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Spoonful Buffet

I have only been to Spoonful dinner buffet and love their variety of selections especially buffet. Personally, I think it is the best seafood buffet restaurant we can find in GTA (Note: If there are other choices, please advise). I am thinking to try out Spoonful lunch buffet, but I wonder if they basically cut all seafood/sashimi from lunch menu, and serve stuff like typical Chinese Buffet e.g. Super Buffet. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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I recall being there for some free lunch buffet for some auto insurance thing (total RFD move).

Anyways I recall they still had some sushi/sashimi stuff. I recall eating lots of their shrimp etc.

Not bad to be honest.
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Thanks for the information. Can I assume they won't open that seafood table (with crab legs, oysters, clams, etc) at the entrance for lunch ?
speedyforme wrote:
Nov 7th, 2017 8:51 am
I recall being there for some free lunch buffet for some auto insurance thing (total RFD move).

Anyways I recall they still had some sushi/sashimi stuff. I recall eating lots of their shrimp etc.

Not bad to be honest.
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rdx wrote:
Nov 7th, 2017 9:02 am
Thanks for the information. Can I assume they won't open that seafood table (with crab legs, oysters, clams, etc) at the entrance for lunch ?
You would assume correct. I did not recall seeing or consuming the expensive stuff.
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rdx wrote:
Nov 7th, 2017 9:02 am
Thanks for the information. Can I assume they won't open that seafood table (with crab legs, oysters, clams, etc) at the entrance for lunch ?
They have gone down hill in terms of variety. Lunch used to have a pretty decent seafood selection, but now it only has shrimp, mussels and octopus (which is the same thing you'll see in the sushi section). I don't know why they still have the skewers on the table. They haven't served escargot in years.

It's good to hear the dinner still has oysters and clams. Last time I went for dinner they only added crab legs. Did they have scallops as well? Was it a weekday or weekend?
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Too bad they are going down hill. Any other alternatives for good seafood buffet in Toronto ? Like I said, Spoonful is my number 1 choice but I haven't been there for over a year.

I guess it is very tough to run a buffet in GTA with the increasing food costs. If they increase the price for keeping the varieties, then not many can afford the high price. But if they have to keep it below $30 per head (dinner), then they have to cut down on selections....... Just imagine, any typical HK cafe can easily charge close to $10 per order, and they are supposed to the best value Chinese food.
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Nov 7th, 2017 10:01 am
They have gone down hill in terms of variety. Lunch used to have a pretty decent seafood selection, but now it only has shrimp, mussels and octopus (which is the same thing you'll see in the sushi section). I don't know why they still have the skewers on the table. They haven't served escargot in years.

It's good to hear the dinner still has oysters and clams. Last time I went for dinner they only added crab legs. Did they have scallops as well? Was it a weekday or weekend?
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Anybody gone to Spoonful on a Sunday dinner recently ? How was the seafood selection ? Is the quality of food better than Mandarin in Vaughan? Was it packed? I will be driving from North York. This will be my first time. If not worth it, I might go to Dragon Pearl instead.
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Haven't been in awhile but it serves food better than mandarin hands down.
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leeoku wrote:
Apr 28th, 2018 2:55 am
Haven't been in awhile but it serves food better than mandarin hands down.
Are you including that "Super Mandarin" in Brampton that charges an extra dollar more than the other Mandarins? (What is that extra dollar for anyway?)
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playnicee1 wrote:
Apr 28th, 2018 1:55 pm
Are you including that "Super Mandarin" in Brampton that charges an extra dollar more than the other Mandarins? (What is that extra dollar for anyway?)
Goes into a fund to reimburse staff for living in that area, and for car accidents caused deliberately by scam artists in Brampton.
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playnicee1 wrote:
Apr 28th, 2018 1:55 pm
Are you including that "Super Mandarin" in Brampton that charges an extra dollar more than the other Mandarins? (What is that extra dollar for anyway?)
To most of the asian community, you don't go to mandarin for asian food
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leeoku wrote:
Apr 28th, 2018 4:44 pm
To most of the asian community, you don't go to mandarin for asian food
Okay. Go there for some of the other food they offer. No more crab legs tho, so that sux.
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jacobe wrote:
Apr 28th, 2018 12:20 am
Anybody gone to Spoonful on a Sunday dinner recently ? How was the seafood selection ? Is the quality of food better than Mandarin in Vaughan? Was it packed? I will be driving from North York. This will be my first time. If not worth it, I might go to Dragon Pearl instead.
I recall on a Saturday dinner they served raw oysters, raw scallops, cold/ cooked conch in the shell and crab legs. More selection than others but the last time I had the oysters, it smelled fishy and it wasn't fresh at all. Never been back since because hot food is nothing to write home about (obviously). Considering I'm coming from Toronto, I'd rather go to Dragon Pearl/ Legend instead. Quality has been really consistent the few times I've been.
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Spectre26 wrote:
Apr 29th, 2018 12:13 am
I recall on a Saturday dinner they served raw oysters, raw scallops, cold/ cooked conch in the shell and crab legs. More selection than others but the last time I had the oysters, it smelled fishy and it wasn't fresh at all. Never been back since because hot food is nothing to write home about (obviously). Considering I'm coming from Toronto, I'd rather go to Dragon Pearl/ Legend instead. Quality has been really consistent the few times I've been.
Don't forget Spoonful and Imperial buffet are the same company. Your complaint matches mine about Imperial's gawd awful oysters when the Scarborough location was there.
Recently though, Imperial Buffet in both Scarborough and Ajax closed down, leaving only the Mississauga location to remain.
The Scarborough location reads "Closed for renovation", but that's a topic for another thread.

I have not yet tried Spoonful, but based on the complaints in this thread alone, Spoonful seems to have the same problem with Oysters no matter which location you visit. (Spoonful vs sister Imperial location)
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leeoku wrote:
Apr 28th, 2018 2:55 am
Haven't been in awhile but it serves food better than mandarin hands down.
Spoonful quality has been on a downward trajectory, but Mandarin is absolute rock bottom.

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