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Ming Moon (Birmingham)
Member Name: Laminator123
Ming Moon (Birmingham)
Advantages: Easy to get to. Huge range of choice.
Disadvantages: Sushi and desserts aren't that great.
Ming Moon is an all you can eat buffet style restaurant situated in Birmingham, just on the edge of the city centre (opposite Oceana nightclub).
I have been to quite a few buffet places but this is one that I am quite fond of because I think the whole experience is pretty good. The entrance is grand and you feel as though you're walking in to a luxury 5* restaurant. The staff are all polite and friendly, although a lot of them can't speak Chinese (unlike other Chinese buffet places I have been to).
Costs vary depending on what time you go, and whether you go on a weekday or weekend. But prices start from £6.99 per person (lunchtime weekday) and go up to £12.99 per person (dinner weekend). So I'd recommend going during lunchtime Monday-Friday. It will also be less busy. They do have a booking system but I've never had to book before. However, I do recommend you booking if you're going on a Saturday.
The food choice is amazing and all the food is piping hot. The food aisles are split into starters, mains, sushi, and desserts. I always find that I have to go up twice to sample all the mains though. The trick is to take a little of everything otherwise you will get very full indeed. As it is a buffet, a lot of the food is similar to what you can purchase at a Chinese takeaway, but it is much warmer and there are also a few exceptions such as mussels. I enjoy all of the starters and mains and it's worth the money when it's lunchtime on a weekday.
Unfortunately, I don't have as much praise for the sushi and desserts. I find the sauce that is available for the sushi is a little too savoury. And the sushi itself leaves a lot to be desired. If you're a big sushi fan, then best if you stay away from what Ming Moon have to offer for it. As for the desserts, it's 50/50 for me. I'll give them points for presentation. All of the desserts look beautiful. The problem is, the majority of the jelly-like desserts aren't that tasty. In fact, they're pretty tasteless. The marshmallows on offer taste as though they're been out for a few days and have dried up. On the upside, they also have a huge selection of cakes which are absolutely delicious and you're sure to be able to find something to suit your tastebuds. They also have an ice cream machine, which I can't fault. Fresh ice cream is always a bonus. They do charge for it though if you choose to take it with you when you leave the restaurant.
And one last thing, when ordering your drinks (particularly if you're going to eat a lot), be sure to ask for a small glass. I've made the mistake of asking for a glass of coke several times, and being given it in a pint glass. Far too much to drink, particularly when you've got such a filling food experience.
I do really like Ming Moon though. It's not somewhere that I would go for a special occasion, but it's the perfect place to go with your friends and family just to chill out and enjoy some oriental dishes.
Summary: Perfect for an informal get together.
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