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Brunch Buffet - Shanghai Red, the Warehouse, or Maison Akira??

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I Love Grub Jan 10, 2007 06:10 PM

I'm going to be taking my mother and grandmother to sunday brunch for their birthdays and I'm having a hard time choosing between Shanghai Red, the Warehouse (both in the Marina), and Maison Akira. The food at Maison Akira looks more intriguing, but the fact that the Marina restaurants are by the water makes them more appealing to me.

I need help deciding. Is the food at any of these restaurants MUCH better than the others? Does Shanghai Red have much seafood on their menu? If I do go to Maison Akira, is the ambiance going to make up for the fact that it's not on the water?

Please HELP!!!

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  1. ipsedixit RE: I Love Grub Jan 10, 2007 07:07 PM

    I was at the Warehouse a while back and it was really disgusting. Buffet stations were not kept clean, food (lamb and chicken) was lukewarm and sometimes just outright cold. Although the outdoor patio can be very pleasant.

    Never been to Shanghai Red.

    I enjoy Maison Akira, but have never had their Sunday Buffet.

    I know it's pricier than the 3 options you've listed, but have you considered JER-NE at the Ritz in Marina Del Rey? A very good brunch.

    http://www.ritzcarlton.com/hotels/mar...

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      Diana RE: I Love Grub Jan 10, 2007 07:08 PM

      Maybe not as special as the listed palces..but the Sunday Brunch at the Universal City Hilton is pretty darn good!

      Also, Sunday Brunch at Inn of the Seventh ray is nice!

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        JBC RE: I Love Grub Jan 10, 2007 07:27 PM

        More affordable then Jer-Ne, but better food than The Warehouse & most likely Shanghai Red's too is Cafe Del Rey in MDR:
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/340241

        http://www.cafedelreymarina.com

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          wilafur RE: JBC Jan 10, 2007 08:04 PM

          IIRC, cafe del rey does not have a brunch buffet. its an order off the menu dealio.

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          sidwich RE: I Love Grub Jan 10, 2007 07:37 PM

          I haven't been to the other two, but we've been to the Sunday buffet at Maison Akira a number of times and always been pleased. It's not a huge buffet like the Universal City Hilton, but what they have is very good and it doesn't turn into a zoo either. Ambience is very nice, very peaceful which my grandmother loves.

          1. tony michaels RE: I Love Grub Jan 10, 2007 07:46 PM

            They would have to shanghai me to get me to Shaghai Red's again. The Warehouse should be warehoused for the rest of eternity. Don't know Maison Akira but have hear good things about it.

            What about brunch at the Marina del Rey Cheesecake Factory? Not 3 star food, but hey it's only brunch.

            http://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/f...

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              sassille RE: I Love Grub Jan 10, 2007 08:48 PM

              If you're interested in food and not the view then skip Shanghai Reds and Warehouse for the buffet's. The warehouse is "ok" for off-the-menu lunch on a weekday but the buffet is below average. Have you thought about the Lobster? It has a gorgeous view of Santa Monica Bay and the lunch menu is good.

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                Nicole RE: I Love Grub Jan 11, 2007 03:50 AM

                I agree that the Warehouse is not very good. Food is not good, setting is nothing special. Not a good pick. Shanghai Red's food is better, and it is a pretty setting for taking a mother and grandmother. You definitely won't be wowed by the food, but you will get a reasonably good meal. I think it's a safe bet if your family aren't true foodies. (Caveat: I haven't been to either place in MDR for a long time, so my info may not be up to date). Haven't been to Maison Akira, but I hear much better things about their food than the MDR places.

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