When you find a Chinese restaurant in southern Illinois that has BOTH a fresh sushi preparation chef and a habachi-grill cook where the swift preparation of chosen foods are executed, then you're taken aback. Especially if you are paying less than $20 for two at lunch.
Spread out around the center of the restaurant are an assortment of the traditional offerings at buffet styled Chinese Restaurants. All of these are adequately prepared and effectively presented, but my wife and I marveled at the fresh sushi with pickled ginger and other accompaniments. Not to mention the preparation in our presence of a virtual egg foo young at the Habachi Grill. They also had calimari, beef, and chicken. All you do is pile up your plate with the things you like, including noodles, veggies, eggs and hand it to the chef.
The server at our table was a pleasant young lady named Sarah who had grown up, she informed us, in a small river town in Illinois. She was quick with our service and fresh as a blossom.
The sushi chef, who did a beautiful job with the various rolls, did put me off a bit. She was speaking in a loud voice in Chinese. I assumed that she was talking to one of the other staff, but it turned out to be an ear/phone. Just a bit annoying...but truthfully it certainly didn't affect the food.
This is a recent phenomenon in our area, where low cost restaurants are simply exceeding expectations. I like it and will return more often.
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