A "Grill Buffet" coming to East Brunswick?
While doing some shopping at Hong Kong Supermarket in East Brunswick I noticed a small sign on the old clothing store window announcing a Grill Buffet coming soon.Ironically,I was just speculating on another tread that someone needed to put in some more Asian food stalls or restaurants adjacent to HK Supermarket to start our own golden mall.
Anyone know anything about this Grill Buffet? Chinese,Korean?
Considering the hoops you have to jump through in EB it may be years before an independent can open a food service so I'm not holding my breath.
I was in the neighborhood doing some last minute food shopping and walked by the buffet place. There was a big sign that said that they were closed because they were having plumbing problems. They lost quite a few customers today! Not a good sign that they were having plumbing problems when they barely opened!
Oh I so hope it is Korean! But a Brazilian/korean/chinese combo ain't a bad idea either. When we make our trip up from the Jersey Shore to shop at Hong Kong, we usually eat there as well. Great food, even better prices!
But if it's one of those expensive knife twirl, spatula slapping, stupid chef tricks for plain scrambled protein/zucchini and onion places, NOPE.
Grand opening is today, Dec. 21. You can't beat the price.. $10.99 for dinner, and even less if you find the coupon in some Chinese magazine next door at Hong Kong market for 15% off.
Cheapest sushi buffet for dinner around here runs $22.00 or so.
I'm going tonight for dinner, solo. If anyone comes, I'm the tall guy in the Santa hat with a beard. (no, not a white beard!) :)
Okay, I get it now.
I couldn't understand how a buffet could charge only $10.99 and offer so much food variety.
Overall, it was good. I guess I set my expectations a little too high, plus it IS the first night they're open. There are still a few kinks to be worked out.
When I went in at 4, I was expecting a large crowd, but it was not very busy. (However, when I left at 5:30 or so, it was filling up fast, and there's a LOT of seating in there).
There wasn't much sushi out. LOTS of assorted rolls, most with vegetables and unidentifiable crunchy things. :) Finally, around 5 pm, the "good stuff" came out. Nigiris, and sashimi. The sushi here is really basic. Salmon, mackerel, whitefish, shrimp, octopus, etc. No tuna, yellowtail, or even white tuna. I'm not sure the rice was seasoned.
Standout dishes were: Chinese Eggplant (stuffed with something), BBQ pork chop, assorted dim sum.
Many of the usual suspects you see on Chinese buffets, but also some unusual dishes, catering to an Asian clientele.. chicken feet (my first.. probably my last.. it wasn't bad, just not to my liking), frog legs, assorted dim sum like roast pork buns, etc.
Roast duck skin is served on round puffy white bread. That is the only way they will serve it. I don't eat bread, so I only had 2 servings. Another lady complained about this as well.
Many dishes weren't labeled, or were mislabeled. The frog legs were labeled as "Mei Fun", for instance. But hey, first night open.
Decor-wise, well, I'm not much for atmosphere, but this place is gorgeous. Tons of money went into the interior, I could tell. HUGE fountain in the front (though it's empty right now), ornate doorways, glass partitions with those intricate bamboo scenes sandwiched between the glass pieces.
All in all, I'd go back. Not necessarily for the sushi.. more for the other dishes. I didn't try the hibachi grill. It was one of the largest buffets I've been to, both in terms of sheer size and food selection.
Oh, and I couldn't find one of those coupons and told the hostess. I didn't expect anything, but my bill arrived with a 15% discount, which was a nice touch. Total before tip: $11.48. I had a Gold Peak sweet tea, but they also have smoothies and different Asian-themed non-alcoholic drinks.
When reverting existing commercial space to food service in EB everything from the loading docks to the pitch of the floors and amount of grates have to be up to their spec and inspection. The newer Dunkin Donuts diagonally across from Starbucks took an additional year to get their CO simply because the floor was not pitched under a slop sink up to EB's spec.
New builds and existing food service spaces obviously have shorter start up.