Overwhelmed by Chinese fare's beauty and deliciousness, Marco Polo had himself blindfolded and navigated the East by shouting his name out loud. Discover seductive savories with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Asian buffet fare at Buffet Palace. The buffet costs $7.75 per person during lunch Monday–Friday and $10.95 per person during dinner and on weekends.
Epicureans dining at the 300-seat Buffet Palace step up to an all-you-can-eat spread of 90 Chinese, Japanese, and Korean selections, as well as up to 20 rolls of sushi. A colossal circular buffet ($7.75 at lunch Monday–Friday) houses meals at stations stacked with mongolian chicken, steamed catfish, and chafing dishes kept warm by a tiny dragon. Diners can pile portions of scallops with broccoli, szechuan beef, and vegetable egg rolls onto plates to form edible towers of entrees that, like all famous monuments, are buttressed by a copious seven-layer salad and french fries. Patrons can chow down at one of 300 sleek tables or booths, enjoying lunches or dinners under the restaurant’s ribbon-adorned ceiling while feasting their eyes on framed artwork.
With more than 90 buffet dishes including 30–35 hot entrees and more than 10 varieties of sushi, it’s no surprise that Buffet Palace's Austin location has been voted best buffet 12 times by Austin Chronicle readers. The similarly well-stocked Killeen location looks like a grounded spaceship from the outside, complete with a cylindrical metal cage, a Saturn-style ring, and two alien-like statues.
At each location, a modern 350-seat dining room vaunts sleek countertops and high ceilings as well as a buffet so long visiting Lilliputians regularly land planes on it. Items range from Korean-style salads and Japanese sushi to more than 30 primarily Chinese hot dishes such as sesame chicken and pan-fried dumplings.
In addition to these made-from-scratch items, a chef cooks Asian pancakes and dumplings. Before departure, diners can also stock a plate full of the buffet’s housemade desserts, which include cakes, cookies, and fruit so fresh it often gets smacked by older, wiser side dishes.