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Cafe Sierra -Seafood Buffet

Yumyumcha | Jun 18, 200102:53 AM     6

Recently, my cousin and I were jonesing for a Chinese banquet but unfortunately, we got tired of waiting for somebody in the family to get married or have a baby – actually, I think we’re next in line but I think its going to be awhile…hehe.

Fortunately, we had heard tidbits of information through this board and other friends about the Café Sierra at the Hilton Universal so we called a few other pals and a trip ensued.

Ohmigod, this place rocks!
Prime Rib. That’s what I started with which was pretty yummy and much better than Las Vegas $9.99. But the very best part was the white rice cooker staring at us next to the cutter. Taking generous portions of rice, pouring au jous and nestling it comfortably by the prime rib is heaven for us – and in retrospect, we were better off holding back but our genetic predisposition must have took over.
Lobster Thermador. This was at the same station and although my cousin avoided it, I’m a fan so I ate and even went back for seconds. I don’t know this dish very well but it tasted good. The meat wasn’t overcooked, tough or soggy and the mushroom sauce thingie wasn’t too overpowering. It was decent size too!
Crab with ginger and green onion – There’s never any comparison to the way mom always made it (when is it ever) but just as good as getting leftovers – and I mean that in a good way. I sucked a lot and my only mistake was not leaving enough room for a generous second helping. What other buffet offers this dish?
Short Ribs with Shzewan Sauce – not usually big into the sticky sauces ie: sweet and sour, lemon, but the pungent red glaze wasn’t too spicy and complimented the soft meat rather well. And you didn’t have to fight and gnaw at it. Stick a rib in the mouth, tear the meat off and dispose of the bone in a few seconds.
Raw Ahi Tuna – I’m always a little scared of eating sashimi at buffets but geeze, it looked so tempting and I had some rice to finish. It was orange, fresh and much better than Todai’s .
Mango Pudding – I ended my evening with it but it was only ok, just needed more of that white syrup on it.

There were tons of other dishes I didn’t get a chance to check out, including clams with spicy sauce, crab legs, spicy salty shrimp and a sushi station made to order but my cousin and friends tried it and seemed to be pretty happy with the buffet and evening.

Yea, the price is about $35.00 a person (plus a beverage of coffee, tea or ice tea) and I guess reservations is kind of needed - when I called to increase our seating amount, the host didn’t ask for my name and when I asked him if he needed it, he said it wasn’t necessary.

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