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review - seafood buffet at Hibachi

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review - seafood buffet at Hibachi

mjs | Dec 21, 2003 02:30 PM

If anyone is thinking about trying the seafood buffet at Hibachi (Delaware Ave. in Philly), I can offer one word…. Don't!

Called in a Sat. night reservation, which absolutely wasn't needed. The room with the buffet had many empty tables. The buffet area itself was small, reminding me of something you'd find thown in a hotel ballroom.

It starts off with some appetizers consisting of miso soup (good, but not quite salty enough), some tempora (cold, and soggy), fried dumplings with a very odd/greasy ground meat filling, and some salads. Next comes the sushi section… mainly tuna rolls, some eel rolls, and a small tray of tuna, salmon, and some white fish sushi (tasty, but nothing special). There was also a tray of steamed shrimp, and raw oysters (again, nothing special). The hot section was made up of 5 or 6 covered pans with salmon, shimp/scallops with vegetables, noodles with seafood, rice, beef teriyaki, and maybe one more forgettable dish. Dessert was probably the best part… about 6 generic restaurant cakes (pretty sure not made on premises) including a raspberry chocolate moose cake, tiramisu, black forest cakes, and others.

Restocking of the items was sporadic, and sparse. The sushi was only restocked once when we got there, some of the dishes weren't refilled at all.

If you're looking for a sushi buffet, you'd be much better off heading over to Oasis at on Walnut (1700 block).

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