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“Mass quantities devoid of flavour” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Golden Jaguar International Cuisine Collection (The Place)

Golden Jaguar International Cuisine Collection (The Place)
Ranked #2,174 of 12,601 Restaurants in Beijing
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Guomao
Los Angeles, California, United States
Level Contributor
450 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Mass quantities devoid of flavour”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by my Chinese office colleagues as a top value buffet.

The good news:

The size of the place, its layout and the variety of food available was truly impressive. The food ranged from Chinese to Japanese, Thai, Italian, you name it. The restaurant was packed with locals. The price of the 'all you can eat' buffet included wine and represented great value for money

The bad news:

Irrespective of what I ate, the food was tasteless and often on the stale side, particularly the sushi. In fact the only thing that tasted different was the cheap wine.

I am told Chinese like to have lots of food. Well ,this place does it but if you want to enjoy it; try somewhere else. It gets an v. good for choice and a poor for flavor

Life is too short to eat poor food!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Ian B
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
Harbin, China
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Enormous buffet but mediocre food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

The quality and service isn't great at all. The sushi was seriously stale. Massive choice though. Despite the terrible food it's still value for money.
I'm still trying to decide if the person responsible for the English language captions should be fired or given a medal. Some gems include:
"Xiang Man's salad warships"
"Strong lean gas bullwhip stew"
"Fish rot"
"Desktop Nourishing sesame chicken"
I would seriously advise avoiding the Turtle Lung Three Creams as well. It was disgusting!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Adrian P
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Worth it??”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

Okay, they have big varieties of menus, divided into some sections, they have south east asian cuisine corner, western cuisine xorner, chinese cuisine section, tepannyaki corner, japanese cuisine section, seafood section, desserts section, very huge of varieties right? But in opinion coz they serve that mach of varieties, nothing so special here. But if you live in beijing for a long time and don't know how to spend your money for making your tummy full, worth for try.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Do your homework before you attack”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

There are several branches of Golden Jaguar in Beijing and they follow a common format as described in numerous reviews: huge selection, free flowing drinks, a wide range of cuisines represented with their own section. There is also a band offering entertainment.

I have eaten in them various times with friends and they have always met with our approval. Yes, it's expensive by Beijing standards but with limitless access to everything, it would be absurd to expect anything else.

I am mystified by some of the adverse comments but on reflection wonder if they are a result of folk not fully acquainting themselves with what is on offer. I would strongly recommend that you take time to wander carefully around the enormous spread to see what's there. You'll find that besides the dishes already displayed, there are chefs in numerous areas who will prepare fresh dishes, meat and fish, etc, for you on request. You leave a tab with your number and your choice will be delivered to the table. Meanwhile you can be munching on something else.

You'll also find dishes you could readily miss if, excited by the huge selection, you get "stuck in" too quickly. I particularly like the foie gras and the mushroom soup with the puff pastry covering the bowl, though the latter is very filling and could take the edge of your appetite on an evening when you feel like being greedy.

Also "plan" how you will make the most of your visit. Folk have a tendency in buffets to load their plates and at times leave quite a lot. You see a lot of that. Do sample something that interests you before committing to substantial portions. Taste before you buy, if you will. You can always go back for more. This also allows you to try more dishes and settle on ones you really like.

Most of this will read as common sense but, having watched fellow diners in Golden Jaguar, I feel that too often their fuses are blown by the sheer scale of what is available and sense doesn't come into play.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank JohnnydiScozia
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Beijing
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Quantity over quality”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

This international buffet includes free flow of beer and white and red wines. It's quite attractive... There you can find a various food corners - from chinese and thai to european and japanese. You can try a Beijing duck here - without any additional stuff and ceremonies, but just to understand the taste. Prawns are junk. But salmon is more than OK and could be worse... Well, just avoid sea-food and take some general food - just take a small bite of everything and find what you really like. On you table you will have pegs with your number. Pass this peg to the meat corner, or soup corner and they will cook a separate dishes for you - like lamb chops of tenderloin. Tenderloin will take around 20 minutes to cook - but don't even bother to ask about timing - they will not make it quicker anyway and they will deliver it directly to your table. Don't drink beer or wine because it tastes like water. Icecream is branded like Häagen-Dazs but it tastes like local and not bad at all. Anyway - this is a place to visit. Because price is a bargain.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Dosada
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