Restaurant Review: Buddha Bar, Grosvenor House

Revisiting a Dubai classic to see if it’s still worth the hype
Monday , 03 September 2012
Buddha Bar
Buddha Bar
Buddha Bar
Buddha Bar

INFO: Buddha Bar, Grosvenor House Dubai; 04 399 8888,

Buddha Bar still looks impressive – glossy wooden floors, Japanese-style lounges and a rich colour palette. The bar is, of course, the best way to kick off proceedings and a certain espresso-based cocktail is a personal fave. Then it’s on to the food and a test of whether Buddha is still worthy of its reputation. The 20-piece Red Sushi Platter arrives first and the usual suspects are all there: seared salmon, tuna, shrimp and red snapper nigiri, but the highlight for me is the spicy tuna maki. The platter is expertly crafted and the seafood is high-quality and fresh. For mains the Lazy Susan (the novelty of spinning dishes towards each other doesn’t wear off!) is filled with wok-seared Cantonese beef and roasted duck breast. The beef is super-tender but between its basting and the onion confit it becomes a bit too sweet and I find myself missing a hit of spice to offset it. The duck has a red curry sauce that has good chilli flavours, albeit on the watery side, and the lychee counters the heat well. The flavour of the duck is hidden by the sauce somewhat, but overall a tasty dish. Prices are not for everyday dining, but between four diners, a platter and two main courses is more than ample. For quality sushi, Buddha Bar is still right on the money. Main meals could up their game somewhat – but if you haven’t been in a while it’s still worth a visit. Just remember to wear your Loubs!

On The Menu…
Ahlan! recommends

Red Sushi Platter Dhs280 (includes a variety of nigiri, seared salmon sashimi, prawn tempura maki and spicy salmon maki)

Wok-seared Cantonese beef Dhs190
Roasted duck breast Dhs190

Green tea three ways Dhs50
Coconut pandan rice pudding Dhs50

Bottom Line
Buddha Bar on a budget…

Shrimp, snapper, squid or salmon sushi Dhs40

Massaman vegetable curry Dhs120 

Sorbet Dhs15 

TOTAL: Dhs175 

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