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Best Asian/seafood buffet in San Gabriel Valley

Unnamed Source Nov 20, 2010 09:06 AM

I have guests coming into town and want to take them to a Asian style seafood buffet in the San Gabriel Valley area. I have heard there are some good ones, but I need some help please.

  1. monku Nov 20, 2010 09:12 AM

    I've never been, but a Vietnamese friend swears by
    Zen Buffet
    5449 Rosemead Boulevard
    San Gabriel, CA 91776-

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    1. re: monku
      ipsedixit Nov 20, 2010 09:24 AM

      Judging by the crowds and lines at Zen, your Vietnamese friend is not alone.

      But to me, Zen appeals to the lowest common denominator amongst the buffet crowd. It's like the Chinese/Japanese equivalent of Hometown Buffet.

      1. re: ipsedixit
        monku Nov 20, 2010 09:26 AM

        It's possible they're mostly Vietnamese.

        1. re: monku
          ipsedixit Nov 20, 2010 09:33 AM

          Actually, I would say a majority of the crowds at Zen are Hispanic, or Mexican-American.

          1. re: ipsedixit
            monku Nov 20, 2010 09:36 AM

            Maybe the OP is of Hispanic Descent?

        2. re: ipsedixit
          TonyC Aug 10, 2012 12:50 PM

          As is nearly every Asian buffet in the SGV perimeter.

          International Buffet in Montebello, without the busloads of Chinamen, survives purely on Hispanic traffic.

        3. re: monku
          hashbrn Aug 10, 2012 11:14 AM

          If you have not experienced Super King, World Buffet, both $2.50 cheaper, and Zen Monrovia, you would know Zen San Gabriel sucks, not so clean, restrooms usually trashed, and a pepboys attitude and ambiance which is next door!

        4. ipsedixit Nov 20, 2010 09:23 AM

          Based on your criteria, I would go to Todai (there's one in the Santa Anita mall in Arcadia).

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          1. re: ipsedixit
            monku Nov 20, 2010 09:37 AM

            Don't think anyone's ever rec'd Todai on these boards.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              monku Nov 20, 2010 09:40 AM

              I'd go to World Buffet before going to Todai.

              World Buffet
              1003 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, CA 91790

              1. re: monku
                Chandavkl Dec 28, 2012 02:29 PM

                Way downhill alert on World Buffet. While it always had a mixed clientele, it's now largely non-Asian despite its location in Hong Kong Plaza. Oh, and it looks like the guy running the place now is non-Asian. At this point, the best buffet bets seem to be the Monrovia location of Zen Buffet and the Hacienda Heights location of Osaka Seafood, though neither comes close to the departed West Coast Seafood, the predecessor of Osaka Seafood in Hacienda Heights.

              2. re: ipsedixit
                Chandavkl Nov 20, 2010 11:44 AM

                The Arcadia Todai is by far the best of the Todai's. However I'd take West Coast Seafood over Todai any day of the week, except if I had eaten at West Coast Seafood the day before.

                1. re: Chandavkl
                  ipsedixit Nov 20, 2010 11:57 AM

                  I'd take West Coast Seafood over Todai any day of the week, except if I had eaten at West Coast Seafood the day before.

                  Great line. I have to remember that in the future.

                  I prefer Todai's hot entrees and dessert spread, but you're right about West Coast Seafood when it comes to sushi/sashimi, and the prepared salads.

              3. Chandavkl Nov 20, 2010 11:36 AM

                Truth is none of the daily Asian buffets in the San Gabriel is terrific. Ipse is right in that Zen Buffet is the equivalent of Hometown Buffet, as is International Buffet in Montebello. World Buffet is a step above that, but so-so. Ditto for Gold Coast. The best of the bunch by far is West Coast Seafood in Hacienda Heights, 1655 S. Azusa Ave., and to show how tough times are, they've actually lowered their dinner price by $1.50.

                Hometown Buffet
                8629 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

                Gold Coast Bar
                8228 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

                International Buffet
                2323 Via Campo, Montebello, CA 90640

                World Buffet
                1003 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, CA 91790

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                  hashbrn Aug 13, 2012 12:09 PM

                  China Great Buffet
                  11860 Valley Blvd
                  El Monte, CA 91732
                  (626) 575-8828

                  After I walked out of San Gabriel ZEN Buffet, I came here!
                  A good choice.
                  So the food:
                  Good Sushi
                  Lots of meat choices
                  Plenty of salad stuff
                  Lots of veggies, cold Asparagus which was so good!
                  Salads as fresh greens, and romaine
                  Fresh Fruits and deserts

                  Good food, lots of it, and out the door price $7.86 (senior discount)

                  Try and come before busy lunch hour as can get crowed, however a large place with lots of seating, and a large parking lot!

                  I will be back!
                  I had a Sunday Lunch which was Outstanding also.

                  1. c
                    ChefRoux Dec 28, 2012 02:43 PM


                    World Buffet and Osaka have the same ownership and the same menus.


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                    1. re: ChefRoux
                      Chandavkl Dec 28, 2012 02:47 PM

                      Unless the Osaka (Hacienda Heights) menu has changed in the last few weeks, the menu is entirely different from World Buffet (West Covina).

                    2. TonyC Dec 28, 2012 03:50 PM

                      "B"est (shuddering at the word) Asian? Is there any doubt? As of last night, it's Gen Korean BBQ on Main in Alhambra. By Jan 10, it'll probably be OO-Kook (since they have both baby squid and shrimp) on Rosemead.

                      If you actually mean "Chinese" owned, then I refuse to even bother answering.

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                      1. re: TonyC
                        jasongg06 Dec 28, 2012 04:48 PM

                        thank you

                        1. re: TonyC
                          granadafan Dec 28, 2012 06:23 PM

                          Tony, have you tried Gen Korean BBQ yet? Do you know what the cost is?

                          1. re: granadafan
                            TonyC Dec 29, 2012 01:30 AM

                            Alhambra? No. Somebody has though: https://foursquare.com/v/gen-korean-b...

                            The other 2 branches are both doing $20 dinners. Should be "officially" open today, Saturday, despite the Eater piece. (oopsies).

                            1. re: TonyC
                              jasongg06 Dec 29, 2012 11:14 AM

                              yea it seems they went back and forth on which day they opened. I called the alhambra branch yesterday and the number was busy for hours. Not sure if it was busy because its unplugged or because someone was on the line... but yelp reviews indicated that it actually was not open.. and they seem to be doing the asian "hey friends! make a yelp acct to review my restaurant to rate it up!" thing

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