Buddha Bar | Knightsbridge Restaurant and Bar
Buddha was never a big fan of cocktails.
Or booze in any form, really.
However having once confusingly stated that “nothing is as it seems… nor is it otherwise“, he did always love a good paradox.
Which is presumably why, despite his abstinence, he was happy to put his name to Paris’ Buddha Bar, a decadent pan-Asian bar and restaurant which, over recent years, has spawned offshoots as far and wide as Budapest, Jakarta, Monte Carlo, Prague, and now London.
Buddha Bar London’s as opulent and seductive as you’d expect a place like this… in a place like this… to be. A dimly-lit date spot extravagantly set out over two levels, its elevated ground floor offers relaxed dining and cocktails at the long bar (warmly lit by a run of birdcages), while the more formal dining happens downstairs at the base of two crystal dragons, and in the shadow of a floating steel mesh Buddha.
There’s a big cocktail menu here – which is to be expected – but the focus is the food, which combines classic Buddha Bar fare like seared sesame tuna, wok-fried beef and five spiced barbeque chicken, with new dishes like dragon scallops, pan-fried seabass with shiso butter, and venison tataki.
It’s a fairly pricey place, but as everyone (except Buddha) will agree, you only live once….
NOTE: Buddha Bar is open daily for dinner from 5pm, as well as weekend lunches. You can find out more, and make a booking, HERE.
Buddha Bar | 145 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7PA
Photo Credit: Paul Winch-Furness
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