Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet

Lest you think the Minxes only like throwing down big wads of cash for dinner, we want you to know that we are also big fans of cheap eats. The other day we tried the Hibachi Grill in Parkville because: 1) we were curious about all of those positive reviews on Urbanspoon; 2) we are serious about providing a public service to you, the Minxeats reader; 3) we were feeling gluttonous.

For the low, low price of $9.99 (not including beverages), an adult can overindulge in a large variety of Asian and American-style foodstuffs. And tons of fried foods. The evening we dined chowed down, we found hoards of people availing themselves to all manner of fried stuff - zucchini, chicken wings, fish, chicken nuggets, spring rolls, egg rolls, scallops, shrimp. It was a little appalling to watch the parade of towering plates bearing brown crunchy items as we carefully contemplated our own selections from the vast array of rainbow-hued foods.

I like the "one of each" approach to buffet dining, whereupon I select a small piece of several different items on my first tour of the bar. One stuffed mushroom cap. One piece of General Tso's chicken. One piece of broccoli. One spring roll. One fried scallop. One salt-and-pepper shrimp. One piece of fake crab from the bin marked "crab with cheese." One piece of fried fish from the bin marked, "fried okra." On my next trip, I tried one piece each of three varieties of inside-out sushi roll, more broccoli, and a big pile of the salt-and-pepper shrimp.

While others raved about the sushi, I thought it was largely forgettable. Fresh, but nothing special and not worth the trouble unless one is particularly fond of cold sushi rice. The broccoli however, was perfectly cooked, bright green and pleasantly crunchy. And while the heads-off shells-on shrimp were a bit on the salty side, they were decently sized and nearly as tasty as those we regularly eat at dim sum. I also liked that the General Tso's had some actual heat, and the stuffing in the tiny mushrooms smacked of Old Bay.

One last trip to the bar involved dessert - a small slice of sponge cake, a tiny wedge of cheesecake, a spoonful of 'nanner pudding. On the way past the salad bar (which I had ignored) I noticed there was a vat of kimchi and another of octopus salad as well as a heap of whole crawfish waiting to be pinched and sucked.

There was nothing earth-shattering about Supreme Buffet, certainly nothing deserving of the several "awesome" comments by UrbanSpoon members, but I'd go again. Ten dollars ($7 at lunch) is a pretty good deal for all the shrimp and octopus salad one can eat, and if you're feeling really cheap, here's a dollar-off coupon good until the end of November, 2010.

Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet
2033 E. Joppa Rd
Parkville, MD 21234
(410) 882-8278

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