The recently opened Kyoto Seafood Buffet is without a doubt the best dining bargain in Glendale, especially at lunchtime Monday through Friday, when $8.99 brings you a fully stocked sushi bar, an ice table with fresh oysters, mussels and jumbo cocktail shrimps. Then there’s a hibachi grill with a chef standing by to cook ingredients that you choose, including extremely fresh boneless chicken breast, shrimp and sirloin steak.
Kyoto also offers a wide variety of pre-cooked hot Japanese and Chinese dishes that include a very good hot and sour soup, orange chicken and other traditional offerings. Did I mention that this is all only $8.99? OK, you won’t find some of the best offerings unless you go for the $13.95 dinner — lobster, snow crab legs, spicy salted shrimp and roasted duck. Other specialty items are available only on the weekend, when the price goes to $14.99.
Bring an extra $1.49 per person for a beverage. This is a disturbing price point many restaurants use to generate revenue. To say the least, it’s disingenuous to advertise all-you-can-eat for a fixed price and then tack on an additional cost for drinks. Who’s going to consume all this stuff with only tap water to wash it down? But at least it’s a buck forty-nine, not the $2.50 I’ve seen at some eateries.