The neighborhood here isn't all that fancy, but I'd say it's worth going out of your way for it you want the older grand-style Chinese restaurant. The dining area is larger than what the parking lot leads you to believe. So if the small parking lot in front is full, park in front of the closed business next door, which essentially could be the same parking lot. Please do not think the restaurant is over-crowded/full just because their own lot is full, so be sure to go in and check. Decor is old grand style, very busy with lots of stuff, including a large Buddha statue. Tabletops are glass over the old style Zodiac place mats over a tablecloth. They offer carry-out and dine-in, no buffet. Very large menu, with the "per person" group dinners, and entrees. Beer, wine, and liquor are served. There was at least one of those large round tables with the lazy-susan in the middle. The men's room didn't quite live up to the decor up front, but they were very busy, so I cut them some slack in the rating. Food is served on a serving plate, not the plate you eat off of, with large serving spoons, to facilitate sharing. Rice came in a separate covered stainless steel bowl. Portion size seemed large. The fried rice seemed Southern China/Cantonese/Hong Kong style. I had the black (sh!take) mushrooms and vegetables entree. It was served over a ring of thin orange slices. Delicious. I ate most of the orange slices. The vegetables were very fresh, and cooked with just the right amount of crispness left in them. The fortune cookie was also served with a couple of fresh orange slices. Hostess and waitress were very professional, efficient and quick. A couple of the waitresses were really cute. Soda and water glasses refilled at just the right times. Papa-san worked the dining room talking to customers, and helped bus tables.
My family and I decided to finally try this place for lunch this past weekend. Everything we ordered (from the soup to the appetizer to the entree and sushi) were very delicious and the food was reasonably priced. A transplant from Los Angeles, it's been hard for us to find comparable places to eat in Indy since LA offers a great variety of wonderful places to eat. From it's decor to the food, this place reminded me of several of my favorite upscale restaurants and sushi bars in LA. The sushi rolls tasted fresh and were perfectly prepared. Even my toddler couldn't get enough of his wonton soup and just loved his chicken with green bean and rice entree. I could not put my utensil down while eating my chicken and basil with fried rice entree. It was delicious. My husband ordered the Hamachi Kama appetizer (which he finished with in a matter of seconds) along with the lunch sushi rolls (tempura, California and spicy tuna) and hot and sour soup. He raved how the food was very delicious and that we need to come here more often. We were also pleased with the service. The only con i can say is that they do not offer combination bento boxes for lunch but at least they offer it for dinner. This place offers a combination of Japanese, Chinese, and Thai flavors. This place was a great find and my family and I have voted this our favorite restaurant .
When you first approach Formosa Seafood Buffet your not sure what to expect. It sits behind the Denny's in Castleton. It is in the old building that use to sport the seasonal Halloween shop. So it looks pretty cruddy on the outside. When you open the doors though, its magical. Your stepping into a new exotic land. A land filled with a large indoor fountain, beautiful artwork, and unique seating. The waiter we had was very friendly and our drinks never hit bottom. The food was tasty. We went for lunch so no crab legs at lunch :( *sad panda. So, if your looking for Crab Legs you have to go at dinner. However everything else was amazing. My kids loved it and there was plenty there for kids to choose from. There was also a chocolate fountain well equipped with a variety of items for dipping...Strawberries, Marshamallows, and SO MUCH MORE. I loved it and I could have eaten a dozen of the chocolate covered strawberries. Delicious. It is a nice selection of food and I can not wait to go back and experience dinner.