Splurge on a Surplus of Korean Eats, Buffet Style

Columns Who's Counting?

August 11, 2013

Story By: Jaimie Kim Farinas | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

If there’s one thing that makes me completely forget about the notion of counting calories, it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet. Especially when that buffet offers an endless supply of Korean food (my last name is Kim).

Enter Camellia Buffet, where you can walk down a row of an unlimited selection of meats, vegetables, banchan (Korean side dishes) and more.

Stop by the yakiniku-style diner for lunch ($17.95 for adults, $13 for children ages 4-8) or dinner ($25.95 for adults, $15 for children ages 4-8), and indulge in its familiar flavors that will remind you why you love Korean food.

Plus, its ample supply of tables make it perfect for dining with friends and family — and you won’t have to worry about anyone leaving hungry.

“It’s good for families, birthdays, graduation parties and holidays,” says server Huye Jung Pae.

Camellia Buffet’s selection of mouthwatering protein includes Pork Belly, Kalbi, Chicken BBQ, Pork BBQ and Beef BBQ.

As an alternative (or accompaniment), the restaurant also offers shrimp that you can grill.

As with the meats, anything else you choose to indulge in is completely up to you. Vegetable offerings include zucchini, onion, bell peppers and mushrooms.

There is also a selection of sides to choose from, such as the restaurant’s Orange Chicken and Mandoo.

And let’s not forget about the banchan. Camellia Buffet’s selection includes kimchee, cucumber kimchee, jap chae and Korean pancakes, among others. All are made in-house by the restaurant’s chefs.

Also, have your fill of Miso Soup, Seaweed Soup, Rice, Mochi Brown Rice with Red Beans or Red Bean Porridge.

Of course, the best thing about dining buffet-style is the ability to try a little bit of everything. Just don’t go too crazy. The restaurant kindly asks that you take only what you can eat, so as not to waste any food.

If you don’t have time to dine-in, the restaurant also offers a takeout menu with items such as Kalbi, Bulgogi, Bibim Bap and more, ranging in price from $9 to $11.95.

Feast away at Camellia Buffet!

Camellia Buffet

930 McCully St., Honolulu
Open daily
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for lunch
2:30 p.m.-10 p.m. for dinner

Honolulu, HI 96826

Hawaii's Best
Hawaii's Best