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Camellia has it all for grads, dads

By Kyle Galdeira
June 7, 2015

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Special occasions are worthy of a celebratory meal and Camellia Buffet offers an ideal setting for a memorable gathering that the entire family can enjoy.

Camellia Buffet continues to attract generations of diners as the “thrill of the grill” satiates appetites of any size, and with many high school and college graduates and their families celebrating the achievement, the bountiful buffet is the way to go. The popular establishment has pleased patrons of all ages over the last three decades by serving up quality Korean-influenced cuisine prepared Yakiniku style.

“If you have a big appetite, you’ll get your money’s worth,” says manager Kelly Park. “Unlike other restaurants with set menus, diners may select their favorites and eat whatever and as much you want!”

Diners celebrating a birthday eat for free when joining a party of eight-or-more paying adults, and as a reminder, this can’t-miss offer is not combinable with any other discounts including the 10 percent coupon available through Dining Out. Camellia Buffet is an ideal location for families celebrating Father’s Day and other holidays — reservations are recommended as space fills up quickly (coupons or other discounts will not be honored on holidays). Those with parties of more than 30 people are encouraged to call at least a week in advance to make reservations, but the friendly staff will also do its best to accommodate large last-minute parties.

As loyal diners have learned over the years, the all-you-can-eat locale at 930 McCully St. remains affordable and offers an enjoyable experience for all. The buffet is available daily during lunch (10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and dinner (2:30 to 10 p.m.) for just $18.95 (lunch) and $27.95 (dinner), while children ages 4 to 8 receive discounted rates of $14 and $17, respectively.

More than 50 selections grace the buffet line at Camellia, including kalbi spare ribs, steak with kalbi sauce, barbecue beef, barbecue pork, spicy chicken, Korean pancake, teriyaki chicken and multiple kim chee varieties. The dinner buffet also includes steak, beef brisket, calamari, spicy fried chicken and various desserts, including ice cream.

Park explains that Camel-lia Buffet diners rave about pork belly available on its lunch and dinner spreads. The offering is similar to bacon, although it is usually enjoyed lightly grilled so the meat remains tender and soft — the pork belly’s natural salt content makes it a great pair with one’s favorite beverage.

Camellia Buffet also serves up local favorites including fried rice, orange chicken, mandoo and even onion rings, which are made fresh and are popular amongst children, as well as those young at heart.

“We make our sauces with traditional Korean recipes and flavors that we pass on through many generations,” Park says. “We use high-quality meats. Customers tell me that they can taste the difference and say, ‘You guys are the best,’ and keep coming back.”

Camellia Buffet

930 McCully St., Honolulu
951-0511
Daily, Lunch: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Dinner: 2:30-10 p.m.