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“Shocking service but great food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Buddha by the Beach

Buddha by the Beach
4 Red Gum Road | Boomerang Beach, Blueys Beach, New South Wales, Australia
6554 0877
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Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Sydney, Australia
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“Shocking service but great food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012 via mobile

We have been to Buddha a number of times in its previous location. Thought we would give it a try in its new location in Mobys Resort.

Booked out Saturday night so went Monday. Quite quiet, mainly families.

Its a scaled down version of fine dining, but the decor and lighting is lacking which wrecks the ambience.

Wine list is very reasonably priced, abd you can BYO too. We ordered a bottle of Semillon, only to have a bottle of dessert wine delivered to the table!! Sent it back of course. Service fail number 1 of the night.

Interesting menu, but with such typos as 'Squeesed juice' rather than 'Squeezed juice', and 'Dinning' rather than 'Dining', I was not expecting much.

Good selection of vego options. Seems to have lost its mainly Asian theme since moving, now fairly 'safe' dishes such as twice cooked duck in master stock. 'Crispy skin teriyaki chicken pancakes' did not come with crispy skin, and was a very safe version of a dish normally served with duck.

Entree: ordered potato and spinach pancakes without the poached egg, only to be served with a large poached egg on top. Fail #2.

Interesting salads though.

Bottle of semillon was 2004 from Hunter Valley, but tasted like it was flat abd missing something. Noticed on the bottle label that it should have been drunk in 2010 at the latest. Fail #3.

Twice cooked duck very nice, as was honey affogato for dessert.

So overall, food great, service shocking (0/5). I preferred it at the old location.

If they improve their service abd ambience, this place will do very well. Abd for this area where good food is hard to come by, it is worth a taste.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle, Australia
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“Best restaurant in the area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

Buddha used to be located in a cottage at Charlotte Bay but has recently relocated to the restaurant attached to Moby's Resort at Boomerang Beach. It's fair to say that there is a paucity of really good restaurants in the Great Lakes area - I consider Buddha to be about the best of them.
Interesting food
Very good vegetarian options
Friendly and professional service

A couple of mains I have had were 'oversauced' - ie sauce flavour overwhelmed the meat/fish
Fairly ordinary winelist
General ambience - tiled surfaces make the noise level high. Because the restaurant is attached to a resort the level of children at table is quite (too) high. Go for the later seating times.

This is a good restaurant with an interesting menu and fresh, well prepared food. If you are staying in the area you would be well advised to give it a go.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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