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Union (or other) Buffet

arb Oct 20, 2011 03:27 PM

Looking for iinfo about Union Buffet, or other local Chinese buffets. I know these tend to not be hound-worthy food, not looking for general reviews! What I specifically want to know about is the sushi - is there a decent variety, is it edible? Some buffets I've been to in the past have one or two rolls, usually based on the quasi (surimi)-California roll concept. I need one that has things like spicy tuna roll, some nigiri sushi (salmon, tuna, albacore, etc.).

Union Buffet
11819 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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    arb Oct 21, 2011 08:28 AM

    Thanks - you're certainly convincing me that I want to go! Just to clarify - I love Chinese food, even less-than-fantastic Chinese food, and I'm sure I'll find plenty of things there to like. The issue is that I want a friend to go with me, who is vegetarian (eats fish) and gluten-free. Oh yeah, and kind of kosher. This makes sushi one of her favorite foods - BUT, can't be shellfish, can't be surimi (did you know that most surimi is made with wheat??), can't have soy sauce (wheat again). A good buffet could make both of us happy, but only if there are things she can eat! (Does the steamed fish have soy sauce?)

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    1. re: arb
      Chandavkl Oct 21, 2011 09:17 AM

      Fish is swimming in soy sauce--that's what makes it good. Recent thread makes most any Chinese restaurant problematical--see below.


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      jsandler Oct 20, 2011 07:52 PM

      I live close and find my way to Union Buffet about once a month. The sushi is fairly typical variations of California rolls and a small selection of nigiri and sashimi, usually salmon, tuna and some sort of white fish.

      Not everything is great, but they do have some good items. I like their bbq pork, their soups and bbq duck. When I was last there, two days ago, they also had a good dish of stir fried baby octopus. They also have a made to order teppan grill and a good selection of fruit and ice creams for desert.

      Union Buffet
      11819 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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        Chandavkl Oct 20, 2011 07:39 PM

        Well Union Buffet is by far the restaurant I frequent the most. I go at least once a week, but not for the sushi which is OK. They have authentic items in Fujian style fish ball soup and mackerel, a fairly decent seafood tofu soup, and excellent steamed fish fillet. Also the best chicken shiu mai I have found and pretty good chicken potstickers, too.

        Union Buffet
        11819 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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