Dynasty Buffet in Courtenay has a wonderful homey feeling inside. The buffet table is perfectly smack dab in the middle of the restaurant(this makes it difficult to take pictures), and the seating arrangements make for easy access to the buffet table. The lighting is perfect, not to bright and not to dark, and provides the every day buffet goer with a much needed security blanket.
The buffet itself was very good, but not spectacular; I would compare it to Szechuan City on Burnside in Victoria, with a little less meat; however, one item simply blew me away: elongated spring rolls, possibly the best tasting spring rolls I have ever eaten in my entire life. They were so damn crispy, flavourful, and full of oily cabbagy goodness.
They also had Kung Pao Chicken, a well known dish, but not an always offered dish(I'm not sure why). It was basically red peppers and celery with sweet and spicy white meat chicken. The chicken was very moist.
The prawns were delicious. I am a sucker for prawns at a buffet, even if they are from a frozen bag. These prawns held up and had a great fleshy texture. No grainyness to speak of.
A couple of the fried items, the chicken balls and deep fried prawns, were a little chewy and overbattered, and the sweet and sour pork was standard but still a little tough. Shanghai noodles were average, but still a nice option to have. Dynasty had four types of chow mein to choose from: house, singapore, shanghai and vietnamese.
There were also the buffet staples like onion rings, fried squid and chicken wings
They even had a nice pizza option that I think my Victoria colleage Donald would have appreciated. It was just a simple pizza shell with pepperoni and cheese, but sliced into nice bite sized pieces that don't overwhelm as you consider other items to complement this pizza suprise.
The Mandarin style pork loins offered another reason as to why I compare this buffet to Szechuan City. It was almost a carbon copy, and was very good, although a little saucy. It's a good idea to eat this delicacy in proportion.
This was an above decent buffet. I have to admit, it kind of reminded me of a poor man's Szechuan City(BURNSIDE LOCATION ONLY), but it also had a couple of unique items like pizza and Vietnamese style chow mein. Also, the egg rolls are the best I've tasted yet, and the prawns were better then Szech's. The service was alright, but there were some moments when my drink was empty and I was dieing for relief. This was a bit of an annoyance considering there were 2 waitresses and only 3 tables with people. But if your in Courtenay, and want a buffet, this is your place.