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£12 - £26
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Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
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Reviewed 12 November 2023

Worst experience at a buffet. Rudest staff I encountered my entire life and the food is poor. My issue was that everything was far too greasy that I couldn’t eat it. Even the salads were riddled with nasty oil! Made me sick

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 21 October 2023 via mobile

They are a very uncivil group of employees. They started clearing everything at 9.35. When they said it would be till ten and their website says it would be till 10.30. When challenged, no one was there to answer. No one was in charge, and...the manager had left! My special needs child could have only chocolate cake as a dessert, and he had nothing to eat. Never again. This is after spending £120.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 September 2023

It is with great sadness that I am compelled to write this review. I remember the good days pre-covid when there would be huge queues to go into a Global Buffet and mounds of fresh appetising looking food awaited you. If that's what you're thinking...of please look elsewhere. I went on a Friday night 8pm and what I experienced was shocking. I appreciate we are living in tough economic times and food wastage is a real problem but I don't know how long this Buffet can continue in its current state. I must add the tables were sparsely filled. A few gripes : 1) Many food items looked unappealing for example the paella that looked more dry than a TV dinner under a hot lamp. Not forgetting the curry's with small portions remaining. 2) By the time it was dessert we had at least 7 dirty plates on our table... Service must improve if you are to continue to survive. Why anyone would be going there for a birthday celebration is beyond my comprehension. 3) When time for dessert it was almost empty. First time I sat down to no dessert. Second time I went up some had been refilled. A poor representation of a Global Food Buffet from my teens. Go here if you want to try global cuisine but have low expectations.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 25 September 2023

Price is way to expensive for mediocre food and drinks are not even included in the price, you feel like you have to eat loads to get your moneys worth but the food isn't even that nice, would not recommend would not go back

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 27 August 2023

We had fun….there was a taste of everything there….it was my son’s 1st birthday and he tried out different kind of foods…I will definitely be coming back

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 9 August 2023

Over priced for what you get. Have been to others and felt this one was not up to the same standard. Best part of £30 which I felt wasn’t best spent. Wobbly table and after we lived no one fixed the issue just sat couple...after couple on it who all moved. Not as great selection of food as others.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 23 June 2023

The food options was much more better before covid after that they dont have much choices and they take extra for drinks now but still when we go we are full. they have problem with the postcode in they website its wrong.if you go by...taxi use postcode IG1 2ZG not ig1 2ws as per they website its will drop you to another placeMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 9 June 2023

Plates not hot.. and most of the food are cold..selection of food very minumum unlike other JRC branches.. I have been to different JRC branches and Ilford branch is the worst…

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 31 May 2023

HORRIBLE! so expensive so was not worth it. staff were EXTREMELY rude nd lazy. the food was trash.it was just an aesthetically pleasing venue thats it.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 8 May 2023

Avoid like the plague. Horrible food. Wonder why the place was dead??? It isn’t cheap. Go to Greggs instead.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 30 April 2023

If you are looking for a wide range of cuisines from all over the world prepared to the best of taste, JCR buffet Ilford is the best I have seen sofar to fullfil that.Variety of food choices at your disposal. The food was very tasty....Can wait to go back.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 19 February 2023

We paid £57 ncluding £3.50 each for unlimited drinks, which is OK. The lady at front desk was nice and we were seated quickly. You have an hour and a half eating time alloted. Sweet and sour chicken was tasty and juicy. Egg fried rice...was bland. The pizza slices were soggy, and some of the desserts could have been fresher. I ordered green tea and wasn't happy it came as a loose tea. They didn't do tea bags unfortunately, and advised me to wait 2 mins for the leaves to settle so I accepted it. I went up again to ask for a glass for a drink and was told I'll need to swap my tea for the drink otherwise I'll be charged extra. I thought this was ridiculous considering drinks and teas are unlimited, so I asked for a manager who advised they have a one glass per customer policy, apologised but wasn't willing to budge, so I still had to swap my tea for a drink; seeing the member of staff pour the tea down the sink was such a waste. Not the best customer service in that regard, plus when i suggested they advise customers paying for unlimited drinks of their policy, their response (paraphrasing) was: "do you expect us to tell every customer?!" - I said yes. If I could, I'd give them 2.5 stars as they're average.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 22 January 2023 via mobile

Do not come to this restaurant global buffet Ilford very rude staff and poor service. I am very much disappointed.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 22 January 2023

Prior lockdown, I would take family and friends for midday lunch, reasonable cost and we enjoyed, mostly what was provided. Some time ago, I noticed they were no longer doing midweek meal, so it was more expensive evening or weekends. My sister in law and...my brother are both disabled but asked to return for her birthday (I was unable to book the free birthday meal as the website button would not work). If you have to returned to the Global recently beware the prices have really gone up,; used to pay £12.50 now £25 per head for Saturday lunch, not including drinks and Diet Coke £3.50 each - £85.50 for three. I know there were more choices available now but we eat what we had previously ate, no sorry I had two sushi. There were signs stating Beware of Hot Plates - no ALL plates were cold, the air conditioning was on, so food was a lot cooler when it got to the table. I did mention this to two staff and I just got ‘sorry’ Well ‘sorry, we will not be returning’!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 3 January 2023

DON'T COME HERE! I’ve been to JRC since it opened and have to say over the years the standard and general upkeep of venue is going downhill, just look at the customer notices around the teppanyaki station, they are barely legible, nearly ten years old...and yet no one thinks they are worth changing?.. The restaurant generally looked dirty. Now onto the food, for what they are charging these days the food is ok at best, I know we’re in an energy crisis but everything and I mean everything was luke warm at best, the guys running the teppanyaki station are absolutely clueless and clearly have little to no experience cooking Japanese food, I had two portions of chops which tasty totally different. The staff all looked miserable af which added to the general bad experience, no one came and took finished plates away fast enough even though we went during a quiet period and the restaurant wasn’t busy. I can’t see myself ever coming back here, I’d rather spend £80 in a ’la carte restaurant with hot food, free refills, decent service and in a clean environment with some change and a doggy bag. Going here reminded me of a bad all-inclusive Hotel where it was good at one time but the management had just stopped caring and started trying to squeeze every penny out of the venue for not very much added value for the consumer.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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The restaurant is on the first floor, up the escalators or there is also a lift available.
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Food was really bad 👎 😩 Some of the dish name not match with Food name in buffet dish £18.99 waste your money service Good, really bad and half of the dish missing what in website most Food are fries
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JRC Global Buffet Ilford is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3
  • Value: 3
  • Atmosphere: 3.5