The Asian-inspired menu features tapas and main dishes, with classic flavours as well as more experimental combinations. The tapas portions of soup, served in tiny espresso cups, are a great way to start the meal. On our visit, we sip on a vegetarian laksa, which is packed with spicy flavours and a hint of coconut.
Dim sum lovers can delve into potstickers and wontons filled prawn and chive, butternut and feta, or a personal favourite, the beef and fresh chilli version. The Ducking Fantastic platter is also ideal for sharing. Peking duck is shredded at the table, allowing diners to assemble their own pancakes with accompaniments of cucumber, spring onion and a sweet and salty hoisin sauce. The duck is a touch on the dry side but delicious once it’s drenched in the flavoursome sauce and bundled into a light pancake.
Other highlights include the crispy pork belly that’s roasted and served with smoked potato purée, the sticky twice-cooked pork ribs, and the hearty prawn- or beef-topped Malaysian Bang Bang noodles with chilli and Asian pesto. There’s also the signature pan-seared line fish, lamb loin chops, and chicken, pork or beef burgers for picky eaters.
There is a good wine list with some reasonable options, but the popular choice here is the cocktail selection. The Buddha G&T is a refreshing recommendation, made with Tanqueray gin, lemon essence, fresh lime, mint and tonic.
The Greedy Buddha staff are knowledgeable, attentive and able to offer some great suggestions if you’re having trouble choosing from the menu.
The newer location boasts a stylish, cosmopolitan interior with sleek finishes and twinkling lights. The cocktail terrace has a view of the shopping centre across the way; fairy lights and palm trees add a touch of warmth to the outdoor space.
Be sure to keep an eye open for the great lunch specials. Currently, diners can choose anything from the menu, including tasting menus, and receive 20% off the bill.
There’s a predilection for Asian flavours – some are translated literally and some liberally. Delve into inspired tapas dishes like wontons filled with pork, prawn and ginger, or potsticker dumplings filled with Asian mushrooms and herbs. The ducking fantastic platter is also suited to communal eating – Peking duck is shredded at the table; thereafter diners assemble their own pancakes. Other standout dishes are the slow roasted crispy pork belly served with a flavourful smoked potato mousse, apple and teriyaki glaze, and the delicious sushi salad that combines citrus-cured salmon with watercress, cucumber ribbons, baby spinach, wasabi dressing, avo puree, Asian pesto and pickled ginger. The menu also incorporates regular size main course options like the seared line fish served with a red pepper, ginger and coconut cream and tagliatelle.
A carefully contemplated selection that is quality rather than cost conscious, so premier wines provide more options for discerning drinkers.
Consistency is key. Well-groomed waiters are confident in their menu knowledge and observe necessary service nuances. They are attentive and backed up by an efficient kitchen so, in keeping with the tapas ethos, dishes are delivered to the table in a stream as they are ready.
Previously tucked away in a small suburban shopping centre, the restaurant has metamorphosed into a stylish new venue. The upmarket, cosmopolitan interior relies on texture rather than colour, as the neutral colour scheme is interpreted with clean, contemporary lines. Stacking doors open up to reveal the bustling boulevard outside Gateway shopping centre.
Take advantage of good value set and lunch menus.
Chef Nardia Adams produces beautiful plates of tantalising Asian food. Presented tapas style, the portions are small and well priced. Standouts include the lamb, chilli and coriander pot stickers; delicious sticky steamed buns filled with roast pork and served with a caramel chilli jam; and prawn tails cooked in seven spice and juxtaposed with a coconut-infused pea purée and Asian mango salad.
The traditionally served duck pancakes are understandably popular and the chicken in a tamarind-infused peanut sauce with chilli, ginger, coriander and mint is memorable. For something more unusual, try the crispy spinach with five-spice sugar and prawn dust and, for a blissful finale, finish with a subtle lemongrass panna cotta topped with green tea sherbet.
A reciprocal arrangement sees a full bar service supplied by the neighbouring restaurant which, fortunately, does not hamper service. The wine list is a pragmatic collection of easy drinking SA options.
The zealous service stops short of being familiar and it’s hard not to share the waiters’ enthusiasm of the menu. Allow them to guide you and make recommendations – you won’t be disappointed. Dishes arrive on the table as they’re prepared, so relax and enjoy the steady stream of food.
The tiny interior is dedicated to the kitchen, so all the tables are set up on the verandah, which is closed in and heated during winter. The look, like the flavours, is clean and fresh. Lines are soft, the palette is white and each table is adorned with a lazy Susan for easy communal eating.
Tasting menus offer a great overview.
love this space immensely. Awesome staff. Great menu; the tasting menu is beyond the variety of choice and decadence. Love the options and price factor is hard to beat. The happy buddha on the wall makes me smile and Nardia is a talent of note!
Chef Nardia Adams... well done.
The casual atmosphere and green plastic chairs should not put you off enjoying a meal at this place! We bought our own bottle of wine (no corkage) and were encouraged to try the tasting menu of items on their Asian fusion menu. The items we were served did not disappoint, especially the crispy pork belly, the steamed buns and the ducking fantastic were winners. Do yourself a favour and dine here one evening - you will not be disappointed!