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Hi Everyone,

Anyone try a decent chinese buffet lately?

Thx!

Rosie

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  1. I haven't been to Canada for several years now but have very fond memories of the Mandarin at Eglinton and Yonge, second floor in Canada Square building. Is it still in business?

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    1. re: N Tocus

      Yes, the Mandarin at Yonge & Eg is still in business and as busy as ever.

      1. re: kieks

        china buffet king. locations include 401/warden and yonge/elgin mills road area. majority of customers are orientals, always a good sign.

        mandarin is good but caters to a "western" clientele.

        1. re: dial

          the China Buffet King in Richmond Hill is south of Major Mac (therefore, much farther south from Elgin Mills), on the east side of Yonge.

          Be careful with the word "oriental."
          "Asian" is probably a wiser term to use when referring to persons.

          1. re: dial

            "Orientals"? How quaint.

            1. re: dial

              Starwalk has a larger variety of Thai and sushi and their dimsum is a better quality than China Buffet King. Desserts are the usual little cakes which I don't like, but the fresh fruit and icecream make up for that, and the Starwalk waiters don't rush you.

              1. re: dial

                I second China Buffet King

                1. re: wm raim

                  China Buffet offers some items not usually provided at buffets, such as sushi, peking duck, etc. They do have a good selection of dishes, although I do not recommend the soups.

                  Finally, they are quite a bit south of Elgin Mills; in fact, they are south of Major Mackenzie at Harding and Yonge, in the plaza with Herbie's and What-A-Bagel, which is also, IMHO, one of the best places to get a bagel in Toronto.

            2. re: N Tocus

              i live in nyc and visit canada about once a year. the best part of my trip. Going to Mandarin and stuffing my face. its the best chinese buffet available. ive tried several in nyc but they cant match mandarins excellence

            3. I've been to China Buffet King last week and it was very bland and so, so... Starwalk buffet across from pacific mall , kennedy/steels has a nice buffet - I think Ill go for lunch today

              1. yes starwalk for the price 9 dollar lunch is good and dinner 17 is good too. enjoy.

                1. Which of all these places DO have good cake like deserts? Any of them??

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                  1. re: hungryabbey

                    Both places have cakes, but are store-bought. Some of the other Chinese desserts are made on premise.

                  2. Hi people: any updates on this subject? Are there any Chinese Buffet restaurants that actually has good quality non-westernized Chinese food? I've been to Mandarin and Starwalk - both are disappointments, though I would say Mandarin is the better of the two.

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                    1. re: Westfalen

                      I don't expect any good desserts at a buffet place. My friend loves Imperial buffet because of the alaskan crab legs. They are near warden and elginton.

                      1. re: Westfalen

                        You can't find good quality Chinese food in all-you-can-eat style.

                      2. We like the Imperial Buffet on Eglinton Avenue, just west of Warden (near the big movie theatre at Eglinton Common). It IS really westernized Chinese food, but we don't go there for authenticity, just a fresh, fattening feast now and again.

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                        1. re: Helina

                          I absolutly agree with you. "Buffet Chinese" it's not for great chinese food, but Wings and Chicken Balls Feast, all washed down with Won Ton Soup! (I'm actually chinese myself - go figure). I like Imperial for that. Ghangis Khan (sp??) at Don Mills and Lawerence isn't so bad either.

                        2. BY FAR, the Mandarin located on The Queensway is superior to the other Toronto locations. Freshest. Best Selection. Best Prepared. Tastiest with the most seasoning. Awesome fruit selection. It really is superior to the next best location found at Yonge and Eglinton. Nasty is the one on north of Steeles on Woodbine.

                          1. I have been to more than one Mandarin and personally do not understand all the hype. The food is usually luke-warm at best and terribly westernized. I would call it Canadian food with a Chinese flavoring. Great for pigging out on, but not great if you plan to taste it before you swallow. Imperial Buffet at least offers more dishes to choose from, but is otherwise similiar to the Mandarin.

                            I do, however, love the Ghangis Khan on Don Mills. The prepared buffet is just like anything you would find at the Mandarin, but their raw buffet is the only reason we go there. You pick your raw ingredients, your sauce (or make your own sauce) and then they cook it for you right there. It is always hot and if it does not taste good you have only you to blame for it. Their drink menu is rather extensive, even for the non-alcohol drinks.

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                            1. re: BavarianBaker

                              I have seen Ghangis Khan but I have tried that style even before they were open. The place that I've tried is at the Market Village mall. It's right beside Pacific Mall and it's at the back of the mall. You get full on the noodles very quickly but then they also have a buffet section as well if you get bored of the noodles. My favourite at that place is the crushed ice dessert with about a dozen toppings with my favorite being condensed milk.

                              1. re: geekwithspatula

                                Hmmm. That could be a problem. I have actually not ever put noodles in my bowl before. I just use meat and veggies and sauce, but the beauty of this style is that each person gets to have it their way. The one you went to must have a better dessert buffet than the one near me. The best feature at this one is the chocolate fountain and the ice cream bar. The other desserts are lacking pizzaz, but then the desserts are not why we go there.

                                1. re: BavarianBaker

                                  The one in Markham is "Great Khan", while the one at Don Mills is "Ghengis Khan", but both have the same concept. The Chinese buffet isn't all that bad, actually, but the grill buffet is far superior to it. Now I am craving a visit there...

                                  I love the crushed ice dessert machine! I put on the herb jelly squares too, they are delightful. This must only be available at the Markham location. On the other hand, the Markam location didn't have a chocolate fountain the last time I looked. :(

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                                  Genghis Khan
                                  900 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C1V6, CA

                                  Mongolian Grill
                                  7131 Kennedy Rd, Markham, ON L3R0T4, CA

                            2. So based on these responses, the answer is a resounding NO...?! ie. NO, Toronto does not have a Chinese-buffet which caters to Chinese tastes.....................?

                              That is sad.

                              fyi - Ghengis Khan == Mongolian BBQ Buffet restaurant

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                                1. re: Westfalen

                                  I don't see how you can say that Star Walk does not serve "non-westernized Chinese food" - what about jelly fish and pigs ears etc? However, "high quality" is an entirely different matter, because of the low price of a buffet, they have to cut corners somewhere and quality will suffer.

                                  I'm just curious if you know of other cities that do. I checked the Hong Kong equivalent of Chowhounds and there are no good Chinese Buffets there either. The better ones serve mostly "International" cuisine.

                                  1. re: Teep

                                    Vancouver had some good ones, at least when i lived there.

                                2. Give Gensis a try. I don't like it (because I don't like buffet) but some of my friend do. It is at Victoria Park and McNicol.

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