Only in an all-you-can-eat establishment that boasts an "authentic world kitchen" can you have a plate of food where lasagna and pizza can share a space with pilau rice and chicken tikka masala, with a Yorkshire pudding acting as the cherry on the top. This is the basic appeal of Cosmo, recently opened on
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For my first plate I went for as much variety as possible, while my partner sensibly focused on starting with the duck pancakes before expanding out to the rest of the food on offer. The Indian and Chinese cuisine is great, under the banners of 'House of Spice' and 'World of Asia', better than the Western examples, which are fine, but are less notable. There are always too many options for Cosmo, and so I skipped the carvery and sushi, which can easily be explored on another visit. There are a number of live cooking stations open during the dinner service for fresher food if this takes your fancy - I went for a burger which was tasty, if lacking the heft that a burger connoisseur like myself usually goes for. We each managed three plates of food, with notably less stacked each time before taking on dessert.
I was drawn to the chocolate fountain, and took the opportunity to cover several of the smaller cakes, including a lovely micro lemon cheesecake, with an excessive amount of chocolate. Calories, be damned. My partner, wisely perhaps, kept to the smaller cake items and jelly. Cosmo feels particularly geared towards families, and its variety of puddings certainly reflects this. It is great fun.
The food is acceptable in Cosmo, but the experience is great. There's something ever so enjoyable about being unleashed upon such a range of different food options, and the ability to mix-and-match is key to the appeal of this restaurant. There are better options for all that Cosmo serves but in no other establishment in Oxford can you have them all on one plate; it removes the barrier of having to pick one cuisine for a group and opens up a world of choices.
Cost: £36.98 for a pair of bottomless drinks and dinner plates. It should be noted there is a charge for under 3s dining at the restaurant and the cooking stations do not run at lunch.