i followed up on eugene's tip last friday and dropped in to check this deal out.
on friday evenings, a thin crisp $20 bill gets you unlimited orders off the menu and all you can drink hot sake or cold draught kirin or anchor steam. it's really too good to be true.
the food was a good chip and a put better than what you'd get from a 'typical' asian/fusion buffet place (like todai, ugh). especially good were the seared hamachi sashimi dishes, one under a bed of toasted onion slices and a sweet/savory sauce, and another in a multi-layered sandwich made with what might be described as mini tostadas. less impressive were the japanese steamed spinach under bonito flakes (spinach stems were left in) and the sliced dried tofu (just too plain, but good beer food perhaps). there is a variety of other pan asian favorites, like unagi rolls, 'popcorn' chicken, salt and pepper shrimp, shanghainese nien gow (stir fried rice cakes) chinese string beans, eggplant, potstickers, etc. note, these are individual orders prepared fresh and brought to your table. no steam table anywhere.
didn't get to try everything cuz i was very late (the deal goes from opening til 930) but from what i did try or at least see, it all looks like perfectly competent renditions of these classics. i'd say their strength is in the chinese classics and the fusiony stuff i tried.
and oh yeah, the anchor steam was cold, fresh, and free flowing.
the only drawback was that the service was a little overwhelmed by the crowd (this was the second week of the deal). so i intend to go back, earlier in the evening, and soon, before they raise the price.
note, it doubles as a karaoke lounge later in the evening, and it's on el camino, a block or 2 south of hillsdale.