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  • Robert Apr 14, 2003 07:47 PM
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Can anyone guide me to a good buffet (in terms of choice and quality) in Southern California? I've tried the Todai in San Diego, but the standard is deteriorating - perhaps there's a better Todai nearer to LA/Orange County? Apart from Todai, are there any other good buffets, Chinese, Japanese, or otherwise? Thanks!

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  1. On the N end of Seal Beach on the west side of PCH,
    New Canaan or Royal Canaan Buffet-can't find the card.
    We went on a weekend-$11.99.
    Lunch is $6.99
    Japanese/Chinese buffet
    Approx 80 dishes-tons of meat-at least 30 veggie dishes.
    Not too great for variety of sushi and sashimi-but everything else was amazing.
    Been open 1 yr.
    Liquor License-real comfortable booths.

    1. One of my favorite Indian Buffets is in marina del rey, near the Tower records. I always forget the name, but its in that shopping mall on Glencoe.

      Aculpoco (chain) has a decent Sunday Brunch Buffett. Multiple locations. Their daily buffet isn't good though. Well, I liked their Taco bar and their ommelletes.

      The "Chinese Buffets" are usually pretty bad though.

      The japanese buffetts I've been to around town aren't that great...there are a few Todais around...most of the time, the quality varies pretty widely. Sometimes I like them if I'm starving and in the mood for a lot of different stuff.

      Most of the others are regrettable though, such as the Lighthouse in SM, Todai Shabu Shabu in West LA on Wilshire, Onami in Torrance, and some place right by South Coast Plaza (forgot the name, near a Bally's Total Fitness). Blah.

      I found that the Cerritos and the Beverly Center Todai's are probably the better ones of the ones I've tried.

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      1. re: Xericx

        It is called Shershah or Shershaw. It is really great. Usually 4 different meat dishes, 4 veggie dishes and 4 desserts. Tandoori Chicken and fresh Naan too. Only 9 bucks on the weekend and it includes Champagne too. I have been there literally hundreds of times and am not bored with it yet.

      2. Out of the Asian all you can eat buffets, I find Korean barbecue buffets are about the best in terms of quality. I haven't been in years, but New Seoul BBQ in Garden Grove, 9902 Garden Grove Blvd., was very good the last time I went there. A couple years ago I also tried Korean Barbecue Buffet in Buena Park at 8942 Knott - good selection of panchan, meats and seafood. While most "by the order" Korean barbecue restaurants are better, I haven't been to Korean BBQ buffet that's disappointed me the way that certain Japanese and Chinese buffets have.

        1. I am a fan of Brazilian BBQ. We went to Gauchos Village (not to be confused with Gauchos Grill) for sunday brunch and everyone in our party enjoyed it. It is located on Brand in Glendale right next to the Glendale Galleria. 3 different chicken skewers, sausage, lamb, pork and about 5 different beef skewers. Well worth it.

          Gauchos Village
          137 S Brand Blvd
          Glendale, 91204
          818-550-1430

          Hope this helps.

          1. for some reason, i really enjoy soup plantation. =)

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            1. re: TC

              I don't mind it either. I like their chili.

            2. There is Emerald BBQ on PCH in Torrance. Its a Korean BBQ place where you grill your own meat and there are other dishes. I forgot how much it was. I remember it not being too bad.

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              1. re: Alice

                Something must've been bad, because they're gone. The place has been gutted, no signage, nothin'.

              2. I agree that Chinese buffets aren't very good, particularly considering how good non-buffet Chinese food can be. One place that's pretty good is World Buffet, 2223 W. Commonwealth in Alhambra. Good selection of non-tourist type Chinese food. If you don't mind going into the inner city, New Panda Buffet at 5120 Rodeo Rd. at La Brea is probably the best Chinese buffet within the L.A. city limits, better than the places in L.A. Chinatown. My favorite, though not a buffet, but a cafeteria where you pay by the pound, is U Pick Cafeteria, upstairs from the Hong Kong Market at 127 N. Garfield in Monterey Park. Lots of good stuff there you never see at a Chinese buffet.

                1. It's a bit pricey, but the Smörgåsbord at Gustaf Anders in Santa Ana is worth a try if you enjoy Swedish food. They only have it a few times a year. Easter and Mother's Day are two of the upcoming occaisons.

                  Link: http://gustaf-anders.com/

                  1. Thanks for all your replies. Will have to try them all... :)

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                    1. re: Robert

                      The best Chinese buffet I've been to in L.A. is the New Town Super Buffet in Burbank, mainly due to the fact that they have lots and lots of shrimp. There is also a wok line (not a Mongolian bbq) where you can mix your own (including shrimp.) It's at 1100 N San Fernando Blvd, near the Ralph's by Media City Center (north side.)