If you are looking for a great deal and some interesting food, we suggest you try the buffet at Orchid in Costa Mesa, served both at lunch and dinner every day but Saturday. It might be a nice introduction to Iranian — or Persian — cuisine if you are unfamiliar with it.
Of course, you can order from the regular menu as well. The weekends offer more than just food, as there is live music and belly dancing until 3:30 a.m.
As you enter off the strip mall, you find yourself in a foyer with elaborate decorations, including golden lions, ornate chandeliers and two impressive orchid displays. The very large open dining space is designed to accommodate big parties beneath its pillars and arches. Done in earth tones, the décor is surprisingly modest compared to the entrance. On one end of the room is an expansive copper hood over an open grill and a tandoori-type oven, all surrounded by the commodious buffet.