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Published October 6th 2012
Stuck on what to eat? Look no further buffet is the key
As part of a recent Facebook offer, the lunch special at Paesano International Buffet was reduced to $19.90 per person for the month of October (from the usual $25). I went in with low expectations after reading mixed reviews online.
This buffet is quite new to the suburban area of Wheelers Hill since April 2012. Sofia was the previous establishment and it had been there for quite some time before Paesano took over. The decor and furniture remains the same except that the pizza oven had been removed to make more room for the payment counter.
Seafood fanatics will be disappointed. The lunch session only offers smoked salmon in the form of sushi rolls and barramundi pieces at the teppanyaki station.
The pizza dough was too soft in the centre. The dough needs to be cooked first before applying the toppings and feeding the whole pizza down the oven conveyer belt.
The Indian curries on display had flavour and depth. The selection of antipasto, salads and Chinese food ready to serve were limited. A chocolate fountain was available and was something you would not normally see in lower end buffet joints. Ice-cream stocked next to the fountain was not frozen enough.
The dessert stand looked impressive and I was hoping that it would save the day. Sadly, that was not the case. The taste was questionable. The mousse, both the chocolate and vanilla variety, had a terrible aftertaste. They used bad quality cocoa and did not leave the egg whites to set properly, thus resulting in a raw-like flavour. The frostings on some of the cakes were too sweet. The passionfruit cheesecake tasted ok.
Service: The lunch session we attended was busy due to school holidays. They had only two floor staff clearing plates in our area. The same waiter was also doing front of house and seating arriving guests. Extra floor staff would have been ideal.
Atmosphere: At the time of writing, the diners consisted mainly of families, large groups and seniors. The large space is good for group bookings or when you cannot decide what cuisine to eat. As expected, it is noisy and you have to watch how you carry your plates back to your table. There can be a roadblock of people at times. The woman sitting next to us was complaining about the hard dining chairs being uncomfortable. The chairs were definitely not designed for long sitting periods.
There was not much variety and you get what you pay for. However, some of the food stations such as pasta/pizza, sushi rolls, teppanyaki and noodles were cooked fresh to order. During peak times, the waiting times can be tiring.
The fundamental question is would I come back? Probably not so soon unless a function is held. The drawcard is that you can eat free on your birthday upon registration. Personally, I would rather pay a bit extra for the quality and service.
Value: 8/10 with voucher