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Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:12 pm
by The Crab of Nemesis
Just a quick question about Flambo's. We're going up to the hotel for Easter and taking my parents for the first time.

This is the first time I've stayed at the hotel not during Scarefest and so I've never actually had an evening meal there before.

We were looking at Flambo's as we thought the buffet would be good, but can't find anywhere what food is actually served there, just that there's a 'great selection'.

On the website it mentions Asian and Oriental cuisine which my Mum's not a huge fan of. I just wanted to check what else there was, do they serve pizza and pasta for instance? Is there British/American classics like burger, chips, vegetables, roasties?

Has anyone been who could give a more detailed description? Also, do you think it's worth the rather hefty price tag??

Thanks.

Re: Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:15 pm
by NoseyElephant
When I've been in the past they have had a great variety to please all -
A selection of "salad" stuff (lettuce, tomato, olives etc)
Soup (They seem to always have tomato and then a second soup like mushroom or leek and potato)
"Kids" food - chips, burgers, chicken nuggets etc
Vegetarian - pasta, stuffed peppers, baked potato
Carvery - 2 meats, roast pots, veg, yorkshire pudding etc
Mexican - fajitas, nachos
Chinese - egg fried rice, noodles, duck
Indian - more curry than you can shake a stick at
Puddings - Icecream, chocolate fountain, small cake selection

It is quite pricey, but it is an all you can eat. If you went out to a restaurant and had a 3 course meal I expect the bill would be much more expensive!!

Re: Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:30 pm
by jon18uk
It does feel worth the money when you are getting three courses for £20 and it's unlimited. The carvery is always good and in loved the goat curry when we were there last year. We got annual pass discount so only £16 which is a better price. Soft drinks are refillable too.

Re: Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:36 pm
by sully1311
Always gone there my past 3 visits, love it. Won't be disappointed if you love buffets.

Re: Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:27 pm
by The Crab of Nemesis
Thanks for your comments, love a good buffet and the variety sounds excellent, think we'll def go there :)

Re: Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:50 pm
by djtidus
We have just got back from 4 days at splash, personally I don't think the choice is as good as last season and you no longer get a drink as part of the buffet, refill sodas are now £3.25.

The starters tend to be a combination of tomato soup with either leak & potato or vegetable, there are also salads available.

The mains have changed this season as they used to rotate the mains last year on a night to night basis as now the only thing that really changes is whether you have pork or chicken kebab skewers, also available are tuna steaks, ribs and salt and pepper chicken wings. They still have the carvery with the choice of beef, chicken or gammon.

They have also done away with the ice cream stall and replaced this with a Mr Whippy style ice cream machine so you no longer get a choice of flavours. You still get the usually choice of jelly, fruit, cakes and the usual chocolate fountain snacks.

Re: Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:24 pm
by pillsburyb
It's got a good choice. but if you are a plain Jane when it comes to food then you may struggle.

In my opinion it is overpriced compared to the outside world, but when comparing it to options on site it is a good price.

Re: Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:20 pm
by jon18uk
I don't think it is hugely expensive for a three course meal really. Although if they push it over £20 for adults then it is bad!

Does anyone know if they still do jamacan style goat curry? I really enjoyed that last year.

Re: Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:41 pm
by cjd78
FLAMBOS - MY LITTLE NATTER

GOAT CURRY (Response to previous post) - The goat curry was / is lovely. It hasnt been on the past two times we have been (both this year) however I will ask on friday as we may go then...

CHOICE - I dont think the choice has gone down overall - its a shame they got rid of the ice cream stall but I do think there is a larger choice of BBQ style meats such as the sticky ribs they always now seem to have on and I think they have slightly expanded the kiddies food choice...

TECHNIQUE - DONT rush
DONT put too much on your plate (you will fill yourself too quickly) - you can always get another!!!!
DONT let them take your cutlery away!
They never rush you in there and if you want you can stay at your table until 10pm! - We often wait 15 minutes between little tapas style courses! You will get better value for money the longer you stay in and then wont want to eat the next day!

ANY NIGGLES? - TO complain about ANY of our experiences I would have to be VERY VERY picky as we have always had a fab time.... So being really picky from the experience of going approx 20 times - (but not enough to complain about!)....
1. Cant always find cold plates / dishes for cold stuff and desserts - there is always plenty but they can be warm.
2. TEASPOONS! - buy more please merlin!
3. BEEF on the carvery is too overdone for my liking (hit and miss whether you go on a night when it is a little pink in the middle)
4. Merlin why did you get rid of the Cart'Dour ICE CREAM fridge :(.

GOOD POINTS (Probably more than this!)...
1. Staff are just brill
2. Very efficiently ran given the throughput
3. Brilliant Choice
4. Fantastic Tapas / Starter options
5. Just magical for Kids - makes their day
6. Makes taybarns look like dog food
7. Atmosphere and surrounding.

SUMMARY
We live only 20 mins away and go to use the waterpark about once a fortnight and the whole place is a bolt-hole for us - it makes us feel we are on holiday. We succumb to FLambos probably 4-6 times a year... We absolutely LOVE flambos and its brill - as a previous user said, we pay just £16 as we get the AP discount but its worth it if you are hungry when you go in.

Re: Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:45 pm
by RCandrew
:D love this! I just remember having dinner with like 5 puddings \:D/ haha!

Re: Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:56 pm
by Justin
Hey,

The restaurant is ok, however I found the service a little slow. I was waiting 20 minutes for my refillable cup. Other than that it is standard for vegetarians, which I am.

Re: Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:26 am
by LittlestarRed
2 very different experiences at Flambo's this week!

1st night was great! The service was impeccable, the caribbean pork curry was to die for, and we all enjoyed the quality and selection of food. The kids loved the desserts in particular!

2nd night was not so good. Service for drinks was extremely slow and the staff seemed over burdened, a little flustered and ill tempered. We were left waiting 20 mins without any service at all. I had to approach the waiter in between tables to bring this to his attention, at which point he rolled his eyes at me and said he'd be over to take our drinks order soon!
The food was still very good, though I must say that the chicken curry on offer wasn't a patch on the pork curry from the night before!
Trying to get the bill at the end of our meal was a similar experience to getting our drinks ordered. I managed to get the waiters attention, but on asking for the bill was met with a sigh, it just seemed like it was hassle to him.

Maybe they were short staffed on the 2nd night? On a good night it's a great place to eat. The atmosphere and the food are good, and overlooking the water park while you eat is fun!

I don't think the price is too bad, especially if you have annual pass discount!

With the kids in tow it was better than the Secret Garden, which we ate at on our first night. The kids much preferred it! So much so we changed our booking from Secret Garden to Flambos at their request for the 3rd night!

Re: Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:09 pm
by Justin
It sound like you had a similar experience LittlestarRed.
I visited last Saturday!

Re: Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:45 am
by LittlestarRed
Yes dropkick10, it does!
I had been hoping ours was an isolated incident on a busy and understaffed night.
Let's hope that they improve on the customer service soon, as when you get good service (Ralf, our waiter from the 1st night deserves a mention here, as he was great!) it's a fab place!

Re: Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:59 am
by Smiley
I looked at Flambo's when I stayed last month. If you like buffets then you will be pleased I'm sure. Unless you're really, really hungry I'd suggest going to the Garden Restaurant (book in advance). The food has always been good and it's not so expensive.

It also feels a lot cooler than Flambos, and esp. the pizza place (boiling from the water park heat!)

Re: Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 4:59 pm
by jon18uk
Smiley wrote:
Unless you're really, really hungry I'd suggest going to the Garden Restaurant (book in advance). The food has always been good and it's not so expensive.


It does depend how much you want to eat as to whether secret garden works out cheaper, if you order three courses it is going to be around £20-£23 at Secret Garden (http://www.altontowers.com/uploadedImag ... JPG?n=2244) whereasd Flambo's is £19.95 no matter how many courses you eat.

So if you only want main and dessert you will save money at secret garden, if you want plenty of food then go to Flambo's

Re: Flambo's exotic Feast

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:42 am
by Smiley
Quality / quantity / experience. That's the mix and that's why you choose one over the other.

But if I don't like the food at the Secret Garden I can send it back :-) It all depends on what you want, I've seen lots of happy people coming out of both!