Freshly prepared choices

Freshly prepared choices

June 24th, 2013 in Local Regional News

Asia Buffet makes recipes using fresh ingredients, including hand-cut vegetables prepared daily, offering guests more than 300 unique house-made dishes on the buffet, hibachi station and fresh sushi bar.

Asia Buffet

LOCATION: 6901 Lee Highway.

PHONE: 499-8865.

HOURS: Lunch is served every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner is served Sunday-Thursday from 4-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4-10:30 p.m.

"We always use fresh vegetables. We don't use any canned vegetables," says manager Grant Lee. "The green beans, we have to snap off the end because it's more tough and so we take only the fresh part to cook. We burn the flavor into the green beans by cooking them in the wok for five to 10 seconds, so this way the green beans are really fresh and aren't overcooked."

Rather than using bottled teriyaki sauce for some of the popular recipes on the buffet, owner and chef Michael Lin uses a special recipe he created. With more than 30 years of experience in restaurant kitchens, Lin focuses on creating unique sauces and flavor combinations for each dish.

Lee says one of the biggest secrets to the restaurant's popularity is that staff is careful not to put too much food out at one time, keeping the selection fresh and tasty. Another savory element is the price point. Lee says Asia Buffet is an affordable destination for the whole family.

Mia Lin prepares green beans

"We've been here seven years and our price has been the same for five years," he adds. "You can tell all the prices in rice and vegetables are going up and we are trying to make it to where everyone can come in and eat and we don't raise the price."

The buffet features all guests' favorites, from the spicy Hong Kong chicken dish to the popular salt and pepper shrimp and General Tso's chicken. Asia Buffet prides itself on featuring recipes for everyone in the family, including children.The buffet has an entire American style section with favorites such as french fries, macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets that is perfect for kids.

The hibachi grill is a great destination for guests who like to mix and match fresh ingredients to create their own stir-fry masterpiece. At Asia Buffet's extended sushi bar, guests can find more than 30 different items to choose from every day.

"A lot of the buffet restaurants make their sushi early and put it in the refrigerator, but here the sushi chefs are making rolls right then and they are making it all day long," says Lee. "Our sushi ingredients we change every day. But even if something is not over there and a guest wants something special, they can ask and, if we have it, we can make it for them."

Many guests arriving at the restaurant meet up with small groups of friends or family to eat. Asia Buffet is also an ideal location for larger gatherings. There is a party room tucked in the back of the restaurant away from the hustle and bustle of the main dining room. Streamers, lanterns and chandeliers decorate the space, which is often used by guests to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries or simply for large gatherings of hungry friends, family and church groups.