Of course, like myself, perhaps you would tend to believe that a Chinese buffet would contain Chinese food. Indeed, they do, but a Super Buffet also contains everything else. That surprised me. Ichiban Supreme Buffet, located just a few blocks from UNCG on High Point Road, looks and feels like a Vegas Casino. Flashing lights, horrid colors, and a mis-match of Chinese restaurant and Golden Corral make this dizzying atmosphere almost as unappetizing as it is fun. It's like Disney World for food, and much like the amusement park, it is a love-hate relationship.
Some of the food at Ichiban is great, some of it not so much (just like any other buffet). It's typical of a $10 buffet, which makes it a superb alternative to The Corral. Neat foods like baby octopus, frog legs, and muscles sit beside Mexican, Italian, and American dishes. The place is the size of a grocery store and includes all the normal Chinese dishes, in addition to German sausage, a Mongolian grill, a sushi and ice-cream bar. It's also a meat-lover's paradise with skewers of chicken, and slices of roast beef available for your consumption. We all rather loved it a lot! Then hated ourselves afterwards.
There were some negatives to our visit. The most obvious was the service. I found that while the wait-staff was mostly attentive, they seemed unhappy and reluctant. Perhaps there was a culture difference here as much of the staff, did, in-fact, appear to be Chinese. Never a smile, and half-way through the meal they brought us a check and asked "are you ready to pay". We felt a bit rushed, and I begin hearing comedian John Pinette's comedy act play in my head: "you too fat, you eat too much, you go now."
Overall, Ichiban Supreme Buffet surpassed my expectations on taste, and the type of foods, but it was underwhelming in their process of paying, and service (including drink service). It's interesting that Ichiban comes up as one of Greensboro's best buffets, when you consider we have Leblon. However, I can't always afford $100+ for my family of four to eat. If Ichiban would improve their service, I think they would have a knockout affordable buffet, that people would love to go.