China Village

★★☆☆☆

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Needs to shut its doors before the health dept does! Ate their tonight. And all I can say is It's got worse since our last visit. The food on the bar looked like they made it when the opened today. And most of the things on the bar was empty.And they didnt bother refilling anything while we were there. And what was edible was cold.

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Needs to shut its doors before the health dept does! Ate their tonight. And all I can say is It's got worse since our last visit. The food on the bar looked like they made it when the opened today. And most of the things on the bar was empty.And they didnt bother refilling anything while we were there. And what was edible was cold.

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The biggest attraction to this restaurant is the incredible value. The buffet costs only $3.99 for lunch or dinner Monday through Saturday, which after tip and a drink still comes out to only about $6.

The food itself is tasty, but is definitely not traditional Chinese. Some oddities such as vegetables in the Wonton Soup and a sweeter Tso's sauce are definitely different. It is obvious that some of the items which are pricier to prepare, mainly the ones involving seafood, have been omitted. The traditional Crab Rangoon is replaced by crab-less Cheese Wontons, and the sauces tend to be more simplified than the ones you'll find at bigger Chinese restaurants. However, despite the low preparation budget, the food is still enjoyable.

My favorites were the Curry Chicken, the Chicken-on-a-Stick, the sweet Chicken Wings, and the Eggplant (which was as sweet as honey.) And as different as their Wonton Soup was from traditional Chinese, it worked quite well. The veggies which were added to the soup provided a nice second layer of texture and flavor to it.

The buffet has gained some variety over the last 2 years, because they added 2 additional buffet tables recently, which has made it an even better value than before. Service has gotten a bit poorer recently due to budget cutbacks, however. The few waitresses that were there were at least trying, though. For better service, try going between 11 and 12, or 5 and 6, when the restaurant is less crowded. The food tends to be better during those hours as well.

So, overall, this is not a fancy restaurant, the food is good though not quite great, but the value of it really makes it worth it. You won't find a better value for lunch or dinner anywhere in Cambridge.

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★★★☆☆

The biggest attraction to this restaurant is the incredible value. The buffet costs only $3.99 for lunch or dinner Monday through Saturday, which after tip and a drink still comes out to only about $6.

The food itself is tasty, but is definitely not traditional Chinese. Some oddities such as vegetables in the Wonton Soup and a sweeter Tso's sauce are definitely different. It is obvious that some of the items which are pricier to prepare, mainly the ones involving seafood, have been omitted. The traditional Crab Rangoon is replaced by crab-less Cheese Wontons, and the sauces tend to be more simplified than the ones you'll find at bigger Chinese restaurants. However, despite the low preparation budget, the food is still enjoyable.

My favorites were the Curry Chicken, the Chicken-on-a-Stick, the sweet Chicken Wings, and the Eggplant (which was as sweet as honey.) And as different as their Wonton Soup was from traditional Chinese, it worked quite well. The veggies which were added to the soup provided a nice second layer of texture and flavor to it.

The buffet has gained some variety over the last 2 years, because they added 2 additional buffet tables recently, which has made it an even better value than before. Service has gotten a bit poorer recently due to budget cutbacks, however. The few waitresses that were there were at least trying, though. For better service, try going between 11 and 12, or 5 and 6, when the restaurant is less crowded. The food tends to be better during those hours as well.

So, overall, this is not a fancy restaurant, the food is good though not quite great, but the value of it really makes it worth it. You won't find a better value for lunch or dinner anywhere in Cambridge.

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China Village is a smaller restaurant located more in the center of town. With dim lighting to help hide what you are eating, their buffet is small and each time the food has been on the cold side. You will have no problem finding a seat here as they don't do alot of business. Their price is average for a buffet but you just don't get alot for it. There were two small buffet tables with a very small selection. The service was not the best, we had to flag down people for refills and to clear plates. You can have a more enjoyable time and be more satisfied elsewhere.

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★★☆☆☆

China Village is a smaller restaurant located more in the center of town. With dim lighting to help hide what you are eating, their buffet is small and each time the food has been on the cold side. You will have no problem finding a seat here as they don't do alot of business. Their price is average for a buffet but you just don't get alot for it. There were two small buffet tables with a very small selection. The service was not the best, we had to flag down people for refills and to clear plates. You can have a more enjoyable time and be more satisfied elsewhere.

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