Stephen Starr's Buddakan is a spectacular restaurant featuring exotic flavors of modern Asian cuisine with creativity and drama. Bon Appetit notes, ... More
Stephen Starr's Buddakan is a spectacular restaurant featuring exotic flavors of modern Asian cuisine with creativity and drama. Bon Appetit notes, "The mostly white space is striking, with a lit-from-within communal table in the middle of the room, a waterfall & a ten-foot, candle-bedecked Buddha. The religious icon watches over hip customers indulging in pan-Asian cuisine that far surpasses the fare usually found at hot spots like this." Newsweek reports, "Design also serves as a signifier for cuisine. You walk into Buddakan, one of the hottest new restaurants in Philadelphia, past a shimmering waterfall & Japanese river stones & you say to yourself, 'ginger-miso everything' even before you see the magnificent 10-foot Buddha dominating the dining room." Named one of "America's Top 50 Restaurants" by Travel & Leisure and 'Top Restaurant for Fun' by Gourmet, Buddakan has become one of the country's most talked about restaurants.
I heard a lot of good things about Buddakan but I found it to be extremely overrated. The food was NOT very good. The Wasabi mashed potatoes tasted like a mouthful of horseradish and the brussells sprouts tasted like cheap barbecue potato chips. Not worth $25 per entree. The staff, however, were great. Won't be eating there again.
Long on glitz and short on substance. The restaurant in Philadelphia is lovely to look at, particularly if you are lucky enough to be placed within sight of the Budda. The service is professional, but cold and unfriendly. The food is the big disapointment, ranging from adequate to some of the worst Chinese food we've ever tasted. We shall never return. A chain restaurant such as P. F, Chiang has tastier food, if you can believe that, at fare less than half the cost.
Excellent food, service and great place to just relax and have fun. One of my favorite spots. Was once a Philly resident and since I have now moved only get to get there once in a while but when I come to Philly, I make sure it is on my list to go.
Everything was awesome. Would totally recommend it. Just be prepared to pay for the drinks. A round of gin and tonics for me and my wife was $22 - although i am sure this is normal for higher-end restaraunts. Cool atmosphere though the large crowd made for a loud dining room. Service was top notch. Food was delicious though I found a few dishes to be overly salty. Get the Lobster Roll app!
The food was awesome! Everything we tried was soooo good. The portions were fairly large and the everything was DELICIOUS. Things can get pretty expensive here real quick from the $17 valet parking to the $15-$20 appetizers but once you taste the food you forget how pricey it is and realize you should have ordered more since it's so good.
Buddakan has some of the best dishes in the city. We love the Angry Lobster IV, it is the most delicious lobster dish anywhere. We especially love the unique service style and the way you share your food. It really brings together everyone at the table and creates a fun and unique experience.
The food was a taste experience.We oohed and ahhed throught the whole meal. The plum wine was light and fruity and the chocolate bento box for dessert was the icing on the cake.
The music was a bit loud at first but I think the food overtook all other senses and things appeared to quite down.
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