Insatiable Girl

BREA: Osaka Seafood Buffet

Posted in food, los angeles, not recommended, restaurants by sue on January 22, 2011

200 S State College Blvd
Brea, CA 92821
714 672 9698

Price: Reasonable
Rating: Eh…
Directions: Get off at Imperial Hwy on the 57
Reservations: Accepted
Must Get: (if you really have to come here) pepper steak, kalbi, eel, fried chicken wings

First off, I would like to tell you to save your money and not eat here. The food is not that great. Sure, $16 for unlimited food, including sushi, sounds like a great deal, but when the food is not really up to par, why bother? I went with my brother and his friends after playing badminton for a few hours. I was starving and, as usual when I go to a buffet, over-ate. My mind does not that have that off switch! Haha. I ate almost three plates of food (I really should be ginormous by now, I know), but it was difficult to find things I really wanted to eat in order to fill up those plates.

The sushi was not that fresh– I highly suggest you stay away from the yellowtail. The salmon was better, but it was rarely available. The eel was okay since it’s cooked. There was also nothing special about the hot food, but my my brother seemed to really like their Mongolian bbq. If I had to go back, i would stick with eating their pepper steak, kalbi, and fried chicken wings. Their coconut shrimp and salt and pepper crab legs weren’t bad either, but the shrimp was a bit too oily for me and the crab was just too much work.

The only thing that this place has going for them is their servers. They were nice and pretty attentive. Our table rarely had an empty drink.

If you and your friends wanted sushi for cheap and wanted variety, I would suggest you go to Niko Niko and just order a bunch of their rolls. The rolls are cheap, but a good size, and the fish is definitely higher quality than what they served here at Osaka. Only thing about Niko Niko– stay away from their udon.

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ROWLAND HEIGHTS: Korea House

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on December 21, 2010

18751 Colima Rd
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
626 965 2007

Price: Cheap
Rating: Good
Directions: Drive
Reservations: Unnecessary
Must Get: Boneless Ribs, Pork Belly

This place doesn’t have the best Korean BBQ you’ll find in LA, but for the price and the amount of food, it’s pretty high up there in the rankings. First off, it’s all you can eat and they offer a tiered pricing list. The more money you’re willing to pay, the better quality of meat you’ll get. The prices for lunch start at $9.99/person while dinner starts at $16.99/person. This price includes getting a side salad (see above), banchan (side dishes), steamed egg, tofu soup, AND meat. I suggest you get their boneless ribs and their sangyapsul, pork belly. I read that their spicy pork is good as well, so I’m going to have to try that next time!

(In case you’re wondering, Chosun is still the best Korean BBQ I’ve had in LA.)

NEW YORK: Hill Country BBQ

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on April 7, 2010

30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010
212 255 4544

PRICE: Reasonable/Expensive
RATING: Eh…
DIRECTIONS: FV to 23rd St., RW to 23rd or 28th St.
RESERVATIONS: You should make them!
MUST GET: barbecue chicken

This Texas BBQ restaurant offers an all you can eat deal on Monday nights for just $25 a person. Sounds like a good deal, but I’m still not sure if it was worth it. I’ve never been a big fan of dry rub, but even Allison, a native Houston-er, says this place is just not memorable. The all you can eat deal features their brisket, pork ribs, bbq chicken, and most of their sides (some like the mac and cheese seen above costs an extra $2). The chicken is the best out of the three meats– it was moist and savory. The other two were too dry for my taste. As for the sides, I think the potato salad and green bean casserole were the best ones we got. Katie raved on and on about the cornbread though, so maybe that’s the way to go if you give this place a shot. (I didn’t try any because I didn’t want to fill up on bread.)

NEW YORK: Vamos

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on March 22, 2010

348 1st Ave, New York, NY 10010
212 358 7800

PRICE: Pricey normally, but the Monday deal is worth it!
RATING: Love it.
DIRECTIONS: L to 1st Ave
RESERVATIONS: You don’t need them.
MUST GET: hard shell chicken tacos

Good enough for me to go two Mondays in a row. The best way to take advantage of this deal is to come with friends and share some tacos. My favorites are their grilled fish, skirt steak, fried shrimp, and hard shell chicken. Going any other day is just not worth it since a regular plate of 3 is $14-$20.