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“Close to home next to a book shop”
Review of The Hungry Buddha

The Hungry Buddha
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Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Curtin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $19
Cuisines: Tibetan, Nepali, Indian
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: The Hungry Buddha began its life in mid-2011 with two simple goals mind, too cook authentic Nepalese food, and serve our customers with a genuine and friendly hospitality. Two friends, Lachhu Thapa and Benjamin Richardson, have come together to turn this concept into a reality. Priding themselves on staying true to their original goals of traditional food and great service.Located in the centralised suburb of Curtin in south Canberra, The Hungry Buddha is tucked away down-stairs in the ever surprising Curtin shops. Hard to find...but once you do prepare to be greeted by the delicate spiced aroma of a traditional Nepalese kitchen, and the native Nepali influenced stylings of this atypical space. Just 10 minutes from Civic, much closer then Nepal.
Darwin, Australia
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135 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Close to home next to a book shop”
Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

The restaurant was popular but I was able to get in on a Friday without a booking :). The lighting was perfect, not too bright or too dark. There were over 40 people but it was possible to hold a conversation with out straining to hear each other. The painting on the walls were intriguing , I like mountain scenes so a Nepalese restaurant with paintings of mountains felt right. The service was prompt. The menu selections were plenty.
Nepalese is similar to Indian but with slightly different spices and it gives the food a unique flavour.
We ate the boneless lamb and the potatoes with bamboo shoots.
The meal sizes were just right. The quality was excellent.
The company I was with made this a really wonderful experience.
The price was reasonable. :)
Interesting I have walked passed the enterance many times before very pleased I chose to walk in last night. The shop next door is a quaint little book shop. It just made the experience even better. Browse some books then have a very nice meal. :)

Visited April 2013
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English first
Canberra, Australia
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762 reviews
397 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
“Daahl dish quite bland and naan bread a little heavy”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

We too used a living social voucher for lunch but transferred to dinner as they never seemed to be open for lunch. The Daahl dish was bland and too thick to scoop up with the naan bread. The chicken dish was better but not that exciting. Naan bread was soft but a little to heavy and lacking in flavour. The restaurant is quite dark, but not what you'd call romantic.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Pechfoodlover
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Canberra, Australia
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Rewarding experience with friendly service”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Don't let the unusual location at the bottom of the stairs and the different scents put you off going here. The mo:mo: chicken dumplings with the home made sauce are delightful and the daal dinner set (we chose with goat) was smooth and wholesome. The service was really friendly and made for a really happy night. It's good to feel looked after. Until next time, much love to this place.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank SKS_Aus
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Canberra, Australia
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174 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Great living social deal, but will go back”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Went to hungry Buddha courtesy of a generous living social deal that gave two meals and a glass of wine for not much. As vegetarians we were very pleased with the large number of vego options, and the taste was great. Venue is underground which is quite cool, and waiters were very friendly.

1 Thank Harrison-act
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Adelaide, Australia
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57 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Great Food, Ambience & Service”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

We tried the Chili Chicken & Chicken Dumpling for appetisers. Both yummy, however, the Chili Chicken had hardly any chicken in it and the plate was packed full with big pieces of onions and capsicum. The mains however came in generous enough portions with 10 big prawns in the Bengal Prawn Curry. The Pistachio Ice Cream & Yoghurt dessert were both good. Pricing overall average. We were happy with the standard of the food and will definitely be back for more!

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank strawberrychocs
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