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MayoRocks Feb 20, 2006 11:02 AM

This place in Philly looks cool. Any comments? Are prices astronomical?

  1. gina Mar 14, 2007 01:43 AM

    Buddakan's a beautiful place, service is great in my experience...and it's not cheap. The food is not bad overall, but there is better to be had for your buck. I wouldn't have a big problem returning if out-of-town guests requested it, but as a local, it's not a place I'm particularly drawn to.

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      Quesera Mar 13, 2007 06:28 PM

      There's a reason Buddakan is 8 years old and still hard to get into before 10:30, and that "Old Reliable" name isn't a bad thing. It's always good and always "happening." I live in LA now, but my family goes about every other time I'm home- so a few times a year. Best bets are always: calamari salad, tuna pizza, fried shrimp, salmon with cream cheese sushi and green beans, cod, and more...and dessert is always a treat too.

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        nyebaby37 Mar 13, 2007 11:57 AM

        the owners has 16 restaurants, this is his newest... major article and decent review in this month's NJ Monthly, FYI.

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          nc213 Mar 13, 2007 12:00 PM

          huh? as others have noted, Buddakan is about eight years old.

          1. re: nc213
            Adrienne Mar 13, 2007 09:06 PM

            maybe this poster is referring to the ny buddakan? the philadelphia buddakan is one of starr's older places.

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              nyebaby37 Mar 15, 2007 01:25 PM

              referring to the buddakan in AC, sorry for any confusion

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            mazza3 Mar 12, 2007 01:20 PM

            tis very good food, but very expensive. they do everything well, from the two awesome salads (calamari and asian caesar) to the appetizers to the mains. my favorite main is the wu-xi-esque braised short ribs. it is perfect. they also do very good desserts, the sorbet trio is perfect if you aren't needing too much sweet (chocolate, raspberry and lychee last time i went on january).

            i don't think that they necessarily qualify as uncreative and i have always had nice service. they have had the same menu for a while now, but if nobody is clammoring for them to change it, go figure why they haven't fixed something that ain't broke.

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              Hardart Mar 12, 2007 11:40 AM

              Here's the deal: it's more like The Museum of Pan-Asian Cooking, c. 1999 than it is a contemporary, living and changing restaurant, but they do what they do well.

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                lillotis Mar 12, 2007 09:06 AM

                I love Buddakan- one of my favorites in Philly!

                1. galaxypark83 Mar 10, 2007 10:53 AM

                  How about Buddakan NY????

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                  1. re: galaxypark83
                    Larry Racies Mar 11, 2007 07:22 AM

                    We live in NY. We've only eaten there once and we were underwhelmed.
                    'Nuff sed.

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                    ihf Feb 24, 2006 12:34 PM

                    I love Buddakan. It is one of my favorite restaurants in the city- I have never had a bad meal.

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                      Riboletta Feb 20, 2006 02:17 PM

                      you can see a menu here

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                        yophila Feb 20, 2006 11:57 AM

                        It's Old Reliable, as far as I'm concerned. Remains pretty much the same restaurant as it was when it opened, but still one of my favorites -- a museum of turn-of-this-century pan-Asian cuisine. The lobster fried rice is addictive.

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                        1. re: yophila
                          PhillyFoodDoc Mar 10, 2007 02:46 PM

                          "It's Old Reliable, as far as I'm concerned"


                          Reliably Uncreative
                          Reliably Overhyped
                          Reliably Poor Attitude

                          And not to forget...

                          Reliably $$$$$

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