Occupying the building that formerly housed Geezer's Garlic Grill, Hokkaido Seafood Buffet opened up about a month or so ago, and its parking lot has been packed almost everyday since it opened.
I finally decided to give it a try, as it's very close to my workplace. I went for lunch today, and unfortunately, it turned out to be quite disappointing. The best description of the place would be that its food is mostly like a Chinese buffet, and it has a small selection of seafood and sushi added to it.
Its sushi selection is pretty poor and the quality is not very good, especially when comparing it to another buffet like Sumo Sushi. I've always thought that the sushi selection and quality at my local Sumo Sushi was quite good for a buffet. That was proven to me today, as the sushi at Hokkaido were pretty small, not very well constructed, and the selection of fish to choose from was very limited.
As I ventured through the other lines of food, I skipped most of the stuff that looked like Panda Express food. I did sample a bowl of shark fin soup, and while not of the quality that you'd get at a Chinese banquet, it was decent. On the seafood side, there were no crab legs or scallops (that may be saved for the dinner buffet), but I did sample some Rockefeller oysters, which were pretty good, along with some other cold mussels on a half shell, which were good.
Overall, it just wasn't very good, but judging from the crowds around me, other people seemed to be enjoying the food more, or their expectations weren't as high. They enjoyed the quantity, not the quality.
If anything, this reaffirmed my opinion of the good quality sushi that I can get at my local Sumo Sushi buffet. I'll be going there for my sushi buffets before returning to Hokkaido again.
Hokkaido Seafood Buffet
4200 Scott Dr
Newport Beach, CA
Mon-Fri 11AM-2:30PM, 5-9PM
Sat-Sun 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5-9PM
$10 for Mon-Fri lunch buffet, $20 all other times