Hokkaido Seafood Buffet Review, San Mateo
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Hokkaido Seafood Buffet
2200 Bridgepoint Parkway
San Mateo, CA 94404
This restaurant closed in July 2013, they are looking for a new location. Try Champagne Buffet in San Mateo.
Hokkaido Seafood Buffet is a popular buffet in San Mateo’s Bridgepoint shopping center (near Foster City), next door to the ice rink. They charge $19.99 – $20.99 for dinner, depending on the day. Lunch ranges from $11.99 to $16.99. An extra $1.75 buys you unlimited soda. There was a $5 Mon – Thur discount coupon in some Ranch 99 fliers that we used in 2009. We haven’t seen any new coupons lately though. Our last visit was at the end of January 2012.
Decor, Vibe – Hokkaido Seafood Buffet is in a former sports bar location with many levels, lots of booths, and flat screen TVs. Lots of families and big parties. This place was packed at dinnertime. 75% of people were Asian.
Raw shellfish selection and quality was average, with oysters, crayfish, and some average Alaskan crab.
Several sushi chefs ready to refill the vast Sushi and Sashimi selection. They feature almost 10 different types of sushi rolls and six types of sashimi. This is one of Hokkaido Seafood Buffet’s strengths.
Chinese cooked items like fish, shrimp, clams, vegetables, etc are their strength. Watch for freshly reloaded items, they’ll be hot and at their best.
Black Bean Clams, Whole Fish, crab, lobster, stir fried vegetables, watery ribs
Boring Canned Fruits
Very Weak dessert selection with soft serve, jello, fruits, cookies, almond Jell-O, and some weak cakes. Moonstar Buffet in Daly City clearly outdoes them.
Deep Fried shrimp, Egg rolls, Sesame balls, garlic bread were all decent. Pizza was very lacking and an afterthought that was probably previously frozen.
Black Chicken soup in the covered pots was passable and a surprising exotic addition. In 2012, they had added the unpolitically correct sharks fin soup. They also had vermicelli noodles with scallops in a large clam that was average at best.
Peking duck was average quality but one of their better items. The server makes it for you with scallions, plum sauce, and a massively oversized steamed bun.
Meats from the Grill include average quality items
Grilled Char siu style chicken, teriyaki chicken, whole mackerel, and short ribs were average to below average. BBQ ribs were good, but cooked Chinese style in lots of liquid.
Dim Sum selection was average and hot, the quality was average to below average. Pork Buns, shrimp dumplings, siu mai dumplings, Lotus wrapped sticky Rice, pork spare ribs, and more.
Deviled style eggs, Cucumber
Seaweed Salad, Jellyfish salad, cole slaw
Salads selection is weak. Decent selection of fruit including cantaloupe, watermelon, honey dew, Kiwi, oranges.
Hokkaido Seafood Buffet was pretty popular, so they have a niche here in San Mateo. Service was good with servers roaming constantly. If you like sushi, sashimi, cooked Chinese food, this might be your place. Try it during lunch to minimize cost or try and find a Hokkaido buffet coupon. Pig out time!
Moonstar in Daly City is their main competitor in the region. We feel the quality of the food is a little higher at Moonstar. They have Shark’s fin, many better desserts, free drinks, and better grilled food. The buffets in Vegas like the Wynn Buffet are in another league. Looking for the best buffet? Conrad Sunday brunch in Hong Kong is a universe ahead. Discounts are available for kids. Dinner costs $6.99 for those 3 to 6 years old, $9.99 for those 7 to 10 years old.
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