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Published December 26th 2015
Fabulous buffet at a great price
Tis the time to be merry, tra la la la la, tra la la la. It's the holidays for many, tra la la la la, tra la la la.
Mmm. I won't give up my day job. My companions and I were singing the praises, though, of the Star Buffet Penrith recently. This buffet restaurant has a number of venues around Sydney. Having enjoyed our visit to their Penrith buffet, I will be interested in visiting their other venues soon to compare their food and service.
The Star Buffet encourages excess. I didn't mind, this was post-Christmas and that is the role of a buffet – all eyes on a foodie opportunity. Some of their fare were still of the festive type which was a welcome sight. The seafood was lovely with squid, prawns, crab legs, mussels and much more, with tasty salads alongside the seafood. I noticed many people returning to the seafood station several times, nodding in appreciation of good tasting food.
By this time, we needed to sit and digest all the wonderful flavours of this buffet. I would have loved to try the lamb shanks but this would have been a meal on its own and I wanted to try as many cuisines as my stomach would allow. One companion served herself the American bbq pork ribs and judging from the smile, it was very enjoyable.
There are a selection of soups such as sweet corn and pumpkin and a wide variety of meats at the carvery station. Interspersed with all the good tasting foods, we visited the desserts all too often. The pavlova was lovely, although I will be picky and mention that I prefer fresh passionfruit on my pavlova, not the canned variety. The Portuguese tart was lovely as was the lemon tart. My companion dug her teeth into the profiteroles and was a satisfied customer.
There were freshly made waffles which were spongy yet nice. I would have preferred these to be crunchy but with most foods, it's an individual's preference. There are two soft serve ice cream stations with flavourings but on the day we visited, one of these ice cream machines was not working. There was sliced banana and a berry compote to drizzle on the waffles.
The impressive chocolate fountain with its marshmallow skewers and pineapple was a pleasure. I began my food journey at the buffet with this fountain, and I ended my experience with this chocolate delight.
We thought the price was reasonable for all the food we ate. As it was the holiday weekend of Boxing Day Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the cost was $28.80 for an adult. Lunch is normally $16.10 for weekdays, $18.10 for Saturdays and $26.80 for Sundays. Check their website for dinner prices. We drank soft drinks and these were an extra cost. The service at the Star Buffet was superb. The tables were cleared regularly and the staff were polite and friendly and always stopped to answer any questions that customers asked. There is plenty of parking at the club.