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Buffet at Il Mee

posted Sep 21, 2009, 7:04 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong   [ updated Oct 7, 2009, 8:32 AM ]
We woke up late on Sunday and did not have breakfast, because we prepared ourselves for a big feast at Il Mee; after all, this is an all-you-can-eat restaurant, mind you.

Yes, the name is different and yes, it's a Korean buffet restaurant. Located in the heart of the Korean business community of Annandale, Il Mee is easy to find. It's right at the corner of a shops mall, off of Little River Turnpike and John Marr. We have plan of coming here few nights ago, so we got there right at noon, and found a perfect parking space right in front. 

Like most good Korean restaurant, you can expect a gas cooking grill on the table, so is Il Mee. Not only does it has those grill on the table, it's a buffet restaurant as well. That means, you can get as many raw meats to grill at the table as possible. We went there for lunch on Sunday to celebrate Mẹ birthday, one of the family non-written "to-do thing": have dinner or lunch together on each member's birthday. Buffet choice is a big influences of the Big Three Eastern Asian: Chinese, Korean & Japanese cuisines. You can find the most popular stables here: sushi, beef/pork grill, and fried rice.
We had about two or three grilling sessions of pork & slice beef at the table. In addition, we also had ribs, chicken, fried rice, fish, and definitely sushi. Thuỵ were waiting for tuna & yellow-tails sushi to come out & snatch them up quickly. But other tables had similar idea, and the competition for who would get the most sushi, was pretty fierce. Bảo enjoyed his Japanese shrimp tempura, and the Miso soup. It seems Bảo would visit the shrimp tempura server tray on every single trip to the buffet islands. Huân finishes every food put on his plate, well except for one; he prefers pork rib over the deep fried fish cake. Hương & I stayed with the California rolls & Korean slice beefs.

If there is one thing I would like to recommend to Il Mee to change: that's the number of desert selections. Pretty lame to have a buffet restaurant only serve 6 kind of fruits and soft-serve ice cream for desert. I thought Korean is big on bakery & pastries, I was wrong. Not a single pastries was found. Out of that 6 fruit trays, only two are fresh fruits: Honey Dew & Grape. Oh well, we are all full, and happy; but I don't think we will come back any day soon.