A 160-foot seafood buffet counter predominantly makes the space, with over 35 different kinds of sushi, hand rolls to order, salads, and fresh seasonal fruits. In addition, there is a hot food line that features beef, chicken, and pork items as well as Asian themed soups and a Japanese noodle corner. Finally, there is a delicious dessert bar which features various French style pastries/cakes/cookies and homemade crepe section where you choose the fruit and sauce toppings. Lunch ranges from $16.95 to $18.95 (weekends) and Dinner from $26.95 to $28.95 (Fri-Sun).
Keith and I went to Todai with my parents for lunch to celebrate our birthdays. Located in the Fair Oaks Mall, the restaurant is a little hidden from the street view as it is between Macy's and JC Penney's on the lower level near the parking garage. We were seated right away and one of the many young college aged servers took our drink orders and explained we could help ourselves to the buffet lines. Keith and my father took a tour around to scope out all the options first, while my mother and I stayed behind. The cafeteria style set up was simple with sushi on the left and hot food items on the far right with salad and noodles in the center back and dessert in the front center. Keith started with miso soup whereas I hit up the sushi line first. Several chefs are behind the line constantly rolling new pieces and refilling the plates. To our delight, there was a nice selection of various traditional and hot sushi, as well as nigiri pieces. Disappointingly, they only used imitation crab meat in each roll, but I suppose that is to be expected for a buffet restaurant. Next, I attacked the hot food items and selected a bit of noodles, teriyaki chicken, mussels, fish, and vegetable tempura. The fish was nicely baked, yet a bit too spicy for my palate. My mother grabbed a mixed plate of her own with shabu shabu, octopus, Korean boneless short ribs, and a bowl of Japanese udon. I tasted her udon and it was delicious! I would have grabbed a bowl of the udon for myself, but I knew there were too many other items to try. Keith and my father loaded up with fried rice, spicy cashew chicken, and other goodies of their own.
Total Rating: 3.375
Food: 3.5, Price: 4, Service: 3, Ambience: 2, Accessibility: 3
What I ate:
California Roll, Philly Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll, BBQ Eel, Maki Tuna
vegetable tempura, yakisoba noodles, teriyaki chicken, seafood gyoza,
crab Louis salad, baked mussels, crab rangoon, baked white fish
mango sorbet, crepe, fruit tart,
mango cake, chocolate cheesecake, coconut cake
Korean boneless short ribs, shabu shabu,
salmon, octopus, mussels
chicken wings, baked mussels,
seafood gyoza, crab rangoon, dim sum dumplings
cheesecake, red bean ice cream, melon, coconut flan,
tiramisu, grapes, crepe, strawberry