Word spread quickly about the newest buffet to open in Waikiki.
Mostly because it’s from Japan. Hokkaido, specifically. And it has a reputation for serving stellar food, especially for a buffet.
Here’s the story: Back in 2003, the first Five Star International Buffet opened in Hokkaido. The idea was to serve dishes with a global influence, so naturally it would work in Hawaii.
This location is the chain’s first outside Japan. And from the looks of it — it was packed the entire time we were there — it’ll likely do well.
You have to remember, though: it’s a buffet. Don’t come expecting James Beard award-winning cuisine. But you won’t leave hungry, that’s for sure.
Here’s what our lunch looked like:
Five Star International Buffet, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. Hours: Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; happy hour, 2-5 p.m.; dinner, 5-10 p.m. Phone: 808-380-9300.