The concept Cosmo bills itself as ‘pan-Asian and world banquet dining’. It’s something we didn’t think existed: a fairly high-end all-you-can eat buffet where you don’t need to worry about the food hygiene rating. Meals are a set price (drinks extra), varying according to the day and time (weekday lunches are cheapest). Whether you fancy eating Italian, Mexican, Japanese, British, Indian, Thai or all of the above, there’ll be something to pile on your plate.
The lowdown The choice of food is immense, so indecisive diners can end up with a fairly random selection. Our kids enjoyed spring rolls, curry, nachos and roast beef. Together. But the thing that they talked about for a week afterwards was the chocolate fountain, just one of the many pudding options. They loved filling their bowls with liquid chocolate and choosing what to dip into it (cue a long negotiation over marshmallows and the rather less exciting – to their minds – fruit).
Why it’s family-friendly Our eldest little Viking loves pasta; his sister can’t stand it. She loves eggs but he won’t touch them. It’s hard to find a meal they’ll both eat or a restaurant that they can agree on, so it’s great to take them somewhere that they’ll each find something they like. The restaurant itself is large (plenty of room for buggies), stylish and relaxed. It was heaving with families when we visited, so you’ll be in good company. Not having to wait for the food to come keeps moaning to a minimum – bonus!
The verdict Our little Vikings really enjoyed their lunch at Cosmo. While their choices might have been a bit questionable – nutritionists would not approve – it was lovely for them to make their own decisions about what to eat. And if they’re happy, we’re happy. This was one of the most relaxed lunches we’ve had as a family in York (and we’ve had a fair few), so we’ll go back. We might just have to hope that the chocolate fountain is out of order when we do.
Cosmo, 19 Bridge Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6DA. Open for lunch (Mon-Fri, 12noon to 3pm; Sat 12 noon to 4pm) and dinner (Mon – Fri 5pm to 10.30pm; Sat 5pm to 11pm). Open all day Sunday 11.30am – 9.30pm
This review is taken from the New Year 2015 issue of the Little Vikings magazine.