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“Probably the best 'home-made' buffet food in town”

Mchughs of Cheltenham
Ranked #19 of 39 Restaurants in Devonport
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $55
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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91 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Probably the best 'home-made' buffet food in town”
Reviewed May 25, 2014

The decor of McHugh's can only be compared to a military barracks - 'spartan' would be an apt description. BUT it is rescued by the view over the water to the impressive volcanic island of Rangitoto (Which I was then inspired to climb the following day!).
The buffet spread consists of small platters and hot containers of a variety of excellent dishes - which are constantly replaced with freshly cooked batches - rather than displaying massive plates which eventually dry out or congeal. From fish to chicken to meat to curry, accompanied by equally fresh vegetables and salads, the dishes are impressive and matched only by the irresistible array of desserts.
Reasonably priced for a 'eat all you like' affair, quality is certainly not compromised.
Now if they could only cosy up the dreadful decor?!

Visited May 2014
Thank Brian B
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English first
Canberra, Australia
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165 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Good for large parties”
Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

With a view of the sea and and an efficient system of buffet meals this is the ideal venue for a large party. Everyone gets something to eat when they want it and the service is unobtrusive and efficient. When the party is over take a walk on the sand and get some family photos with lovely Rangitoto Island in the background ... Remember while it's not intimate or high class it does its job ...

Visited April 2014
Thank RubaSkala
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2014

I should have listened to other peoples negative online and word of mouth reviews, but this venue holds sentimental value from childhood and I hoped for the best.
I got the worst. Having many years’ experience partnering with various venues to co-ordinate corporate events and two weddings, with attendance levels up to 1500 I am in a good position to critique McHugh’s lack of service as follows:
· Throughout the process I have never been made to feel like a supplier is doing me a favour. The arrogance, lack of communication, no acknowledgement of email messages was atrocious. In one instance when followed through with a phone call 4 days after an email was sent– I was told the venue was "too busy and still getting over the weekend". This is the last thing a bride wants to hear a few days prior to her wedding.
· When I did manage to confirm a meeting time to finalise requirements – the venue manager was multi-tasking setting up the venue.
· Venue staff confusion on the day leading to bridal party being interrupted several unnecessary times during the reception.
· On the day, the venue manager acted unaware there was a request for 'nut free’ as guests including myself have allergies – even though this detail had been confirmed verbally and in writing. This could have resulted in a medical emergency to treat anaphylatix shock.
· Not enough staff – 1 bar staff for 100 guests, table skirts kept falling off due to lack of attention, no-one to cut carvery meat.
· No care taken packing down Flowers, Table Props and remaining wedding cake. Cake was damaged. Remaining favour boxes had been thrown away. And unbelievably the next day on collection, we found the venue left my props and flowers in the glaring sun without any water on top of McHugh’s stench ridden garbage bins. Our flowers, which we intended to give away to family and friends, were ruined.
The only redeeming feature is the location. For $65 wedding menu the food is average.

  • Visited March 2014
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12 Thank kas2610
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100 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Superb cuisine & spectacular views”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

Thursday, November 14, 2013, we enjoyed a buffet lunch at McHugh’s of Cheltenham ($28) http://www.mchugh.co.nz/mchugh
Nestled on the foreshore of Cheltenham beach, McHugh's of Cheltenham offers spectacular views of Rangitoto (Rangitoto Island is the most recent volcano-600 years ago) and the Waitemata Harbour.
Superb cuisine: soup, fresh bread rolls, salads, cheeseboard, freshly brewed tea
Hot dishes -
• A mild lamb korma curry with potato, tomato, coconut cream and fresh coriander
• Fresh fish fillets in a crisp bread crust with tartare sauce and lemon
• Lemon and basil marinated chicken thighs with a roma tomato sauce and parmesan gratin
• Pan-fried orzo pasta with spring onion, dried cranberries and citrus oil
• Pumpkin, baby spinach and feta baked in filo pastry
• Herb roasted root vegetables glazed with hollandaise sauce
• Steamed broccoli with extra virgin olive oil topped with roasted almonds
• Roast baby potatoes baked with honey mustard and mint
Desserts -
• Baked Alaska – ice-cream wrapped in a light sponge encased in Italian meringue and baked
• Individual passion fruit mousse garnished with cream and fresh fruit
• Fresh fruit salad - a selection of seasonal fresh fruit coated in light vanilla syrup
• Strawberry and cream cheesecake - light strawberry cream cheese set on a wine crumb biscuit base
• Chocolate gateaux - rich chocolate sponge layered with milk chocolate cream
• Boysenberry meringue parfait-layers of boysenberries and crunchy Italian meringue, topped with toasted almonds

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Mimi59
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Good views at McHughs Buffet”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

Absolute beach front views from inside this buffet restaurant. Wonderful to admire the beach, shimmering sea and Rangitoto Island whilst savouring a three course lunch and coffee.

The buffet selection consisted of a soup or salad starter, a choice of about four mains, six desserts, cheese and biscuits and tea/coffee. And all for $28, or $33pp at weekends. Great for treating friends and family - wonderful.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank TravellingTrippers
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