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Selected desserts at Forbidden City. (Photo by Mark Gilliland)

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FORBIDDEN CITY

Address: 2273 Gunbarrel Road

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday

Phone: 423-305-1087

The intricacy of Forbidden City’s facade, designed to resemble the ancient Chinese imperial palace known — not coincidentally — as the Forbidden City, is reflective of the restaurant’s variety of endless eats.

Forbidden City’s colorful buffet bars are piled high with an array of authentic Asian dishes, classic American comfort food and various fusion fare. There is a make-your-own hibachi section and all-you-can-eat sushi, including fresh cucumber rolls, soy-wrapped shrimp salad rolls, and cone-shaped crab and avocado temaki sushi.

Every day from 3:30 p.m. to close, the restaurant’s buffet expands to include more handmade foods. And this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, Forbidden City’s food bars will feature even more options for its all-day dinner special offered for $11.99 per person.

“All the seafood, all the sushi, all the hibachi,” said manager Jason Pan, adding, “all the ice cream, too — eight different flavors.”

Chocolate, strawberry, “moose tracks” and more are included on the self-scoop ice cream station; and soon, as summer break settles in, that station will become one of Forbidden City’s most popular features. In fact, Forbidden City — with its hundreds of different recipes accommodating the preferences of even the pickiest eaters — is a popular spot for families all summer long.

Meals made simple and with no cleanup necessary? That just might be the best gift for which a mother could ask. Gift cards are available in-store.

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