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SEA: New Super China Buffet - longish

Bob in Shoreline | Dec 30, 200306:32 PM    

Well, I must confess I was very disappointed when I first saw the sign: Super China All You Can Eat Buffet. Yet another Chinese restaurant coming into this large, easy-to-fill, hard-to-keep-filled venue just a long stone's throw away from Shoreline's popular Central Market. Of course, I had to try it and report back.

You're right, no gourmet pot of gold here, but good solid fare and lots of it for very little cash. Indeed, lunch buffet for adults is just $6.45 and their definition of lunch is Mon-Fri, 11:00 all the way to 4:00. Don't know if the items change for dinner (I doubt it), but the price goes up to a still reasonable $8.95 (Mon-Thurs, 4:00 to 9:00 pm). Fridays and Saturdays, it's $9.95 and Sunday all day, a special seafood buffet for $11.95. Drinks are extra.

If you think it took me a while to get through that, you should try to tackle the depth and breadth of their buffet offerings. I basically grazed on small amounts in small plates: hot and sour soup, fish, squid, oysters on the half shell, some basic sushi, mussels, shrimp balls, pot stickers, spring rolls, pork dumplings, and more. It was like a do-it-yourself dim sum. Along with the above there were all the standard Cantonese and Mandarine dishes (even Egg Foo Yung), a few Szechuan specialties, vegetable dishes, and a large array of fresh fruit. For dessert there were homemade little tarts, custards, and pastries. All you can eat.

The management has completely remodeled the inside and it is comfortable, warm, and nicely laid out around long buffet tables with items nicely labeled. They also offer an a la carte menu of Chinese specialties for dining in or taking out.

While they won't win any gastronomic awards, Super China Buffet offers good quality, extraordinary variety, and honest value. I have no affiliation except that my home is within walking distance.

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