One of the best things about travelling is savouring the local cuisine. And while we’re not travelling right now, some of your favourite flavours – prepared fresh, by hand, are right here in Red Deer!
The International Buffet and Lounge opened earlier this spring in north Red Deer, showcasing a delicious array of dishes ranging from succulent roast beef and bacon mac & cheese to peri peri chicken and a sensational seafood paella.
“People are really enjoying our food – it’s so different from what they’re used to from a typical buffet,” says manager Brent Taylor.
Rather than massive trays of dishes from a single region, the focus here is on small batches of quality cuisine, prepared fresh and hot throughout the day by Chef Jimin John and his talented kitchen team.
While you’ll always find fresh salads, a daily soup and a few regular favourites – more on that below – each day also brings a rotating selection of delicious offerings.
So, what do customers say is a must-try menu staple?
“Definitely the butter chicken, 100 per cent,” Taylor says. “And the grilled vegetables – customers love the variety and flavours.”
Among the rotating dishes, options like the seafood paella have diners calling ahead to see if it’s on the day’s menu!
No matter what you’re craving today, Chef John creates the flavour profile and lets you add the level of spice you love. “If you’ve ever been to New Orleans and had the jambalaya, it can have a lot of spice, but we’ve toned it down to allow more people to enjoy it, then we have a variety of sauces and spices on the side,” Taylor notes.
And for those on a gluten-free diet, selecting appropriate options is as easy as looking for the green, gluten-friendly tags.
“Our chefs know everything that goes into the dishes, so if you have any questions, just ask,” Taylor says.
But the menu isn’t the only thing they do a little differently at the International Buffet.
The International Buffet remains a buffet – you’re free to enjoy seconds or even thirds – but to accommodate COVID safety protocols, staff are at hand to serve the selections you want to try. “We’re enjoying it because it gives us more opportunity to interact with our guests and share a little more about the dishes, and about approach, highlighting quality over quantity,” Taylor says.
Visit International Buffet and Lounge today at Bay 10, 7110 50th Ave., or order online at internationalbuffetreddeer.com – and receive 20 per cent off! You can also call ahead for take-out at