This was my second time at Buddha Bar, the first visit was quite a while ago (roughly 3years) and was fabulous. Great service, amazing food and nice atmosphere. This time not so much… When I booked the table I was informed that there would be a belly dancer at 9pm so we went ahead and booked a table downstairs where we had to have a minimum spend of £65 per head (which is not difficult to achieve) We had a table that was located right next to the till where a minimum of 3 waiters were constantly standing around. The stage was out of sight but this was the 2nd highest per head minimum charge rate so I expected a better view… When we were seated, within 1min we were asked if we decided on drinks or food, this was the last time that we were asked anything! We had to call constantly the waiter (luckily there were always 3 right next to us) we usually also had to remind them of our order and everything took ages especially our drinks (we had beer NO cocktails). One of the waiters told me it is best to order only with him to ensure we get it. This is a little sad considering our bill came up to £300 for 3ppl!
The food was ok…. A little tasteless. The prawn tempura only tasted of butter. The chicken salad (signature dish) tasted of nothing. The mango maki was ok. The Prawn Pad Thai was the best with the beef dumplings. The duck spring rolls were also nice but overall very disappointing. The Asahi was flat and the waiters just never asked if we want more, or dessert or any other drinks.
We asked various times when the belly dancers would show up and every time we were told in the next 15minutes. They turned up at 11pm!!!! Not 9! These ladies, well how can I say this best, were not the typical belly dancers, especially since they mainly threw their hair around and shook their breasts in men faces. They walked right past us (maybe because we were 3 women?!) Considering that I saw many of these shows before, it was very disappointing and not worth the wait.
The best thing was the live band and that is it!
Don’t bother going, there are tons of better places out there with nicer atmosphere, classier shows and attentive service
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