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Mar 14, 2009 08:10 PM

Woo Buffet Restaurant

Just passed by Toronto Life Square tonight and saw the sign. Website says they'll be open in March! Kind of looking forward to go check it out, it'll be on the 4th AND 5th floors. It's asian fusion - would be so awesome if it is actually yummy...

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  1. I am also excited!! I just wonder how much the buffet will cost...I'm hope $12.99 or less.

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    1. re: canadianbeaver

      I just read it's the same owners as StarWalk buffet at Silver Star and Steeles here in Scarborough. Should be good value. But we have always liked China Buffet King better.
      At least it will be better than Mandarin, that's for sure.

      1. re: caitlink

        StarWalk and Mandarin are somewhat different types of Chinese buffets targeting largely a separate group of customers, so don't think its fair to make a direct comparison....there are fans of each nuance of the cuisine out there and I suspect fans of one type generally don't like the other type that much.

      2. re: canadianbeaver

        I think the odds of $12..99 or less are slim to none. After all, this is Yonge/Dundas - prime real estate. Rent has to be through the roof. I figure at least the same price range as Mandarin, probably $20.00 plus. Time will tell.

        1. re: cynalan

          Yeah, I was thinking it'll probably be around 25-30 for dinner cause of location.. doesn't StarWalk charge like 20-25? In any case, I don't like StarWalk or Mandarin or China Buffet King (which I was forced to go to recently because of a high school reunion - it was horrible, horrible food).. it comes as a disappointment it's by the same owner of StarWalk.... But I like anything shiny and new. So I'll still pop by and have a look.

          1. re: cynalan

            I meant for lunch - but yes, it's probably going to be higher. Hopefully it'll be worth it.

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          1. Couldn't find the other thread for this place, anyway went for lunch earlier.
            Price - total was about $14.64 incl tax. Our server said the 15% opening discount is indefinite, but then only one person in our group of six got deducted for the discount. Then we got 15% coupons upon exiting which expire Apr 30th.
            Decor - nice, washroom sinks cool. Apparently patio/bar/cigar lounge opening shortly but you'll have to order off a menu. Dinnerware and chopsticks neat too.
            Food - good average, can only compare it to Mandarin and Rex Saigon but Rex offers different food. I suppose same quality as Mandarin but not as much selection. Salmon and i think clam sashimi, lots of maki incl deep fried!, also smoked salmon/edamame beans/seaweed salad etc. 3 dim sum options - leaf wrapped sticky rice, har gau shrimp (not great), and siu mai pork dumplings. About 8 ice cream flavours incl green tea. There were hardly any labels though for all food.
            Apparently one of the owners used to work at Starwalk, his parents run Starwalk. So far so good i wish them well, will return!

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            1. re: Little T

              Yes, very strange - the other thread disappeared!! Just wanted to say the discount is over, it's now $12.95 for lunch, and no more coupons are dispensed. Still worth it, in my opinion.

            2. I have been twice in the last week and it's pretty good. If I was going to list things I am not crazy about:

              1) Chicken with whole chili pepper thats not in least spicy - crack some of those babies.
              2) No labels on 90% of the items
              3) If you want a non-alcoholic beverage, the servers need to go to the bar - just give us a self-serve station
              4) Hard to figure out who your waiter is - they all circulate and I found myself frustrated as to who to ask for the bill.
              5) Dessert is pretty limited, but then again going to any Chinese restaraunt looking for quality dessert is a mugs game. That said the tirimisu was pretty good.

              Hopefully they can address these things, because I enjoy the convience of having a buffet on the way home from work.

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              1. re: mramage

                #4 - it is possible they're running on the Chinese system where you're not assigned a specific waiter and they all split the tips. When we sat down, 2 different servers came to ask for our drinks order. Or they could just be disorganized!

                I've been for lunch twice and already see "decline". For example, tempura shrimp was plentiful the first time but was M.I.A. the second time. Also, the morsels of shrimp in the har gows has gotten even smaller.

                Did not see any "Asian fusion" dishes in the buffet, just Hong Kong versions of curry chicken and spaghetti with meatballs, if they count. Maybe in their a la carte menu...

              2. Is there anything for vegetarians?

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                1. re: piccola

                  You can see their full menu on their website now. I'm going to go with...not really. Even some of the stuff you might think is vegetarian has a shrimp or two hidden in there.

                  1. re: canadianbeaver

                    They do have tempura veggies - broccoli, mushrooms etc. Some of the noodles seem to be protein free. Also some plain Chinese greens, and corn kernels. Of course the salad bar as well.

                    1. re: Teep

                      Yes, but I wouldn't really think it'd be worth $12.95 or however much dinner is....since their better dishes tend to be with meat (in my opinion).

                      1. re: canadianbeaver

                        Pure cooked veggie dishes at a buffet are awful, unless there is a LOT of turnover.

                        1. re: Pincus

                          And some of the noddles dishes have meat in the them, though it's hard to tell. I just know my vegetarian family wouldn't eat there - but I love it!