New Asian Seafood Buffet and BBQ near Lee Lee (Phx area)
Headed to Lee Lee on Monday morning. Saw the new buffet and bbq place next door and gave it a try.
Huge, huge selection, even at lunch. I got there right after it opened at 11:00 a.m., and it was pretty crowded by noon. A few unique selections included a made-to-order soup area (wonton, dumpling, etc.); this is in addition to the basic hot and sour, egg drop, fish ball soup, and a very unique chicken and ginseng that were on the buffet line. The buffet had a nice selection of dim sum as well: pork buns, sesame balls, shu mai, etc. And their sushi selection was very large and varied. Numerous rolls as well as octopus, yellowtail, tilapia, spicy tuna, etc. sushi.
Since there's an attached Korean BBQ market (great place to pick up duck, pork, cuttlefish, sausage, etc.), the buffet included delicious pork (with the crackling), duck, salted chicken, sliced bbq pork, etc. As for the seafood, even at lunch they had baked oysters, baked mussels, stuffed whole shrimp, whole fish, crab legs, etc.
In addition, they had a huge selection (probably 20+) of other Asian specialties (the requisite orange chicken, etc.), but they also had very unique (for a buffet) choices such as chicken feet, etc. They really do have a vast selection!
They had a nice selection of cold salads as well, including kimchi, pig ear, jellyfish, and excellent squid and seaweed salads.
Nothing too exciting for dessert, although they had 6 flavors of ice cream (red bean was ok) and a large fruit area (unfortunately, all canned, but the loquats, lychees, and longans were tasty). I would suggest visiting the "regular" soup area on the buffet line, because they did have a dessert soup: sweet white fungus (subtle, but a nice sweetness to it).
This was all for $7.25 ($6.50 for seniors). I believe dinner and weekends are $12.50ish, but includes a bit more seafood, I believe.
I liked this buffet because it had a number of unique offerings. I'll definitely be back.
We tried the Phoenix Palace last night because of the review on the board and I thought it was good but not great. The first thing I noticed was how lit up the restaruant was inside and out. Inside was very spacious and clean with one plasma alternating between kung fu/Laker game. The sushi station was incredibly fresh with a wide variety selections mentioned in the previous post. One thing I did notice behind the sushi station in a bucket was live sea urchin. Apparently they were being prepped for the sushi place next to C-Fu gourmet across the street. I asked if I could try some and after hesitating a bit they said it was only for the sushi place across the street but I could buy it for $9 each and they would prepare it for me. It was rather interesting watching them cut the spiky baseballs with out any gloves on. We were offered a light soy-ginger sauce but opted to have it plain. It was very sweet and tasty. The portion was bigger than what you would find if ordering off the menu at a sushi place. ( a little bigger than a golf ball) Suffice to say this was our highlight of the evening. The char siu, duck and chicken were all dried out and seafood selection was barely there. Although there was plenty of mussles covered with mayo and cheese available. In the area I normally go to Pacific Seafood Buffet because of there selections of bbq meat but I would give the nod to Phoenix Palace for the sushi.
Hi Da Beebz,
What time did you visit? We were there right after it opened at 11:00 a.m., but I did notice that they weren't too quick to refill the seafood. We got our share, because we were there early, but once the crowds came in by 11:45, the seafood trays were still not refilled.
By the way, where is Pacific Seafood Buffet?
We arrived last night around 8:30 pm. The only seafood tray that were filled was the baked mussels but seriously mayo and cheese? ewww. Pacific Seafood is located on Elliot and Arizona Ave. It's not as spacious as Phoenix Palace but I think they refill everything more quickly simply because the place is always packed. Try it sometimes...especially the marinated shortribs!
We went Friday night earlier - around 6ish and it was getting busy. Majority of the customers were Asian. I got to practice my Mandarin with the servers. They were so cute - smiling because I could speak Chinese..
Lots of seafood when I was there - salt and pepper shrimp, deep fried crab, other shrimp dishes, mussels, fresh oysters, king crab legs, squid and jellyfish. Sushi was good as well.
I guess the key is to go early because the food seemed to turn over pretty quickly. Things seemed pretty fresh while we were there.
I'll go back for the variety.
I finally got to go last night. I was very pleased, and I might have to kick this one up a notch over Pacific Seafood Buffet. At least for the sushi selection, it definitely is superior. There were 10 different rolls ready-to-go, plus 9 other sashimi and other items such as the tamago(egg). Many of the rolls were topped-off 'rainbow' style with either salmon, avocado, eel or a mix.
Thumbs-up for Asian loving Hounds.
I went on December 26th thanks to this thread. I had just come back from a visit to my family in Sacramento, where we ate dim sum a LOT. I was very pleased to find most of the dim sum offerings I ate in California on this buffet, like seared pork belly--kind of like pork loin with a layer of pork rind. Yum. I also liked the salt and pepper shrimp (with heads!) and the hot and sour soup was better than most too.
I could not believe what a deal it was...they were running a 15% off for the holidays deal, so the total bill for two adults and a growing six year old with drinks for all and tip was $22.
Definitely on my list. Thanks for the recommendation!
I disagree with most of the current reviews. I went last night with my kids, and its wasn't the best experience we've had at a an Asian buffet. The staff was very friendly, I will give them that. But the food was just "ok". As a cheap sushi lover, i was a bit disappointed, it was a bit dry, so much so that the guy behind the counter was misting it with a spray bottle. The selection was really wasnt there either most of the rolls were variations on the theme of mostly california rolls. they did have a 4 types of fish for the sashimi, but they werent cut all the way through. The kids had liked the selection of fruit they had which include loquats and lychees. maybe it was time of day we went 6pm but i was rather disappointed, It is a bit of a drive for us to get there andi dont think it i think we will stick to Pacific Seafood Buffet. I just wish they were a bit closer to Peoria. On a side note we did try our first Boba Tea from the nearby Boba Tea House we had a Boba Milk Tea, which was quite yummy, but the kids were a little freaked out by the tapioca balls.
The kids and I visited last weekend and I question if we were in the same zip code, let alone the same restaurant! We found the service to be incredibly sluggish and on the brink of surly. The food items looked beautiful and there was certainly a huge selection, and it was kept nicely replenished, but none of us found a single item that we wanted more than one bite from. That's in sharp contrast to the usual dent my 14 and 10 year olds normally put into a buffet. It's important to note that nothing tasted BAD, but nothing tasted good either, and things that shouldn't taste the same....did. The cost was just under 60 dollars for the 3 of us (the 10 year old was charged full price) and for the first time I can remember I deliberately did not leave a tip. For the rare occasion that we are hungry for this type of place we will continue to go to Pacific Seafood Buffet.