Well, the name is to the point. This is, in fact, an Chinese food buffet near downtown Xenia, Ohio. It’s a small, simple buffet with about 50 items on the menu, a mixture of the classic Chinese food favorites you’ll find at any buffet. The food is cheap, and there’s definitely variety in it, and quantity too. Myself, though, I just can’t seem to find anything on the menu that I actually like.
Well, let’s start with the meat dishes. Everybody’s favorite, the General Tso’s Chicken is good of course, made with a sweet sauce that tastes a little bit store-bought, and I don’t prefer the texture, it’s not crunchy or crispy at all. I did like the jumbo wings and the meat on a stick, but they might be out of a bag. There’s garlic chicken which is good, and then you get into a few odd seafood items. The fried shrimp is most definitely not made of shrimp, I think it’s some kind of meat from the seafood family with an off taste. There’s a mixed seafood dish with crab stick and shrimp if you are inclined, but I don’t suggest it.
The fried rice was good, and it was warm and went very well with the sauces of the different foods. I also thought the lo mein was decent, though they needed to replace it more often because the stuff kept drying out. I didn’t mind the dumplings, but they seemed to be continually out of the dark, sweet sauce that accompanies them. I didn’t mind the egg rolls, though they were a little greasy, and I found the crab Rangoon was filled with far too much cream cheese, and not enough other stuff, to make it really very good. On the bright side, I did like the Chinese donuts. Of course, if you want something that isn’t made in the restaurant, they also have a few other desert items, like ice creams and some little boxed cakes.
The environment of the place is pretty small, and I suppose it’s unfair to knock someone for that, but the placement of different parties didn’t make sense. There might be 20 tables in two sections in the place, yet still each guess was seated at a table closest the guest who preceded them. The people are sometimes fast to refill water and buffet items, and sometimes they aren’t. And for some reason that makes no sense to me, they sell that one-dollar plastic jewelry you find at the gas station at the front desk. Like, a huge elaborate display of it.
I don’t really understand this place. It’s attracting some people, to be sure, but there’s really nothing there I suggest you try.
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