I still look at this building and see a cinema because that is what it used to be in my younger days. I have seen many a film there, cried at Dumbo, danced to Grease and even went on a teenage date to see Chariots of Fire, very romantic eh? Last weekend though I visited the Cosmo Restaurant which it is now and managed to find something gluten free there which was a result.
After last week's blog about the dreaded food allergy booklet I was a little worried. For those who have never visited Cosmo it is a buffet type restaurant with food from all around the world so you can understand when the venue said there wasn't a gluten free menu available but I could look at the food allergy booklet, I thought that this booklet was going to be the size of an edition of War and Peace. There is so much food on offer and for the price of £10 (prices vary) you can eat as much as you like so I wanted to make the most of it. There are Chinese, Indian, Italian, Japanese dishes to mention a few, as well as British classics so something for every taste. It is like food heaven and the desserts, well my eyes were popping out.
Of course though being on a gluten free diet I was a bit restricted. I had to work out the best strategy on how to use the booklet, was it better to digest the whole list and try and get a few dishes worked out, then go and get my food or just take the booklet with me and plan as I went round. I tended to go for the first option but when I did get to go and choose what I wanted it wasn't available. We chose to eat at lunchtime so I'm thinking that the booklet may refer more to the dishes they put out in the evening. It did make it more difficult to try and sift through what I could eat, but saying that the booklet was really easy to read and clear so I can't grumble at all. The staff were very friendly too which always makes things easy and although I didn't have to ask for any help I'm sure they would have obliged.
I did find a gorgeous Chinese Beef Curry and Rice but a bit devastated from not being able to eat the cakes on offer. I did however find some lovely mango ice cream and there was loads of fruit available. There again with the desserts, they were not all available at lunchtime, I had picked out an Eton Mess to devour but it wasn't there so I presume that may only be available in the evening.
I would definitely visit again so I do give it a thumbs up but would be interested to try it in the evening to see if the dishes vary. Oh dear may have to return for more research, I can here you screaming at me, 'yes Sue from the Brew we need to know'. It's a dirty job eating all this food but go on then if you insist, I'll keep you posted!
Overall it was very nice and had a lovely meal. It's not always about the food and I had great company, a few ciders and a lot of giggles and that my friends you will not find on any menu or food allergy list. I am definitely not allergic to laughing.
Thanks for reading, I will return tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday so take care for now.........