Positives: Lots of food, many exotic dishes, inexpensive
Negatives: Entrees lack flavor, several favorites missing
In some ways, Hibachi Supreme Buffet is like many other buffet restaurants: bright lighting, rows of pretty food, a couple of counters where made-to-order items are prepared, and servers that occasionally drop by with drink refills. However, Hibachi is different because they offer a number of "exotic" items not usually found on a buffet, such as oysters in the shell, shrimp prepared about a half-dozen ways, unshelled crawfish...even squid.
Located near I-240 and South Western Avenue, this restaurant occupies a highly-visible prime location near hotels and a busy exit ramp.
The restaurant seems to be quite popular; the first thing we noticed upon arrival was the number of cars in the lot. Most open eateries we passed while driving there were almost vacant, but Hibachi Supreme Buffet was nearly full. Obviously they have something that attracts customers!
This building was built as a restaurant. In fact, another type of buffet previously occupied the space. Ample parking was part of the original design. Despite a relatively large crowd, open spaces were available in the outfield during our visit.
FACILITY AND DECOR:
With red brick, green metal roof, and cream highlights, the building is unremarkable but not unattractive. It looks more like the American-style restaurant it once was than an Oriental buffet.
With it's colored accent lights, reflective surfaces, and glass, the interior feels somewhat like a nightclub. Serving counters sit in the center of the main dining room. Rows of tables surround them. We noticed a large secondary dining area in a separate room. Perhaps there are others.
Hibachi serves an eclectic selection of Oriental-themed entrees, with a few alternative dishes for folks that prefer other cuisines. As mentioned earlier, we saw a wide variety of fish and seafood items. This seems to be a big draw. Mounds of oyster, shrimp, and crawfish shells covered a couple of tables.
Quite a few commonly seen Oriental dishes...sweet and sour chicken, dumplings, spareribs, and others...were also available. Macaroni and cheese and french fries were offered. But some traditional staples, such as Chow Mein and Moo Goo Gai Pan, were missing from the buffet.
A hibachi grill is available for folks that want custom-prepared food. Three members of our group of five ordered food there. (I was one of the three.) We were all disappointed by the relatively few ingredients available at that counter. We regularly dine at "Mongolian" grills that have much larger selections.
A second "carving" counter is also available, but none of our group tried it. We didn't make it to the sushi bar, either, although several of us like sushi.
The general consensus of our group was that food was plentiful, but it generally lacked flavor. Some items, like the coconut shrimp, boiled shrimp, and dumplings, were very tasty. Most entrees, however, were very bland.
We were greeted and seated almost immediately. Staff members constantly patrolled the serving area to make sure food trays were kept full. Our server was pleasant, and was good about providing refills, but was slow to remove used plates from the table. Perhaps that's their way of discouraging second and third trips through the line. We saw a number of servers that seemed to be sleepwalking around the place.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
If you are interested in eating a large quantity of Orientally-inspired food, or are looking for a buffet that offers some uncommon seafood items, Hibachi Supreme Buffet might interest you.
If your interests lean more toward fine dining where "flavor" trumps "bulk", another restaurant might suit you better. It's possible to find some exceptional items at Hibachi, but if you're like us, you'll be full about the time you find them.