What’s better than an all you can eat buffet? How about an all you can eat Japanese buffet with unlimited cans of beer? Retiring cheap for me is all about saving up my dollars and then treating myself to a fantastic experience.
Take me eating for example. Breakfast is usually two hard boiled eggs, lunch is cheap noodles and dinner is rice with a little protein. Usually this gives me a 1800 calorie count, and costs me about $5 CDN (30 HKD.
In Hong Kong one place I always save my stomach and my money for is Daieki Japanese Restaurant (ph 3188 8008).
This is hands down the best Japanese buffet in Hong Kong. (Actually I haven’t seen a better Japanese buffet anywhere else in the world).
What makes this place so great?
YOU ORDER OFF A GIANT BOOK.
The ordering system is done by ripping pages out of a book, then handing it over to any passing waiter. What’s great about this is you don’t ever have to leave your table. Also, instead of only 1 waiter, you can pass it to any of the multiple people working. Much much quicker. The food comes relatively quickly because of this system. The items are all described in English, and usually even have pictures. It makes ordering a snap.
VARIETY VARIETY VARIETY
It’s an all you can eat Japanese buffet so there isn’t a carving station, and the desserts aren’t the most varied. Saying that though, it has a great selection of sushi , sashimi and maki. It’s not all about the raw fish though, there are tons of cooked food items. I’ve got a lot of friends that don’t eat sushi (I know crazy right?) but I’d have no problems bringing them here.
I’ve never had such good jumbo shrimp, and sweet shrimp. These dishes would be incredibly expensive in Canada, but here it’s plentiful, fresh and absolutely worth filling up on. They also have wagyu beef and scallops with foei gras. All of these premium items are unlimited. I’ve been to premium buffets where these types of items are usually a la carte, and included in the buffet prices or limited to two only.
Deluxe Daieki Japanese gets super busy so make sure you book a reservation. They book in time blocks, 12-3pm,530-83pm, 845-1115pm. It costs $40 (228 HKD) for the dinner bookings and $30 (188 HKD) for the lunch booking. If you get a reservation, arrive 10 minutes early because you’ll see the huge queue of people all waiting for their seats.
BONUS SNEAKY TIP
They serve unlimited cans of beers. The beers are brought unopened! So if you have a backpack or a large purse you can easily sneak out a few beers to take home.
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