This really brought back memories to back when I was a kid, since I used to think buffets were the most awesome thing ever (I got to run around and get whatever I wanted, which kid doesn't like that?).
Restaurant: King Buffet 國王自助餐
Location: 101-4600 No. 3 Rd. Richmond
Cuisine: Chinese, Western, Japanese
Price range: $4.99- Breakfast buffet, $10.99- Lunch Buffet, $15.99- Dinner Buffet
Date of visit: April 6, 2012
Staff/service: n/a (it's self-serve... I'd give myself 5/5 though ;D)
Food variety: 3.5/5
Food quality: 3/5
Buck worthy? 3.75/5
The food wasn't that bad, at least it wasn't laced with MSG (a problem I find in a lot of AYCE/buffet places... gets you so thirsty, but you're so stuffed-- yes, first world problems :P). It looked ok-- not what you would call especially clean, but no dirty either, and had a good selection of food. With all the food places around though, it's lacking in competition power (probably why it was so empty when I went in).
Too bad I got back a moment slow, the creme brule looking thing was all gone :( (to be replaced with this rice dish, which seemed to be masago, salmon, and a bit of seaweed-- looked sketchy, so I didn't try it)
I do realize this is getting long, but I'm almost done! Bear with me ;)
Here's my plate, I'm just gonna make this easier to describe by putting the food name next to its comments :)
- honey pork ribs: over-fried pork (really hard...kinda like preserved meat haha), sauce was ok
- sweet-sour pork: over-fried pork (same story), sauce could be better-- too sweet
- fried thick noodles: pretty good, a bit oily, but chewy and tasted authentic
- fried rice: what I would label as "Western" fried rice because it isn't the kind you would get at Chinese restaurants... there were actually two kinds of fried rice, but I only tried this one (the other one didn't have soy sauce in it), taste was ok, but the texture of the rice was a bit hard and dry
- mushrooms: good... they were pretty fresh and not canned ones :)
- pork blood: surprised they had it, and it isn't bad, the sauce was a bit thick though
- sushi: (explained above)
- potsticker: chewy and juicy, reminds me of the ones you can get from Costco (which I suspect they probably did xD)
- brocolli: I needed some greens in this meal... it was just boiled brocolli, not over-cooked which was good and not too oily either
- shiu mai: all pork, probably frozen before, so the meat texture was "spongy"
- shrimp dumpling: fell apart... and the "skin" was so soggy and soft, and the shrimp was "spongy" too ><
Here's my brother's second plate (yeah, I eat waaay too slow =P) he had the fried chicken drumstick, which everyone thought was really good (after my first plate I was too stuffed to get more).
Why was I so stuffed after the first plate? I had to save room for dessert!! :D A bit disappointed with it, but there were some good things. Clockwise around the plate (starting with the melon):
- melon... is melon, nothing more to say about it
- (they didn't have cucumber sushi on my first round, so I added it hehe) sushi: average, rice is a bit sweet
- chocolate chip cookie!!! it was good, chewy, but a bit dry
- jello: very very tasteless.. wasn't sweet, wasn't flavored... I think someone put too much water into it and forgot the sugar
- blueberry cake: cake is a bit dry, but overall good (seemed like they were out for too long though...)
- strawberry cake: a bit better than the blueberry one, but my mom said it was too sweet...I like it sweet :3 Again, the top was starting to dry due to being out for too long maybe (I probably shouldn't have eaten it...but I just had to try!!)
- cake rolls: coffee and unidentified (can't figure it out, I think its just cream but can't explain the orange color, and I assure you it isn't cheese as my brother kept suggesting)-- these were pretty good, light cake but too much cream filling
I didn't grab the other fruits though looked kinda old but there was orange, cantelope, tomatoes and pineapple. As well, there was ice cream (but after watching a little kid kinda play with the scoop... I didn't wanna use it).
There was also another counter of food I never tried, it looked like it had been there for a while, and I'm not about to risk it, I have finals coming up, no time to die from food poisoning =P It was a salad bar (I'm doing this by memory because I forgot to get a picture of it... so I might be missing things, and they change it up sometimes with buffets): seaweed salad, noodles in a kimchi soup thing, potato salad (which my brother told me was screaming food poisoning and trips to the washroom if I got it), creamy macaroni salad, cold shrimps, cold mussels, lettuce (romaine and iceberg), and salad sauces.
I didn't have enough room in me to try everything, but from what the other people at the table said, it seemed ok. The shrimp and mussels I had were really tasteless, and they didn't have any sauce for it (maybe soy sauce or something would've been nice).