This place is awesome! Each time i visit patong i come here with my friends or a girlfriend. its not just food to me but an experience as well. i wouldn't say the atmosphere is amazing but it is a free and fun enviroment i reckon, what with so many options of things to eat and trying to take as many prawns as you can from the conveyer belt that circulates the food throughout the room.
for those who dont know shabushi is a chain of buffet type restaurants throughout thailand operated by oishi the company that make the iced teas you buy at 7/11 and everywhere. the price differs with location or any member or discount cards you may have. this jungceylon one was costing 332baht when i went in march 2012. this is excellent value considering the amount of food you eat and also that a burger from burger king out the front is not much less. sometimes i have seen huge lines of people waiting to get in here although usually not.
once you go in a hostess takes you to a table or a seat by the conveyer.
i prefer the conveyer as then you each get to cook what you want rather than sort of cook as a group.
when your seated you have the choice of tom yum soup or plain water to boil your food in. often they dont mention this and just give you water due to the language barrier but the option is there.
so you get 75 minutes to eat as much as you can. the setup is that there is a conveyer belt that has little plates of raw foods constantly whizzing past you. you can choose from things like noodles, prawns (grab them while you can!), bacon, eggs, dumplings, squid, chicken, beef, pork and some stranger things like fish heads etc. you grab what you want and simply cook it in your soup then put it in your little bowl with some sauce and eat it. aside from this theres also a large selection of fresh fruits, fried foods (usually cold), sushi, drinks (purple grape is good), and ice creams. make sure your given your little docket telling you what time you have to be out by, if not make sure to ask for it so you know when to hit up the ice cream section.
apart from all the artificial crab meat products i'd say the sushi is pretty good.
the hostess are desk clerk are usually freindly but the other staff are clearly just there for labor and freindly service is not really a priority. they do what they have to do but dont expect help with anything too much outside there little plate collecting, sauce topping up world.
a couple of tips... go to the toilet before you go in. there are no toilets. i'm not sure what the process is if you need to go leave the place and find a toilet but im sure it would be a hassle.
choose your drink wisely. coz once you have a big glass of drink theres nowhere to get rid of it so your stuck with it. unless you do what i did and poured it into the bin on the waiters trolley.
as stupid as it sounds watch out for the automatic glass doors when you come and go. we were having a good laugh watching it smack 3 different people in the face as they came in.
you might want to take into account that when you leave here you might need to lay down for a few hours to digest the mass amount of food you have eaten.
oh the green ice cream is disgusting lol
that about covers it. the place is awesome. 5 stars hands down!
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