Budget Restaurants: Buffets On A Budget

Budgets and buffets are words that do not go well together, so we put a best bang for buck list of buffets that won’t break the bank. Read on, and enjoy. 

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Weekend breakfast buffets at Trumps are the best. Whether you are going for super healthy or a full-on boere breakfast, they’ve got the spread for you. It’s not that heavy on the wallet either… and their coffee can hold its own to the bespoke baristas of Parkhurst. Buffet items range from fresh fruit to pancakes, waffles, bacon (so, so much bacon) and everything in between. There is also a build-your-own-omelette station.

Cedar Lodge

Sunday lunch at Cedar Lodge is what makes travelling to the west worth the trek. Cedar Lodge has built a massive reputation for itself as one of those hidden sushi gems that we come across every once in a while. But the buck does not stop there. On Sundays they bring out the big guns with all you can eat soups, salads, carveries and puddings galore. Their wine selection is quite impressive, with some of the wines being old enough to rent a car. Cedar Lodge is your best bet for a buffet on a budget. As an added bonus, Cedar Lodge also has a Sunday craft market you can check out after lunch.

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A best buffets article would not be complete without an all-you-can-eat sushi bar showing its face. One of our favourite places to grab sushi would be at Hokkaido. The sushi bar is named after the second largest island of Japan – an interesting fact to mull over while you munch on your sashimi. We like it because of the conveyor belt stuffed with avo maki, salmon California rolls, fashion sandwiches, hand rolls and more. Trust us, you will leave satisfied.

moyo Zoo Lake

moyo Zoo Lake made it on to this list because their braai-style buffets are priced pretty well for its quality. The buffets are only available over weekends and are quiet popular. The buffet consists of breads, dips, pickles, portions of braai meats and even some decadent desserts. Besides, you get to have lunch and have your face painted in lekker African style.

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Billy G

Get to enjoy amazing and delicious food at Billy G, offering you the best price for quality grub. From sticky BBQ ribs to hot and cold starters and a long line of crisp salads, you won’t leave hungry. And black, premium and gold Tsogo Sun card holders are eligible for discounts.

Chiefs Boma Restaurant

Enjoy food and tranquil indigenous gardens at Chiefs Boma Restaurant. Giving you authentic African cuisine from North African Moroccan Dishes to Koeksisters and Melktert from the Cape. With over 120 dishes, everyone is going to enjoy their favourite meals. This place is a great combination of buffet and tailor-made cooking to suit all tastes. Guess where our next buffet date is, at Boma of course!

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Jazz Maniacs Restaurant at The Soweto Hotel

This may be Joburg’s best kept secret. A shortcut to Jazz Maniacs in Soweto will be worth your while! Mama’s cooking is always the best, and this eatery takes Mama’s cooking to the next level with soulful traditional African cuisine. Buffet food is their specialty, topped with live jazz music by local musicians on request.

The Royal India – Sandton

The Royal India give the best Indian meals, it is the go-to restaurant for authentic fine dining northern cuisine. Each dish is carefully prepared to make you fall in love, you’ll definitely be wanting seconds. Their buffets are oh-so delicious, and you can eat as much as you like.

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Lal Qila Theme Restaurant

This is a restaurant depicting the legendary grandeur of a splendid and noble past. Giving you a vivid and conspicuous realisation of the glory of their brilliant esthetical essence. Dine out on authentic Mughlai, Tandori, Live Bar-B-Que and traditional Pakistani cuisine. The La Qila Theme Restaurant allows you to eat your heart out, so bring all your friends and family and enjoy their amazing buffets, your taste buds will be dancing for sure!

Carvers Restaurant & Pub

We all need to escape the busy city life every now and then. There is no better way than by vising Carvers Restaurant & Pub. This friendly neighbourhood restaurant and pub is nestled in the countryside in a charming Cape Dutch building. The surrounds are so tranquil, you’ll believe you aren’t in the city. The atmosphere is relaxed, providing a festive buffet, catering to the most precise culinary needs of everyone. So, let’s go eat.

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