Kings – Chinese buffet

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There’s something very satisfying about buffet.
Kings is still our favourite Chinese buffet restaurant, but there’s something we don’t understand.
Kings is a Chinese buffet, an all-you-can-eat feast of flavours and textures.
An empty station? Don’t worry, it will have been filled with freshly cooked delights before that happens…
So, why then do people insist on collecting a mountainous pile of food on their plates?
If they can return to the buffet, whenever they want, to collect fresh cooked, hot food. Why collect as much food as can be piled on the plate, to go cold as you plough through it?


The Golden Sea

Golden Sea smAs part of Brighouse Arts Festival I’ve got twelve meals drawings on display at The Pot Spot.

So, twelve meals at various restaurants and cafes in and around Brighouse. Well, actually they’re pretty much all in the centre of Brighouse.

The Golden Sea restaurant is located on what, I suppose is, the main ring road round Brighouse.

I was given and warm welcome and the food was delicious. (I really need to find a thesaurus to cook up some fresh adjectives. Caroline jokes that she can tell when I’ve enjoyed a meal out; if the waiter or waitress asks if we are enjoying our meal and I say that’s it’s delicious, then I am enjoying the food. If, however, I simple nod, or say that it is nice, then I am not.) This meal was delicious. And the portions were quite substantial too.

I could have dined out on the Salt and Pepper Ribs alone; succulent ribs with a sprinkling of chilli.

I’ve not had Popo Chicken before and it reminded me a little of sweet and sour chicken (which it was not), the sauce was mildly spicy and garlicky.

The Special Fried Rice was packed with colour and tastes and again I could have quite easily picked that one dish as a meal on it’s own.

I have to admit I had to ask for the remains of the Popo Chicken and the Special Fried rice to be boxed up and I enjoyed them all over again for my tea the following day.


Kings – A new Chinese buffet restaurant

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One of our favourite places to eat out at in Huddersfeield was Jumbo’s Chinese Buffet. I think it was because when Lucy was quite little she was rather partial to prawn toast (or crawn toast as she called it then). It meant that Caroline and I could have a relatively good meal out and feed Lucy up too. I hasten to add that she did eat other things too!

But Jumbo’s closed down several months ago.

Just imagine our delight to discover that another Chinese Buffet had opened to fill it’s gap.

It didn’t disappoint 🙂

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I didn’t scoff my way through piles and piles of buffet to achieve my drawing; instead I have to report that I just had lots of VERY small portions of dishes! Okay, I’ll come clean! I had a larger serving of the Satay Chicken, but only because it was really tasty and I wanted some more … and it was an all-you-can-eat-buffet.


The Canton Chef – Honley

Caroline and I had a lovely meal out at The Canton Chef, at Honley, the other evening.

As you can see I gave myself the evening off (Well, as far as I could!) … and drew the empty dishes as we finished each course.

I think this was the first time that I deliberately tried to draw each of the elements of a meal out. Now, of course I’m in full swing (and eating many cold meals out 😦


Oriental Buffet

After popping into the Art Gallery in Bradford, after work, I thought I would sample one of the newer oriental buffets.

The range of dishes was a bit limited and, as I sadly wrote at the time, a large group came in shortly after I arrived and finished off the whole of the crispy duck, leaving just a smear of hoisin and a trail of pancakes in their wake.

Pre-drawing I would have felt very self conscious sitting in a restaurant on my own. Now, of course, I sit with my sketchbook and paints, just courting people to look and stare. They don’t tend to look over too much. I often feel like a bit of a curiosity, sitting there sketching. (I’m sure I overheard a waitress describe me as a wierdo the other day. Or was that my paranoia kicking in?)