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A Scrumptious Buffet Worthy of ‘Five’ Stars

By Chris Fleck Photos By Chris Fleck
July 22, 2012

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Five Star’s buffet offerings

During the peak hours of dinner, while other diners throughout the city are still waiting on their drinks to arrive, guests of Five Star International Buffet are a mere seconds from their first mouth-watering bite of a meal filled with a variety of specialty tastes and treats.

Sure there are dozens of traditional buffets in Honolulu to choose from, but Five Star International Buffet gives that extra attention to detail and quality that seems to separate its buffet from the rest. The restaurant’s laurels are rested on serving high-quality cuisine in a convenient manner with exceptionally helpful service.

One of Five Star’s little tricks to its buffet impeccability is preparing and cooking each portion of its more than 40 lunch and dinner selections in small portions, which assures that each guest will be able to taste each item exactly as intended, with the value of freshness placed in the highest regard.

“We didn’t want to be the same as the others. We want the cooking to be continuous. The warm items should be warm and the hot items should be hot,” says general manager Shin Yano, who also notes that part of Five Star’s ambiance starts in the open kitchen, where guests can see chefs and cooks preparing each item as they stroll through the buffet line.

Since its opening this past December, Five Star has made an effort to offer more seafood items, and the restaurant definitely has plenty to choose from.

The dinner buffet starts at $48, but kamaaina guests only pay $40.80, which means you can have as many servings of Five Star’s baked oysters, miso butterfish with daikon, garlic shrimp, seafood dynamite, nigiri sushi, snow crab legs or seared tuna with Korean style sauce for an exceptionally reasonable price.

For those who may have left their seafood appetite elsewhere, do not fret, Five Star has plenty of other items from prime rib to specialty pasta options, salad bar and more than a dozen desserts to choose from.

Five Star International Buffet

Royal Hawaiian Center Bldg. C Third Level
2201 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu
380.9300
Open Daily, (Lunch) 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
(Happy Hour) 2-5 p.m.
(Dinner) 5-10 p.m.