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Best AYCE (under 35 USD per person), any type of food, in WLA

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Unusual request here - best AYCE place, any type of food is fine (sushi, korean, seafood, meat, you name it), for up to 35 USD per person, and in WLA (proximity to UCLA is a plus).

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  1. L or D? Weekends okay?

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    1. re: Servorg

      Either lunch or dinner is fine. Weekends strongly preferred.

      1. re: D Hound

        for weekday lunch, on pico near westwood blvd, i'd recommend jaipur indian restaurant.
        the food is served buffet style. as i recall, under $10/pp.

        1. re: westsidegal

          Second on Jaipur

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          Jaipur Cuisine of India
          10916 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    2. this isn't in wla, but only about a 15 min drive. the gyu kaku at the topanga mall has a great all you can eat deal for $30. it's tasty as well, so might be worth the trek.

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      1. re: Alice

        I haven't tried the Gyu Kaku AYCE special, but if they all have it then the one in West LA on Pico would fit the bill.

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        Gyu-Kaku
        10925 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        1. re: Servorg

          The West LA location does not have any AYCE specials.

      2. Nawab of India on wilshire - Weekday lunch buffet for 10.95 on weekends the champagne brunch is 14.95

        Fogo de Chao on La Cienaga

        in case you wander over to fairfax, there's Chao Krung

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        1. re: Emme

          fogo de chao exceeds D Hound's budget.

          1. re: westsidegal

            Fogo's lunch price will meet the budget.

            1. re: Servorg

              brasa is a great ayce and for around $15 p/p bring your own wine at no corkage too.. brazilian BBQ and tons of food of good quality.. I think dinner is $5 more.. link attached and close to UCLA

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              Brasa Brasil Grill
              10022 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

              1. re: Foodandwine

                corkage is $5 at brasa.

                quality is decent.....it seriously pales in comparison to fogo. but i go to brasa because it is a good bang for the buck!

                1. re: Foodandwine

                  i've been meaning to try this.
                  thanks for the rec.

                2. re: Servorg

                  thanks servorg, i didn't know that.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    i think it barely makes 35 per person for lunch at fogo, dinner is more like $56 or $62, and none arivves with any sodas, coffee, tea, and of course also no desserts.

                    but who knows if you have a big enough crowd for AYCE dinner, maybe Fogo would cut you a deal. anyhow, it's probably my only and favorite all you can eat joint in town.

                  2. re: Servorg

                    yes meant to say this sorry.

                3. re: Emme

                  Fogo de Chao is only open for lunch on weekdays, and the OP prefers weekends.

                4. I'd fork over the extra $5 and go to the Universal Hilton Chinese Buffet, served on weekends.

                  1. Jaipur is a great deal I think it's $9 or less for lunch. The quality of the food is great and service is also.

                    Someone mentioned the Gyu Kaku at the Topanga Mall is a 15 min drive from West L.A ..but it's a bit more like 30+ minutes.

                    Their AYCE is great though and a good value for what you get...although they keep changing things a bit.

                    The cheapest AYCE there used to be $21 I believe..but now they've raised it to $30. This also includes sushi, salads,soups ,apps,etc. But it's still considerably more than $21..
                    I guess it's not too bad though for what you get.

                    1. For a good deal and good-enough falafel, try the falafel stand on Pico across from SM college at 16th I think? Sorry, the name escapes me -- precise details too. But he serves AYCE (sandwich) after 5 pm I think? On M & W? For something like $8? He just raised his price...

                      Sorry for the sketchy details but I have no doubt someone will furnish precise details in no time flat. I really like the stuff. Wish I could remember even its name; sorry! But this is not a white-tablecloth kinda place. Nor is it a smorgasbord.

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                      1. re: aliris

                        hungry pocket

                        1. re: aliris

                          i was seriously underwhlemed when i tried hungyry pocket last week. i got the falafel sandwich and it was a mess. too much tahini caused the pita to crumble and drip all over the place.....probably didn't help that it was assembled haphazardly.

                          the falafel balls were decent but lacked any crisp. not a fan.

                        2. Shershah, the Indian restaurant in that big shopping center in Marina del Rey, has a pretty good weekend champagne brunch with an AYCE Indian buffet. I can't remember the price but it's probably around $15. It's definitely well within your budget.