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Posted by Aisle79 on 11/17/2006
Went to Buddakan the other night with a girlfriend. We sat at the bar for a drink before our table was ready. Drinks were good. The place is huge and very trendy, a good mix young and older. For appetizers we had edamame dumplings and lobster roll, both were good but the lobster roll was very standard but had real big chunks of lobster which is my fave. For entree I had the crispy shrimp and my friend had salmon. Both were good. The service was a bit lacking however, but I guess we werent ordering enough food and drinks. The waiter suggested 2 appetizers and 2 entrees plus a bunch of sides. We had only one side of vegetable rich which was very nicely prepared. Dessert was very good, we shared the crying chocolate which is molten chocolate cake it was delicious served with coffee ice cream and espresso grinds with dark chocolate on the side. I also had a cup of china rose tea which is black tea with rose infusion which was very nice way to cap off the dinner. Its not cheap, coming to about 160 but very enjoyable. It is always packed and no matter what reservation you have, you will always wait for a table.
Posted by Marina del Rey girlz can't say enough!! on 10/26/2006
Can't say enough about this place. Not only is it trendy and huge but the service and food were great too. What a combo. Whomever put this place together knew what works for singles. Will definitely come back here when I return to NYC.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/25/2006
Go for the space and scene and not the food. It's nothing great! After hearing rave reviews on the chili rock shrimp and lobster eggrolls we were very upset. Loster Eggrolls were regular eggrolls with plane lobster- very plain! It comes with a duck sauce- boring. The Chili rock shrimp- blah! Sweet and sour mini shrimps with a hint of spice. Calamari Salad- Tasteless. The duck salad was good though. As for the meal- I'd suggest any of the meat entrees all were great! And as for the dessert- Loooked nice and sounded good but the chocolate tasted very DRY like it made you thirsty. I'd go for drinks, forget the food.
Posted by ny23 on 10/11/2006
The restaurant itself seemed a bit hidden, but when I went inside I was surprised how large the space was. The atmosphere is beautiful and I like how each of their rooms are decorated differently. The lounge downstairs looked like it was in a library, and there is a main dining room with chandeliers. I ordered a few appetizers, a fried rice dish and two entrees, each of which were delicious. A surprisingly good dish was the asparagus and black bean sauce. The lobster spring rolls (appetizer) was also tasty. You should also get dessert. I ordered a chocolate mousse with whipped earl grey creme on the side. Loved it..!! The only downsides are that this place is a bit pricey and that it was darker than I would have liked it to be. Overall I would definitely come back.
Posted by paul on 09/18/2006
I had an awesome time at Buddakan. From start to finish it was great. Interior is beautiful and original. It has different rooms with different decor. Theater type lighting. Service was excellent. I relied on suggestions from my waiter and each one more than delivered. Tried 3 apps, edamame dumplings, shrimp dumplings and lobster roll. All exceptional. For entree, shrimp/lobster chow fun. Very fresh seafood. My friend had lamb chops. The most tender I've ever had. The spices on the food are all interesting and flavorful but never overpower. Even my drink was great, I had two. It's called something like Solid. Dont remember name but it was Makers Mark, basil and lime. Very good. Dessert was also great. I had chocolate Mille Fieulle. Just try it. Too complex to explain but awesome. The crowd was very good looking, mixed and unpretentious. Both well dressed and casual. I had one of the best dining experiences ever.
Posted by wwny on 09/13/2006
Went there with trepidation due to the number of mixed reviews, but we were seated promptly last night in one of the side rooms next to the main dining hall and had excellent service! Taro Puff Lollipops with a crispy exterior were savory and contained minced pork + ginger to be dipped in a sweet, teriyaki sauce. Shaken Chili Beef Tartare was exceedingly fresh...I liked that it wasn't pureed into an unrecognizable cylinder...the chopped shallots were sweet and the tapioca didn't really do much for the dish in taste, but was perhaps used as textural interest. Mongolian Lamb Chops at medium...the knife went through like butter through its velvety flesh...what popped was the crystalized ginger crust that really made an impression on me. After checking to make sure the crab was out of shell, we ordered the Chili Crab on Crispy Noodles that was quite spicy. Drinks lots of water! Hehe...the noodles weren't too hard and was just right...there were also lotsa tender pieces of crab tossed in with a black bean sauce. Though quite full, we made room for dessert. Crying Chocolate was their version of the molten chocolate cake....except this was a soft chocolate ganache tart complemented by a strong scoop of coffee ice cream. Somehow, I expected something different for the Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwich. There was corn ice cream that worked with the moist corn muffin...but then the tart blueberries just sorta threw that off.
Posted by Visitor from Scottsdale on 09/06/2006
I agree that the service was excellent, especially for the size of the place. I highly recommend going with a group of 4. We were able to sample so many dishes and even had some room for dessert. The atmosphere is big fun, great decor but really dark restrooms... boy did I look good in there :-) The short ribs and lobster egg rolls were especially memorable.