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Vietnamese buffet in KC?

steveb Mar 25, 2010 09:54 AM

Is there one in KC that is worthy? We will be a big group. A buffet sounds easier.

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    zataar Mar 29, 2010 06:45 AM

    How big is your group? Vietnam Cafe in Columbus Park has a table that seats at least eight. They are very accomadating about putting tables together for big parties. The food is very good and the service is good, too. Pho 97 on Independence Blvd at Prospect puts together large tables, too. I've seen parties of 20 all eating together. Very good food as well.

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    1. re: zataar
      zataar Mar 29, 2010 07:13 AM

      I should add neither Vietnam Cafe or Pho 97 have buffets.

    2. jhojati Mar 25, 2010 11:30 AM

      I think Sung Son has a buffet. If you're not married to the idea of Vietnamese, Bangkok Pavilion (Thai) in Overland Park is pretty great.

      Bangkok Pavilion Restaurant
      7249 W 97th St, Overland Park, KS 66212

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      1. re: jhojati
        KansasTravel Mar 25, 2010 02:01 PM

        Bangkok Pavilion's buffet is particularly good on the weekend.

        Bangkok Pavilion Restaurant
        7249 W 97th St, Overland Park, KS 66212

        1. re: jhojati
          bilevader Mar 26, 2010 07:34 AM

          Sung Son does indeed have a buffet. It used to be lunchtime only but something tells me that they do dinner now too.

          In addition to the buffet they have stations where you can get noodles and pho, but it takes a long time to get your food and the ordering process is weird and inconsistent. Each time I've been there is one guy hosting, running drinks, and manning the stations. Sometimes they bring your stuff out, sometimes not. So in this case, a buffet may not be less hassle but it's the only Vietnamese one I can think of.

          1. re: bilevader
            KansasTravel Mar 29, 2010 06:40 AM

            This discussion peaked my interest and we went to Sung Son this weekend. When we arrived at 7PM on Saturday evening, we were the only customers in the restaurant. There were about 5 other tables of customers by the time we left.

            The staff was friendly and I liked the simple, attractive decor, but the food was pretty ordinary. Nothing stood out as a dish I would be anxious to have again.

            If a group of my friends wanted to meet there, I would be fine with going, but I wouldn't chose Sung Son a second time on my own.

            1. re: KansasTravel
              dmd_kc Apr 3, 2010 10:15 PM

              KansasTravel, please go back some time and order from the menu. The pho on the buffet is nothing to write home about, but the banh cuon is the best I've ever had anyplace. Just thinking about it makes me want to go tomorrow. The salt-pepper shrimp are delicious.

              If you do have the buffet, there are several things well worth eating there, especially the grilled meats and the green papaya salad (no, not Vietnamese). This is the same family that owns the China Feast, I believe, so they have a pan-Asian thing going on.

              When my dear mother comes to town, she always asks to come here, partly because of its absolutely charming, loft-like atmosphere. I'd agree Vietnam Cafe and Pho KC have it beat in the pho department, but Sung Son is certainly the only Vietnamese place I'd take a business client or a hot date.

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