Thai Buffet @ T-bone Steak

There are two barbecue buffet restaurants named T-bone Steak in Korat, and they both offer nearly the same food, but the quality of the food available is quite different. The one reviewed here is situated around the corner from the Ram. If you are coming from the Mall, go past Makro, then turn left at the Pegasus junction and instead of turning left again to go to the Ram carry on straight and the restaurant is on the left hand side about a kilometre from the junction. It has it's own car park to the left of the restaurant if there is no room to park on the street.

As mentioned it's a barbecue buffet restaurant with a stewing/frying pot on every table. You can choose from a massive variety of ingredients to boil or fry at your table including fish, meats, liver, prawns, and a vast array of vegetables. Eggs, noodles and other accompaniments are also available.

But for the purpose of this review I'm going to concentrate on the western side of the available food. Being called T-bone steak there is obviously a lot of steaks available, these include pork and chicken but surprisingly no beef. The steaks are the smaller cuts as opposed to a single hefty piece but they are well cooked and you can have as many as you want. They also offer 'fish and chip shop' battered fish slices, these are very average taste wise but do make a nice change from all the meat. 

For topping the offer a pepper sauce which is great, a mushroom sauce which is good, a bolognese sauce which we will come to soon and a Dill sauce which is spectacular. Problem is the dill sauce only really works with the fish slices which as I mentioned are very average, but with a good helping of the dill sauce the fish slices change from a slight disappointment to a taste sensation.

You can have chips, spaghetti, noodles or a fried rice with your steak/steaks and choose your own salad from the massive selection of ingredients as well as salad cream, etc. They also offer carrots, sweetcorn etc. as well as mixed veg, i.e. peas, sweetcorn and chopped carrots which I love, especially drenched in pepper sauce.

Being a buffet lots of the food gets cold but if you wait a little and watch for a new batch being delivered you can have most things hot, or just go for the slightly cooler food and drench it in any of the sauces (except the dill) which are kept in warming pots and that will warm everything up for you.

Another option is Spaghetti Bolognese, just take some of the spaghetti and add lashings of the bolognese sauce. I know you expect this to be very average and so did I, but it really isn't, the bolognese sauce contains big chunks of tomoatoes, mushrooms and very nice minched pork as well as plenty of torn herbs and even crushed black peppercorns. I thought it must be bought made up and prepared by adding water but I just don't see how it can be, they either buy a very good quality ready made sauce or as I believe, they make their own from scratch. The spaghetti is al dente, which is incredible considering a lot of higher end restaurants in the city can't even get that right. If only they had some fresh parmesan cheese this would be a fine meal, but I can't see cheese being included at the price.

As mentioned you can eat as much as you like, they don't have big plates which I think is a good thing to cut down on the amount of wasted food, but you can go back as many times as you like for anything that tickles your taste-buds. If you've still got a corner left after you're done they also do a selection of desserts, mainly ice creams in up to eight flavours, fruit and Thai sauces such as syrup and coconut milk. They all taste exactly as you'd expect, nothing to blow you away but all very enjoyable.

And the price for this veritable feast... 189 Baht, which is incredible value for money. If you want to pay a bit more, have soft drinks included and have a bigger variety of non Thai dishes then I would recommend the buffet at the Sima Thani Hotel for 239 Baht. But if you just want some good steaks and the misses wants to fry or boil whatever she fancies in a Thai style barbecue then this is your best bet in town.

And don't forget to try the dill sauce, genuinely spectacular...

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