This is not just your ordinary Asian buffet. The restaurant is beautiful, and includes an actual rock pond with coy swimming in it. Around each bend ... More
This is not just your ordinary Asian buffet. The restaurant is beautiful, and includes an actual rock pond with coy swimming in it. Around each bend is a station that represents a different country in Asia. There's fresh sushi, Mongolian BBQ, the American favorites section, Chinese specialties, and exotic victuals for those who like to live on the edge. The Emperor's Palace is huge, so on the first trip, ask for a tour guide, or at least come early enough to navigate before digging in. After the main course, check out the desert counter, complete with a chocolate fountain! For the price, there's no better way to eat. - Cathryn D. Blue
ZERO STARS IF I COULD. I ate at Emperor s Palace for lunch today and I have to say it was the most disgusting meal I ve ever had in my life!! Meats were over cooked and everything was cold. Dishes were soaked in a nasty funky odored grease. Very poor selection they had nothing for a salad bar. This place is very expensive too. I had a $7.99 coupon which drew me in. I ll never eat at there again even if it were free. YUCK!!!!!
Ate here today for the second time ever. Entrees were cold and overcooked. My niece s french fries were actually cold to the touch and felt like they were refrigerated. Chocolate icecream was soured. After waitress was told food was cold the manager chose to do nothing. The service was good.
No STARS if I could. This place is disgusting. I just don't understand how people flock here and can write such great reviews. It's not clean, the food is tasteless and there are so many hands from patrons on the food- yuck. Even the steamed rice smelled funky- would't eat it. We were so excited when this restaurant opened near our home yrs ago. Have been several times over the yrs, forgetting how disappointed we always were. But last time- never again. Really disgusting. We only assume people flock here because of the endless and unlimited quantity of food they can get. Strap on the feed bag mentality I guess. Unless you load your food dow with soy sauce or fattening other sauces, it truly has no taste. Why bother with chinese food if it's going to be 100's of grams of fat and salt that you consume instead of fresh and healthy, tasty food? Feed bag I guess. We will never walk through those doors again and instead travel further away for something tasty in Chinese food. Really ashame. Avoid this place so that you too haven't wasted your money or time. Oh- did I mention how unfriendly they are? We even left with our food partially touched and went elsewhere for dinner. My teenager too wouldn't eat it . Yuck. Sorry. We love for our Chesterfield restaurants to be successful- sean up your act Emperor's Palace,
I must say that I really love this place and have been here many times. So with all the bad reviews, first thing you have to understand is this is a buffet--so food quality is not exactly 5 star. But coming from someone who has been to many buffets in her life, this is one of the best and biggest I have been to. Some complain that the food is not Asian authentic. Well, I lived in Asian as a child and frankly I don't care. If you want purely authentic Asian food, go to a 5 star Asian restaurant or better yet go to Asia!
They have a great variety of foods here, they also have fruit drinks and bubble tea that I really enjoy. The bubble tea tapioca balls are not the greatest, but the drink itself is tasty. I have never had a huge issue with the staff, though sometimes when it is really busy service with picking up plates can be a little slow. And also some of the hostesses are not the greatest--they could try smiling once in awhile. It also depends on the day and time that you go, there have been occasions I've been disappointed they don't have my favorite dishes, the bubble tea is not out, and the soup and hot soy milk is unavailable.
As far as the atmosphere, it is a beautiful restaurant complete with waterfalls and koi ponds. I don't like the table set up when they get busy, it can be a bit too close for comfort. I also don't enjoy the music selection, I mean if I want to listen to Pink and Britney Spears I will flip on the radio. I prefer to listen to Asian music at an Asian restaurant, and this is the first Asian buffet I have been to where they play top 40 music.
But overall I enjoy it for the food. I do agree with others that it can be a bit pricey depending when you go, but you can't beat the selection you get!
Over the last few years, I have eaten at this place a handful of times. I guess that when you first come to this place, the entrance is impressive. You walk in the door and the place is cavernous. How is that for setting expectations?
You sit down for dinner and you eat like there is not tomorrow and it's fine because it is your first time there. Subsequent trips will prove that the food is not outstanding at all...at most it is mediocre. Lots of people are impressed with chocolate fountains, but while I was there, kids and even adults were putting their fingers into the chocolate, licking their fingers and putting their fingers back into the chocolate.
I got sick after the last few times I went. Later I learned others in our party also got sick after eating there. Pans, utensils and the plates were not clean to the touch. The cooks behind the counter scowled at us when we were helping ourselves at some of the counters. Sushi was not put out consistently. There were waits of up to half an hour before the sushi was replenished.
PROS-- Initial impression -- massive and impressive entrance. Good for large groups.
CONS-- We got charged automatically on the tip for our large group. Pricey for the quality of food....I guess it is the way to pay for the upkeep of the koi pond and the gas used at the entrance.
I thought the price was way too high and I couldn't find very much that was to my liking. The Mongolian grill was the highlight. They let you pick out your veggies, meat and seasoning and that was excellent. But that alone isn't worth the money.
A wonderland of Asian food. Honestly, I'd never seen anything like it before I walked in, and I keep coming back because it's all pretty good and the variety is amazing. My favorite part: all-you-can-eat sushi (limited sushi variety, but there's almost always something good, and sometimes there's sake nigiri).
I love this place! It has all the best variety of foods you can and will love to eat. Everything is of the highest quality and will melt in your mouth. The service is one of the best in Chesterfield. They really care about serving their customers well. I truely recommend that you come and dine here, you will not be disappointed