I have to confess several things:
(1) I love Chinese food
(2) Have a very hearty appetite (work out 6x a week at the gym)
(3) Don't like cooking
(4) Believe in good value, hard work, thrift, and so forth
(5) Am a guy
(6) Don't like to spend time looking at a menu and having to decide
(7) Like to dress casually when I go out to eat
So, this place is fine in my opinion. Granted, it may not be fine Chinese cuisine--difficult to find outside of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong anyway--but holy cow! It's a great deal!
And though it doesn't hold a candle to the really good Chinese buffets to be found in a small Midwestern university town, where I did my graduate work--as unlikely as that might appear to be--it is one of the VERY FEW Chinese buffets in the Seattle area, as well.
No waiting around (unless it's a weekend evening and there's a crowd) or having to think about which dishes to order (and having to narrow the list down to two or three).
If you don't like a particular dish, or if it has been sitting out on the warming plate longer than you'd prefer, get the dish next to it! Also, they're CONSTANTLY bring out steaming, piping hot dishes from the kitchen (at least when I've been there).
The best Chinese food I've ever had in Seattle was at a small restaurant in the I.D. that is no more, the Top Gun. But the food here is still pretty good (and I'm Chinese-American to boot).
There are very few Chinese buffets in Seattle (there were more in the small city where I went to graduate school in the Midwest), so at present, this is the best of the lot.
There must be at least three long aisles with food on either side....that must be at least 50 different dishes PLUS a Japanese counter PLUS dessert(s) PLUS a cook-to-order stir-fry counter.
If only this place were closer in (to Seattle, I mean), I would go here all the time...
Caveat (as of 2-17-06) Don't go in the middle of the afternoon, as the number of freshly stir-fried dishes is much less, and the quality, as well. I got stomach flu a few hours after eating here, and though I'm not 100% sure it was from the restaurant, I'll have to admit the hygiene in the restrooms could be improved a lot.