The first buffet that I have ever been to (or that I can remember) was in the late 80’s or early 90’s. One day, my parents brought me to a really nice restaurant in Kowloon (Can’t remember exactly where, but I remember we had to walk uphill…). Even now, I can still remember the feeling that I had that day. The word, buffet, to me was so foreign. I couldn’t believe there was a place where you could eat whatever you want and how much you want. I even doubted how the restaurant could make any profit out of it. (Of couse, now I know I just over-estimated the capacity of my stomach.)
On that same day, I also had my first fresh raw oyster. Looking at all the oysters-in-shells lying on the ice, I could not help picking up one. I love oysters, but all I have had until that day were cooked oysters. Picked up one and saw how other people squeezed lemon juice onto it, I had a weird feeling… afterall this was raw stuff!!! It was alive!!! Oh gosh… but I ate it anyway. You know, marz always have the courage to try all kinds of food.
Yea, that was my first time.
I think AYCE Japanese food is just a lucrative business, otherwise, there won’t be so many AYCE Japanese restaurants in Toronto. If I have to choose, usually I avoid going to AYCE because of the quality and the size of my stomach. Don’t know since when my stomach has become smaller. I used to eat A LOT! If I’m not eating that much, and I’m paying $20+, that’s really a waste of $$. So, I’d rather go for some better quality a la carte instead.
However, sometimes you just can’t avoid AYCE.
Monday night. Went to Metro Square. Originally, I was going to Asian Legend, but I felt that I have been to Asian Legend too often these days. Walking around the mall, I saw a new sushi place opened up where the “Guo Hua” store was originally located. Sushi Hut – $15.99 AYCE promotion. Sounds like a good deal eh! If we go to Asian Legend, it may be over $15.99/person anyway… So, we went in and tried this new sushi restaurant. To tell you the truth, this restaurant was really not attractive at the first sight… but I/we just didn’t want to drive around to find another place to eat. So, Sushi Hut it is.
At around 7:30p.m. there were not a lot of customers. There were a few tables of westerners. Background music was some fast Mandarin songs and some dance music (which was not really appetizing nor good for digestion). Looking at the menu, obviously it was not an authentic Japanese restaurant. Since my dad does not eat sashimi, we ordered some hot dishes such as the beef rice in hot pot, and some other sushi with cooked stuffs in it. Overall, the taste was not as bad as expected. Service was not bad either. The price also included the pops. If you like fried banana, you can also get it there. (Another place I know that has fried banana is Sushi on 7). Around 8-8:30pm. more customers came in… the restaurant was doing pretty well consider it was Monday.
Beef rice in hot pot – caution – it’s really HOT!
Wednesday night. AYCE again. The occasion was a reunion… and farewell dinner. Around 8p.m. we came to this Japanese restaurant, Maison du Japon, near John and Woodbine. Well… I could see a lot of customers from outside. So, I told myself, this better be a good one! There were quite a lot of western/westernized Asian patrons that night. The deco was definitely better than the one I went to on Monday night. Looking at the menu… haha actually I looked but not read… Once everyone arrived, my friends placed the order in a swift and the food was also delivered in a timely manner.
The first dish of the night – translated from Chinese
– “North pole snow roll”… Quite special!
The overall experience was quite good. $18.99 AYCE weeknights. Not bad. The hot dishes are tasty, sashimi’s texture wasn’t too good. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve been there. If you haven’t been there and would like to try a new Japanese AYCE place, I’ll say… try this.
Sushi Hut (元太)
3636 Steeles Ave. E. Unite 123-123A, Markham
Maison du Japon Japanese Cuisine (瀛風)
7500 Woodbine Ave., Markham, ON L3R 1A8