“ Lower Ground Floor, Victoria Square, Belfast, BT1 4QG. Tel:+44 28 9024 8100 „
China Buffet King is located on Level 2 of the Victoria Square shopping centre. Victoria Square is located in Belfast City Centre and is easy to access and there are over 1000 parking spaces in the underground car park. Victoria Swuare is a unique style of shopping centre. It is a multi levelled structure of covered walkways and open areas, rather than the more traditional closed in shopping centres. It's also handy to have a roof in Northern Ireland's climate!
The restaurant itself, well the name gives it away. It is a Chinese buffet, but what sets this one apart from some others in Belfast is the quantity and quality of the food served.
There are a wide variety of starters available, including soups and fresh crusty bread, salads and cold meat and fish. They also have a small sushi selection, though my only complaint with is that it's not clearly labelled and I prefer to know what I'm eating sushi wise.
The main course selection is also varied with the more well known Chinese dishes (sweet and sour chicken, beef in black bean sauce etc..) sitting side by side with lime and pepper roast pork and mixed veg in oyster sauce, as well as all the usual side dishes, such as fried rice, chips, prawn crackers etc
Desserts include chocolate fudge cake, jelly and soft serve ice cream.
Prices are around £7 for lunch, £10 for an evening sitting and £14 for a Friday/Saturday evening.
I've been here a few times at different times of the day and I have yet to have a bad meal yet. It does get very busy at times, but staff are always helpful and any empty trays are promptly filled.
I am admittedly a very fussy eater, but I do like trying new things. Going to a Chinese buffet gives me the opportunity to try items I wouldn't otherwise risk ordering and if I don't like them, then I haven't wasted any money. China buffet king are consistently good with a great selection of food available. I also consider if really good value.
(review also appears in Ciao)
I'm24 earn a decent living and upon arriving with two friends one Saturday afternoon was made to pay in advance (I watched, we were the only ones made to do so) and had a supervisor stand over us the whole time staring. Because we were made to pay up front we were unable to get any drinks other than the initial soft drinks ordered. Apart from that the food is poor but not terrible. Ordinarily lunch for 20-30 would go here for lunch through work but I will be vetoing that from now on.
All you can eat buffets are surely bad for your health, but at the same time how great does that sound - as much food as you can possibly stuff down you! It is one of those guilty moments, as before you go, you look forward to the choices and the variety, but after you feel bad for eating so much and swear never to go back again!
Anyways, back to the China Buffet King in Belfast. It is located on the third floor of the Victoria Square shopping complex beside Franky & Bennys. It is open now probably six months and I have been for lunch twice (starting to feel guilty again). Each time that I have been it has been really busy, even had to queue once!
The basic idea for their lunch is you pay £6.80 and you go up to the buffet and eat as much food as you like. Drinks are not included in the price. The drinks are quite expensive, £2.00 for a large glass of coke. My advice - stick to the water!
Ok, so the food. Well there is no menu. It really is an all you can eat of everything they serve. Basically there is a big buffet against the far wall from the entrance and you go grab a plate and work away.
There are three buffets in all. The first is probably the main buffet where all of the main courses are. I was really surprised at the choice available - from memory there was garlic chicken, chicken balls, sweet and sour chicken, beef in black bean sauce, lemon chicken, spare ribs, spring rolls, peppered beefe etc. A really big selection. You could top this up with fried rice, boiled rice, noodles or chips.
Then there was another buffet of salad and fruit, again, lots of variety and choice. The final buffet was the dessert buffet which included the ubiquitous jelly, soft ice cream, custard, apple strudel, chocloate roll and some cake type things.
The quality of the food was a bit hit and miss, as some dishes were of a better quality than others, but once you learned this, you just stick to the good stuff, as there is still plenty of good quality food to choose from.
I like the fact that you can eat as much or as little as you like and also then this means that the waiting staff are not constantly hassling you, they pretty much leave you alone to work away, but there are plenty of them so if you do need something it is easy to get their attention.
There is a good atmosphere in the restaurant, although it is not as nice as being in a swanky restaurant, but you should know what you are getting yourself in for by going in to an all you can eat buffet!
In conclusion, I would recommend this if you are very hungry. Possibly not the ideal location for a romantic night out or a first date, but it is not trying to be that type of place. It is what it is and it knows it.
I am however only giving it 3 stars because of the guilt I feel after being gluttonous and also for the fact that after eating here I am so stuffed I nearly fall asleep at my desk.
The staff are friendly and well mannered. Also very helpful. They come and clear your plate when it is empty, so if you go up for seconds (or thirds) you use a clean plate.