What a disappointment. As soon as we entered the place, we knew what to expect. The hostess did not acknowledge us. She just took us to our table. The sashimi selection was minimal and not the freshest. The fried food was even worse. If you like really greasy, bland food, this is the place for you. The other entrees looked like something you might find at Panda or Pick Up Stix. We thought the fresh fruit bar would be safe, but even they were so-so even after only 30 minutes dinner hours had begun (the pineapple was the only tasty fruit there was). We didn't even bother with the desserts. During dinner, we even saw a worker scraping the gunk off the sides of the table with a razor blade. Needless to say, we will NOT go back to Hokkaido EVER again. We'd rather pay a little extra and go to Onami or Todai. It's a shame that such poor quality food has to be associated with Japanese cuisine. It's an embarrassment. (We're not even sure if any of the employees were Japanese.) As we were leaving, the hostesses again di not acknowledge or thank us.
I went here for lunch today. Having heard my mom say good things about this place, I was pretty excited.
Hokkaido Restaurant is a seafood buffet. The name implies that it is a Japanese seafood buffet. Based on that name, I assumed this restaurant would be like the seafood buffets in Hokkaido.
Unfortunately, the food here didn't quite live up to the expectations I had.
The design and layout and workings inside was much like that of typical Chinese restaurants. Much of the food is Chinese-styled and sort of like that served at Chinese restaurants but worse in quality. However, I do recommend the steamed fish and the deep fried rolls. Stay away from the sweet and sour soup. It has so much pepper in it that you can smell it like a foot away. The egg-tart custard things had a rubbery texture and the fried sesame balls were tough to chew.
The sushi and sashimi bar were disappointing. Some of the sushi tasted like they were stuffed with the cream used to make the Chinese dish shrimp and walnuts. Interesting, yes. Tasty, not really. I tried the inari, california roll, tuna, deep fried sushi, and some other ones which I'm not sure whether they had names or not. I was pretty turned off by the way those tasted so I didn't bother trying the other ones. Their sashimi selection was pretty small. They don't serve crab legs, soba, or udon in a bowl. They do have miso soup though.
I would like to make one thing clear. If you're looking for Japanese food like that served at Todai, this is not the place to go.
The place was packed full of office workers on lunch break. The lunch is a pretty good deal. $10 for adults. I guess the price and amount of food you can get is probably what draws all these people to this place.
My mom likes this place and it seems like a lot of other people do to since there were so many people there.
But, as for me, I would much rather go to a different restaurant pay the same price and get better quality though a smaller amount of food.
Random fact. Apparently, they blast a happy birthday song overhead if you tell them you're celebrating a birthday. If you're thinking of asking them to play it, expect a very loud slow happy birthday song. Remember, you have been warned.
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