Thursday, January 22, 2015

Palace BBQ Buffet - Sunnyvale

4/5 stars

I've been driving past this place on El Camino for as long as I can remember. There's almost always a crowd gathered outside the restaurant. One rainy Saturday, we decided on a (successful) impromptu dinner here. Me and three boys who eat lots of meat. Awesome.

ATMOSPHERE: I'm sure Saturday nights are usually packed, but we barely had to wait 15 minutes for a table of 4. Even found parking right in front. Thank you stormy weather! I think we picked the best time to go. Place looked well worn, but was clean. Service was pretty non-existent. Had to ask twice for a soda re-fill. I mean, they were nice, but kinda brusk. We were just minding our business, cooking our meat the way we wanted to, and all of a sudden, one of the waitresses came over and took charge of our tongs and started un-rolling our short ribs. I guess we weren't cooking it the right way. It was probably good intentioned, but it was also kinda sudden. Almost rude. One HUGE complaint, prices were pretty high with $30 a person.

ALL YOU CAN EAT MEAT: is pretty freakin' fabulous. I really like how they give you garlic to cook with. Wish it was minced or chopped up for us, though. Would be easier to apply to the meat. My favorite was the long ribs. Juicy, tender, sweet, and not too fatty. The short ribs were pretty great, too, but took a long time to cook. Meat was melt in your mouth, though. The seafood needed A LOT more seasoning - better seasoning all together. Chicken terriyaki was plain and egg rolls would be better if they were veggie-tarian, IMO. Enjoyed the cucumbers and the cold noodles, though - traditional Korean small dishes that went great with the grilled meat.

Buffet had a decent variety of meat: long ribs, short, beef, chicken, shrimp, squid, spicy pork, and intestinal parts. There was also a cheap, Chinese food-like area with the usual suspects: fried rice, sweet n' sour something or the other. A lame salad bar, but who goes here to eat salad? I did like the jello, punch, and canned fruit.

IN A MOUTHFUL: worth the hype. I wouldn't mind coming back. Too bad they can't accomodate large parties. 6 max. (if you're little)


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