Monday, May 23, 2016

Grand Buffet

Location: Grand Buffet
Rating: Not great
Meal: Lunch for 3
Price: 4206 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes: Various dishes
English Menu: Yes
Smoking: No

Although I am pretty much done reviewing restaurants at the Lalaport Toyosu mall where we go to church, I realized there are still one or two that just haven't been on my radar, and we decided clear one of those up last Sunday.  Directly across from the movie theaters is a restaurant called Grand Buffet, and it usually has a huge line outside of it by the time we get out of service.  Today there was no line, so we decided to make an attempt.

We are not big buffet fans really, since the price is usually high, the food quality usually low, and the whole point seems to be stuffing your face.  However, in the interests of completeness, we have eaten at the Grand Buffet...and found it about what we expected.  It was quite crowded, full of families with young children, many of which decided standing in line next to food was a great time to sneeze.  And for some reason Japanese people are not terrible good about covering their mouths when they sneeze or cough in the first place, let alone the young 'uns.  I blame the trains you to just sneeze/cough without using your arm or hand to cover up.

The food was quite meh, with mostly western/chinese food options, and lots and lots of carbs (rice, fried rice, noodles, pasta).  The usual buffet filler food.  There were only a couple of meat options, the best of which was the chinese chicken dish.  My son loved the ramen station, where you take precooked noodles, dip them in the hot water, put them in your bowl, and then ladle ramen broth into your bowl, no pesky vegetables to get in the way.  There was a drink bar and sushi bar that were extra and we did not avail ourselves of.  My wife and son got some dessert, but I passed, again...the lack of hygiene on the part of the children kind of spoiled any appetite I might have had.

We finished up plenty of time before the 90 minute limit and paid up and went on our way.  And we never have to go back there, yay!  The only reason I don't give it a Nasty rating is because at least you are probably going to find *something* edible there, given it's nature as a buffet.

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