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Excellent Chinese Buffet in Brea at Osaka Seafood

Chandavkl | Jan 14, 201112:55 PM

Did I say Brea? And isn't Osaka Japanese? Well, Osaka Seafood Buffet in Brea is another Chinese buffet restaurant masquerading as a Japanese buffet. My guess is that they want to trick the locals into thinking they're eating at an authentic sushi place, when in fact the focus of the offerings is on Chinese food, and in the case of Osaka Seafood, authentic Chinese food. There is absolutely no doubt that this is really a Chinese place, from the Fujian fish balls and white fungus dessert to the Chinese pop music on the sound system. Not to mention the joint advertisements with West Coast Seafood in the Chinese papers. Indeed Osaka Seafood is really a new branch of West Coast Seafood, but in a way it's better than the branch of West Coast Seafood that used to be in Westminster. The problem with the Westminster branch was that it was a clone of the Hacienda Heights location, so there wasn't any point to driving the extra distance to that location to get exactly the same thing. In contrast, there are some menu differences between Osaka Seafood and West Coast Seafood. The food at West Coast Seafood is a little better than Osaka Seafood, which I attribute to a bit of a dumbing down at Osaka Seafood to accommodate the non-Asian half of their clientele. But I would say that Osaka Seafood is better than any of the other full time Chinese buffets in the San Gabriel Valley except for West Coast Seafood. Street address is 200 S. State College Blvd. at Birch St. Weekday lunch is $9.99, which I believe is the same price as West Coast Seafood.

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