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Jun 14, 2012 05:38 PM

Hokkaido Buffet on Pico

tried this place for the first time today.
went in with the lowest of expectations.

although, the food is not, imho, overall chow-worthy,
gotta admit, that if you're willing to sift through their many (well over 45) offerings,
it is pretty easy to come up with an acceptable meal with an unbelievably good
price: protein ratio.
they charge $11 for lunch (m-f) ayce.

in addition to offering fresh fruit (strawberries, cherries, pineapple), for dessert they had custard, pastries and ice cream. i ate at least $4 worth of fresh cherries as my dessert, so, as a whole, the meal was an unbelievable bargain for me.

for the most part, food quality is above grocery store food quality.
the sushi/sashimi quality is not as good as hide, but far better than many neighborhood sushi bars (one type of sashimi, two types of sushi, and about 6 different types of rolls available).

i completely avoided all the deep-fried and stir-fried offerings, so i can't comment on them.

free parking at westside pavillion.

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  1. I go to the Sherman Oaks branch. It's a great deal.

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    1. re: Galen

      it was truly an unbelievably good deal.
      i couldn't serve that quality and quantity of food at home for anywhere near that price.

      1. re: westsidegal

        Thanks for the report. Sometimes a great value (even if the food is only passable) is all you're looking for....

    2. It's so big it reminds me of a Las Vegas buffet. Don't pay the extra for the tiny crab legs.

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      1. re: wienermobile

        I've been to the lunch and dinner buffets,. Not much difference except price. I'll stick with lunch.

      2. I thought it was craaaazy gross. The sushi was really nasty when I went. If I went again, I'd stick to the Mongolian BBQ bowl section. Maybe a pork bun or something. That's it, the rest was turrible

        1. I've found the Sherman Oaks branch better. Weekends are a lot better, the crab legs (weekends and dinner only) are actually not that bad, its probably 80% of my meal when i go there. that being said, my family loves going there at every opportunity so I've gotten sick of it.

          I like their bread buns, red bean/green tea iced cream, teriyaki chicken and crab legs.