Advantages Great variety, wide range of vegetarian dishes, value for money
Disadvantages very busy at all times, not suitable for young families
A new buffet restaurant, The China Buffet King, has opened on Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, opposite the Dental Hospital. After visiting chinese buffets on holiday in Canada and America my husband and I prayed for the day one would open near us. True, Chinese restaurants in the U.K. have buffet nights but they are often poor value and have little real choice. The China Buffet King is a totally different experience and one I recommend to you wholeheartedly.The first thing you notice about the China Buffet King is the almost permanent queue outside it - a good sign I would say. We had to queue for around ten minutes for a table for six but it was worth the wait. It was very busy and I felt that it wasn't suitable for a young family because of that. The restaurant is spacious, clean and well staffed. Although the waiters mostly clear the tables and take orders for drinks, I found them very courteous and helpful. Dirty plates from each visit to the buffet were speedily cleared and orders for more drinks taken quickly. We never once felt hurried and the service was well worth a tip.
Charges for the buffet vary depending on what time of day you visit. At £5.50 for lunch and pre-theatre at £6.99 it is excellent value. Pre-theatre ends at 7pm and dinner prices were £8.99. Even at that for the excellent selection of food I thought the price was great.The starters were three types of soup (one of which was vegetarian), bread and butter, pancake rolls and filling, spring rolls, samosas and won tons. The spring rolls and samosas were veggie. If you don't fill up on that then you can move onto various main dishes such as mushrooms in batter, chicken in many various disguises and with a variety of sauces, beef dishes, ribs, mixed vegetables, mushroom satay, mussels, etc. There are also three types of noodles, fried rice, chips and small roasted potatoes. The sauces include curry, peking, sweet and sour and lemon sauce - all of them delicious. These hot dishes can be accompanied with a salad taken from the well stocked salad bar. And if by any chance you've any room left the sweets included apple strudel, banana fritter, various ice creams, fruits and pies.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the China Buffet King and can't wait to go again. One thing I'll be sure to do though is starve myself beforehand as I was well and truly stuffed after the wonderful meal. And with that I commend this restaurant to the house!
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