Asian buffet dishes up rainbow at Golf Mill
Ginza sushi chef Kevin Lin.| Joe Cyganowski~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 22, 2013 6:14AM
NILES — Whether you’re craving sushi, lobster or steak, the new Ginza Buffet that opened at Golf Mill Shopping Center on Feb. 1 offers it all.
The contemporary restaurant offers more than 300 all-you-can-eat dishes that are prepared fresh every day.
“We serve lobster, crab and oysters,” said Owner Ken Chen. He owns the steak, seafood and sushi buffet with his partner, Sky Liu, who owns similar restaurants on the East Coast.
Chen said they have a wide variety of sushi, including tuna, salmon, yellow tail, rainbow roll and much more. He said lobster and sushi are very popular items that are found in the buffet that offers more than 50 special rolls.
The restaurant serves primarily Japanese food, but also offers some Korean dishes as well. Some popular cold dishes include oysters in Ponzu sauce and jumbo shrimp cocktail. The restaurant offers more than 30 main entrees including lobster, scallops, beef ribs and more. Customers can also choose their own ingredients for a chef to cook in their stir-fry.
Chen currently owns a smaller restaurant in Highland Park called Sushi Kori, which has been in business for about four years.
Chen said he felt that Niles was the perfect place to open a seafood and sushi buffet, because of the large Korean and Asian population in the village.
“Golf Mill is a very good location for that kind of business,” said Chen, who said there’s a lot of traffic in the mall and on Milwaukee Avenue.
“We’ve been doing very good business,” said Chen, about the restaurant’s first couple of weeks in operation.
Although the 10,000 square-food restaurant sports a contemporary look, Chen describes Ginza Buffet as a casual dining atmosphere.
“A lot of families come to eat here,” said Chen.
Liu has been a chef for more than 10 years and Chen has been a sushi chef for eight years.
If a customer feels something is missing from the buffet, such as Kung Pao chicken, the chefs will fulfill their request if possible.
“They have done phenomenal,” said Director of Marketing Director Monika Kalicki, who feels the restaurant will attract more people to the mall.
Kalicki said that the seafood and sushi is of very high quality and always very fresh.
Ginza Buffet has 18 full time employees and about six part time employees.
The price of the lunch buffet is $11.95; and the dinner buffet is $21.95 on the weekdays and $25.95 on the weekend.
Those who would like a chance to win dinner for two at the new Ginza Buffet restaurant can take a photo in front of the rose display at center court and email it to Angelika.Jurczyk@golfmill.com to enter to win. The drawing will take place on Feb. 28.