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Todai Restaurant

Food, Things to Do, What's New — By Claudine Williams on August 9, 2010 at 2:15 am
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Crab legs at Todai.

If you are itching for all you can eat king crab legs, head over to Todai Restaurant, a buffet style restaurant with a location in Seomyeon. Although the restaurant has a large range of foods from Chinese, American, to Korean, it’s the crab legs that makes this buffet special. Both hot and cold crab legs, large legs with claws, are available. If you like crab legs, you probably won’t be concerned about the other options on the menu. The legs taste fresh, and the ones from the hot bar are piping hot. In Korea, people use scissors to cut the legs, so pick up at pair when you load your plate. Oh, the scissors differ from the type used to cut paper. They are specially made to cut food. Tin buckets are available for your crab shells, so don’t forget to grab one.

Menu offerings at Todai include sushi, appetizers, salads, hot and cold mains, and desserts. Sushi lovers will adore the variety of types at Today. Chicken Teryaki, fried shrimp, grilled fish, sweet and sour chicken, Chinese rice, Korean barbecue lemon shrimp, and a variety of other foods are on the hot menu.

Salads sold, include Caesar, crab, coleslaw, and pasta. Selections available depend on the restaurant, but there tends to be a lot of every different coarse in the buffet. Todai’s buffet isn’t puny. The hungrier you are, the more satisfied you’ll be at the end of your meal.

Eating at Todai isn’t cheap. It costs about 34,000 won for dinner, less than $34 at this writing for the buffet. The food and the ambiance are worth it. Not only is the food tasty, but Todai is a beautiful restaurant. The place sparkles. Many locals go to Todai for anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions. In addition to the main dining area, there are several smaller rooms for dinner parties.

The service at Todai is just as good as the restaurant’s crab legs. Although the servers speak very little English, they will go out of their way to help you. For example, there is no ice machine near the fountain drinks. If you ask for ice, a server will go to the back and bring a cup of ice to you. Don’t be surprised if a server or a cook sees that you like the crab legs and brings a plate of the legs to you, proceeding to cut out the meat. At least, that has been our experience.

Hours for the restaurant are 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for lunch and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. for dinner. Lunch is 23,000 won on weekdays, but on weekends both lunch and dinner costs 34,000 won.

Tags: buffet, busan, crab legs, seafood, south korea, todai

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