By Brittany Llorente
The dark wooden walls and terracotta accents give the appearance of an old Chinese tea house. The aroma of the foods from the four buffet lines, assures the senses that you're in for a wide assortment of dishes, some even prepared at your request.
Ming's Hibachi Buffet offers everything from traditional Chinese and Japanese dishes to some American dishes to please any palate or age looking for a full belly.
The very friendly and helpful wait staff was quick to seat my guest and I in the large dining area, suitable for large parties and guests of any number.
My guest and I ordered sweet tea for our drinks and we were pleasantly surprised to find the restaurant also offers an assortment of beer and wine.
I started with egg rolls and crab rangoons, two of my favorite Chinese appetizers, as well as beef and mushrooms and a helping of fried rice.
The egg rolls were nice and crispy on the outside, with a warm and perfectly seasoned center. The vegetables were the ideal tenderness.
Each of the 200 or more dishes has a unique twist on the traditional flavors, mastered by Chef Jim Ming.
My guest chose the tender spare ribs and the General Tso's chicken.
As we cleared each plate and looked down the endless amount of food for more, I headed for the sushi bar with different variations on traditional favorites such as the crunchy California and Krab rolls.
The restaurant also offers a hibachi stir fry area, where guests are able to pick their own toppings and ingredients for Mr. Ming to, quite literally, fire up the hibachi and have their food made right in front of them.
If there is any room left, make your way over to the long array of desserts and ice cream.
I indulged on the coffee cake, which blended well with a cup of chocolate pudding. There were also assorted cream puffs, traditional almond cookies and pastries available.
Ming's Hibachi Buffet is located at 960 U.S.1 in Vero Beach. It is open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
For more information on Ming's Hibachi Buffet, call (772) 567-4838.