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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Moonstar Buffet - Daly City

I've been wanting to check out this buffet ever since I saw the commercial on the Chinese channel 8. But considering the location, we haven't had the chance for it yet until yesterday. Supposedly this establishment had been operating for years which I think is a good sign considering most of buffet restaurants come and go and change ownership every so often.

When we walked pass by the line of food, I was seriously impressed and couldn't wait to jump on it. Me and hubby first checked out the sushi/sashimi counter. There were at least ten types of different sushi roll, four types of sashimi, different kind of nigiri sushi and two types of sushi cone. With so many different types, there must something that will suit our taste buds, right ? But we were disappointed when we finally sat down to try out the sushi and sashimi. They didn't taste as fresh as they could be. The rolls (which I didn't know the name because it wasn't displayed) were pretty good except it got so much sauce (mayo, sriracha, etc) that I didn't feel like I was eating sushi anymore. I couldn't wait to try the very cute martini with shrimp cocktail. Except it turned out not to be shrimp cocktail. The martini glass had a few pieces of sashimi with some sort of wasabi sauce. Not good.

We then went to the special counter to redeem our coupons that were given when we came in. The options available : baked lobster, lamb chop, abalone and shark fin soup. I was going to try the abalone but changed my mind after looking at the size and the way they were cooked. Me and hubby both got lobster instead and I swinged by to pick up some clam and oyster. The lobster was halved, smeared with mayo and baked. I'm not big on mayo with seafood so that lobster didn't impressed me. Not too mention that the lobster was overcooked so the meat was chewy. Oyster was cooked with black bean sauce and clam was stir fried with some ginger.

Highlight of the night was filipino longganisa (Filipino sausage), chicken satay on skewer, grilled mackerel and unagi on rice. Moonstar has huge selection of dessert. Hubby loves the cheese cake there though he preferred them without different kind of topping sauce. Beside cakes/cookies for dessert, there were also five different types of ice cream, chocolate fondue and guess what... cotton candy !! Drinks seemed to be included in the price. There choices of soda, hot tea, hot choco and cappucino mocha. Btw, there were also noodle/porridge counter where one can customize their noodle (different varieties of noodle) and toppings.

I would say for selection, Moonstar has the best selection and wide varieties of food. Sushi/sashimi is not their strength. If you love seafood (crawfish, prawn, snow crab, crab, oyster) you should checked out this place.

Moonstar Buffet
383 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015     (650) 992-2888
www.moonstarbuffet.com