Mongolian Buffet Delivers Great Choices at Family Friendly Prices

The new eatery offers a wide selection at great prices.

The new Mongolian Buffet Chinese restaurant serves up food  that will satisfy even the most discriminating diner. Whether you are out to enjoy a giant feast or watching your weight on a special diet, the Mongolian Buffet has something for you.

The buffet showcases more than 100 dishes that are pleasing to the eye as well as the palette. The food is artistically presented and the vibrant colors of the ingredients make it extremely appetizing.

Owner Jie Lin, and his brother, manager Jing Lin, immigrated to the United States from China in 1990. By 2001, the brothers had opened up the China 1st Buffet in Tampa. This year, they found the perfect venue for their second restaurant.

They opened up the Mongolian Buffet this past April, in the location formally occupied by the Up the Creek Seafood House. 

The restaurant showcases a tantalizing sushi bar.  

“We have a better sushi bar than other restaurants,” said Jing. “We have a great selection and the fish is fresh.” 

One item on the sushi bar that stands out is the crispy, succulent tempura sushi.  

The specialty items found on the buffet are what make the eating experience unique. Items such as beef pie, deviled crab in the shell, stuffed chicken in pastry, seafood pies, sautéed clams and steamed crawfish are not generally found on most Chinese buffets.

 A full salad station is available. The vegetables are cold and crispy. A dessert bar stocked with fresh fruit, cookies, ice creams, and puddings finish off the meal in style

“This is the fourth time I have eaten here,” said customer Richard Murphy. “The food is exceptional, and all of the beef is so tender. I don’t know how they do it. They have more seafood dishes than any of the other places I go.”

Customers can select their own raw foods at the Mongolian barbeque station. They then hand over their plate to the chef, and he cooks it while they wait. Shrimp, crab, chicken, beef, pork, hard boiled eggs, assorted Chinese noodles, and vegetables are some of the choices for creating a personalized recipe.

The Mongolian Buffet is a good choice for people who are watching their weight. Whether you are on a low carb, low fat, low salt or low calorie diet, the enormous selection of food choices available will help you stay on track.

Children will enjoy the pizza, chicken nuggets, chicken wings and egg rolls. A full liquor bar is available for adults.

The prices are family friendly. Lunch is $6.99 and dinner $9.99 during the week and $10.99 on the weekends. The dinner buffet has an expanded menu including oysters, clams on the half shell and fresh sashimi.

When the check arrives, you are presented with a fortune cookie. When you read your fortune, it may very well say, “You don’t have to spend a fortune to eat at the Mongolian Buffet.”

The Mongolian buffet is located at 16553 Point Village Drive in Lutz.

Business hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11p.m. Friday and Saturday.`

Sherri Lonon September 29, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Has anyone tried this place yet? We checked it out last night. The chef did an amazing job of entertaining my 6-year-old while he cooked her dinner.
Amber October 02, 2011 at 12:09 AM
We have ate there 2 times. Once for Mother's Day - they were able to give us reservations for 25 and we had a great time. The second time we went I wasn't as impressed with the chef (he mixed up my order with the lady next to me) but otherwise I like it.


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