Updated 20th Oct 2014; This restaurant is closed.
Let’s cut to the chase.
King Buffet has got to be the restaurant with the cheapest and the most-est breakfast in Metro Vancouver. For quantity, no one comes close at all.
Until now, the places with the best value was Bon’s off Broadway ($2.95 breakfast) and IKEA ($1.00 breakfast).
King Buffet’s breakfast is “better” in that it is all you can eat and has 40 different items … all for $4.95 only.
King Buffet is newly opened. They took over the space left by Hon’s in the Empire Center on No 3 Road. Frankly, I had never bothered to give it a second glance assuming that Chinese buffets can never be good.
A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that they had put up a big sign outside. What caught my interest was the breakfast, not the others. For just $4.95, I was thinking that chowtimes readers would be interested to read about it — whether it is good or not. I mean, who can resist checking out a $5 AYCE.
Think about it … FIVE BUCKS!
Five bucks is like loose change. Even knowing it is no where near gourmet quality, what is there to lose, right?
We walked in with low expectations. We were bowled over by how clean the restaurant is.
Why, they even have chandeliers on the ceiling. And also the table tops were heavy marbles. They also have a wine bar at one end of the restaurant which I am not sure if it is a fake and for show only.
Gosh, we were so impressed. This place looks many times better than when it was Hon’s.
The restaurant is as big as it was but there just a few tables taken. At best it was a third full only.
Service was pretty good. They came by to fill the glasses for us and I saw that they also go around chatting with customers (not with us though). However, they can hardly speak English except for one waitress.
When we went in we only knew it was $5. We did not know what they had, nor do we know how many items there were.
Suanne and I went around and counted the number items. It was 40 items. OMG! It is just 12 cents per item if you were to just have an item each. Here is the breakdown of the items:
- 13 hot Chinese items including congee and condiments
- 15 Chinese and Western salad including cold noodles
- 2 types of Dim Sum items
- 6 types of fruit
- 3 types of jello
- 4 types of cakes
- 4 types of ice-creams
Hey, that is 47 items, not 40.
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