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The Hungry Buddha

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44E Curtin Place | Curtin Shopping Centre, Curtin, Canberra 2605, Australia
+61 2 6285 2425
17:00 - 21:30
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We started with two of the interesting entrees. The MoMo or chicken dumplings with special tomato sauce were delicious and the spicy corn was also good. I chose the lamb curry and my partner chose the eggplant dish. Both were nicely spiced and very tasty. Accompaniments were quite cheap. It is fully licenced with a moderate cellar.

Thank John L
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having never tried Nepalese food. I recently dined here with a work colleague of Nepalese background. Both he and I enjoyed the Mo Mo and Dahl. The food is great introduction to Nepalese food with the Dahl a key to try. My colleague thought the Dahl was like home cooking which is a compliment to the chef.

Thank Jennero1
Canberra, Australia
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having enjoyed takeaway from here several years ago, we were interested to try dining in. I was surprised by how busy it was for a venue tucked away underneath a suburban shopping centre; it seemed that it may be a favourite secret for quite a few people. We were a group of 8 and ordered a banquet. The chicken entree... More 

Thank Stuskie
Canberra, Australia
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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our go-to spot for a good tasty (but not super hot) curry. I'm pleased to say the menu has had another overhaul showing that the restaurant pays attention to its customers and seasonal produce. They concentrate on a number of dishes done very well - plenty to choose from. The mixture of spices gives a very different flavour... More 

Thank N0madOne
Sanctuary Point, Australia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is much like Indian but with different spices, Every thing we had was very nice . The service was great the wine was good.

Thank Scott S
Canberra, Australia
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174 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

I have recently taken 2 groups of 10 or more diners to this restaurant for special occasions. In November, the service was OK; in January on a Tuesday night, with only 1 other table, the service was poor and even that is a generous description. The waitresses seemed more interested in talking to each other than attending to their diners.... More 

Thank Chris M
Boston, Massachusetts
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112 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We had an excellent meal of butter chicken (nice that they offer half portions too). The naan was fresh, the pop ado she crisp the pilau rice fluffy and the mango relish good. They are down the stairs in a location that makes you think twice about going in. Suggestion: lose the plethora of posters on the stairway, put in... More 

Thank robroy18
Los Angeles, California
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116 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

The restaurant is cute and surprising basing it on the small shopping center it is in and being in the basement of a building. The sauces were very tasty and the food fresh. I would have preferred white meat instead of dark in my curry and i hope they will take into consideration that this should be included on their... More 

Thank ReenyL
Canberra, Australia
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We have now visited twice and will definitely be back. We had the banquet the first time but there was more variety when we ordered off the menu. The chilli chicken and malai kofta was my favourite but the dhal baht was very authentic. The service was friendly and helpful. The restaurant is very clean so don't be put off... More 

Thank Blue1201
1 review
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

The ambience is very relaxing for our family. From their menu, their chilli chicken is very tasty. Pair it with cheese naan or garlic naan - it is a good light dinner combination meal. Even my 9 year old kid likes the place and the food. We visited the place for 2 consecutive nights and ordered the same dish!

Thank CAT_2013_australia

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 20
Tibetan, Nepalese, Indian, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44E Curtin Place | Curtin Shopping Centre, Curtin, Canberra 2605, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Australian Capital Territory  >  Canberra  >  Curtin
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6285 2425
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.

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