St. Paul >Food & Dining > Lee's World Buffet
1626 White Bear Ave N, Saint Paul, MN | Directions 5510644.990742 -93.025176
Neighborhoods: Greater East Side, Northern Hayden Heights
Worst in the Twin Cities! – This place was so highly rated that I had to try it. Mistake!
The name had been changed however there were 2 different signs, confusing me as to the actual name of the business.
They advertised seafood but there was NONE.
They advertised sushi but they had NONE.
The dishes smelled even less appealing than they looked. I frequently dine out because I am a chef and I know Asian food and prepare it, however when I requested "tom muc,: squid and shrimp soup, the manager indicated they didn't have it.
For a restaurant that is purported to specialize in Hmong and Vietnamese, they missed the mark entierly not having a soup that is served in nearly all Vietnamese or Hmong restaurants in the world.
The dishes they had were mostly prepared with badly seasoned pork and they had virtually no other meat dishes available.
The drink refiller/server was NOT friendly.
The place seemed to be supported by friends and family members because we were the only non-Asians there beside the table of 2 next to us.
Even more distressing was that the two gentlemen next to us had come for the advertised seafood. One of the men didn't eat pork for religious reasons, requested a refund because he couldn't eat any of the dishes, and the owner flatly refused him, not even bothering to speak with the man personally, but sending the unfriendly server over to deliver the message.
"Seafood only night!" was the response. If lunch is this bad, I can't imagine how dinner could be any better, despite the stellar reviews it has gotten in the past.
Totally unpleasant experience!
Well kept secret – This is a very well kept secret, or so it seems. The food is great, with selections from many different asian cuisines. My favorite is the Mongolian BBQ station. I also liked the fact that there healthy options as well as some deep fried treats. The little sushi and fruit bar is great feature and you can't beat the ice cream for dessert. Definitely worth the price.
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