One of my favorite things to do in London is to go shopping in the heart of Knightsbridge and now I have a knew favourite thing to do; eat at the new Hipster Hot Spot The New Buddha-Bar Restauran nestled in the heart of Knightsbridge. It is just like one of my favourite haunts in Paris and now the sister hot spot has a London home. The new Buddha-Bar Restaurant mixes up London’s dining scene with its sumptuous menu of Pan Asian dishes, reputable music and striking interiors, when you walk in it’s like entering a new world. The perfect place to rest after checking out the sale racks at Harvey Nichols. Descending from the widely acclaimed and successful restaurant-bar-lounge Buddha-Bar Paris, established in 1996 by founders Raymond & Tarja Visan, Buddha-Bar London will offer guests an unrivalled experience blending food, music, and décor perfectly.
Set over two floors, Buddha-Bar London’s stylish and beautiful interiors exude a fusion of colonial, baroque and East meets West style that appeals to the fashion conscious. Buddha-Bar London plays on all senses with its live DJs who play carefully a subtle mixture of electro-style rhythms and ethnic and tribal sounds– together with all time favourites. “Restaurants are like fashion, we must adapt to our new generation’s demands whilst continuing to cater for the loyal customers’ needs. And at the new Buddha-Bar London in Knightsbridge, diners can witness this melange of ages fused together by Buddha-Bar’s renowned music”, saysTarja.
Spearheaded by co-founder Tarja Visan, Buddha-Bar London has reinvented the brand, pushing culinary boundaries while inviting guests to dine for lunch, lights snacks and dinner. “Buddha-Bar is universal, each destination unique in its own right. With our brand new London restaurant, we have ensured the concept is flexible to the British lifestyle, yet still attractive to the restaurant’s eclectic audience.”
On my visit to the new location in London I was invited to taste the lunch set menu and indulge in the dessert menu. I ended up spending 3 hours enjoying the menu on a girl’s day out in London. We started with this delightful pickled salad. The Buddha-Bar London menu masterfully blends Far Eastern cuisine with Western tastes and influences. Pushing culinary boundaries, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and other Eastern flavours are stylishly entwined to re-invent the Buddha-Bar brand and spear-head a new-wave Pacific Rim cuisine. The Executive Head Chef has created dishes specific to Buddha-Bar London such as Venison Tataki, Smoked Duck and Foie Gras Gyoza, Dragon Scallop and pan-fried Seabass with Shiso Butter.
Waiting for the main course.
Signature Buddha-Bar dishes include the famous Buddha-Bar Chicken Salad, Seared Sesame Tuna, Wok Fried Beef, Spicy Tuna Tartar and Five Spiced Barbeque Chicken.
Additionally the menu offers an extensive selection of Sashimi, Nigiri, Sushi Maki Rolls, Temaki, and Tempura dishes.
This Chilli Squid was my favorite dish. I wanted more.
Now that is a Chicken Salad.
The cherry on top was the renowned ex-China Tang Pastry Chef who has created a dessert menu of decadent Pan Asian treats that includes Ginger Lime Cheese Cake with Pineapple Salsa, which I totally suggest you have to try. The Chocolate Sesame Bars with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, and Mango Pearls with Coconut Cream is another must have dessert. Then head back to you shopping exertion to walk it all off.
After hours is another scene all together at Buddha-Bar London. This hipster hangout continues to bring avant-garde cocktails to the table with their highly skilled mixologist who will be shaking up the scene for those night owls. Choose from their extensive menu that includes Heart of Darkness, a sophisticated blend of red grapes, cognac and red port, or The Ultimate, a fresh mix of Maraschino liquor, Cointreau and pineapple. Party over here at the Hipster Hot Spot London’s The New Buddha-Bar. If you looking to fall in love and want to take that special someone on a first date, Budda Bar is that sexy place where you can get cosy. Or if you just want to get wild and eat well spice it up with my favorite Chilli squid and end the evening with a little chocolate and carmel.
Address: 145 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7PA
Reservations: +44 (0) 7568 107 854 / +44 (0)20 3667 5222
Capacity: Restaurant 240, VIP & Private Dining 60, Bar & Lounge 100
Monday till Saturday – lunch, afternoon bites and dinner served from 12 noon to 11pm. Drinks will be served at the bar till 12 midnight.
Sunday – brunch, lunch and dinner served from 12 noon to 11pm. Drinks will be served at the bar till 12 midnight.