Supreme feast: New Route 29 buffet delivers size, size, size
Dish recently had a chance to check out the spread at Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, the all-you-can-eat Chinese-American restaurant that took over the Golden Corral space on 29 North in the fall. What a spread it is.
The owners claim it's the biggest restaurant in Charlottesville. Indeed, we're talking nearly 12,000 square feet of space transformed to look nothing like the old Golden Corral. It's really just one big room right now with the massive buffet spread, grill, and sushi bar right in the middle under an elaborate crystal chandelier. And there are 250 items to choose from!
According to owner/manager Leon Chen, the six-year old restaurant group already has 38 restaurants in the Southeast and plans to open several more in the near future. And you can see why. The lunch buffet is only $6.99 for adults, $3.75 for kids 6 to 10, and $2.45 for kids 3 to 6. And dinner is only $9.99, $5.75, and $4.55. We're talking an all-you-can-eat dinner for a family of four for under $30. Plus, there's a $1 discount for seniors and college students.
Now, Dish isn't saying that Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet is on the cutting-edge of the local cuisine scene, but with economic times being what they are, the abundance before us at such a reasonable price was indeed a spectacle. And, of course, it all depends on what you choose at these giant buffets.
Choose wisely at Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet, and you may be rewarded. Go light with some sushi and a salad, or feed the beast with ribs, steak, and General Tao's chicken. There's a grill area where you can select the raw materials for your meal and watch it being cooked for you, right next to a sushi chef at work. There's a small raw bar with octopus and shell fish, there's a fruit bar, salad bar, all the familiar Chinese dishes, spaghetti and meal balls, pizza, enchiladas, rib-eye steak, seafood selections, veggies galore, and a dessert and ice cream bar with a chocolate fountain.
Service is paramount at the place, too, and your empty plates and drinks won't linger on the table for long. The folks are busy in there, hustling around to clear tables, refilling buffet items, grilling up dinners while flames shoot in the air. Of course, one of the challenges of eating at Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, or any big buffet where you strap on the feed bag, is knowing when you've had enough. So be cautious, foodies.