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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.
Posted by omnivore50 on 09/06/2006
I expected to have ambivalent feelings about Buddakan, but I was wrong. Our dinner was among the most enjoyable we've had in years. We ordered and ordered and ordered (including spring rolls, spare ribs, short rib/scallion pancakes, edamame dumplings, chicken dumplings, potstickers, hamache, calamari salad, peking duck, miso marinated cod, rack of lamb, fried tofu, ma po tofu,) and all but one item (a crab/noodle entree) was superb. Service was especially impressive for such a huge restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/21/2006
What an amazing space and design for a restaurant. The decor is beautiful and you feel as if you are surround by luxury. Unfortunatly the food left something to be desired -- starting with the overpriced and not very good drink specials. Stick to beer -- at least it is consistent. On a sunday night at 9 Pm -- we had to wait 45 minutes for our reserved table -- after numerous questions we were told it would just be a minute...just 45 more. Be prepared to wait. The food was just ok. nothing special and nothing worth noting. I would say go to tha bar to enjoy the beautiful space but as I already said - the drinks were horrible.