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Mar 24, 2011 11:59 AM

Teppanyaki Buffe

Has anyone been and is it decent enough food? I'm considering taking my Social Club there on Sunday. I'm finicky about my Chinese but more so than others, as I once worked in an authentic Chinese restaurant.

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  1. I went there for lunch today. It has both Chinese and American standards, plus sushi and a Teppanyaki station which is similar to a Mongolian BBQ - pick out the makings and wait for it to be stir-fried.

    Can't say I noticed any bold flavors, but the food is serviceable; nothing bad, but nothing terribly standout, though I did think the stir-fried shrimp was quite fresh and tasty. Oh wait, yes, there was one dubious dish: sauteed whole baby octopus that wasn't cooked enough; it was almost raw, and not in a good way.

    I have to admit that the sushi was pretty darned good (for a buffet); it was fresh and you could actually taste the ingredients; I especially liked the spicy options, but stay away from the seaweed salad; very off-putting taste.

    Didn't try the Teppanyaki; that might be the way to go for spicy flavors. If I go again, though I won't rush back, would be to try that.

    Desserts were nothing special looking (I don't eat sugar), but they have a nice fruit selection.

    I believe prices are $6.99 lunch, $8.99 dinner, and beverages are extra.

    Teppanyaki Buffet
    2216 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

    2 Replies
    1. re: SmartCookie

      Thanks so much, Smart Cookie. That's exactly the review I needed. Much appreciated:-)

      1. re: Inasuitcase

        I agree with the review by SmartCookie. In terms of number of dishes, there are probably more choices than most buffets in the Twin Cities. I went for Sunday lunch.

        There was about 10 different kinds of sushi, although most were variations of California roll with different toppings. It was decent, but I would rate the sushi a step below 98 pounds.

        I didn't try the Teppanyaki, but I would says the offering and selections were similar to World Buffet, C1 buffet or New Kings Buffet.
        There were a fair number of seafood selections including butter shrimp, salt pepper shrimp, clams, salmon, seafood delight, fried fish, etc.
        Lots of American selections, but I never eat those at a Chinese buffet.
        Most unique items I ate were a 1) Beef with griled pinapple 2) Spicy tuna sushi which was visually appealing and quite good

        They had about 6 types of hard serve ice cream among the usual dessert selections.

        Overall, this is a large buffet in a nice atmosphere which seems quite popular (there was actually a wait when we left). But, it doesn't break into my top 2 (Dim Sum Saturday buffet at 98 pounds and New Kings buffet in Brooklyn Center). Still, it is a nice addition to the Chinese buffet scene.

        Brooklyn Center Restaurant
        5637 Brooklyn Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55429

        World Buffet
        15050 Cedar Ave Ste 110, Saint Paul, MN 55124

        New Kings Buffet
        5927 John Martin Dr Ste 1, Minneapolis, MN 55430