Cook Your Own Lunch, Dinner to Perfection

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March 9, 2014

Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: Anthony Consillio

Chances are you’ve been served meat at one time or another that just wasn’t done the way you asked for it. Well, at Camellia Buffet, a popular Korean yakiniku restaurant on Mc-Cully Street, customers can cook their own meat to how they desire it. No unpleasant surprises here.

“It’s a meat lover’s paradise,” describes manager Kelly Park. “If you are very picky about how you cook your meat, this is a good place to come.”

At Camellia Buffet, you can choose from a large selection of meats to cook at your own table, including beef, sliced ribeye, sir-loin steak (dinner only), chicken and spicy pork. And because it’s buffet, you can eat as much as you want.

There also is a great selection of cooked items, such as spicy fried chicken, orange chicken, chow mein, fried rice, onion rings, calamari (dinner only), jap chae and somen noodles. The selection of vegetables also is endless with kim chee, bean sprouts, tofu, corn, macaroni salad, toss salad, soybeans, mushrooms, green bell peppers and more. For dessert, enjoy fruits, jello and ice cream (dinner only).

Even with its already large menu, Camellia Buffet is always adding to the buffet line. The newest items include pork belly, chow funn, Korean-style spicy fried chicken, grapes and papaya.

“When people cook the pork belly, I recommend they don’t cook it really crispy because you’ll lose how the pork belly is supposed to taste — you lose its original taste,” shares Park. “And our spicy fried chicken is made in-house. We put our own spices in there, so it’s a little bit different, and it’s bite size, so it’s easier for kids to eat.”

Lunch buffet (from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) is $17.95, or $13 for children ages 4 to 8. Dinner buffet (from 2:30 to 10 p.m.) is $25.95, or $15 for children ages 4 to 8. The family-friendly restaurant also offers a private room that can seat up to 30 people. And because you cook and serve yourself, there’s no waiting.

“They don’t have to wait for a waitress to come and take their order,” explains Park. “When they come in, especially if they’re hungry, they’re already going straight to the buffet line.”

Camellia Buffet

930 McCully St.
Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (lunch) and 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (dinner)

Honolulu, HI 96826

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