Today is: Monday, April 23, 2018
Buddha's Belly Restaurant Review
In the mood for a great dinner and wonderful attentive service? Then get going
to Buddha’s Belly. Ladies and Gentlemen the greatest Pan-Asia restaurant I have
been lately in Los Angeles area. I was surprised that for being in town all this
time, just found out about this place lately and what a great dining experience
we had. It was such an inviting experience that I can’t wait to go back for more.
The service is great, the atmosphere is casual, designed with the principles of
Feng Shui, it has a bamboo and Buddha theme, with lanterns, comfortable tables and
an open kitchen and bar. Great selection of Hot Sake, Chilled Sake, Wines, Beers,
Herbal Tonics, Coffee and Teas. I had the best Mojito ever, and also a
Soju Vodka infused with Lychee fruit.
Some of the most beautifully presented and tasty food we have seen and tried.
Buddha’s Belly has a wonderful eclectic Pan-Asian Menu, which includes a
of great dishes that you can’t miss, as starters we choose a variety of appetizers
recommended by our friendly waiter.
We had the Spicy Ahi Tuna Tartare; a shushi-gred ahi tuna, giner, green onion, cucumber,
wasabi flying fish roe, daikon sprouts, accompanied by crispy and
crunchy won ton
chips, great choice to start our meal.
Spicy Ahi Tuna Tartare
Coming along we tried the special Rock Shrimp Tempura that comes only on Monday’s
and Thrusday’s; this dish really rocks and the portion was big as well!
The Albacore and Avocado Spring Roll; seared albacore tuna, avocado, shiso leaf,
daikon radish salad on a ponzu drizzle, no doubt another good choice.
Albacore and Avocado Spring Roll
Rock Shrimp Tempura
There was also another appetizer that I wanted to taste, and it was new to me called;
Shao Bing; it had 6 little sandwiches with sirloin steak, chicken breast, Chinese
sesame bread, cilantro on a ginger sauce. The flavors were really great, and this
dish alone, is a meal by itself! Great choice.
And finally the Crispy Soft Shell Crab; simply “F a n t a s t i c”, very tender juice
pieces of crab that if you are a crab lover, this is a true fest for the soul…
If we were hungry? Well, I must say that just those appetizers were pretty filling
but we have a job to do, and we need to try the entrees, certainly we did not feel
regret, it was a combination of absolutely unforgettable dishes, with great taste
and presentation, and the flavors were unbeatable, rich and delicious.
Crispy Soft Shell Crab
The menu gives Pan-Asian food classics a contemporary tweak; dishes are artfully
presented, with many delicious and spicy sauces. Also signature salads include Spicy
Crispy Calamary Salad, a lightly-fried calamari with mixed greens, red onion, glass
noddles on a green curry vinaigrette… This one is great as well!
Crispy Calamary Salad
The variety of main dishes are truly great, from Seafood, Meat, Chicken and Vegetarian,
you will not be disappointed, the food is extremely good, and the Japanese-Style
Baked Alaskan Black Cod, it is so fresh you can taste the seawater, it comes in
a box with broccoli and white rice, this is a must have fish, delicious, tender
and fresh! definitely exceptional.
Japanese-Style Baked Alaskan Black Cod
Also Teriyaki Salmon fish, was fresh, came with broccoli and white rice, very tender
and the Salmon was also delicious.
The desserts if you can find room are wonderful, we had the The trio of Mochi Ice
Cream; green tea, red bean and cappuccino are to die for, you may also try the other
delicious desserts that we did not have any space for, but will certainly return
for more; among them are the Creamy Coconut Sorbet, Hot Sesame Buns, Coconut Tapioca
Pudding, all these are great desserts to finish your meal.
Trio of Mochi Ice Cream
The restaurant also offers seating outdoor for 90 guests, and also offers off and
on-premise catering. They also have a comfortable Bamboo Room, located on the east
side of the restaurant which accommodates up to 44 guests for dining and 60 guests
for cocktail receptions.
I would like to give a special thank you to Jonathan Chu – founder and
was extremely friendly and who kindly invited us over and also
thank the fabulous
chef: Hisashi Yoshiara who is recognized to bring talent
and joy to each of his
The delights of the sea are here and in bountiful portions. If Pan-Asian
on your heart then a trip to Buddha's Belly is a must.
For map and location click Here!
For more information please visit their website at www.bbfood.com
Article By: Mary Adams
Photos By: Chris Marx
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