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Buddha Bar - another review

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Buddha Bar - another review

ref | Jun 11, 2006 07:42 AM

My husband and I ate here last night – expecting the worst but hoping for mediocrity at least. No bouncer met us at the door so maybe they’ve done away with that policy (or maybe it was too early). I had to laugh as the hostess checked us over before determining which table we were assigned (the central, well-lit zone with the imposing Buddha seems reserved for the beautiful people ….. for the more average looking, the darker ring is your (and our) destination).

Our waiter was ok – friendly with no “attitude”. There seemed to be a few idle hands as busboys were loitering, peering over our shoulders ready to clear the plates. The only service issue we had was that our wine was somewhat delayed, arriving after all of our starters had been set down. Oh – and they have bathroom attendants (something I hate).

We shared 3 starters – sea scallop tiradito, peppered tuna sashimi salad and crispy spun tiger shrimp. The scallop couldn’t be faulted for freshness or taste, but was small. The tuna was bland without any sign of the promised wasabi on the macro sized “micro”. The shrimp were fine – tasty but with a rather syrupy sauce

I had the whole branzino as an entrée which was supposedly grilled but seemed suspiciously crispy (and posed in an upright manner typically seem with deep-fried fish). It was ok but a bit dry from overcooking. My husband’s red curry shrimp looked like standard fried rice but he said it was quite juicy and tasty (although our local Thai would do a better version).

Overall it was pretty much as expected from another “theme-park” restaurant. Fun to try out once, but certainly no wow factor and no need to rush back. But not a disaster either.

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