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Apr 3, 2010 05:33 PM

Any AYCE Japanese/Chinese/Thai Restaurants?

Does anyone know a good all you can eat/buffet restaurants that serves more than one type of cuisine? Namely Japanese and Chinese?

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  1. First, "good" and "AYCE" are usually considered mutually exclusive terms. In descending order of quality, they are classified as "acceptable", "middling", and "awful".

    I'm not going to talk about the awful places. The ubiquitous Mandarin spots are the kings of "middling". If you get there early or the place is busy enough that trays are refilled quickly, you can find some OK stir fries of meat and veg, noodles, etc. They do the usual deep fried chicken and shrimp, which are fine if you have them with lemon wedges, and don't douse them in the neon "sweet & sour" or "lemon" sauces, which taste more of sugar than anything else. Some of the pork ribs are OK, although the honey garlic (which I confess I'll have a few of) are again over the top on the sugar scale.

    The Mandarin's saving grace is its Western foods. They normally have roast beef, and either roast chicken or turkey, and at night, there are usually steamed crab legs on the weekends. The salad bar can offer some safe choices, and some interesting premade salads, but I always get a very small of the latter first; if they are recycling yesterday's leftover (fake) crab salad, for example, it can have a very disagreeable sour taste.

    My personal fave (and the answer to your question) is China Buffet King. The Chinese food is, for the most part, acceptable, although again the S&S and lemon sauces are very sweet. However, at the carving station, you'll find things like Peking Duck slices, har gow, sui mai, and potstickers. Notice the crowds of Chinese around the station; they're there for a reason. Just north of that is their Japanese counter. Here you'll get sushi, which unlike the Mandarin, does feature raw fish, mostly salmon. Fake crab cali rolls, and some tuna rolls are usually available, although if you're expecting high quality tuna at AYCE prices, you're dreaming. Selection varies by night, but you can find dumplings, yakitori, and other Japanese items as well.

    Warning: at the five or six AYCE Chinese places I have tried, the soups are uniformly awful.

    China Buffet King
    9737 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C8S7, CA

    1. AYCE Japanese - Kyoto Sushi on Elizabeth St. by Dundas/Bay. It's right next door to Japango, and I've only tried it because I went to Japango and it was packed full, and I was too hungry to go anywhere else and had already parked my car. However, that being said, the food there is hands down the best quality AYCE Japanese food I've had anywhere in Toronto.

      2nd China Buffet King as well for generic Chinese AYCE.

      If you want to venture up north, there are a couple of other places that are acceptable like Wasabi, Yang's Kitchen, etc. But I strongly recommend Kyoto Sushi for Japanese AYCE.

      122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

      China Buffet King
      9737 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C8S7, CA

        1. re: sbug206

          I recommend Tenichi Sushi a pretty good AYCE with Japanese items including good teppanyaki.

        2. For AYCE Japanese restaurant, I would recommend Ninki Japanese Cuisine @ Scotia Plaza. It offers AYCE dinner from Monday to Friday 4pm to 9pm. The good thing about this restaurant is you have a choice between AYCE and regular dinner. The two menus are very simiiar and the quality is the same. You have to give up quality for quantity in most AYCE restaurants, but not in Ninki. It is so far the best AYCE I've tried in Toronto.

          40 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H3Y2, CA

          1. Yeah, you gotta try Yeung's Dynasty Palace Buffet in Agincourt, has stuff like chicken balls with red sauce, caterpillar rolls, also pad thai and Chinese doughnuts with viet coffee, it's all PAN-ASIAN, like spring rolls, but better, their standout to me is the all you can eat pizza counter, toppings on pizza like mandarin oranges and cashews, YUM, it's in