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It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve written a post. Between traveling and working, I hadn’t had time to write. Let’s see, my dad just visited me for a week and most of the time, we went out to eat. I truly am not a fan of buffets but for my dad, it’s a good choice for him. Actually, my immediate family likes buffets primarily for the simplicity and immediate access to food. As for me, I’d rather have quality. Being a good daughter, I can put my personal preferences aside during my dad’s visit.
So, he asked me if there are any good Chinese buffets in Orlando. Honestly, not really. I am not a fan of the Chinese buffets here. They’re usually fried mass amounts of MSG-laced food. I decided to do a little researching and found Koy Wan Hibachi Buffet. The prices here are comparable to other Chinese buffets but with more sushi selection. This is not a Japanese buffet, you’re not going to find pork katsu or udon noodles here.
The interior is Asian themed with a water fountain. The buffet tables are spread out. Big spacious dining area. The sushi selection was diverse and I ended up trying most of the items. And of course I got seaweed salad. That stuff is just addictive! As far as the sushi goes, I’ll be honest. I’m not some super huge sushi fanatic. It was fine, it had a good variety and it worked for me. As far as the quality goes, I’d rate it higher than average for a buffet. On the same token, I would not parallel this to the quality of an actual sushi restaurant.
The hibachi station has a good selection. It is called Koy Wan Hibachi Buffet after all. This is the best selection for hibachi that I’ve seen in the Orlando area thus far. I made my noddle dish with onions, mushrooms, napa cabbage, zuchinni, shrimp and beef. Koy Wan has a ginger sauce and that “special” white sauce on the side to go along with it. That was truly really good. Honestly, this alone is worth the price of the buffet.
I love oysters but I really dislike the raw oysters at Chinese Buffets. Why must you tempt me?! Raw oysters are delicious but raw oysters from buffets make me cringe. I thought to myself, perhaps this time it’ll actually be good. Nope. It needed to be chilled more.
As far as actual entrees, I enjoyed the walnut shrimp and the salt & pepper shrimp. The quality of the shrimp was good and it had the proper texture. The Korean short ribs were too salty for my liking. Everything was pretty good but let me tell ya, the green tea ice cream is where it’s at! I might have to hoard me a tub of this stuff. Yum! This is perfect for those who don’t like their ice cream too sweet. It’s a nice, refreshing flavor. Perfect way to end my gorging session.
Koy Wan has a student, senior citizen and public officials discount. They also have an early bird special as well.
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Hibachi King Buffet is located on East Little Creek Road near Shore Drive. Throughout the years, I’ve seen buffets come and go at this very location. I’m a fan of Hibachi King. Although this is an Americanized buffet, I always enjoy the food here. It’s very spacious inside, great for large groups. Inside you’ll see all the bright neon lights. Ooohhh…lights…
The sushi is pretty decent especially for buffet standards.
Even for the hibachi, there was plenty of options to choose from between the proteins and vegetables.
Hibachi King serves Pepsi products, beer, wine, and sake. And ladies, there’s even Moscato here. As long as you come in knowing that this is an Americanized Chinese buffet, you’ll enjoy the food here. This is a great spot for lunch and they always have discounts whether if it’s a mail flyer or Facebook. Friendly wait staff, great prices, plentiful selection, clean restaurant, and a large chocolate fountain. For a buffet, it’s a winner for me!
Monday-Saturday 11AM-3:30PM $6.99
Ages 3-6 (must be under 4 ft) $2.99
Ages 7-10 (must be under 5 ft) $4.99
Monday-Saturday 3:30PM-CLOSE $8.99
Ages 3-6 (must be under 4 ft) $3.99
Ages 7-10 (must be under 5 ft) $5.99
Sunday All Day Dinner $8.99
Take Out Food By the Pound
Dinner & Hibachi: $4.99
Seafood & Sushi $6.99
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I finally decided to try the Japanese steakhouse close to my place. In general, I try to be open minded and give places a fair shot but for some reason, I never thought to try Mizu Japanese Steakhouse. I would receive coupons for this place and I’d drive past it fairly often. The ultimate reason I finally decided to go, was because one of my friends said it was good. Alright, let’s give it a go, I suppose.
Mizu is conveniently located across the Loop, next to Best Buy. The huge ad banner stood tall in front of the establishment. This place sure loves to do advertisements. I walk inside, greeted by the host. So far, it smells good in here, everything looks clean, I think I might be pleasantly surprised. After I get seated, I’m waiting for my server. Waitng… and waiting.. As I wait, I look around the interior. It’s actually much more spacious than I had realized. I do like the interior, it’s got a nice warm feel to it. There’s the dining area, sushi bar and the hibachi tables. Ah! He finally arrives, seems like a nice fellow although perhaps a bit frazzled? The kind of frazzled where you’ve been running around and need a breather. It’s a Friday, not going to let it bother me.
The menu is fairly extensive, nothing really interesting strikes out, the typical fare expected at a Japanese steakhouse. Same goes for the sushi menu. I ended getting the Maki combo which consists of 1 California roll, 1 spicy salmon roll, 1 tuna roll. When you order this combo, it comes with salad and Miso soup. Or so they say. I have had my fair share of Miso soup and I received Mushroom soup. I’m not complaining, just stating it’s not what’s listed on the menu. I enjoyed the soup, warm and flavorful. Next up, was the salad. Iceberg lettuce, 1 cherry tomato and some carrots. The dressing was definitely mayonnaise based and it was a creamy citrus-like sweet dressing. And yes, let’s not forget the water at the bottom of my salad. Good thing I wasn’t really trying to eat that much salad anyways.
Well, I’m not going to let some watery salad ruin my experience! My maki combo comes out and what’s this orange thing? Ah, a palm tree made from a carrot and some parsley on top. How cute? It’s nice to have some garnishes but this one threw me off. Hmm… Presentation is ok, I suppose. Flavors were alright. Nothing to write home about, aside from my carrot tree. Perhaps it’s just that culinary school side of me, but garnishes are suppose to have a purpose.
Since I’m a glutton, I ordered a hibachi dinner. The chicken, steak, and shrimp. Honestly, I’ve been to enough Japanese steakhouses that I wasn’t interested in watching the little show. I’m all about the food! Let me tell you, they sure don’t shortchange you on food. Wow, my plate was filled to the max. Unfortunately, the flavors weren’t all there. I absolutely love shrimp but this was on the verge of being overcooked. You know when it’s a bit too firm? Sigh, boy do I love me some shrimp but this… was pushing it for me. Also, the steak which I ordered medium well was just well done. All the proteins (the chicken, shrimp, steak) was pretty much on the overdone side. The “special white sauce” was very a little extra on the liquid side. The vegetables were fair. On a random note, the zucchini was peeled.
Is it bad that my favorite part of the meal were my noodles and rice? The noodles were garlicky, my rice was seasoned well. Needless to say, I definitely got my carbs in this evening.
So final thoughts on this place? I probably won’t ever go back here UNLESS I’m just being super lazy and I don’t want to travel far. Overall, just stick to Kobé Japanese Steakhouse.