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When you walk through the doors at Yakiniku Camellia Buffet, try to remember one thing: pace yourself.
“Sometimes people come in, starving so they cook a lot, but that’s not good,” shares owner Ronnie S. Paik. “Meat should be eaten one by one because it will be a lot more tasty.”
The restaurant is located conveniently at Stadium Mall, easily accessible no matter where you are on the island; prepare yourself for a feast.
With an all-you-can-eat buffet for lunch ($14.95 for adults, $7.95 for children ages 5-11) and dinner ($24.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 5-11), don’t worry, the food isn’t going anywhere. An entire counter lined with beef, pork, chicken and seafood options waiting to be cooked, means there’s more than enough to make sure you are satiated and able to sample everything.
Kalbi (barbecue short ribs) remains a favorite with diners. The marinade is shoyu-based and includes one unexpected ingredient: papaya.
“We use a little bit of papaya because it makes the meat tender,” reveals Paik.
And Paik goes the extra mile to make sure his customers are satisfied.
“High quality and low quality meat have a different taste; I purchase the higher quality of meat because customers like the kalbi” he says.
If you’re in the mood for something you don’t have to cook, the restaurant also boasts a selection of hot items as well — five are offered for lunch and eight for dinner.
Fried Noodles, one of the eatery’s most popular hot selections, is prepared with noodles that are made daily and tossed with vegetables.
Also made daily: the restaurant’s 12-13 banchan (Korean side dish) selections, prepared every morning with fresh vegetables.
Yakiniku Camellia Buffet
4510 Salt Lake Blvd., Honolulu
Daily, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m.