Since the move from counter service to table service, the quality of the food and experience has remained the same. I was initially worried that prices or selection would change, but for the most part they haven’t. They still have daily entree and soup specials that, for me, are always a highlight of our visit.
This is South American fare, not just Tex-Mex. Expect recipe and styles of cooking from all over the region. Standards such as enchiladas and tacos are available, but more exotic ingredients are included. This place is extremely vegetarian friendly and you can order rice and beans without animal products upon request and the tofu rice bowl is a protein packed and complete treat. If I’m feeling more sinful, I might get a portabella and Roasted Red Pepper chimichanga. Salsas are tasty, but the chips aren’t usually very fresh tasting; the guac is to die for!
The service is generally speedy and friendly, and above average for a college town. A great choice!
A good meal with helpful staff!
First off I should say I'm primarily a vegetarian and therefore I didn't try many items at the buffet. The place was new and I was hankering for something different and gave it a try and went along with someone who is much more carnivorous than I so we could give it a fair shake.
Inside they did a great job of decorating. It had the feel of a Japanese garden with tasteful room dividers and it was very clean (which I'd kinda expect after a change over). I liked the fact you could see into the kitchen a bit--always a confident sign. On the table was the yummy chili-garlic sauce called Saracha as well as soy sauce.
The first set of about 15 steam trays had typical Asian buffett fair such as pork egg rolls, pork pot stickers, a Geneal Tso like chicken dish, veggie low mein, green beans and egg drop soup. However, there were some more exotic items such as miso soup with tofu and some red mini-lobster/crawfish dish. I would have liked a description or even some kind of name above the dishes, but I cut them some slack because they were new.
The second buffet table had the ingredients for the noodle soup and dishes done in mongolian BBQ fashion. A series of starches that including different styles of rice noodle: pad thai, vermicelli, japanese as well as udon noodles and a few I didn't recognize. Then you had your proteins such as chicken, shrimp, beef and tofu. Finally a few different vegetables. Kinda limited but still satisfying. When I explained I was a vegetarian they made sure to give me a veggie broth as well as point out he vegetarian items on the menu.
Third table was the sushi and dessert. About 10 different types of sushi and because they were unmarked I couldn't tell you what they were except all were made from white rice. The attendant I spoke with pointed me to the vegetarian one which had seawood salad in it. Mmmm, it was good.
The desserts were typical Asian buffet as well--little bites of cheesecake, macaroons, tiramasu, etc. Ironically no soft serve ice cream, which I'm thankful for.
My carnivorous dining companion said the food was great. He is not a buffet fan and especially not Asian buffets. Wow, that's impressive for him to compliment the place, so consider that high marks!
Service was excellent and I appreciate their willingness to find me the vegetarian items despite. Drinks and plates were taken care of quickly without being annoying and you pay at the table not at the register, unlike most buffets.
Price was around $9.00 for dinner. A little bit higher than most, but I think this had more upscale and therefor expensive ingredients. Prices weren't listed, so I'm not sure about lunch.