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Sarah and I were invited to a gala event at the La Seine buffet restaurant at the Lotte Hotel. What follows is some serious food pornage.

They started us off with an “amuse.” I think it was more of an appetizer, since an amuse is usually to be eaten in one or two bites. This was a foie gras mousse with what I think was omija jelly and balsamic syrup.

I think the bar ran out of glassware.

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You can barely see that bowl to the right. It’s a BOWL OF SEA URCHIN ROE!!!

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Went… to… town…

I’m not normally a buffet person. But this one was ballsy in some of the food it put out there as far as flavor and political correctness, like a compilation of a season of Anthony Bourdain. Note the natto sushi in the foreground. Of course I had to have my snotty stinky Japanese soybeans.

Housemade bon bons.

Mr. Takoyaki. Street food REPRESENT! (chest bump)

This is how sushi buffets should run. You point to the nigiri or sashimi you want, and they make it for you fresh.

The twigim girl. I had a small food crush on her.

The noodle station. This was a little complicated. You chose the noodle, the cooking veggies, and the liquid. Then you top it with the other veggies and condiments.

This was sort of a South Asian-Southeast Asian section.

Steamed shark’s fin.

Steamed rockfish.

Singaporean chili crab.

This was a cool station. Peking duck. The cook would carve two slices of meat and two slices of crispy skin and wrap it in a pancake with scallion and hoisin sauce.

Three guesses on what that rack of ribs was.

Of course, of course!

They carved off bits and grilled them. The meat was a little tough, but the flavor of horse, as I’ve said before, is beefier than beef.

The poor lonely Korean food section. Koreans just don’t respect their own cuisine. I, though, dug in!

Especially with my beloved Yuk Hui!

Try as you may, buffet food is just not photogenic when crowded onto a greedy food blogger’s plate.

Except when Sarah does it.

You gotta really have discipline and pace yourself at these super buffets. Just put small bites on your plate. Eat slowly. Have patience and concentrate on the food that’s in your mouth.

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