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Fortune Star Buffet in Rockville, MD -- What Happened?

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browniebaker Aug 25, 2010 05:46 PM

We'd been going for years to this, our favorite, Chinese buffet. The Chinese food was delicious and authentic, the sushi good, and the selection wonderfully varied, with many different cuisines represented.

But my birthday dinner at the end of May this year was a disaster. Something was seriously wrong. The six soups on the buffet were at a rolling boil, boiled down to the bottom, and congealed. The Chinese dishes were poorly seasoned and flavorless. Meats that should have been tender and falling off the bone were undercooked and tough. Foods that should gave been hot were cold. I should have known when we first pulled into the parking lot: the lot was almost empty. The place was deserted by the many Chinese regulars who frequent this place.

I asked the waitress, "When did you have a change of chef?" She said it was last week! No wonder everything was wrong.

Does anyone know what happened? Has anyone eaten there recently so that they could report on the current situation with the food? I'm hesitant to return and be disappointed. Thanks.

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Fortune Star
7361 Assateague Dr Ste 1000, Jessup, MD 20794

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    Lori D RE: browniebaker Aug 26, 2010 07:05 AM

    I haven't eaten there in awhile, but perhaps they are getting competition from the nearby Tysons Buffet.

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      browniebaker RE: Lori D Aug 26, 2010 08:06 AM

      OMG, I can't even THINK of Tyson's Buffet in the same breath. I went twice, and I can't believe it wasn't just once, but my friend, who admittedly has no taste buds, wanted to go. The Chinese dishes were not well-seasoned and were not authentic.There were a lot of fillers like garlic bread, lasagna, plain old pickles. The dim sum specialties were exceedingly greasy. I just can't believe Tyson's would be real competition for the Fortune Star I knew, but Tyson"s was cheaper and maybe people who couldn't taste the difference went with their pocketbook. However, I must note that I was going to Fortune Star for as long as three years after Tyson's opened, and Fortune Star was always full -- before the recent change in chef, that is.

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      Fortune Star
      7361 Assateague Dr Ste 1000, Jessup, MD 20794

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      browniebaker RE: browniebaker Sep 5, 2010 02:53 AM

      I am very glad I called Fortune Star and spoke to the manager. He thanked me for telling him of our poor experience in May and told me that the old chef had returned, so we decided to have dinner there last night. I'm happy to report that we had a wonderful dinner: everything was as delicious as ever, and the place was filled with the regular customers again. How wonderful to know that my family's favorite restaraunt is back!

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      Fortune Star
      7361 Assateague Dr Ste 1000, Jessup, MD 20794

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