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Keep Your Bellies Full: 10 Best All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants in Hong Kong
by: The Beat Asia
July 29, 2022
Tired of paying so much for a small portion of food? Want to binge eat after a long stressful workday? All-you-can-eat restaurants would be the answer to all your problems. The only thing you have to do is order everything on a paper and the endless amount of gourmet will be brought to your table. Hong Kongers are blessed with way too many all-you-can-eat choices, varying from Japanese hotpots to handmade dim sums, satisfying the hungry appetite of their customers. We present to you the best choices of all-you-can-eat restaurants you could find in the city.
Brazilian - Braza Churrascaria
Braza Churrascaria aims to bring the best Brazilian barbecue house experience to Hong Kong with a variety of deliciously cooked choices of Australian meat. Hidden discreetly in the streets of Lai Kwai Fong, the restaurant is decorated with a shade of brown and a cosy dimly lit environment. The first thing that catches every visitor’s eye must be the pastoral wall painting of a Brazilian chica staring down at the pleased customers.
Braza Churrascaria provides both lunch (HK$138) and dinner buffet (HK$398) of great value. For appetisers, the bar table is filled with cold dishes but be sure to save your stomach for the best part—the Churrasco. Waiter and waitresses would walk around holding a string of meat, asking the customers whether they want a slice. On your desk, there will be two cards “I am still hungry” and “No more thank you,”, so they will know when to do their job to keep your stomach happy.
Thai - Mak Mak
Located in The Landmark, Mak Mak serves Thai-inspired cuisines ranging from authentic curries and noodles to soup. Not only does the food taste authentic Thai, but the relaxing environment surrounded by palm trees with a corner of light green tiles feels comfortable to look at. Sitting on the bamboo chairs and enjoying your Thai feast would make up for the Thai vacation lost to COVID-19.
The all-you-can-eat weekend brunch includes unlimited flavourful Thai dishes that costs only HK$328 for adults and HK$180 for kids, with a free flow of Thai drinks such as fresh lime soda and longan nahm. The flavour of Tom Yum Goong is not too strong when accompanied by the fresh lemongrass, so for those who couldn’t take the spiciness of the soup but still wanted to try the signature Thai dish, then this would be perfect for you. The sweetness and saltiness of Shrimp Paste Fried Rice with Egg is well balanced, a famous choice for the mains.
Japanese - Yakiniku Kumamoto
Yakiniku Kumamoto provides all- day Japanese BBQ buffet with the best quality meat, as well as sashimi and all kinds of Japanese cuisines much to the customers’ likings. The store screams Japanese culture, displaying posters of Japanese manga characters, Japanese lanterns and waving Koinoboris.
The full set lunch buffet costs HK$316 from Monday to Thursday and HK$336 for Fridays to Sunday, whilst the full set dinner buffet costs HK$336 for Monday to Thursday and HK$338 for Friday to Sunday. Within 120 minutes, the customers can try out their signature M5 Australian beef and other seasoned meat and seafood. We recommend their boiled clam with garlic and sake wine for stimulating your taste buds.
Location: Yakiniku Kumamoto, 3/F, 477-481 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Inspired by the Japanese folklore of Hyakki Yagyo or the night parade of a hundred demons, Yaki Oni is decorated with a dark Japanese aesthetic. Paintings of the myth deck the grey walls and the dark colors of the furniture are specifically chosen to fit with the queer vibe of the area, making the customers feel as if they were dining with the demons.
Prices are quite similar with other all-you-can-eat yakiniku restaurants: HK$298 from 5-7 PM, HK$378 from 7:15-9:45 PM, and HK$348 from 9:30-11:30 PM. Kagoshima Red Satuma chicken, M4 wagyu beef, Hiroshima Oyster and U.S prime beef are all featured in the meal for the guests to experience the best of Japanese within two hours. To end your meal, Yaki Oni has a wide range of drinks and their own signature cocktails for their customers to choose from.
Also located in The Landmark, Zuma covers two-storeys with a dining area and a bar upstairs. The modern Western interior foreshadows the lavish meal that will be savoured by the diners. Merging the casual Japanese izakaya-style and the luxurious dining style in Hong Kong, the Japanese dishes are created with a fusion touch, meeting the high standards of local food critics.
To endlessly consume the gourmets of Zuma, the weekend brunch available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM-3 PM would fulfil your desires. For food only, it costs HK$738 per person and if you prefer to have your meal with some wine, choose the signature (HK$988), deluxe (HK$1338) or premium (HK$2130) set including 2.5 hours of free-flow champagne. The tender Beef Tataki with Truffle Ponzu, topped with grapefruit sauce, as well as the Salmon with Lemon Shiso Soy are worth an encore.
Location: Zuma, Shop 501-503, 5/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Wagyu Yakiniku Ichiro
Another spectacular Yakiniku place is Wagyu Yakiniku Ichiro, hidden within Po Hon building in Causeway Bay. The room is composed of a few choices of simplistic colours. Red neon lights highlight the white tiles circling the room and the wooden seats are all layered with dark green cushions, demonstrating the neat and organised part of the Japanese culture.
There are four sets to choose from, differing by the number of food choices, from 72 choices for HK$298 to 118 choices for HK$888. Before you do encores, an assortment of the best meat would be served for your tasting as the starter. Other than Yakinikus, the cold dishes such as the delicately handmade raw beef sashimi and beef sushi are certainly hard to resist.
Location: Wagyu Yakiniku Ichiro, 2/F, Po Hon Building, 24-30 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Right next to Sheung Wan station, Urawa Japanese restaurant is one of the few salt-and-sugar reduction all-you-can-eat restaurant where you can eat without feeling too guilty. After the renovation, Urawa no longer looks like a Japanese palace and instead gives out a dark elegant vibe as the chandeliers faintly shine through the room. The quality food matches the high-class ambience, claiming that they are the best of the best.
There are four sets of buffets in the restaurant to choose from including the specials (HK$238), upgrade (HK$338), premium (HK$438), and luxury (HK$638) according to the prices on the weekdays from 5:30-8 PM. Sashimi, specially designed sushi, and other fusion dishes, as well as hotpot are on the menu. Be sure to try baked oyster topped with cheese and the Teppanyaki foie gas sushi, both of which are customers’ favourites.
Location: Urawa Japanese, G/F, Tung Hip Commercial Building, 244-252 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Seeking for another healthy all-you-can-eat restaurant to fuel you up after a stressful week? Branded as one of the top open rice restaurants, Fumi produces a string of Japanese delights with less salt and sugar to spoil their customers. Behind the wooden bar tables, one could observe the chefs handling your food with great skills. The area is suitable for both intimate and larges gatherings, the latter up to 12.
Fumi does not have a fixed menu as they do buffets of different themes after a period of time, so before you make a reservation, remember to check out the seasonal food theme. One of the fully booked buffets is the crab feast weekend brunch (HK$588), featuring luscious crab- themed delicacies such as crab roe cucumber salad and crab leg combo, which has overwhelmed many lucky customers.
Location: Fumi, 6/F, California Tower, 30-32 D'Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
Chinese - Madame Fù
Regarded as one of the most Instagrammable Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong, Madame Fù welcomes diners all dressed up glamorously for the occasion. Their customers also come in a lot earlier to the restaurant just to get the perfect picture. There are outdoor and indoor areas, and each corner of the restaurant comes with uniquely designed rooms styled by Christian Rhomberg.
Despite the European design, Madame Fù offers a series of excellent classic dim sums. If you want to sample as much of the exquisite dishes as you can, then the free flow dim sum would answer your cravings. At a price of HK$338, you can have a taste of the deluxe menu with many attractive options. Madame Fù takes care of guests with different demands and for those who prefer gluten free cuisines, then the Stir-fried Potato Noodles with Pickled Peppers and Mozzarella and Spinach Dumpling would be the finest choice for you.
Lead by executive chef Tony Wan who was the student of Michelin-starred master chef, Dai Long, Golden Leaf is where you can relish exceptional dim sums made with great passion. Under the golden lights, the glimmering crème de la crème cuisine is comparable to the beauty of Xi Shi, providing a royal dining experience for esteemed guests.
Every weekend, Golden Leaf holds a dim sum buffet from 9-11 AM. During these two hours, the lucky guests who are able to book a table could indulge in a free flow of dim sums for only HK$288. The steamed shrimp dumplings are covered with a splash of golden paint, while the steamed pork dumplings with abalone are a picturesque addition to your foodie highlight. As for the juicy steamed Shanghai dumplings with minced pork, we promise, these are the best dumplings you’ll ever taste.
Location: Golden Leaf, Lower Lobby, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
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