With just a few tricks, like using smaller plates, putting cheap items towards the front, and using drinks to off-set other costs, all-you-can-eat restaurants are able to accomplish the same goal as any other restaurant. Get people in the door.
The way buffets work is each person pays the same fixed price for access to a line of self-serve dishes.
The obvious saver is on staff. Restaurants save because they don't need full staff because you're getting your own food and bringing it to the table.
Some other strategies are:
Because of the tight profit margins, the food quality isn't as great as it probably should have been or could have been.
Everyone has their favourite, South Africa’s EatOut picked out these restaurants as some of the country’s most popular spots for a generous buffet helping.
Carnivore Restaurant (Muldersdrift)
Chief’s Boma Restaurant (Fourways)
Die Plek (Montanta)
Bamboo Sushi Lounge (Umhlanga Rocks)
Jeera (Marine Parade)
Active Sushi (De Waterkant)
Azure at The Twelve Apostles (Camps Bay)