Adventures in Londonland: Day 2 – Buddha-Bar

Restaurant entrance - Picture by Philip King
Restaurant entrance

Welcome to Buddha Bar, may I take your coat? Thank you, follow me please.

Well day 2 in London wasn’t complete until we dined at Buddha Bar. And what a dinner may I add.

Buddha bar

The table was waiting for us with two glasses or Champagne and some nice little candles. The first thing you notice while making your way to your table is the darkness that surrounds the room complimented by vibrant colors. It’s a very intimate vibe, where you could share whispers and your delight over the mouth-watering dishes.

We started with  Rock shrimp tempura spicy mayo and Chilli salt crispy baby squid which I enjoyed quite a lot. The squid was a bit oily but the shrimp combined with the spicy mayo created a perfect blend of flavors. I am already a fan of shrimp so this starter, which can be found at other sea food restaurants, was quite to my liking, just spicy enough to make you want more.


The mains we chose were the Beef Fillet with black garlic sauce& truffle mash and the Steamed Red bream Lemongrass broth and Golden Enoki Mushrooms. I wasn’t impressed by the fish dish but that may be due to the fact that I am not a big fish eater and I have tasted the juicy, very flavored steak which may have interfered with the subtle taste of the fish. Both dishes were cooked perfect I just do not believe they complimented each other.  This was also the first time I had ever had stake and I was a little concerned, as I do not eat  medium rare or medium well and always was a little defensive about trying it, but I have to admit this was an amazing dish. I think cooking beef can be quite tricky but this exceeded all my expectations. The garlic sauce had a great flavor and the truffle mash was so creamy and soft that it felt like it was melting into your mouth.

Steamed Red bream  Lemongrass broth and Golden Enoki Mushrooms
Steamed Red bream
Lemongrass broth and Golden Enoki Mushrooms
Beef Fillet with black garlic sauce& truffle mash
Beef Fillet with black garlic sauce& truffle mash

We finished this delicious meal with a Trio brulée with pineapple won ton and Lime and ginger cheese cake with pineapple salsa, My sweet tooth was looking forward to all the different flavors and he wasn’t disappointed. Each Brulée had a different flavor and was exactly what we needed after those mains.


I have to admit, this has been a great experience and if you find yourself in London you have to stop by Buddha Bar at least once. The service is excellent, the place is surrounded by mystical air and adorned with different Buddha statues. It would be a shame to miss it.  The restaurant is in “the heart of Knightsbridge, one of London’s plushest districts” so after you have delighted yourself and awaken your senses you can take a walk around Harvey Nichols department store. Harvey Nichols is the leading international luxury fashion destination so make sure your wallet is ready for all the exquisite products you will encounter.

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