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King Buffet in Salinas

Melanie Wong | Aug 2, 2006 03:28 AM

My parents were hot to try the new King Buffet in Valley Center which opened yesterday. It's owned by the same folks who opened Sakura on the north side of town earlier this year (link below). As a grand opening special, the lunch price for seniors is $5 vs. $6.59 as the usual adult price. And, that includes a fountain drink or hot tea, whereas there's a separate charge at Sakura.

Overall, I'd say that the selection may be larger (150 items) but far less interesting than the original. No hijiki salad, surimi instead of crab, few dim sum items, no Japanese octopus, etc. And, the cooking is less skilled and lacks attention to seasoning and texture.

Few items were marked, so my description/name of the dishes may vary. Here's a brief run-down of the things tried today:

Teriyaki chicken skewers
Chow mein
Fried rice
Mac and cheese
Meatballs in marinara
Macaroni salad
Surimi salad
Buffalo wings
Sweet and sour chicken
Mei fun
Fried fish fritters
Fried shrimp
French fries
Fried sesame balls
Almond cookies
Water melon

Napa cabbage kimchee
Various maki sushi
Roast chicken
Baby octopus stir-fry
Mongolian barbecue
Panko-crusted fried zucchini
Sweet and sour shrimp
Kung pao chicken
Mapo tofu
Chicken tenders
Cucumber and red pepper salad
Coconut macaroon
Bing cherries
Cantaloupe and honeydew melon

Seaweed and tofu soup
Spicy fried giant squid
Chicken and broccoli
Shrimp and cauliflower

Green-lipped mussels in black bean sauce
Sauteed green beans with garlic

King Buffet
910 S. Main St.

Lunch at Sakura Seafood Buffet -

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