There are not many things in this world more enjoyable than going to a buffet. Once you're seated at the restaurant, the clock instantly starts and the game begins. You flock to the salad bar and hot apps station to see what's there, before scouring around the dessert bar to plan your route of conquer. Then, at the end, everyone at the table vows they shall never eat again. Sound familiar? Good, because we've got more for you! From grand seafood platters to sizzling hot Korean beef, here are some of our favoureite all-you-can-eat and buffet restaurants in Hong Kong. By Andrea Hui
Hong Kong's best buffet and all-you-can-eat restaurants
With over 25 years of history and an incredibly generous two to four-hour sessions for either lunch or dinner, Wanya is the grandiose all-you-can-eat experience that you don’t want to be missing out on. On the weekend all-you-can-eat, the long-standing Japanese restaurant offers a plethora of sashimi and hand rolls to choose from, along with a variety of teppanyaki dishes and grilled items for a total of $528 per head. Amongst the impressive selection are truly expensive items that are sure to help you break even, such as foie gras, deep-fried soft shell crab, grilled silver cod, and uni (sea urchin) mini hand rolls, all of which patrons can order an unlimited amount of. On regular weekdays, you can find all-you-can-eats for shabu shabu, sushi and sashimi, robatayaki – which includes all the grilled items on the weekend all-you-can-eat – and teppanyaki – which features most of the teppanyaki items on the weekend all-you-can-eat – with each all-you-can-eat costing $558 per head. From bottomless sashimi platters and unlimited boxes of uni to bite-sized, cubed steak and soft, sweet mochi, the possibilities for your palate are endless at this authentic Japanese joint. For the past two and a half decades that this beloved hotspot has been open, Wanya has been hailed as the primogenitor of all-you-can-eats in Hong Kong and is still considered by many as one of the best spots in town today. So if you’re ever looking for a spot where you can just pig out for a good few hours, make su
This popular specialty franchise hailing from South Korea is one of the most consistent all-you-can-eat options in terms of price and quality, and a placeholder in many foodies’ favourites. Their signature Chicken Galbi, a skillet-based dish where marinated chicken is stir-fried in a gochujang-based sauce, offers a variety of different flavours that put their own nuanced spin on this comforting dish: aside from the original spicy flavour, Yoogane also offers charcoal-grilled Chicken Galbi, barbecue-flavoured Chicken Galbi and a honey-and-miso-coated Chicken Galbi. Start off your 90-minute binge-eating session by choosing one Chicken Galbi flavour and adding as many servings as you can, taking a breather once in a while by scoping out Yoogane’s buffet for all kinds of vegetables, side dishes, and other meats for your grill! With prices starting from as low as $128, Yoogane does lunch, dinner, and happy hour services for their all-you-can-eat promotion every day. So if you’re ever craving Korean food, need a good sweat, and want an indulgent meal to warm your belly, remember to visit Yoogane for your one-stop quick fix.
Time to change it up a bit with this Brazilian steakhouse that promises to teleport diners to Brazil with their all-you-can-eat dining experience alone. Feeling like you could eat a horse right now? Feel free to take on Braza Churrascaria’s buffet and free flows. With a wide variety of meats, cuts, and seafood in their buffet, two types of free-flows for heavy drinkers and a virgin free-flow for the lightweights, Braza Churrascaria is every meat-lover’s dream and a restaurant that completely lives up to its simple concept: letting patrons sit back, relax, and experience Brazilian hospitability. The ensemble of friendly carvers serving up sumptuous grilled meats and tantalizing cuts on sword-like skewers will surely leave you overwhelmed and feeling like you were jettisoned right into the heart of Brazil. Whatever meat it is that your inner carnivore is calling out for, Braza’s got it all, in addition to a tremendous salad bar you can endlessly load up on. With a buffet deal starting at $138 and free-flow alcohols at $220, you can indulge in Braza Churrascaria’s multitude of meats and award-winning wine list for lunch, brunch, or dinner.
While East Asian flavours are often featured in Hong Kong’s buffets, Hong Kong has yet to see many all-you-can-eats that primarily puts the spotlight on Southeast Asian flavors – which is precisely why Mak Mak seems like such a novel and refreshing restaurant even though what they’re dishing up has long been found in the hole-in-the-wall-esque Thai restaurants ridden throughout the city. Although Mak Mak’s all-you-can-eat is only available for their weekend brunch services, their Pad Seeuw Gai (wok-fried flat rice noodles, chicken, baby kale and oyster sauce), Poo Nim Phad Phong Ka Ri (crispy soft shell crab with eggs and yellow curry), and Tom Yum Goong (Thai hot and sour soup with lemongrass and fresh river prawns) are heavenly. For $298, this all-you-can-eat brunch can be enjoyed with free-flow juices, soft drinks, and select mocktails, but if you’re feeling fancy, for $518 you can enjoy the buffet with free-flow Veuve Clicquot NV Champagne, Aperol Spritz, house red, white wine, and Singha beer. A retro-inspired restaurant that vaguely resembles a Thai shophouse or traditional Thai grocery store, this airy diner allows guests to enjoy their Thai comfort food in a homey, cosy environment.
Can’t decide if you want meat or seafood? Why not have both (and have as much as you can, at that)? Bostonian Seafood & Grill, a steakhouse at the high-end Langham Hotel presents a semi-buffet lunch, available every Monday through Saturday at $198 for just the appetizer buffet bar or at $268 for both the appetizer buffet bar and a main dish. This surf-and-turf themed restaurant is not usually this affordable, so for the usual quality Bostonian Seafood & Grill usually serves up at this price, you’re definitely getting bang for your buck. If you’re looking for fresh, raw seafood, we strongly recommend the fresh oyster platter, which features three distinct types of oysters from across the globe. Though the oyster platter is based on a daily selection, our favourites are the Fine de Claire N˚2 from France with its smooth texture and subtle iodine flavour; the Irish Rock from Ireland with its strong sea aroma and intoxicatingly briny flavour; and the Kumamoto from Japan with its crispy texture and a harmonious blend of sweetness and brine in its flavour. If you’re feeling hungry for some meaty goodness, the stunningly juicy black angus beef tenderloin or the classic and familiar duck leg confit are both incredible choices.
By day, dragon-i is an effortlessly chic restaurant; by night, it’s a funky nightclub known for its decadent parties. Long regarded as one of the city’s gems, the venue is a classy mix of Chinese and Japanese culture not just in aesthetics, but in gastronomy as well. With luxurious interpretations of known Chinese and Japanese comfort food – such as their signature Stir-friend Lobster with Spring Onions & E-Fu Noodles, or their French-influenced Kobe Beef Tartar with Lobster Salad and Abalone – dragon-i twists the mundane and the simple into something no less glamorous than the sleek, sexy interior of the hotspot or their upper-crust following. Even more noteworthy is their all-you-can-eat dim sum that’s provided during lunch on weekdays for $258 and brunch on weekends for $638 which includes free-flow Moët Ice Impérial. Though the restaurant is certainly not cheap (it’s located in LKF, what were you expecting?), the quality and authenticity of their selection is nothing short of outstanding. Whatever occasion you decide to spend within their four walls, there is no doubt that it will be extra special with dragon-i’s phenomenal food and superb service.
Any Mexican food lover will have a soft spot for Tuesdays because it usually means that there’s a deal for tacos! Deemed one of Hong Kong’s Latin gems, Picada has been serving soulful Latin American dishes for Mexican cuisine fiends since its opening in LKF. Though their uncontested magnum opuses the Peruvian Ceviche and 3 Duck Rice are not to be missed, if you’re hitting up this legendary spot on a Tuesday, indulging in anything other than their mouthwatering tacos should be considered a crime. Picada’s irresistible Taco Tuesday deal will only set you back $188 for unlimited tacos (or $228 if you want free-flow Coronas, Margaritas, and other alcohol to go with that), featuring lots of classic staples in the taco scene idyllically combined and constructed in unique ways to achieve taco perfection. All of Picada’s tacos are amazing, but we recommend the Al Pastor, Chicken, and Crab tacos because not only are they jam-packed in filling, they’re also jam-packed in flavour too. So if you’re ever struggling to decide where to eat on a Tuesday, don’t be shy and drop by Picada’s for the ultimate taco fiesta!
Fried chicken addicts will be happy to know that Korean fried chicken chain Nene Chicken has recently just rolled out a new promotion: all-you-can-eat Korean fried chicken for 90 minutes every Wednesday, which includes a complimentary drink if you come as a group of three, or a complimentary main dish if you come as a party of four! For only $138 for three flavours of bottomless fried chicken and $158 for 10 flavours, Nene deep-fries all their finger-lickin’ good chicken to order at a super affordable price. From classic fried chicken to familiar flavours such as garlic and honey or special flavours such as snowing cheese or curry, Nene Chicken demonstrates why they’re South Korea’s dining scene darling. Where the chunks of fried heaven lack in size, they more than make up for in succulence and crunchiness, so don’t miss out on this incredible bargain with your friends! And if you’re looking to change it up from the chicken overload, definitely try their Cheesy Stir-Fried Rice Cake with Ramen Noodles, Fish Cake Skewer Soup and Mini-Rolled Omelet with Mentako.
‘Tis the season for luscious fruits and board games! Royal Plaza Hotel’s La Scala has long been a favourite buffet spot for many locals, and they’ve now elevated the playing field even more with their introduction of an afternoon tea buffet featuring seasonal fruits, and their debut of the world’s very first Monopoly-themed attraction in an ambitious, original collaboration with the board game behemoth. La Scala’s “Fruit Paradise Afternoon Tea Buffet” is a 90-minute session available daily from now until December 1st for $265, with fruits such as the beautiful, big, seedless Shine Muscat Kyoho grapes to a variety of Japanese citruses stealing the show in every bite-sized sweet or savoury dish they’re utilized in. As for the long-awaited Monopoly Dinner Buffet, from now until November 30th, fans of Monopoly can enjoy the game on their paper placemat while gorging on a series of themed dishes and local delicacies representing the different districts in Hong Kong for $528–$668 and sessions that range from 2 to 4 hours. While La Scala’s buffets are on the pricier end, the versatile array, thoughtful execution and delicious food are most certainly worth every single penny.