This establishment needs an update on it’s outside & inside – owner should know loads of exterior peeling paint, sagging plywood entrance, cracked concrete walks, worn out bathrooms more than shop worn and dated decor are a “put off” to most diners. It says you have either gotten complacent, givIen up and plain don’t care!
It also can be an indicator of what you are willing to put into the food quality & service.
That being said we looked past all that and entered the restaurant on a quiet Sunday afternoon. There were patrons exiting who seemed happy with the food – a good sign.
It was 1 pm and only one other booth other than our own was full. Scores of empty tables.
We were acknowledged in a friendly manner by the owner on entering…that is a positive! The food smelled great!
First off – main menu is just toooo extensive – too many long descriptions…patrons want simple – not a novella to read! 2 pages of great ones are far better than jillions of so – so! You can retain “Gourmet” with a simplified menu that is not so overwhelming.
We paroosed the buffet which had an hour left and seemed sparse with many things down to one or empty…
Nonetheless we were hungry and opted for the buffet.
No surprises here – usual fare.
Good things – the server/waiter Bryan was excellent and professional! Most accomodating – he got us fresh hot WonTon soup from the kitchen since the soups on the line were not ones we preferred.
He was friendly and a huge asset to this place. He made sure the Crab Rangoon was also brought out fresh to replenish an empty tray.
He shared local knowledge of the area that we inquired about and was extremely good about taking away used plates.
The food quality was very good. Temperatures were spot on and taste was very good as well.
The value was there too.
We will more likely than not return in the near future as it was an overall good experience!
Our advice for China Buffet – repair and freshen up your outside & inside decor!!! Make it welcoming and not ramshackled & sad!
Second – pare down the large menu to what are your best house specialties and make them shine with freshness. Keep your buffet but keep it simple on the main menu!