Seaside Buffet

Old tree falls in wood
Seeds sprout in lush fertile soil
Circle continues.

Use to be East Buffet.
Use to be East Buffet.

I visited a few times with my mom back when this place was East Buffet.  She liked the variety of choices and seeing the family eat till we got full. I always looked forward to the mongolian grill.  The big family get togethers have gotten fewer are far between without her.  This has been my first time back since she went with us.  Inside has been remodeled.  Looks really nice. 

Meat options for the grill.
Meat options for the grill.
Veggie options for the grill.
Veggie options for the grill.
Steak, shrimp, noodles, broccoli, mushroom, and bean sprouts.
Steak, shrimp, noodles, broccoli, mushroom, and bean sprouts.

I try the teppanyaki first.  Looks like the meat choices have been elevated with the replacement of the mongolian grill. There are cuts of steak waiting and the shrimp are bigger.  Use to have slices of frozen meats.  Overall my noodle dish was pretty good. 

My finished teppanyaki plate.
My finished teppanyaki plate.

Noodles, mushrooms, broccoli, bean sprouts, steak, and shrimp had very good flavor.  The only cons were the steak was a bit tough and there is no pork or lamb option.

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Beef short ribs

I sampled other dishes.  Beef short rib was tender but I didn’t like the marinade used. 

French steak.
French style steak.

French style steak was tender and had delicious flavor from the peppers and secret marinade. 

Fried chicken wings
Fried chicken wings

Fried chicken wings had pretty good flavor but lacked crunch. 

Prime rib
Roast beef
Prime rib, pork ribs, & drumettes.
Prime rib, pork ribs, & drumettes.

Prime rib was a bit rough to chew and could use more flavor.  Pork ribs were tender and had delicious flavor.  Drummette was the one at the end of the skewer and a bit dry.  Flavor was ok.

Fresh fruit
Fresh fruit

Pineapple ranged from tart to sweet depending on how good you are at picking sweet pieces.  Watermelon seemed not quite ripe.  Flavor ranged from sweet to bland depending on the piece. 

Jello
Jello

Jello was very good.  Fresh and sweet tasting.

Dessert case
Dessert case

The dessert case was refrigerated at a low temp.  Apple pie was colder than I’m use to.  Flavor was pretty good.  Sweetness was about what I like and the pastry had a light flavor.  Coconut jello had firm jello texture and good coconut flavor.  Mango pudding had texture like medium firm jello and had a sweet mango flavor that was good.  I’m glad the jello and pudding are cold but I hope they make the pastries daily and don’t rely on the refrigeration to keep them fresh. 

Creme brulee
Creme brulee

Creme brulee had a crunchy top and had very good flavor. 

Vanilla soft serve.
Vanilla soft serve.

Vanilla soft serve was good.  Texture was more icy than Dairy Queen.

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Sushi
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More sushi
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Salads
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lo mein, fried rice, & potstickers
dim sum
dim sum
Soups
Soups
Chocolate fountain
Chocolate fountain

 

Next time I think I’ll start with the teppanyaki grill and add different meats.  Food isn’t great but it is among the best Chinese buffets I’ve tried in San Diego.  3.5 stars.  I visited for lunch.

Family photo.
Family photo.

Seaside Buffet
8998 Miramar Rd
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 566-1888

6 Comment

  1. Maggie Addleman says: Reply

    Beautiful Haiku!
    I enjoyed the teppanyaki grill as well.
    Great job on all the pictures, so much food!

    1. Soo says: Reply

      Thanks! We will have to go again!

  2. Faye says: Reply

    Great post Soo. I haven’t tried this place in ages as all the yelp reviews made me nervous. The teppanyaki looks fun. How does this place compared to Savory Buffet? I still like Savory alot – and I see coupons for them now too!

    1. Soo says: Reply

      Thanks! I prefer Seaside due to the better desserts and the teppanyaki grill. What do you like about Savory?

  3. Faye says: Reply

    Savory has the make your own pho/beef noodle soup station. I like the sauteed clams, steamed tilapia, and salt/pepper crab at Savory too.

    1. Soo says: Reply

      Ah… I don’t eat that stuff.

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