Tonight I ordered fried dumplings. I liked all that I ate for the most part. They also have a small dining area, but it's just too noisy being that close to a busy kitchen to dine in for me. Great Taste used to have the hands down best sesame balls and I was hoping for some of those today. Place is definitely hit or miss depending on what you order.
I would give this place 1 star for food but I don't want to be that cruel. There is simply one word for Great Taste Buffet: Adequate. Being at this restaurant, try good egg rolls, mongolian beef and noodles. I did not like how the pepper steak had more veggies than the actually steak but the chicken broccoli was amazing. We were pleasantly surprised to find such a nice Chinese restaurant in Bloomington. I thought I'd try it again since it has been awhile. Food is out quick and hot and served to your table.
I didn't eat anything that I didn't like, but nothing really stood out as fantastic. Nothing had any flavor, and the place has all the ambiance of a soup kitchen in Moscow circa 1972. I also recently ordered a Garlic Shrimp that had maybe 4 pieces of shrimp in it. There is an eat-in area available, but it is super-casual booths designed more for a quick in and out than anything else. But the rating for this restaurant isn't high on the TripAdvisor site.
This place is absolutely the worst rendtion of what most of you would consider an authentic Chinese buffet. I eat here all the time and I find it to be extremely nice. What I do not really understand is why or how they are still there! They did not put our orders together liked we asked so one person's food was left behind. If you like buffets then this one is smaller than your average large city buffets. Food delivery is a big plus of this place.
This was the first chinese buffet I was ever exposed to. Crab ragoons were pretty tasty too. Li was most cordial and suggested a complete vegan dinner for the three of us, three dishes and a soup, none of them was on the menu. Picture the most typical, average, regular-ass Chinese buffet food you've ever eaten. Overall it was the worst Chinese place that I have ever eaten at and it should be closed due to improper food preparation and awful customer service.
Fortunately, I've found pretty simple items at the buffets that appeal to me. Visitors don't like coffee at Great Wall. Of course, vegetable fried rice is vegetable fried rice--nothing less than I expected. But at least nothing was cold that wasn't supposed to be. It might be considered sketchy by young adults, but after all it is an American Chinese Buffett. I left unsatisfied and before I could even make it to my vehicle, I was hit with an unsettling aftertaste from the samon and puked profusely all over the payment. Not a first date type of place unless you don't mind the relax feel.
I would rate it just above drive through fast burger food as edible but most Americans would probably take the drive through. Portion sizes are huge, food is always piping hot, veggies are crisp and green and the egg rolls are great. My boyfriend and I got the dinner for two and we paid a good price for all the food we got! It might be considered sketchy by young adults, but after all it is an American Chinese Buffett. We told the waiter we were vegans and he offered to bring the chef and owner, Mr. I actually got a refund on my food, which I think is the best thing you can do after paying for it. But for what it is, and being located in central Illinois it is solid chinese food and prices are extremely affordable. I had my two tiny pieces of beef and threw the rest away.
If you look past worldly expectations, you'll appreciate this restaurant. Try the Thai Chan Chicken. I can list things, like the salmon swimming in something which was dry and overcooked, the egg drop soup which was fairly flavorless, the green beans which looked like before cooking I would not have bought them in a supermarket. But most of all I don't taste msg! Food comes out very hot. Some options are left off of the buffet and brought freshly cooked to your table upon request. This time the staff wasn't rude, but it's still the worst food in town. Only Chinese Buffet in town! I hope to return to try some more interesting dishes soon! The pot stickers tasted awful! If you are reading reviews you want something better.
Take out is average time based on how busy they are. I went in for lunch today after years away, hoping they'd gotten their act together. The peppered chicken wasn't bad. The food is actually awesome, they even have dumplings It's a great place for your pockets and your heart. Crab ragoons were pretty tasty too. The few pieces of beef in the Mongolian beef tasted funny and the chicken was mostly fat. When we went to the cash register , we told the lady the food was not good and she accused us of eating too much even though we did not eat more than half a plate.