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Best Asian buffet in Austin - Chi Buffet Restaurant

citrine19 | Jul 13, 2009 09:06 AM

I am surprised no one has posted about this gem on Chowhound yet.... Finally we have a great Asian buffet in town! My kids love Asian buffets (no wait, tons of choices with fresh veggies and fruits, what's not to like?) and we've been to all of them. Of course, when we found out about the Chi Buffet, we had to try it. It is located at the far south end of the SouthPark Meadows complex next door to Amy's Ice Cream and the Cinemark theater past the Texas Roadhouse off of I35.

The decor is very chic and trendy with great music and the staff was very attentive. The food was beautifully displayed and absolutely awesome! On the day we went (Friday night) they had spicy crawfish, stuffed sea bass, salt and pepper shrimp (to perfection, not the overcooked kind), and the usual array of chinese dishes such as sesame chicken, beef with broccoli. They also offered some variation I've never seen before like the cilantro tomato salad which was quite refreshing (for those of us who like cilantro). We appreciated the variety of the spread. They didn't have a huge section of salads but that was ok by us since we usually go for the cooked veggies. Also, they have a very fresh sushi section and the best sashimi ever. Very affordable if you are going for that alone!

The only downside we see is that they didn't have a large selection of fresh fruits - we try to eat healthy and don't really go for all the sweet baked desserts - which they had an entire section dedicated to which looked exquisite. As for fresh cut fruits they only had was watermelon and pineapple (which for some reason tasted salty??), so that was our only disappointment.

One more thing that is a "must" try is their chicken soup - it's broth based, but it is heavenly with just the right amount of seasoning. We didn't try the other soup choices (miso, wonton, hot & sour) so can't say how those were. All in all, everything was wonderful and highly recommended. We will definitely be back to this place!

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