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Rosalynn Nov 24, 2003 01:01 AM

I am thinking of celebrating my wedding anniversary at Imperial Buffet @ Warden/Eglinton or Dufferin/Steeles partly due to price and good word of mouth. Can anyone give me any suggestions or reviews? Which location is better? Are there any other choices as well?

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    Wiley Nov 24, 2003 10:50 AM

    Go back to end of Sept-early Oct here for rec's. And happy a/v.

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      Sierramum Nov 24, 2003 11:03 AM

      Hi Rosalynn,

      We went to the Warden/Eglinton location shortly after it opened and really enjoyed the experience. Pleasantly surprised that the food was good. My only issue was that they didn't have a liquor license at the time, and I don't know if they do now or not.

      Please post a review of your experience afterwards, as I'd like to go again soon and hope that it's still good.


      Link: http://www.imperialbuffet.com/

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        beth Nov 24, 2003 02:07 PM

        Does anyone know if they have crab legs? My kids eat piles of them.

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          Bora Gratilskilsky Nov 25, 2003 01:54 AM

          I've been to the one on Dufferin/Steeles last Sat. I like their food especially their BBQ ribs...they're so tender hmm hmm. They have crab legs but I didn't try them but they look quite good. Can't believe the variety for a measly $13.99. They seem to have a good deal goin on.....figures from the long line up ....almost 30 mins wait... hostess had bad attitude though.


          1. re: Bora Gratilskilsky
            SacredKow Dec 11, 2003 01:12 PM

            I recently tried the Imperial Buffet at Eglinton & Warden. It was astoundingly bad. Every dish I tried was either greasy or tasteless, or both.The ribs were OK, but I wouldn't go to a Chinese buffet for that. Only go if you have a crab leg addiction. Me, never again.

          2. re: beth
            Sierramum Nov 25, 2003 11:19 AM

            Hi Beth,

            I'm a total gorger when it comes to crab legs, and Imperial Buffet has them. When we went, I think I went through at least 4 plates of the legs (with claws!). I don't know if they're like the Manarin though, in that they only serve them on the weekends.


            1. re: Sierramum
              nutella Nov 25, 2003 01:22 PM

              The Chief Operating Officer of Red Lobster was fired because customers were gorging on all-you-can-eat crabs and the company lost something like $3.3 million in one quarter.

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                Bistrobob Nov 25, 2003 01:29 PM

                Oh yeah, that was hilarious. Check out the Wall Street Journal article.

                Link: http://online.wsj.com/article_email/0...

              2. re: Sierramum
                Dinoribs Nov 25, 2003 02:03 PM

                This Imperial Buffet place sounds promising! However, I've checked out their website, and the menu appears kind of small compared to places like China Buffet King. Do they have a large selection?

                And hey, leave some crab legs for the rest of us! ;-)

                1. re: Dinoribs
                  Sierramum Nov 25, 2003 03:35 PM

                  LOL Dinoribs! I figure since my hubby doesn't eat crab legs, I'll just have *his* portion.

                  As to their menu, it seemed comparable to the Mandarin's. At least, the last time I was there it seemed so.

                  nutella and Bistrobob: Wow, I didn't know that about Red Lobster! I've actually eaten there during those types of promotions but never opted for them. Don't know why, just seems different from buffets I guess.

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              Chaagy Nov 24, 2003 03:37 PM

              My experiences with Imperial Buffet are not very recent (ie. 2 years ago) - but I generally thought the quality was not bad for a buffet.

              Most recently, I've been heading to the Mandarin on Woodbine between Steeles and Hwy. 7 whenever I get in that binging mood. It's not bad, and when I go for lunch, I think it's like $7.95 which is very affordable. Though at lunch you don't the crab legs you are seeking. You may on weekend evenings though.

              There used to be a buffet at Hwy. 7 and Warden - Great Eastern Buffet or something like that. They went out of business in and around the SARS scare. Their buffet was promising - I especially liked the noodle soup in broth - you could add all sorts of seafooods, wontons, and assortment of veggies. Very yummy. Does anyone know what is there now?


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