An Asian Adventure

. November 7, 2012.
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Asia City
2905 Washtenaw Ave
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: 734-829-0999
Fax: 734-829-0998

www.asiacityrestaurant.com
Hours: Sun-Thur: 11:00am-10:00pm;
Fri & Sat: 11:00am-11:00pm

The parking lot at Asia City was
packed, which made me worry as we
looked for a spot to park. Besides visiting
the dentist, waiting for a table at a crowded
restaurant is my family’s least favorite
activity.

There was no need to worry, though.
Asia City restaurant is aptly named because
it is as big as a city. Picture a large
room where you might attend a wedding
reception, or The Big House – the hostess
told me they could seat 500 diners.

Fun for everyone

Open since 2010, Asia City serves authentic
Chinese cuisine in an entertaining
setting. The entrance is marked by a dramatic
waterfall and fishpond. On either
side are two dining rooms: a traditional
dining room where patrons order off the
menu and the all-you-can-eat buffet dining
room. A friend had recommended
the buffet, saying everyone in her family
of six enjoyed it, so my family chose that
side.

We dropped our coats at our booth,ordered drinks and followed the crowds
to the buffet. I saw a fruit and salad bar,
sushi bar and row upon row of meat, seafood
and traditional Chinese dishes like lomein. Diners bobbed and weaved through
each row filling their plates, while staff
shouted passionately at one another in
Chinese as they replenished any items
running low.

My five-year-old daughter loaded up
on cantaloupe, crab legs and three different
kinds of shrimp: cocktail, fried and
some which was stir fried with seafood
sauce. My eight-year-old son chose crab
legs, a lime slice and a donut. (I wish I was
kidding, but I’m not!) My husband piled
his plate with sushi while I stuck to traditional
dishes like Mongolian beef, pork
dumplings and boneless ribs.

Adventurous appetites

The buffet costs $15.99 for dinner Friday
and Saturday and all day Sunday.
During the week, dinner costs $12.99 and
lunch is $7.99. Kids ages two through ten
are charged $4 for a two-year-old plus
50 cents for each additional year. For instance,
we paid $5.50 for our five-year-old
and $7 for our eight-year-old.
With 100 plus selections on the buffet,
we found things we liked and things
we did not. The Mongolian beef was spicy
and flavorful, but the beef and mushroom
dish I tried lacked punch. The crab legs
were sizeable and appetizing, but the exotic
crab pizza, with crabmeat baked on
a pastry shell and topped with cheese,
tasted predominately like mayonnaise.

Savory selections

“That’s delicious,” my husband commented
about the hot and spicy sole. I
agreed after taking a bite of the flaky,
tangy fish. My husband and I were also
pleased with the various sushi rolls we
tried. My son, after finishing his crab legs
and lime slice, discovered
the non-spicy fried chicken
wings and happily consumed
half a dozen.

“I love my shrimpy!”
proclaimed my daughter.
“I love this one best,”
she decided, holding up a
fried shrimp, “‘cause it’s
part chicken nugget, part
shrimp.”

To finish, we visited
the dessert section of the
buffet. Surprisingly, the
desserts were lackluster as
the cakes and cream puff
we tried were rather bland.
The saving grace was the
soft serve ice cream. My
kids loved operating the
machine and topping their
ice cream with rainbow
sprinkles.

Asia City is worth a
visit for the entertainment
value alone. From the
fountain and fishpond in
the lobby, to the cavernous
dining room,
to the buffet itself,
there's something for
everyone.

THE SHORT COURSE
Kid-friendly: Yes
To avoid wait: With seating for
500, you shouldn’t have to wait
Noise level: high
Bathroom amenities: Changing
table in women’s
High chairs? Yes
Got milk? Yes
Kids’ menu? No, but there is kids’
pricing for the buffet and plenty of
items that kids will like
Anything healthy for kids? Sushi,
fresh fruit, and a salad bar
Food allergy concerns? Most
sauces contain MSG and anyone
with allergies may want to order
from the menu rather than eating
from the buffet

Katy M. Clark lives with her family in Saline.