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Teppanyaki Sushi & Seafood Buffet reviewed

 Value variety at Teppanyaki Sushi and Seafood Buffet in Fredericksburg.
FILE/ROBERT A. MARTIN/THE FREE LANCE-STAR
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Date published: 7/14/2011

BY LINDA SALISBURY

FOR THE FREE LANCE-STAR

There's a sameness about the offerings at the three sushi and seafood buffets in the Fredericksburg area, which is not surprising because two have the same owner.

Sameness is not bad, however. It means that diners will able to find a variety of buffet, sushi and grilled dishes that suit almost every taste for a very reasonable price--and even more so with a coupon from the paper.

My Dining Partner and I visited the newest such eatery--Teppanyaki Sushi & Seafood Buffet in Gateway Village, a sister restaurant to the Hibachi Grill in Central Park.

A series of long buffet tables, beginning with a boat-shaped extensive salad and seafood bar, are immediately tempting.

The seafood-on-ice sections feature meaty mussels (steamed and raw) and oysters (raw) on the half-shell, and clams, plus large steamed shrimp. It's easy to fill up on these appetizers.

I also stopped at the sushi bar, and decided to try the hibachi grill this time, which allows customers to pick what they want cooked, and in what quantity.

I filled my plate with both rice and noodles, thinly sliced chicken and beef, snow peas and other vegetables, plus an egg, and then watched the chef prepare the mix.

He topped it with a sweet hibachi sauce that would cause me to return to the grill on another visit.

The other buffet tables included a variety of chicken dishes, distinguished by their names and sauces (Hong Kong, General Tso's), fried rice, lo mein, plus roast beef, salmon-stuffed mushrooms and butter mushrooms, which MDP said were excellent.

We also saw, for those not keen on typical American-Asian fare, meatloaf, tacos, pizza and macaroni and cheese. There is also a wide variety of soups at a food station near one of the dessert bars.

Most of the food is a bit less seasoned than you might find in a smaller Asian restaurant, where chefs prepare dishes to customers' tastes. However, that is what many diners prefer, and it is nonetheless satisfying.

Placed among the varied meat and vegetable dishes are occasional sweet surprises, from doughnuts to a custardy egg puff, so good I went back for seconds.

The dessert bar includes almond or coconut cookies, a variety of rolls, cream puffs and cake--but there are other desserts at the salad bar, so you can start with the sweets and end with soups.

It's hard to beat the value when plates can be loaded and reloaded--and it's a great place to visit when appetites are large and tastes are varied.

Linda Salisbury is the author of the Bailey Fish books, an award-winning adventure series for kids.


What: Teppanyaki Sushi & Seafood Buffet Address: 2388 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, in the Gateway Village Shopping Center near the Wawa gas station. Phone: 540/374-1322 Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Prices:

Dinners: $9.99

Lunch: $6.99

Children's menu: $2.99-6.99, depending on age

Beer and wine available.

The Scoop: Very clean, family friendly, large seating area, including room for private gatherings. Take out is available by the pound. Seniors may ask for a discount. Payment: Major credit cards accepted. No checks.