Chow down with Camellia

Chew On This Digest

August 10, 2014

Story By: Michelle Lee | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

As one of the area’s most frequented all-you-can-eat buffets, Camellia Buffet has always insisted on cooking Korean cuisine the traditional way.

“We try to keep everything as authentic as possible, using recipes that have been passed on for generations,” says floor manager Kelly Park.

With almost 30 successful years behind its operation, the restaurant continues to serve the community with an endless spread of Korean comfort food. As its name suggests, Camellia offers a daily lunch and dinner buffet with everything from specialty meats, noodles, vegetables and soups (lunch: $17.95, $13 for children ages 4 to 8; dinner: $25.95, $16 for children ages 4 to 8).

Included in both the lunch and dinner buffets are the eatery’s famous flap meat, sliced ribeye and boneless kalbi.

Onion rings and orange chicken (part of the buffet)

Onion rings and orange chicken (part of the buffet)

“Flap meat is beef brisket marinated in sesame oil, salt and pepper — a great option for those who want something lighter,” suggests Park. “Of course, sliced ribeye and boneless kalbi are classic Korean dishes, which we marinate overnight in our original seasonings.”

Prepared fresh each day, Camellia’s flavorful dishes attract a wide variety of crowds, from senior citizens to families with young children. “The food we have appeals to a lot of people,” says Park. “Kids love coming in for their favorites like onion rings and orange chicken, or cooling off with some soft-serve vanilla ice cream.”

In addition to a dine-in menu, Camellia also offers catering with advance or same-day notice.

“Right now, with kids back in school and summer winding down, it’s a busy time for everyone,” says Park. “Eating at Camellia is the perfect way to enjoy all the perks of a summer barbecue with friends and family, completely hassle-free.”

Camellia Buffet

930 McCully St., Honolulu
Daily, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 3-10 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96826

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