Last Thursday our family went to a relatively new restaurant: Fusion Plaza in Almelo, the Netherlands. It’s an all you can eat concept with food from 5 different countries and has 800(!) seats. For €31 per adult and €2 per year from the age of 3 for kids you can stuff yourself for two full hours. I really like the all you can eat concept because kids can get to play, walk around and choose whatever food they like. So, how well did we like Fusion Plaza in Almelo?
Well, first off: there is plenty. You can grill, wok, bake, eat some fingerfood, grab a pizza or maybe you’d rather have some sushi or salad. It’s all there. Everything looked fresh and was restocked. Food that’s supposed to be cold was cold and food that was supposed to be hot was hot. Everything was just great. I didn’t use the wok because I’m not a big fan of all the sauces, but the grill is perfect. No semi-living lambs on your plate nor a new sole for your favorite boots.
I’m a fingerfood kinda girl so I mainly ate small bits and pieces here and there. The sushi and salads were both great and the Indonesian kitchen was up to par as well. For kids there’s plenty to choose from as well and it’s really easy for them to create their own plate. From fries to broccoli: your kid will not leave with an empty stomach.
Dessert-wise there are a lot of options as well. Cake, ice cream, fruit, chocolates.. There is even cotton candy. If you don’t feel like either of the above you can let the staff bake some crepes for you or make some fresh Crème brûlée. Honestly, there is nothing negative to say about the food. There is enough choice for everyone, it’s fresh, it’s hot. What more could you wish for at an all you can eat restaurant?
With 800 seats you might think this restaurant has no ambiance at all. To be honest, I never for one moment thought it seats so many people. The owners divided the entire restaurant in sections so it almost feels like you’re in a small restaurant when sitting at your table. Clever.
There is plenty of space between the tables so you won’t have too much nuisance around you when eating. All different sections lead to the center where all the magic is happening. This means you don’t have people walking all around you all the time which is really nice. We sat in a more secluded spot, close to the kids center (I get to that in a bit) but I did see a more open area where you might experience more noise and/or crowd around you.
The furniture and general styling of the restaurant is very modern. It has a high urban-industrial feeling yet it’s still warm. It just looks great. Lighting is perfect as well: soft at the table and bright at the food. Perfect.
Fusion Plaza certainly didn’t leave the kids behind in their concept. Besides the great variety of kidsproof-food they have really fun plates and last but not least: an entire kids center.
In a more secluded area there is a giant kids playroom divided in three separate areas, an indoor playground to climb and slide in the back and even a mini-cinema. The playroom has both educational activities as games on computer-tables and games on the wall. It looks amazingly clean and staff was checking in regularly to keep an eye out and to clean the area. T. had so much fun in between meals that for a second I thought he never wanted to leave.
We were seated right next to the area and not once did we hear a lot of noise coming from the kids room, thats how well its noise cancelled. This is both great as well a downside: if you’re at your table you cannot keep an eye out or really hear what’s going on. Because of T.’s age we went there with him, but for older kids this might be something parents dislike. But I must say, Fusion Plaza really thought about the kids (and their parents) while keeping childless customers happy as well. Well done!