They opened with great promise. The buffet items were plentiful and constantly being replenished. The Hibachi available for lunch AND dinner a welcomed touch. But by far, the best sushi in town! Our first two visits were very good. The egg rolls they served were the best I ever had. Crisp, light and full of flavor. They had to have been freshly prepared. It was like I had never tasted egg rolls before. Sadly, our past few visits were not good. As with most Chinese Buffets in the area, they started going downhill. The attention to detail seemed to be lacking. The same items on the buffet every time. The egg rolls (sigh) were mushy, flavorless logs. BUT....the sushi still rocked! My advice for the owner...if you can't occasionally add new items and rotate them at the size the buffet is now, then scale back. Offer fewer DELICIOUS items like you did at the beginning. I can't speak for all, but for me, I don't care to see pizza, mac and cheese and other "Everyday Food" on a CHINESE buffet. As for the kids, stop trying to accomodate them SO much. Sweet and Sour Chicken without the sauce is Chicken Nuggets. Plain white rice. Noodles. Fruit. Dessert. All of THESE things are for the kiddies who don't like Chinese. Leave off the pizza, mac and cheese and etc. so you can focus on more chinese dishes. Another word of advice...Keep the Sushi Chef...he's awesome! But maybe give him a helper or two so he doesn't get burned out. And that might be some good advice for you, Tan. Stay on top of the kitchen/staff to keep it up to your good standards, but maybe think about training someone who can do that when you need to take a day or two off. Train someone you can trust, let them know it's your restaurant, your recipes and your way of doing things if they want to get paid. Crude as it may sound. In this economy people are only going to give YOU and your restaurant so many chances before they write you off as they did the previous business at your address. Just sayin.
The food is ALWAYS excellent and the atmosphere is far and above that of any in Gastonia. It's hard to find sushi as good in Charlotte or anywhere else in the state, the brunch is outstanding, the overall menu concept and design of the space is great- perfect date night, girls/guys night out, or place to bring business clients, also family friendly. Thank you also for including vegetarians on your menu. Me and my family really do love Lotus and hope it stays for a very long time. Every single dining experience has not been perfect, but nothing in life is. No, service has not been consistent through the years, sometimes good, sometimes bad. No different than going to any other store/restaurant. In fact last night our (male) server was pretty close to horrible. The response from the server makes me a little uncomfortable, because the owners seem to be really involved, which seems like a good thing... but if they are being unfair, that really sucks. I highly recommend Lotus and hope the rest of Gastonia does too, who knows maybe we'll get more amazing places to eat like this in the future!
We've visted Micky Chows on two occassions in the short time it's been open and we were very pleased with the quality, presentation and upkeep of the food. With some buffet dining, food is not replentished until the last of it is gone, even if it is cold and not very appetizing. Not here, as they constantly monitor the food and keep it fresh. They have a very varied selection of dishes and they also have a hibachi grill (even at lunch!) with seafood, beef, chicken and pork. Usually the hibachi is saved for dinner only at most buffets. They also built a cool sushi bar that you can sit at and eat, and the sushi chef is front and center at the bar. After several months of renovations, the interior was redone in a classic & contemporary Asian dark wood theme. This was a Chinese buffet before Micky's opened here, and if you remember what it looked like before, you'll be blown away by the improvements now. They are located near the intersection of Garrison Blvd and Union Road. Please give them a try, as I love Asian food and want to see Micky's stay around for awhile!