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Buffet Medicine Hat Review

The name of the restaurant is “Buffet Medicine Hat”. That means, when you say something like, “Oh, I feel like some buffet food!”, everybody automatically assumes you mean Buffet Medicine Hat because you’re in Medicine Hat. It’s kind of like if there was a place called “Fancy Dinner Medicine Hat” and you felt like a fancy night-out, it would be assumed you would want to go there. No? Okay, obviously I’m being a little facetious here, the naming always intrigued me though. It is pretty generic, but I think in a marketing sense it works a lot better than “stereotypical Asian reference restaurant” that a lot of businesses use in the same genre of eating.

It may deserve the naming though. It literally is the biggest buffet joint in the hat – in terms of eating space but also in terms of the amount of food and deserts they serve. The dinner (which starts at 4:00PM each day) buffet is a little bigger than their lunch selection – at dinner they bring out the big things like roast beef and a full turkey/chicken with stuffing. They also have a special brunch on Sundays when they serve every breakfast thing you could ever imagine.

In terms of the quality of the food (since that is the biggest factor of any buffet place), it is decent – which may be interpreted as “meh”. I say that because although I do have a “once every month” craving for buffet food I usually end up at the Jungle Cafe instead of other buffet restaurants in town such as: Buffet Medicine Hat, New Imperial Palace Restaurant, Ming Court Family Restaurant, Hat’s Restaurant (another silly generic named one), or Sizzling Wok. This is because Jungle Cafe literally is the best Buffet place in Medicine Hat (my opinion), but it is a little pricey. Although that would count as getting off the subject of this review. In the list of other buffet places in the city though, Buffet Medicine Hat would definitely be the top in terms of quality, taste and atmosphere. You also have to weight in the amount of diversity of food available at Buffet Medicine Hat as well which definitely raises it above its competitors.

I know most healthy people will say “UGHHH, GROSS!” at places like this. But I clearly am not the healthiest person alive, especially when it comes to “eating good”. The fact is I just love food, lots of it – the more grease the better! Again, here I’m being a little sarcastic, but overall Buffet Medicine Hat is my 2nd favourite buffet restaurant in the city because of the above points.

Buffet Medicine Hat
111 3215 Dunmore Road SE Medicine Hat

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3 Responses to “Buffet Medicine Hat Review”

  1. June 3rd, 2009 at 8:28 AM

    Sean says:

    By “bring out”, did you mean if you go there slightly before supper time, you can see them bringing new stuff out? My perception is that it just sits there, and sits, and sits, until it is eaten or they close. The three times we went there in first/second year of College, I felt sick after, although I think by now that my body is unable to process greasy foods or a lot of MSG (though I still crave hubs).

    Sizzling Wok I thought was okay-ish, though it’s not really a buffet, but when I ate there a few times, there was an old timey lady working the store, which didn’t really ring with the sense of “Asian Cuisine”.

    Hat’s is okay by me, but only been there once, but ate leftovers before too. Although usually after half the food, but again, I feel ill after eating it, or eating too much of it, from grease/MSG or something.

  2. June 3rd, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Dusty says:

    Buffet Medicine Hat has like 5 different types of supper when you go there. On one hand you could have a complete western Asian plate, or you could have roast beef and mashed potatoes (old school western), or you could have chicken wings and onion rings/fries(more like a bar scene).

    The problem I have is seeing onion rings and going “I want that”, but looking at every bucket I say that, so to get in the “right” amount of food would mean like, one onion ring. Anymore than that and it gets thrown out of proportion and I end up missing out on some things.

    They used to have a soft ice cream machine which was amazing (reminding me of Bonanza, that place was awesome). They also have nice cut up fruits and stuff, so if you do eat healthy you can go there and have something like a salad with a couple slices of watermelon. There is more than that for healthy food, I just can’t remember. (GREASE FOR ME!!)

    I have to be honest with myself about Buffet, I go there maybe once a year. It’s hazardous just how much food someone can get sucked into eating, and I generally feel bad after eating it (the same feeling after Sizzling Wok) from eating too much and the content of the food that will bloat you up very fast. It’s a conscious effort.

    My overall view: It’s fine, it’s fun, it’s even super awesome, but I can’t go there more than once a year.

  3. October 3rd, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    Brad says:

    We ate there once and it was a lesson learned….the term Jack of all trades master of none is obvious here! To put it bluntly it was garbage! None of it was good. I have been to buffets all over the country and US and with the exception of one in Kelowna that I am sure has made many people sick, Buffet Medicine Hat isn’t fit to feed my Dog!

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