THE GREEDY BUDDHA TAKE 2

The Greedy Buddha at Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga (opposite Gateway’s palm court), launched its new summer menu a little while ago and I paid them a visit two Friday’s ago. This was my second time at the Greedy Buddha, and you can read my previous post here. Have they upped their game with their new chef, new terrace and new menu? Take a look …. and tell me what you think 🙂

Starters:

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The tempura prawn tails were delicious but its accompanying pea puree and pineapple salsa lacked any oomph! The pea puree tasted like basic blended raw peas – if you like peas, then you’re in for a treat… I would have preferred a little sweet-chilli sauce on the side. The prawns were succulent, with that perfect tinge of sweetness in the flesh that only a fresh prawn can offer.

Mains:

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The Bro had the Pad Thai, which is normally my go-to dish in any Thai restaurant. I am a bit of pad Thai connoisseur. (Did you know: It’s regarded as the national dish of Thailand and is essentially rice noodles combined with chilli, lemon, prawn/chicken/beef and a distinct peanut sauce or actual peanuts scattered throughout the dish.)

There was no trace of peanuts and I asked for lemon slices on the side just to spruce it up a bit. It was bland but the pork belly accompaniment was done to perfection. Crackling crispy on the outside, soft and tender inner flesh. This dish could do with some work.

My Main:

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For my main I had the barbequed pork ribs with ‘slaw’ and chips. The ribs were cooked to perfection – an ample 500g portion, with basting that perfectly clothed the ribs and it did not overwhelm the taste-buds by being too sweet. The meat was soft and tender – I enjoyed every morsel and took the remainder of the large portion home.

Dessert:

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Chocolate Brownie with amarula foam and white chocolate mousse. (The menu said it would come with fresh mango but I guess they were out of stock as it arrived with fresh strawberries instead).  The Bro thought the world of it  – soft, light and fresh. The amarula foam didn’t add much to the dish though. Perhaps it was too watered down?

Verdict:  Overall a solid 7 out of 10.

Service: The service was EXCELLENT. From our waitor, to the manager, to the hosts at the door. Simply wonderful and refreshing to see so many happy “customer friendly” faces. Compliments to the Greedy Buddha Team on massively upping your game.

The damage: R400.00 including two non-alcoholic drinks.

Here are some shots of their summer menu to whet your appetite:

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Bon Apetit Mon Cheri  (Always wanted to say that.. hehehe :p ) 

Lovanya

xx

Ps. Have you planned your perfect Valentines Day yet?  Check out this post for some inspiration.

Hint: Flowers are always a classic 😉

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