I apologize for no review last week, but an enormous tree damaged my parents’ home and knocked out their power. It took two full days to restore the electric service, and between trying to keep my folks from freezing and trying to rescue their possessions from the hideous, cold, wet mess, my dining companion and I caught horrible colds. Dining out has been the last thing on our minds!
We finally recovered to the point where food began to sound like a good idea again. We managed to get ourselves to a place where we knew that good, hot soup was always available. It is an Asian buffet.
Now, what sets this buffet apart from all the other ones in the Riverbend? We walked (dragged ourselves) in and were immediately greeted with a big smile and escorted to a table in the largest dining room. We were asked what we wanted to drink, and we both ordered lemonade. Need to load up on that vitamin C! There are three dining rooms, a great big one, a slightly smaller one on the other side, and a smaller, private dining room. The two larger rooms each have a flat-screen TV set to CNN. We were given a fork and a large spoon wrapped in a napkin, and invited to serve ourselves. A napkin dispenser is on each table along with salt, pepper and soy sauce.
There are four steam tables, with a good variety of hot food on each. One steam table is dedicated to spicy foods, like General Tso’s chicken and black peppered steak. Each food is identified by a neatly printed label on the sneeze guard. There are always at least three hot soups. My favorite is Won Ton, with delicious dumplings floating in nourishing chicken broth.
Two other tables hold a variety of cold food, like salad fixings, pudding, Jell-O and kim-chi. There is also a very long table with fruit, cakes, cookies, other desserts and at least eight varieties of ice cream.
The unique thing about this restaurant is the sushi bar. Diners write their preferences on a form and the delicacies are made to order by a skilled sushi chef. Just in case you didn’t know, the word “sushi” has nothing to do with raw fish. The term actually means, “with rice.”
I headed straight for the soup. I also took a small mound of white rice, peanut butter chicken, baked salmon and honey chicken on my plate. I headed back to our table where my lemonade was waiting for me. It tasted so good! I ate slowly, with chopsticks, and savored every bite. The rice soaked up the sauce from the chicken and became a delicious dish in its own right. I tried to eat lightly, but I was able to fill my plate again and have a scoop of ice cream afterward.
Both restrooms are spacious and clean. Our server never let our lemonade glasses go dry. Two drinks and two buffets cost under $25, and toothpicks are available at the payment counter.
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