My brother Dave is a restaurant purveyor, and he once specialized in Chinese restaurants. Dave memorized the funniest lines from portly stand-up comic John Pinette's hilarious bit about being banned from the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet. Dave launches into the outraged Chinese restaurant-owner routine whenever the family gathers -- especially when somebody goes back for seconds on the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.
Asian all-you-can-eat buffets have long been the butt of culinary jokes. When I first heard about the all-you-eat Korean barbecue restaurant called Korea Garden Grille, the subject of this week's Café review, I thought it sounded like a terrible idea. That's because I was envisioning a buffet line of barbecue that was already cooked. But when I saw that the meats and seafood on this buffet line were raw, I realized what a brilliant concept it really was. You select exactly what you want and cook it yourself at the little barbecue grill built into your table.
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Korea Garden Grille may be the best all-you-can-eat Asian buffet I've ever seen.