Kintaro

It’s been a long time since the last time I wrote about a restaurant, but I think that the wait deserved it, for this post is about a Japanese restaurant with a free buffet. Thanks to Humberto, for he is the one who told me about this free buffet ^^.

Kintaro Name: Kintaro. Genre: Japanese food. Address: Calle Fernández de la Hoz 70 28003 Madrid, España (MAP). How to arrive: Metro stations of Gregorio Marañón (Lines 7 and 10) and Alonso Cano (Line 7). Schedule: Opens everyday from 11:30 to 16:30 and from 19:00 to 24:00. Phone: 91 399 28 88. Smoking: - Rating: Good. Price: Cheap (10€ each). Quality/price: Very good.

The place is large, and I think that it’s able to hold up to 50 people more or less. It has a fine elegant decoration that contrasts with some tacky details; and it’s a very silent place without noise and background music, or at least I’ve never noticed it. The restaurant is divided into two areas, being the main one for the buffet and the other for the regular restaurant.

The buffet area is easily recognizable because it’s a conveyor belt type buffet, this means that there is a rotating belt moving a constant stream of dishes that goes close to every table, so you don’t have to go anywhere to get the food, just pick the dishes while you’re seated at your table.

Kintaro belt

The dishes in the buffet contains a small amount of food (usually one or two pieces), and despite there is a wide range of kinds of food, inside each kind there is not a wide diversity. You cand find sushi (salmon nigiri and 3 kinds of maki), teriyaki, yakitori, dim sum, fried gyoza, crab soup, tofu, chicken salad, noodles and other non Japanese dishes like spring rolls and carpaccio. In general, the food has a very good quality.

The price of the free buffet (drinks not included) is 8.90€ at midday from monday to friday and 15.80 on weekends, holidays, and evenings. For kids under 12, the price is 7.50€. The price of a bottle of water is 1.50€ and a beer costs 3€. In this restaurant I haven’t ate singles dishes, just the ones on the buffet, so I can’t say if that way is an expensive restaurant or not.

My conclusion is that this is a great place for going to a free buffet. It’s cheap and you can eat an endless amount of good quality food. The only drawback I see is the narrow range of food of each kind (for example, just one kind of nigiri and three of maki, only one kind of soup, one kind of dim sum, etc.). Completely recommendable.

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