Restaurant Review: Buddha Belly

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Diners at Buddha Belly
Diners at Buddha Belly

I am a devout follower of Lord Buddha and was hugely intrigued by the irreverent name of Peddar Road’s brand new “Buddha Belly” eatery. What  on earth could  Buddha’s belly possibly deliver? Nirvana. I hoped.

DÉCOR

Mish mash décor with sayings of Hippocrates.  Brillat savarin and GB Shaw, photos of skyscrapers plastered all over walls. begin to give a clue of what is to follow.Seriously small, it even squeezes in a low ceilinged mezzanine floor.  Malini Patel  and Rupal Himani (who love trying out new eateries) were lunching here. While one’s daughter Malaika  cooks brilliantly, the others  Husband Divyesh cooks exotic dishes .

FOOD

No two ways about it: affordable pricing. Average of Rs 125 for 4 pieces of dimsum and an array of steamed, fried, baked, panfried dimsum. ( okayish Khaosuey  the only main course) Well made and flaky baked dimsum filled with chicken came up tops,   Fried  chicken ball with a sticky.sweet filling was good,  the surprises ?  flavorsome  vegetarian parmesan spinach dimsum, the mixed veggie crystal one. Superb  mustard sauce and lemon grass sauces. Passable coconut mousse and nutella mousse.

MINUS POINTS

Parking is impossibl.No Chinese tea served here. But tasteless sticky rice,  clumpy Suimai. Lackluster Black bean chicken dimsun wrapped in cabbage and that Edamame truffle dimsum is a soggy, sans truffle pouch. Tough chicken and chive Gyoza.

No takeway boxes available. No alcohol.

MY POINT

An open all day, well-priced dimsum joint is definitely a great concept and for that alone Buddha Belly deserves kudos. However, it falters in execution, sometimes delivering  thick skinned wrappers, at other times lackluster fillings. I am hoping these are teething troubles and our Buddha will outgrow them.

Ketty House,  Near Vama, ,Pedder Road Ph  65651545

Open all day. Meal for 2: Rs 800

RATING FOOD 3 SERVICE 3.5 DÉCOR 3

 

THE BEST OF THE BEST

Eating the Waldorf salad at The Waldorf Astoria
Eating the Waldorf salad at The Waldorf Astoria

It’s the finest of all my (what I like to call) “historic homage moments”, Be it eating the Sacher torte in Hotel Sacher in Vienna or having a Swedish massage in Swedens Grand Hotel. Feasting on my favorite Waldorf salad in the Waldorf Astoria ( more than a century old symbol of grace and elegance ) It is here that the red velvet cake was invented and  Oscar Tschirky, “Oscar of the Waldorf” created the Waldorf salad. in the 1930s .

Having landed in New York, (after a 24 hour long flight) I arrive at  the iconic Bull and Bear restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria and my jet lag vanishes  as the charming and dapper Gilbert Bolivar, (General Manger, famed restaurateur known for setting up several great restaurants) ensures that everything is perfect here. It has been the  haunt of many a US President and A list celebrities.  I dine with discerning foodie Mark Ricci and creative writer Tracy Dubin in New Yorks finest old school steak house (only NYC restaurant serving Satsuma Wagyu) and home to the famous  Bull and Bear bar. We get a memorable taste of living history!

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