Sushi bar. All you can eat crab, shrimp, fish, and steak. Teppanyaki grill. Mini cheesecakes and desserts. And… a chocolate fountain. Need I say more?
Mizuki is a Japanese Buffet that opened in June 2011. It’s located in the old Shane Co. Jewelry store across from Claim Jumper on the corner of Southcenter Parkway and 180th in Tukwila, WA. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and look. But we were there for the food… and a lot of it.
We started out with the sushi bar. They had a large selection and it was delicious. I love sushi, but I’m a picky sushi eater and I like to know what I’m eating. They didn’t have any signs that indicated what type each was so I was a little disappointed there. But the taste and variety made up for that.
The hot bar was next. We filled our plates with shrimp scampi, salmon, pot stickers, broccoli chicken, General Tso’s chicken, fried rice, chow mein, crab legs, lobster, prime rib, baby back ribs, kielbasa, and more. The shrimp was delicious but we found the lobster to be a bit chewy. Although they provided a lobster/crab cracker on the table to start with, it would have been nice to have crab picks and some wet wipes since it can get quite messy. Between the crab and the baby back ribs, my husband went to the restroom twice just to wash his hands. The selection was very large so there wasn’t a chance we could try everything. My husband even tried the American food. Yes, American food at a Japanese buffet. No, it definitely wasn’t the best American food, but I suppose it’s a good option if you are bringing kids that aren’t into sushi or seafood.
Their Teppanyaki grill would have been sufficient alone for dinner. You choose the noodles, vegetables, meat, and sauce and watch their chefs cook it up for you.
We went on Saturday afternoon around 3pm. After a while they started bringing out more options, like yummy looking shish kabobs that I would have loved to try. However, I had already eaten my quota and I needed to save room for dessert.
Unless you haven’t eaten in 3 days, there is more food than you could possibly eat. So here’s a tip: skip out or go really light on the fried rice, noodles, bread, and drinks that will fill you up before you can get to the good stuff. And since I’m not a huge soup person either, I opted out of the four soup options they had. But save room for dessert. I love chocolate. And I love cheesecake. And I love ice cream. And yes, I got them all.
I think my favorite parts were the sushi bar and the dessert bar. The dessert bar was filled with bite size desserts of all kinds, the perfect size to sample more than one and compliment a large meal. There were also cherries, apples, oranges, strawberries, marshmallows and more to dip in the chocolate fountain. Yum! And if that wasn’t enough, they also have four delicious ice cream options.
Since we went on the weekend, the buffet was $23.99 per person. During the week, from Monday through Thursday, dinner is $20.99 per person and lunch (11:00 am to 3:30 pm) is $11.99 per person. I haven’t been to the lunch option but my husband has and he said it was pretty much the same minus some of the hot bar items.
The verdict? With the hundreds of dining choices in the Southcenter area, Mizuki’s is definitely on the list of must trys! But go on your lunch hour during the week when you can get nearly all the amazing dinner choices for a fraction of the cost.