I haven’t had Chinese food in a long time. This past Friday, Jayson, Mike, and I were really craving it. Since there are a plethora of Chinese restaurants no matter where you go, you usually choose one based on past experience or word of mouth. Mike wanted to try one of the buffets he normally frequents but I wanted better quality food. Jayson didn’t care because he was so hungry, he was about to eat his arm. So after much deliberation, we chose Chef Wang’s.
Chef Wang’s is a local Chinese Buffet, Hibachi Grill, and bar that has won 1st place as Best Chinese Restaurant several years in a row from The Daily News Journal’s people’s choice Annual Ruthies Awards. The 2010 awards have not come out yet but I’d be surprised if they didn’t win again this year.
This large capacity restaurant has the same menu as other Chinese restaurants but the real value comes from the 200+ item buffet. Literally every commonly known Chinese entree is listed on this buffet with the addition of a couple extras such various kinds of decent quality sushi as well as a make-your-own-entree at the Hibachi Grill.
I started off with 2 plates of food consisting of white rice, seafood delight, sautéed mushrooms, string beans, General Tso’s chicken, Japanese chicken, Pepper Steak and a bowl of hot & sour soup (one of my favorites). Each sampling of food was fresh and as good as any other Chinese restaurant I’ve had in the past. The shrimp & vegetables in the seafood delight was firm. The sautéed mushrooms were lightly cooked. The string beans were still crisp. The General Tso’s chicken’s batter while still crunchy.
I really couldn’t find anything wrong with the food at Chef Wang’s; all the buffet items I selected were especially delicious. However to give other Chinese restaurants credit, Chef Wang’s is very popular. With popularity (especially for a buffet line), the food is constantly replaced and never sits in the heating pan for longer than minutes at a time. I think this is the primary reason why the food at Chef Wang’s is so fresh. At other Chinese restaurants, when you don’t have a constant flow of customers, the sauces start to thicken, the vegetables get overcooked, the battered selections get soft, and the meats dry out. I’m sure you’ve seen staff at other Chinese buffets that stir the food periodically.
But you can’t really label that as a fault for Chef Wang’s. It’s popular for a reason and there’s a reason people voted it #1. It gives you a great atmosphere with a wide variety of good food and even serves alcohol.
The only downfall to Chef Wang’s is its price. The lunch buffet, drink, and tax will get you a steep bill of $10.25. For dinner, I’ve been told that it’s $13.99… but I haven’t confirmed it. Other local Chinese restaurants offer $5-6 lunch buffets but that’s when you have to make a decision. Do you want to pay $10 for large variety of fresher food or do you want to pay half the price for a smaller selection of Chinese food that may have been sitting out for a while? I believe that price alone would be the breaking point for a lot of potential diners. However, if you’re willing to pay that price for lunch, you won’t be disappointed with Chef Wang’s.
1145 NW Broad St
Murfreesboro, TN 37129-2328
Bill Total: $7.55