Become your own gourmet chefA La Carte Columns
November 22, 2015
Story By: Lindsey Appleton | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
Locals and visitors alike love interactive yakiniku-style dining (self-cooked ingredients). Camellia Buffet, however, takes yakiniku to the next level by including the self-serve experience of a buffet. Family oriented and perfect for large gatherings and parties, Camellia Buffet on McCully Street offers its patrons an array of options, buffet quantity and, above all, quality Korean food.
“It’s two dynamic restaurant styles in one, making it fun for the whole family,” says manager Kelly Park, who has been with Camellia for more than 30 years.
Camellia’s buffet is known for its authentic Korean flavors. Unlike most yakiniku restaurants, Camellia Buffet offers more than just pork, beef and chicken. Enjoy new gourmet selections like Pork Belly and Beef Brisket.
“We introduced these special meats about four months ago, and our customers love it,” says Park. She suggests cooking the pork belly less than you would bacon. “It’s not cut to be cooked crispy. It is much more thick and juicy.”
Pair your meat selection with Camellia’s house-made sauces, like oil sauce made with vegetable and sesame oils and seasoned with salt and pepper. Park also suggests trying the salty-and-sweet yakiniku sauce.
“If you are new to the yakiniku-buffet style of dining, I recommend trying a little bit of everything,” says Park. “Once you’ve tried it all and (are) used to the self-serve cooking, then you’ll know what you like and how you like it cooked and can get more.”
Don’t forget to sample Camellia’s large dessert section, too. Try freshly sliced fruit like pineapple and orange, strawberry and orange Jell-O, and, during dinner, soft-serve ice cream.
During lunch, adults pay $18.95 and children (ages 4-8) pay $14. For dinner, adults pay $27.95 and children pay $17. Camellia Buffet also offers a la carte options and takeout.
930 McCully St., Honolulu
Lunch: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Dinner: 2:30-10 p.m.