We visited this Chinese restaurant on a Wednesday evening and if I am honest, I wasn’t expecting it to be very busy, but it really wasn’t that quiet, the one side of the restaurant was quite busy and there was a regular stream of customers collecting takeaways and I do believe I spotted Roy from Test Valley Windows turn up to collect his dinner!
We immediately had a chat with Manager Extrordinaire, Alex and were shown to our table where our drinks orders were taken by one of the waiters who appeared with them moments later along with a huge basket of prawn crackers and some sweet chilli dipping sauce. We chose our starters and relaxed back a little with our drinks, a Tiger Beer for my friend and a refreshing white wine and lemonade for me.
Our starters arrived, we had chosen Crispy Seaweed, Mussels in Black Bean sauce, Barbecue Spare Ribs in BBQ sauce, Satay Chicken, Spring Rolls and vegetable rolls.
I could actually come here and only eat starters, they are so delicious, I am not keen on the seaweed, but my friend loves it. The mussels were a little too fishy for me tonight, but the black bean sauce was to die for and I dipped the prawn crackers and spring rolls into it – yum! The ribs were a little tricky to eat unless you are willing to roll your sleeves up and have a chew on the bone, but I prefer not to do this in a restaurant, however if you eat at my house, watch out!
I was sad to see the end of the starters but next comes the Crispy Duck, you can also choose from Lamb and Pork, but a night at The Buddha is never the same without Crispy Duck.
The spring onion, cucumber and plum sauce was brought out almost immediately, but we didn’t get the duck and pancakes for over 10/15 minutes, which meant my friend had eaten nearly all of the vegetables. I didn’t really like this and feel it should all come together, perhaps the restaurant thinks its best to show its on its way but I would rather wait. The duck arrived and to be honest, I was already full by this point, I had 2 small pancakes but couldn’t eat any more, my partner however absolutely loves pancakes and made a big dent on the pancakes and duck.
After the duck was finished and cleared away, we chose a handful of main courses, but I only managed a couple of spoonfuls of everything as I did not want to appear rude, it was delicious and so hot and yummy.
The drinks kept flowing and the staff are so friendly and attentive. We had the meal for 2 of us, 5 beers (yes, he was very thirsty!), 2 glasses of white wine and lemonade and a diet coke and the bill was £54 which I was very happy with.
The only thing I would change, is that I wouldn’t bother to have a main course and just have starters and the duck courses.
This is definitely worth a visit, either for lunch, dinner or a takeaway!
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Mussels in Black Bean Sauce
BBQ Spare Ribs
Crispy Duck with pancakes