Watami Asian Fusion Buffet & Lounge on Jacksonville's Southside amazes with continental and island cuisine from China, Japan, the Philippines, and Thailand. Located about a mile away from the family-friendly Avenues Mall, it is affordable and authentic.
A soothing Asian woman vocalist's songs and a waterfall fountain create an atmosphere of tranquility. Large red and saffron lanterns line the ceiling above the generous buffet. The fruit bar includes fresh kiwi, melon, and oranges. Traditional Chinese soups like hot-and-sour and other appetizers and dishes including fried wontons, krab claws, red curry beef, shrimp, oysters, rice, and stir-fry vegetables comprise the main buffet.
However, what sets Watami apart from many other buffets in the area are the sushi and Vietnamese pho bowl bars. Trained chefs prepare fresh sushi and the steaming hot, large bowls of vegetables, chicken, and herbs from Vietnam after the customer makes his or her unique selection. For only $7.99, the lunch buffet featured from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. includes a dessert bar of French cream puffs, doughnuts including chocolate, and pudding.
Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and a menu is available as well as a full bar featuring imported beverages. The prices are moderate, and the servers are attentive and energetic. According to Jean, the manager who hails from the Philippines, Watami means "dining with harmony," and business travelers, locals, and tourists have enjoyed its fine fare for 12 years.
Watami Fusion Buffet & Lounge, 9041-138D Southside Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32256
For catering and large group reservations, the phone number is (904) 363-9888.