Stevie doesn’t really eat anything spicy & I adore asian cooking which often causes conflict when trying to decide on a place to eat. In the end, with a great deal of excitement, we opted to go to Fat Buddha in Newcastle. Its located at 55 Degrees North right next to the Tyne Bridge and about 5 minutes away from the Theatre Royal.
Our decision to go here was especially exciting for me since, according to their website they offer: “exceptional Asian fusion cuisine, Fat Buddha Newcastle will take you on an Asian adventure like no other.” A claim which both excited & thrilled me since it has been a very long time since it has been more time than I would have liked since I ate any such food.
Our visit began reasonably well, with the exception of the fact that the tables in this rather large dining room being very small, making it difficult to position things on the table, our drinks came quickly and where fine, we ordered our meals, I have Chicken Lollipops & Stevie had Satay Chicken to start. My chicken lollipops where delicious, flavourful and exactly what I expected, as was Stevie’s Satay.
To the left, you can see how the chicken Lollipops where served, interesting use of a tea-light holder as a sauce pot but other than this slight oddity, very good.
Sadly, the same cannot be said for our main course’s which where a Honey Chilli Chicken & an Edo Beef. Neither of which could be described as being flavoursome or exceptional. In our view they lacked any substance or flavour, and where generally quite bland. Both dishes where served with rice which again, lacked any element of being an exceptional experience and instead was reminiscent of how I envisage rice turning out if I made it at home (Considering my cooking skills are pretty much limited to the microwave).
Overall, the staff spent a large quantity of their time hovering around the 5 occupied tables, seemingly looking to rush the whole underwhelming experience to ready the space for the next unfortunate victim to their very clever but also highly misleading marketing. There was a feeling that everything needed to be quick, despite the apparent lack of customers present in their restaurant. The food was of low quality and although the starters where nice, they where completely overshadowed by the dismal attempt at main corses.
We almost certainly will not be visiting Fat Buddha again and I am highly unlikely to recommend that you visit this establishment now, or in the future though, the restaurant next door, Antler does look like it may be worth a visit & is on my list for the next few months.
I hope you find this review useful & enjoyed reading it! I am just starting to write this kind of post and hope that you will enjoy many more to come in the future. If you have experienced Fat Buddha in a different way than we did, please let us know in the comments below!
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Newcastle has failed to deliver on its promises, something equally dismal happened at Stack Newcastle a while before this too!