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Dec 17, 2006 02:05 AM

Conquered Jin Buffet

Just got back from Jin Buffet in Saugus on Rte. 1. I have to say despite the negativity I have read about it from on this very board I loved every minute of it. They had a HUGE selection of food for the adventurous and not so adventurous eaters. The place is beautiful. It was an anniversary dinner and the atmosphere in combination with the delicious food made this meal feel as special as it should have been.

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  1. My mother-in-law was raving about it too. Maybe I should try it one day.

    1. Was the quality substantially different from the East Manor that used to occupy the location?

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      1. re: Ladycale

        I have never visited East Manor in its day so I really cannot tell you.

      2. your the same person whos favorite restaurant is fire and ice, correct? :)

        Did they have much for dumplings/dim sum on the buffet? Do they have lobster?

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        1. re: hargau

          Lobster is extra if you want steamed lobster but ginger scallion lobster is right on the buffet with all the other seafood selections. Hey pick on me if you I happen to love Fire and Ice even if nobody else does. I know a good buffet when I see one. the quality of the food there was tremendously above the quality of any buffet I have ever been to and I have been to a lot. Their fried items are take it or leave it but the Chinese dishes are great. I even tried frogs legs for the first time. They were great. They have a dim sum station with plenty of options and a few dumpling items and I saw some elsewhere in the buffet as well. Noodlely was right in saying it is FAR superior to International Buffet in Quincy.

        2. its not that bad... especially if you go at night or weekends (better quality food). If you stick to the chinese dishes its pretty good. The american chinese dishes are really bad. Every time we have been there was 95%+ chinese clientle. I was almost taken out by a bunch of old chinese ladies rushing the cook for fresh canto style fish last time. They usually have whole fish cooked several ways, calamari, canto style fried shrimp, clams, mussels, several decent soups, lots of seafood, lots of steamed dim (including chix feet), several types of noodles, frog legs, lobster is extra and lots of different sushi.
          As far as chinese buffets go its pretty good and far superior to International buffet in quincy.

          1. Sounds good. I will check it out. My latest favorite for chinese buffet type places has been Hudson Super Buffet but this sounds better as HSB doesnt have lobster. They have crab legs though.

            Anyone remember the place called "Super Buffet" that was in framingham on rt9? It then became "rainbow buffet". I think its empty now. They used to have lobster on the buffet and it was totally crazy there. When the server would come out with a tray of lobster, literally there would be about 10 people rushing the buffet area and grabbing the serving spoons from all the other bins. Then there would be 10 plus spoons from both sides of the buffet, fighting for the stuff and emptying it in less then a few minutes. People would stand there with spoon waiting for it to come! Sometimes i even saw people going after the poor woman carrying the bin while she was walking with it and taking from the bin as she was carrying it!! I had never seen such chaos at a restaurant before!

            On the other hand Bamboo chinese has lobster on the sunday buffet and its very civil

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            1. re: hargau

              Well they have ginger scallion lobster on the buffet. I had 2 portions of it at two different times and there was no line or anything...only one person ahead of me both times. The first time it had just run out and they refilled it when it was my turn. The second time was almost a full pan when I got up there. The only thing people were clamoring for were the huge steamed oysters in the shell but there were plenty of those too.

              1. re: Johnresa

                I forgot they have ginger lobster on the buffet. Everyone was very civil (with the exception of the whole fish! incredibly I went up 3 times last time and they were out each time. Must be good stuff!)