Originally created 06/28/02

Wine and dine



Former Formosa owners Jason and Shu Lin Hsieh have opened a new restaurant, Sunny Garden Family Buffet and Grill, on Washington Road in Evans.

"We've been working on this for three years." Mrs. Hsieh says of the couple's new venture.

Mrs. Hsieh manages the front of the house, and Mr. Hsieh is the chef.He creates classic Chinese dishes (lo mein, egg fu young, fried rice, assorted stir-fries and chef's specials) that can be purchased a la carte, as well as more than 100 dishes that are presented on the huge buffet.

In addition to Chinese dishes, the buffet also offers Japanese (including sushi), Korean, American, Italian and Mexican. Sunny Garden also has a "create your own stir-fry" area that allows patrons to pick out their favorite vegetables, then pass them to chef Hsieh and tell him which meats and sauces to add. The chef stir-fries the dinner in front of the customer.

The elaborate Asian-inspired building seats 270 and has semi-private rooms for banquet events. Lunch and dinner are served 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Lunch buffet (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) costs $5.95 and dinner buffet (4-10 p.m.) is $7.95 Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, buffets cost $8.95, and ages 4-12 get the buffet for $3.95 every day.

Sunny Garden Family Buffet and Grill is at 4368 Washington Road in Evans, just across from Kroger. Call 869-8389.

Grand Buffet

Opened just two months ago, the Grand Buffet restaurant on Wrightsboro Road is already a popular spot for weekday lunch diners. The choice of foods is massive, covering many steam tables.

Chinese specialties sit alongside Japanese (including sushi) and American, with lots of fresh fruits and steamed vegetables and a salad bar. The dinner buffet features ample seafood dishes from which to choose.

The lunch buffet runs from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $5.49 for adults, $1.99 for ages 3-5, and $2.99 for ages 5-10.

The dinner buffet, served from 4-9:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. on weekends), costs $9.99 for adults, $4.99 for ages 5-10 and $2.99 for ages 3-5.

Included in the buffet is Mongolian barbecue, where the patron chooses vegetables, meats, flavored oils and sauces for the chef to cook on a super-hot grill.

Grand Buffet is at 3435 Wrightsboro Road, across from the Augusta Mall. Call 733-9818.

Jenny Brule is a caterer with a degree in the culinary arts who has written about food for magazines including Cooking Light. Reach her at brule@knology.net.