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School’s out for summer, and Hawaii’s temperatures really are heating up, sending many Oahu families scampering for cooler climates. Day trips spent at Ice Palace swooshing around the rink with friends work up an appetite, and with all that exercise, one can literally two-step next door to Royal Palace Chinese Restaurant, where a feast fit for a king awaits diners.
Conveniently located within Stadium Mall, Royal Palace daily presents an abundant buffet filled with Cantonese classics. Monday through Friday, lunch is priced at $12.95 and dinner at $15.95, while Saturday and Sunday offer lunch or dinner buffets for $16.95.
One of the most popular buffet dishes at Royal Palace is Fish Filet with Cream Corn. It features shellfish deep fried with real butter until golden crispy, which pairs perfectly with warm and comforting cream corn.
“We chose this dish because kids like it too,” explains co-owner Maybo Wu. “The fish is tender and boneless, and some even like to pour the cream corn over it or use the corn for dipping. It’s a very good combination any way you have it.”
Squid with Salt and Pepper also is a deep-fried delicacy, pairing buttery, crisp cubes of squid with green and red peppers, green onion, garlic and house spices.
“Squid has a different, more chewy consistency and a distinct seafood aroma,” says Wu. “We deep fry it until golden and add spices to offset that, making it even more delicious and appealing to everyone.”
Another appealing buffet item is Shrimp with Broccoli, presenting steamed shrimp sauteed with ginger, broccoli, straw mushroom, green onion, garlic and carrots. Or opt for a classic choice of Beef with Choy Sum, which brings to the table beef marinated in soy sauce before being stir-fried with carrots, green onions, water chestnut, garlic, choy sum and straw mushrooms.
Featuring more than 50 entrees to choose from daily, the buffet’s ice cream machine may well be the fan favorite of the keiki bunch. And a favorite at Royal Palace in the adult circle? That would be the eatery’s Mid-Day Specials, available 2-4:30 p.m. daily, where 10 entrees are up for grabs at an affordable $6.95.
Wu also mentions that Royal Palace is a great place to host birthday parties or special events. “Just call ahead to reserve your space,” says the co-owner. And when dialing in, don’t forget to inquire about the special buffet to go.
Royal Palace Chinese Restaurant
4510 Salt Lake Blvd., Ste. C1
Daily, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.