Best Party Palace for Getting Lost in Translation and Playing Crazy Asian Games

Party Kingdom/Quyen

Staff Pick

There's a scene in Lost in Translation, where Scarlett Johansson heads off into Tokyo to explore. At one point, she finds herself in an arcade, packed full of teenagers and weird, colorful Asian games. There's a place just like that in Charleston, just replace the Asian teenagers with shoeless toddlers, and you've got Party Kingdom on James Island, a hybrid restaurant/kids' play palace that is one of our favorite destinations in all of Charleston. We've come to appreciate the buffet at Quyen — the restaurant in front of Party Kingdom — and think you should too. When they first revamped the place, the buffet seemed a little tentative, and the hours of operation were hard to predict. But then they found a groove, and the buffet became a lunch and weekend dinner staple. It's quite the spread with lots of sushi and sashimi, cold salads like sesame and papaya, miso soup, and a whole bunch of hot dishes from roasted chicken to beef and broccoli. The food is a fusion of Thai, Chinese, and Japanese, and that's OK. It just makes grazing on the buffet more fun. The kids love it too. They eat at their own pace then grab some tokens and head for the party in back.

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