My parents recently moved to Vancouver from Prince George and one of the things they miss is the kind of generic westernized Chinese food buffet / smorgasboard that Prince George has several of. Does this exist in Vancouver or is it too generic? They live near 41st and Cambie but they regularly go to Richmond and Burnaby and whatnot, so geographically flexible.
It's more the buffet style they're interested in the the All-you-can-eat aspect of it -- the places that are all-you-can-eat but you order off a menu and they bring the dishes out don't appeal to them in the same way. For those who are familiar with it, they love the Mandarin here in Ontario. It doesn't need to be as elaborate as Mandarin (none of the Prince George ones are!), but a salad bar, a hot table or two and some dessert options would be typical of what they want.
They do go to some good Chinese restaurants, too, but they've been eating the westernized stuff for a lot of years and they like it, and they like the casualness of a buffet.