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San Gabriel Hilton Seafood Buffet

Chandavkl | Aug 1, 200501:56 AM

Haven't seen much comment here about the food at the San Gabriel Hilton except some passing negative comments about the banquet food (though nothing compared to the venom on the subject found on the Chinese wedding message board). With this in mind I wasn't sure what to expect at the San Gabriel Hilton weekend Asian seafood dinner buffet, but in the end I was favorably impressed. Perhaps the best point of reference is to compare this buffet to the Universal City Hilton's Asian Seafood buffet. In this regard the San Gabriel Hilton is much more sedate and less crowded--no waiting in line for items or worrying about items running out. The San Gabriel Hilton may have slightly fewer items, but with fewer Western items probably has more dishes for the Chinese palate. Perhaps the biggest advantage that the San Gabriel Hilton has is a number of more innovative items, such as rice noodles and clams in a scallop shell, deep fried sea bass roll, caesar salad with roast duck meat and tuna lettuce cup. Standouts included the prime rib (as good as we've ever eaten anywhere), mango pudding, abalone mushroom, and made to order fruit slushes (included in the hefty $39 price). If you load up on the abalone, fresh lobster, prime rib, rack of lamb, suckling pig and shark fin soup it's certainly worth the price of admission. The San Gabriel Hilton is at 225 W. Valley Blvd., and the seafood buffet is in the hotel restaurant on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

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