I just visited the Rex Saigon buffet on Sheppard and Brimley yesterday, and have to admit I was disappointed. The place was busy since it was around lunch time. I didn't have much to choose from since a lot of the dishes were meat-based and I am vegetarian. However, I tasted their pad thai and was disappointed to find that it had no flavour whatsoever.. even the tofu was plain. The noodles themselves were an orange-y colour and did not look too appetizing. I also tasted the sushi, which was not pleasant at all. It was almost as hard as a rock and did not seem fresh. The chow mein was regular-tasting. The food also seemed to get cold really quickly. By the time I got back to the table, most of it had lost all warmth.
The only things that were not a disappointment were the sweet sticky rice with mango.. the coconut wasn't as flavourful as I have tasted in other restaurants, but overall it was quite satisfying; also, the deep-fried bananas weren't too bad either - crispy on the outside and sweet on the inside.
They had some tasty-looking items for dessert, including cakes and cookies of various kind and also ice-cream. The ice-cream freezer didn't look very clean, however.. the glass was dirty and dripping with water, and most of the ice-cream looked like it had been tampered with and a lot of it was melting. I took a small scoop of green tea ice-cream and mango ice-cream. The mango ice-cream was standard but I didn't much enjoy the green tea.
Overall, I wasn't too satisfied with the experience. I suppose it's pretty cheap, though. The all you can eat lunch buffet for one person was around $8.95, I believe, so it's worth it if you're looking for some value. But the quality of the food is mediocre at best.
Also, I believe the Rex Saigon on 90 Eglinton Avenue East has closed down. We were originally going to go there, but was told by the lady who answered the phone at Rex Saigon on Sheppard and Brimley that it had closed down.
I've been to the Thai-Viet Buffet on Sheppard, just past Brimley. I'm not a really big fan of Vietnamese but there were some good choices there. When we went for lunch it was packed, and most people seemed to be very familiar with that cuisine. The only thing I really disliked was a coconut rice which had an overwhelming fish flavor. Other than that I enjoyed my self. Keep in mind, lunch costs about ten dollars, so this is not a big investment. Go and try everything and enjoy yourself!!
Rex Saigon Restaurant
115 York Boulevard, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3B4, Canada
.north on 404, exit highway 7, west on highway 7, north/right on East Beaver Creek Rd, right onto York Blvd, make a right almost immediately again for the parking lot directly in front of Rex Saigon. Hope this isn't too late!
90 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON M4P 2Y3, Canada
I went there and here is my 'review'
1) mostly non-chinesse oreintal food. ie. viet, thai, etc food.
2) they have a make your own soup (choise your filoing and they will add the broth) srimp, fish balls, crab (fake) noodles etc.
3) they have two sorts of crab (curry, spicy) and lobster
4) food is OK (better then most buffet) but not as good as a la carte.
will go back again in some point of time.
the REX is one of three BUT the only one with a buffet