My wife and I had a recent Sunday lunch at King's Buffet. We were promptly and courteously seated, the only ones in a large back room. We waited and waited for someone to come and take our drink orders so we could hit the buffet. We wondered aloud if anyone even knew we were there. Suddenly a door labeled "Emergency Exit and Employees Only" burst open, and several servers came in, possibly from a smoke break, and one of them approached our table. From that point, the service was prompt and courteous.
The buffet area and selection is quite small compared to other Chinese buffets in the city, although in fairness the price is significantly lower. There is a small salad bar area, and a small fruit area that includes chocolate pudding and rice pudding that look as if they came from those huge food service cans.
The hot food area features a mix of Chinese and North American food, nothing fancy or elaborate, and much of it deep fried. The restaurant was not especially busy when we arrived, but the staff seemed to have trouble keeping the serving pans filled with food. The Chinese vegetables tasted of mothballs. Some of the food, roasted potatoes and onion rings, were dried out as if by over-exposure to heat lamps.
There is a dessert section which features such delicacies as Rice Krispy squares, and squares of various store-bought cakes and brownies.
There is a fairly large and popular self-serve ice cream area. But the freezer needs some attention. The ice cream was soft tending to mushy.
When our fortune cookies arrived with the bill at the end of the meal, mine was already broken into many pieces. My wife and I had the identical fortunes. What fun is that?
We've visited this restaurant before and will go back. Service has generally been good. The manager is unfailingly polite. While the food is uninspiring, if you choose carefully, you can certainly fill your plate several times over with passable food at a comparatively low price. If price were no object, I would follow the crowds to the rich Chinese buffet in the other end of town. But since I do watch my pennies and dollars, I can settle for the King's Buffet.
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