters, we had to see what all the fuss was about.
What were our first impressions?
For the warm and sunny Tuesday evenings (the summer solstice to be exact) the place was attacked. We were surprised by the number of large parties, couples and families young and old who were chasing hot dishes and crammed into soft drink stalls.
The crowd numbers were an encouraging sight and within seconds we were directed to a table relatively close to the saccharine on display. The restaurant extends to the back with a number of long tables, private booths, and standard tables for smaller groups.
The decor was modern and appropriate that did not reflect a particular trend or theme. Although the buffet never looks formal, the casual surroundings were friendly, not hectic and the waiters were quick to take our drink orders and guide us to the dining area.
There were also two joint robots on shift; Bella and Hula. The pair automatically move along with the tables to help waiters stack and plate dishes and cutlery.
We’re all for a bit of a renewal factor here at Glasgow Live But in all honesty this seemed like a gimmick and the “real” staff were more than able to run the floor themselves.
What did we eat?
Do you go without saying? Much. While some ‘international buffets’ stick some trays of noodles alongside mostly Asian cuisine, we felt COSMO had a good experience serving dishes from many corners of the world for as low as £18.50 per adult.
We sampled a few pieces from the starter sushi station which were quite palatable but the portions were small and lacked variety. Turning to the main lines, we first headed to the Chinese and Indian regions; Our plates pile with fried rice, chow mein, curry, prawn crackers, and plenty of green veggies because we balance…
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The first round featured Szechuan roast pork that had just the right amount of tang and spices as well as beef and black bean sauce that wasn’t tough or coarse, as is often the case with some takeaways. Everything we tried was hot.
As we perused the teppanyaki stand, which featured beef, salmon and king prawns, we were very patient for the second course, so we explored more of the Asian dishes on offer. We evaluated butter chicken with marinated onions on the side on a bed of pilau rice. Going west, the hot chicken wings were full of fire, but we felt the “salt and chili flakes” could have been mixed in with some heat and mixed vegetables.
For dessert, we enjoyed sampling the marshmallows from the chocolate fountain but didn’t have time to try any of the cakes on offer. While the stand lacked nice presentation, we noticed people constantly coming back for more treats that were promising.
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What is the ruling?
Adults dining at COSMO have to pay £18.50 for the privilege and we felt it was well worth the money. COSMO heads don’t promise magic but given the purpose of cheap, convenient and varied buffets to suit all tastes – this joint ticks all the boxes.
While other buffet restaurants serve up the substance and forget the style, we think COSMO offers a little finesse while not pretending to be something it isn’t. Kids can dine for £8.50 midweek which is more cost-effective than other dining options in the city centre.
Set next to the VUE cinema, along with other new restaurants in St Enoch, COSMO is a good option for a midweek night out that doesn’t include driving to remote malls and retail parks. We wouldn’t rush back to COSMO, but would recommend for larger groups looking for a casual night out, post-work gatherings, and pre-cinema trails.
For more information and to make reservations, head over to the COSMO website.
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