The choice is yours at Camellia BuffetColumns Lite Bites
March 1, 2015
Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: Anthony Consillio
For the past 28 years, Camellia Buffet has been a popular place for all-you-can-eat yakiniku-style favorites. Its large dining room and separate private room (that seats 24 to 30 people) makes it a great choice for family gatherings or parties.
Locally owned and operated by sister and brother June Ha and Kenji Kim, Camellia Buffet offers an extensive assortment of food, including Japanese, Chinese and many traditional Korean-style dishes.
Customers select their items from the buffet line and bring it back to their table to cook. Each table has its own tabletop yakiniku grill, so you know your food will be cooked to your liking.
The buffet line features six different meats (chicken, spicy pork, flap meat, beef brisket, barbecue beef and pork belly), four raw vegetables (mushroom, bell pepper, raw onion and zucchini), about 15 side dishes (such as chow mein, chap chae, onion rings and fried chicken), salads, soups, desserts and more.
In all, there are approximately 45 to 50 items to choose from, and new dishes are continuously added. For example, Beef Brisket is among the newer items, and Calamari is back by popular demand.
“When we took the squid out (of the buffet line) about four months ago, customers were asking, ‘’Where’s the calamari?,'” says general manager Kelly Park, who has been with the restaurant since its opening in 1987. “So, we decided to bring it back. It’s already about 90 percent cooked, so you can eat it (as is) using the hot chili paste, or some people like to use wasabi shoyu. Or you can dip it in yakiniku sauce and cook it some more for a little more flavor.
“The Beef Brisket also is popular. Some people call it marble meat. It’s thinly sliced, so it doesn’t have to be cooked for long.”
For dessert, Park recommends cooling off with ice cream, especially after eating any hot and spicy foods.
Camellia’s lunch buffet is priced at $18.95 for adults, and $14 for children ages 4-8 years old. Dinner buffet coasts $27.95 for adults, and $17 for children ages 4-8 years old.
Dine-in on your birthday, and receive a free meal (lunch or dinner), with a party of eight adults or more.
A local favorite for nearly three decades, Camellia Buffet is guaranteed to satisfy those yakiniku cravings and so much more.
930 McCully St., Honolulu
Daily, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (lunch) and 2:30-10 p.m. (dinner)