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“First time visit today. Not perfect, but very good.”
Review of China City

China City
Ranked #173 of 995 Restaurants in Mesa
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

I'd actually reviewed my regular Chinese buffet place just this morning. (The one on Signal Butte) I felt like gong someplace new, and the reviews on TripAdvisor seemed to favor this China City restaurant. Must say, I was pleasantly surprised. First impressions were good. We arrived at 11:15 am, place has been open for 45 minutes or so. It smelled pleasant upon entering, the ambience was nice, plenty of light coming in through the large windows. The lady showing us to our table was not terribly attentive, but that's OK, I'm just here to eat. First thing I noticed was the food *seemed* to be hot. Ah, my hopes rise ! Cold Chinese food doesn't work. Nice selection of chicken, beef and fish dishes. Nicely presented. I see sushi, hot clams, various chicken and beef dishes, steamed fish etc, I tried a lot of it. First off, the salt and pepper shrimp. Take a bite.....Not hot. Oh dear. Just warm. Would have been a great start to begin with a winner. I liked their egg drop soup. Not gluggy like many other places. Tried some various chicken dishes, nice flavor, but again, just not hot enough. The dishes where the food is steaming look hot (and indeed are hot to the touch), but the food within was just lukewarm. But even though I was disappointed in the temperature, it was still better food than the Signal Butte buffet. I usually go a couple of rounds before I grab some fruit and ice cream. They had a rather nice creme brulee thing which was very good, the usual sliced peaches, honeydew, cantaloupe. Our server came by regularly to top up our water and take away the used dishes.

I'd definitely come back again as a single visit may not be representative of its usual standard. It's a bit further to drive for us, but that's OK because I have a feeling that we will be happier eating here. The price, with a coupon, was actually marginally less expensive than the Signal Butte restaurant. I didn't get to sample the fish myself. although my husband said his clams were lovely as was the steamed fish.

So bottom line, good first impressions, hope they keep up the temperature of their food and looking forward to our next visit.

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Thank Paula D
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

We eat here many times, sometimes once a week. The food is really good. There is always a cook near the Stir Fry so you never have to wait for someone to come and cook your food. The Hot Tables are always "HOT" unlike the place over on Signal Butte in Mesa which is a lot closer to me. They have a very nice variety of food. They have so many items that I wouldn't know where to begin to say. They have California Roll all of the time. Crab legs and oysters during dinner time. Desserts and Fruit. I actually pass 2 or 3 buffet places just to come to China City. Employees are very Friendly, Owner actually will come by and ask how everything is going.

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Thank BigDeeg
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

We went with 6 people. One nursed Crab legs all night. Probably $100 worth anywhere else. I had a custom stir fry like those at Mongolie Wok, but the price was the same: $11.95 for Crab, for fresh stir fry, for all the fish you can eat, for desert - all the same price! Anything and all you could eat. Even if it wasn't out of this world fantastic, you have to wonder why you would spend 4 times as much for a single entree that may or may not be as good as the price!

This was the best Chinese food buffet I have experienced, all things considered.

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Thank Canuckincuba
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

Rated in thetop 100 Best Chineese Resturants by no doubt a pay for rating organization, this is a solid choise for any buffet lover. The staff is very attentive and the food offerings were tasty if not adverturous. The sushie was so so with many over mayoed non discript fillings - stick to the recognosable fish and shrimp items. If you enjoy a little compitition for your food this is the place! Management rations crab legs by the few and far between stategy.Look for coupons in value mailers. Overall experience very good.

Thank Gregory E
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Reviewed February 13, 2017
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