Don't confuse the one in Cary with the *buffet* in Chapel Hill. There is a huge difference in the food quality and the service. The one in Cary - the manager and two servers were incredibly rude and argumentative with us (after they told us something incorrect about what we ordered - and insisted that I was lying? - later the server who misinformed me apologized that he didn't know the menu, but only after he stood by letting another server yell at me that I was wrong, lying, and going to pay for the dish regardless...?). Food was terrible. Hopefully it was just what I ordered. I had the "Crispy Duck in Garlic Sauce." The duck was not crispy, at all... there was more fat that meat, and the sauce - while tasty had absolutely not even a HINT of garlic in it. All of this after the manager refused to let us have a booth right next to the table where he sat us, insulted us personally, then slammed the menu's down and walked off. We should have left after that. The buffet in Chapel Hill is incredible, and the service always amazing. Don't leave there without trying the Salt Baked Salmon, Hot Spicy Octopus and the Steamed Flounder (which seems to be in some sort of almost sausage a'jus broth). I can't eat much so I don't go to buffet's often, but $7 for lunch, $10 for dinner and complimentary soup... can't beat that.
Always ask for the Chinese menu or they will give you the one for Americans that has the boring food. Their crispy pork intestines are superb, and the cumin lamb not far behind. You may also need to ask for less oil and less peppers in your dish, unless you like it drowned in hot chili oil and dried peppers. Other than that, the food is very tasty and authentic, and I do recommend it. Where else can you get a jellyfish appetizer and a spicy frog leg entree? It's not for the faint hearted, but it is quite good for the adventurous.
I have a particular fondness for their mussels in sauce. Their fish and vegetables with a great mixture of both spicy and mild are great.
35 has a great selection, reasonable prices for both lunch and dinner.
The best part tho, is that '35' is my 2 grandson's (ages 3 & 10) favorite place...why? Because of the endlessness of their favorites, especially desert!
When Devon, now 10 was little, he always asked if we could go to the 'dark place' to eat, & now his little brother Conner asks the same question when they visit. My 17 yr old grandaughters love the food and love the dark place whenever they don't want to be seen with the old folks! it's a win-win all the way around.... 5 stars for all those reasons....and I LOVE their crisp, flavorful veggies.
pretty good chinese buffet coming from a non-asain. However my mom did find a industrial food staple in her mouth while eating there many years ago. (not something to worry about they were very nice and refunded the meal and reassured us it would never happen again.)
I love this restaurant SO MUCH!
Limited Menu but good food andIsh is an outstanding Chef and will cook almost anything you want...
Great part time bartender - Mika, is awesome also.
Like the staff a lot...
The food is good. standard chinese buffet. Been there with friends alot, many fond memories :)
I just ate there and was so disappointed. The quality, temperature and taste was at most sub-standard. I do not see how they can stay in business. There were no more than 15 people eating there at 12:30 PM. If you eat here, you are wasting time and money.
Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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