Hokkaido Seafood Buffet - Steam Table
Buffet we all shouted!  Gluttony and guilty pleasures can't always be avoided.  We promise ourselves, we'll just have a "little" and not overeat.  Hokkaido Seafood Buffet in San Mateo was our destination.  It's located in a suburban mall and you enter by  walking  by a skating rink to  get to the restaurant.  If you look at their website, you'll notice that the choice of languages is either English or CHINESE.  Hmm, not the best indication of a good "Japanese" restaurant.

The space is large and cavernous, but reasonably decorated as buffet restaurants go.  There are lots of choices and several items can be grilled to order at one of the counters.  This isn't gracious dining as your party is either coming or going and loading up their plate.  

I suggest sticking to the salads, hot entrees, or perhaps some of the Hokkaido dim sum.  Not a date place and I'd pass on the sushi.

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