Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Alleged high quality Indian place is almost ready to open buffet

Kuku's on 24 Burnside West might have a buffet before the middle of April. According to readers and a big sign outside the small catering company, there is a buffet "coming soon". I'll keep my eyes peeled because I'm really excited about this one. A friend of mine has been raving non-stop about Kuku's so I hope its incredible.

Surprise

If you have Facebook, don't subject yourself to the crap quality of .wmv

Treat yourself to .avi !

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy Birthday

Stay tuned for a special surprise tonight...

Friday, March 27, 2009

Commercial

Just thought I'd upload this little gem to accompany the unveiling of a new logo.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Good Food's Got Balls


Good Food Blog just reviewed Wings Buffet.
 I can't believe he did it. Check it out here.

Monday, March 23, 2009

One Year Anniversary

On March 23rd, 2008 at 5:46 P.M, the Victoria Buffet Blog was born. On the heels of the grand opening of the Victoria Burger Blog, the Victoria Buffet Blog opened with a homage to arguably the greatest buffet in the history of the world and my personal favorite, Wonder Wok. In celebration of 1 year of buffet news service to the great community of Victoria, British Columbia, I will talk about the buffet that started it all for me. The beautiful, the missed and the eternally loved Wonder Wok buffet.

Almost three years ago to this day, a friend called me on the phone.

"Hey Guy. What's up man. Guess what. Wonder Wok's re-opening."

I almost dropped my cell phone on the ground. It was the Spring of 06 and I was spending some hard time in Ontario helping sell asphalt for my dads paving company. Though I was spoiled by the Mandarin, I was still angry, confused and upset that I was away from Victoria, toiling in a polluted Southern Ontario heat wave while everybody in Victoria would have a chance to taste those noodles. Oh man those balls. Those beautiful red cherry sized sweet and sour balls. Would they bring back the cinnamon egg rolls? How about the Chinese salad? So many things were running through my head. All the things my friend said were just running through my head, running through my head, running through my head.

"Fuck. Thats sweet man," I replied while biting my tongue. "When are you guys going?"
"Well it doesn't open for about a month, so we'll keep you posted."

The next two and a half months were unbearable to say the least. Other than holding a grudge against the world for re-opening my favorite buffet while I was 3,000 miles away, I was having a hard time staying focused and doing my job properly. In July of 09 I decided my time in Ontario slanging asphalt had come to an end. I took a bus from Barrie to Angus, then from Angus to Pearson International Airport where I caught a cheap flight back to Victoria.
I arrived in Victoria and surprised one of my friends with the news of my early arrival. Usually I don't get back from Toronto during a Summer working for my dad until October or November. After my friend picked me up, we drove around town, bought some new clothes, and snapped a few photos. The photo below is of me and the Wonder Wok just weeks before it shut down and began turning into a Starbucks. Unfortunately my arrival was to late for the buffet, as they stopped putting it on about 3 weeks before I arrived. However, from what I hear, it was nothing compared to it's glory days.

I could go on for days about the contents and life experiences involving myself and this buffet, but for now I will leave you with this story... the story of the Wonder Wok, and its influence on myself and this blog.

RIP WONDER WOK BUFFET (1995-2003, 2006)

Taste of Tokyo, 9842 Resthaven Drive, Sidney B.C - - (250) 656-6862



Since Yokohama won't put out a decent effort with their Tuesday night all-you-can-eat menu, the city of Victoria is left out to dry in terms of good all-you-can-eat Japanese food. Unless you travel to Sidney on Saturday nights.

There were plenty of good dishes at Taste of Tokyo but not enough to freak out about.

The crab legs were decent, not as good as fresh crab legs, but it was still crab in an all-you-can-eat setting. They were served steamed in hot water, with lots of meat coming out of the shell.

The teriyaki steak sometimes sat a little long and got a little cold, but nonetheless it was cooked rare and tasted great covered in sweet teriyaki sauce. Next-door to the steak were deep fried sushi-rolls, potato cakes and gyoza. All were tasty and delicious. The potato cake, while filling, was like eating deep fried mashed potatoes. Just a beautiful experience, though a filling one, so beware.


Speaking of filling, there is plenty of sushi to keep you lunchtime Fujiya lovers satisfied. The spicy tuna roll is the standout here, while the worlds supply of freshwater eel will continue to dwindle as they have Unagi on rice, a personal favorite.

The karage chicken was fried beautifully and came in nice big chunks, but the tempura was not being refilled enough. Andrew and I cleaned out the remains of the tempura prawns, and came back ten minutes later to see a few pieces of yam and onion left under the heating tray. The baked oysters was just cream sauce, peas, diced carrots and corn nibbles inside an oyster shell, and the Yakisoba Noodles was ruined by bitter cabbage, but other than that, the buffet here is pretty good and I would suggest it as your all-you-can-eat Japanese destination in the Greater Victoria Area.


Price For Dinner (Saturday Night Only) : $24.95 + tax
3.9/5

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Szechuan City Closed


According to reports on VibrantVictoria, the last remaining restaurant of the once powerful Szechuan City buffet chain, is closed for renovations. It is certainly a dark time for buffet fans in Victoria.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

French Fest 2009 Buffet

On Friday evening I went down to French Fest in Market Square to check out the buffet they were putting on for $25. Since it was French Fest, most people were happy to pay 25 dollars for caesar salad and sliced ham. The party looked fun. I left before things got wild, but I can assure you that booze was being poured at a very fast rate.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Maygold Closed Until March 30th



Our favorite buffet is closed until March 30th for the "holidays". It has been closed since the 8th. Victoria is in dire need of a number one buffet.

Raymond's Restaurant, 212-815 Cloverdale Avenue, Victoria B.C - - (250) 380-1881

YES! We gave Raymonds another shot at cracking the pot. One more chance to prove they can roll with the big boys. An opportunity to say "HEY. THATS RIGHT. WE ARE STILL HERE."

Does "Hey we fucking suck" translate into "HEY. THATS RIGHT. WE ARE STILL HERE?"
No right? It's still no? O.K good. So check out the picture below. It's a review from 2003 when the general media still had the resources to review food on a regular basis, and when Raymond's still had a reason to have their name printed alongside something called "Best in the City." Since then the place has deteriorated, or at least that was the impression I got the other evening when I got downright fleeced by Raymond's on Blanshard.


These cheapo's even had the audacity to put sweet and sour sauce in its own food tray. Sweet and sour sauce. I mean come on. It's dinner time and I'm paying fifteen bucks. I haven't even begun to mention the lack of decent items that could have redeemed that lazy and downright rude dinner item.


One thing that Raymond's has really stepped up to the plate on is their offering of Dim Sum in a buffet setting; something that is rarely, if ever done in the local buffet community. The shrimp balls were decent, while the ground pork tasted a lot like the kind they serve on the Swartz Bay ferry buffet.
But other than that, you really have to be a nice person to give Raymond's any accolades. While the sweet and sour pork was above average, many of the items were not being replaced quickly enough at a very busy time in the dinner rush. I'm sorry, I'm just really not that into overcooked chicken wings as my buffet highlight.


The spring rolls were decent and the fried squid was average and palatable; however, every thing else was just boring and did not justify the high price. I thought this was dinner at Raymond's, not lunch time in Port Alberni.


It's really weird how if one thing isnt going for something, then something else is going for it to make up for it, a little. The service was actually good today. Raymond's used to be classic for their shitty rude service and amazing greasy food. I still think there's some psychologist or philosopher out there who can prove there is a relationship between bad food with good service and good food with bad service.


This visit was a shock because I went here a year ago for dinner, and I have to tell you, Raymond's was back on the map.

Price for Dinner: $14.99 + tax
2/5

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Exciting One Time Only Buffet Opportunity Tomorrow Night in Victoria!

Tomorrow night (as part of Victoria French Fest) a traditional Sugar Shack style dinner buffet is taking place in Market Square. The dinner starts at 6 O'clock and is being prepared by the dudes and dudettes at Café Casa Nova. There's a show afterwards, so this one is a litttle pricey at $25 bucks for students, and $30 for non-students.

Here's the menu:

Old-fashioned pea soup, maple ham, baked potatoes, two choices of salad, maple baked beans, sugar pie, and coffee or tea.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Buffet Stand Up Comedy

Victoria Buffet Blog hits Facebook


Have you ever wondered how people would react to this blog on Facebook? Now you can find out. The Victoria Buffet Blog has an official group on the social networking site.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Maharaja, 637 Johnson Street, Victoria B.C -- (250) 388-5450





Its a very simple, low quantity item buffet that doesn't bite off more than it can chew, and its managed by an older Indian couple. The man does the dishes and serves the drinks while the woman cooks the food in the back and occasionally makes an appearance with a fresh batch of Naan bread or tandoori chicken. 

The Pakoras were cooked thinly and were very crunchy, though a tad old. I don't think it really mattered because I really enjoyed them. It was like eating Pakora chips.


Among the casual tandoori chicken pieces and naan bread, were beef curry, dahl and some other runny Indian dishes that I can't remember the name of. All I know is that it all soaks up nicely in the naan, which was refilled twice while we were dining. We were only one of two tables seated around 7 P.M, so it was nice to see the humble buffet being refilled. These people put the Raymonds on Admirals to shame.

Mango chutney and Raita were the shining stars of the topping section. The raita is great when spread on-top of any of the dishes, and cools down any spice that may try to kick your ass. The mango chutney was sweet and delicious, especially when mixed with the raita and beef curry.


The tandoori chicken was a little salty but the pieces were as tender as ribs. There was also jasmine rice. The naan was soft, chewy and fresh out of the oven.


All in all it is a low cost buffet that offers a few tasty items, but it is no better than any other Indian buffet that I have tried. When compared to Sabri's on Tillicum, it loses marks on selection but gains marks with atmosphere. It also lacks the pungent body odor that permeates Sabri. If your starving downtown and on a tight budget, this is one of the places to be. Maharaja's low selection and average creativity item wise, makes it an otherwise average stop, but its humble price-tag allows you to forgive them. Plus I guarantee you'd rather give your money to this place than some other lackadaisical-garbage buffet like Raymonds, Chinese City and especially Wings (review coming soon!).

Price for Dinner: $9.95 + tax
3.25/5

New Domain!

now you don't have to type in "blogspot" every time you type in the domain for this blog

the new address is :

www.vicbuffet.com

same blog, different domain!

thanks,

guy