Hong Kong Star Buffet Review - First Look After a Four Month Renovation
My Friday evening routine is pretty much the same. Clock out, head home, stop by the Bev Max on the way and grab some Chinese food from the Hong Kong Buffet next door. On South Marietta Parkway, I can even keep up this routine without encountering too much traffic.
Hong Kong Star Buffet Standard To Go Plate
Hong Kong Buffet is reopening its doors after being closed for about a four month renovation. While I’m not sure that I would ever suggest taking a first date to a Chinese food buffet, if you did dare to, this might be the spot for you. With new fixtures and updated equipment, it’s one of the nicer buffet style settings I’ve seen in Marietta. I discovered this place after noticing their sign for $3.49 lbs carryout buffet just prior to the renovation. Although the dining facilities have been update the food remains true to the original Hong Kong Buffet. Unfortunately, in order to compensate for the new renovations, the price has gone up a bit, but nothing to overwhelming.
Hong Kong Star Buffet Interior
Your carry out will run you $3.89 lbs now.According to their claims the buffet has over 55 items. If you elect to enjoy the dine-in buffet it will run you $7.99. Although primarily Chinese, there are definitely a few non-traditional American Chinese items. My guess is that these items are mostly for children diners. There’s some highly popular American items like macaroni and cheese or the crinkle cut French fries. If you like Mexican food, you will even find quesadilla on the buffet.
In terms of their actual Chinese food items, the buffet at Hong Kong Star has the items you’ve come to love and expect. There’s no Sesame Chicken (my personal favorite), however, the General Tso’s isn’t too spicy. The fried rice is not excellent, but the Lo Mein is usually packed with vegetables. They have some of the best steamed green beans I’ve ever seen in a buffet environment.
Hong Kong Star Buffet Outside View
Surprisingly, Hong Kong Star actually has pretty excellent desserts. My favorite item from the dessert side is the Chocolate Mousse. Now I have to confess that I originally tried this mousse only to maintain my food blogger street credibility. You can’t write about food that you don’t eat, but chocolate mousse from a Chinese Buffet was not high on my culinary bucket list. I was however pleasantly surprised. The mousse is light and fluffy. The chocolate is not overly sweet and there’s a hint of almond flavoring within it. I make sure to grab one (or three ?) every time I go now. There fruit and salad bar, where you will find the desserts, is kept fresh as well.
As is the new trend with Chinese food restaurants, Hong Kong Star offers a Hibachi Grill. There are no real standout items on the grill. It’s your standard selection of proteins: pork, chicken, beef, with a pretty standard selection of vegetables: carrots, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and of course your selection of starches: rice or noodles. There is also limited selection of sushi with classic rolls like the California or Spicy Tuna.
While it’s probably not known for their traditional entrées, Hong Kong Buffet does offer them. You will find all the customary Chow Mein, Egg Fu Young, and Sweet and Sour Insert Meat Here. Most of the dishes will run between $4-8 for any entrée. The specials are all under $7. They include items like Moo Goo Gai Pan or Beef with Chinese Vegetables.
All in all Hong Kong Buffet is about the average Chinese Food Buffet in a slightly better than average facility. So if you are in love with Americanized Chinese Food as much as I am, stop on by. We just might bump into each other, especially if it’s a Friday night.
Hong Kong Star Buffet
557 S Marietta Pkwy SE
Marietta GA 30060
Check it out online @ (Menu Only) http://www.allmenus.com/ga/marietta/206912-hong-kong-star/menu/
Sun - Thu, 11am - 10pm;
Fri - Sat, 11am - 10:30pm
Hong Kong Star Buffet Review is written by Ashley Strong-Green.