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Fresh, Buffet-style Offerings at Yakiniku

Digest On the Menu

January 16, 2011

Story By: Dining Out Team |

When it comes to all-you-can-eat buffets, quality and quantity are vital. Yakiniku Camellia Buffet, located on South Beretania Street, proves this by fulfilling both of these necessities.

Owner Chang Hak Jeon opened the restaurant close to 30 years ago, and since then Yakiniku Camellia Buffet has been thriving with more than 50 buffet items to choose from, including 30 homemade side dishes such as kimchee, daikon kimchee and taegu.

  • Co-owner Mihee Jeon with a plateful of scrumptious, edible items from Yakiniku Camellia Buffet.
  • Homemade sides of kimchee and daikon kimchee are available for lunch and dinner.
  • Patrons cook their own kal-bi before adding on spicy sides.
  • The buffet line features a host of side dishes, including crab salad.
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“Customers come here to cook their own food and it’s kind of like a barbecue at home. So, they come out with the kids and everybody has a fun time because everyone can participate,” says Sandy Maeda, who has been working at the restaurant for the past two years.

The restaurant mostly caters to locals and tourists from China, Japan and Korea. Customer favorites include kal-bi, spicy pork, chicken and pork belly, which was added to the menu last month.

“A lot of people like the pork belly because it’s a lean cut of meat and not greasy,” Maeda explains. “It’s very popular among Koreans and locals.

It’s so tasty that no marinade is needed.

“Everything is prepared fresh daily and we make our own marinade for the other meats.”

Yakisoba noodles also is a rather new item on the menu, along with a variety of sushi. But while the noodles are served throughout the day, sushi is only available during dinner hours, in addition to the sashimi, sir-loin meats and ice cream.

Yakiniku Camellia’s lunch buffet is priced at $14.95, while dinner costs $21.95.

Yakiniku Camellia Buffet

  • Where
    • 2494 South Beretania Street
    • Honolulu, HI 96826
  • Call
    • (808) 946-7595
  • Hours
    • Open daily
    • 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (lunch)
    • 2:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (dinner)