First and foremost, I have to acknowledge my fellow floggers (Food Bloggers), without whom I wouldn’t have had the courage to visit East Buffet in Longwood. Thank you!!
I somehow seem to walk in Buffet style restaurants with great trepidation, constantly questioning my decision as to why I am here. The moment I walked in East Buffet, my heart skipped a beat and even felt a slight excitement. The décor was understated, the place large enough to handle big groups, and best of all it was spick and span. What a pleasant surprise!
The price for the dinner buffet is @10.99. Amongst the standard ‘American-Chinese ‘ fare it also serves sushi and ‘hibachi’ style grill where the food is cooked fresh for you customized with ingredients and sauces you provide. However, I personally never made it that far.
I was impressed by the varied assortment of sushi, not just your standard roll, but East Buffet literally dishes out high-end sushi which is as attractive as the selection – Shrimps, Tuna, Yellowtail, Salmon, Eel, and more artfully prepared with decent sushi grade meat.
What I found even more remarkable was the array of fresh seafood they served – Snow Crabs, Extra large Shrimps, Oysters, Mussels, Clams, and even Crawfish. Sure, they have the typical buffet dishes like chicken and Broccoli, General Tao’s Chicken, Soups, Rolls, Skewered Meat to name some. However, unlike other Chinese Buffets, the food actually has freshness and flavor to meet all palates. The spicy Chicken was super spicy; I could see fried Thai chilies floating around.
The Salad bar which normally, I resist like the plague at East Buffet I took seconds. The seaweed Salad and Cucumber Salad were my favorites.
Looks like I may have finally overcame my fear of Asian buffets? I left the place mystified, calculating the numbers in my head as to how can any restaurant dish out such an extensive menu, above par quality at such low prices? I am still stumped, however I will be returning to East Buffet in the near future for sure.