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Buddakan - what not to miss?

Schpsychman Jul 8, 2008 03:20 PM

Well decided on Buddakan for our upcoming anniversary (remember Kaizan closed, Pearl not that great....). Buddakan is one of the "to do" places in Philly we've never been to and we're looking forward to it. Thought I would ask what apps and entrees have consistently been really good and that are "not to be missed" items? Also, and I know this isn't easy, but any particularly good tables to request (we have an 8:30 reservation). Thanks in advance.

  1. mschow Jul 9, 2008 10:55 AM

    Another vote for the calamari salad; it's excellent. Love the japanese black cod;it's very fresh and has been perfectly cooked every time I have had it. Lobster spring roll, and the dumplings (all of them!)

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      Hardart Jul 9, 2008 08:39 AM

      The lobster fried rice is exceptional, as is the duck breast and ponzu chicken.

      Basically, it's a museum of early-90s Asian fusion cooking, but a heck of a good museum.

      1. smackdown Jul 9, 2008 07:46 AM

        japanese black cod and another vote for the chocolate bento box - both are delicious and i have a hard time ordering anything else

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          LaurCar Jul 9, 2008 07:36 AM

          I love the tuna pizza.

          1. thehungrything Jul 9, 2008 07:31 AM

            The kumamoto oysters on the half shell are great. They are prepared with three different sauces.

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              mazza3 Jul 9, 2008 07:22 AM

              i love both of the salads (calamari and asian caesar) but most people tend to go gaga for the calamari one.

              i agree with the dessert recs too, the chocolate bento box and the dip sim donuts (YUM!). any of the dumplings are delicious too (handmade every day by the dumpling ladies). and i also love the edamame ravioli. i usually order a special, but off the main menu, the chilean sea bass is delicious, as is the wasabi encrusted filet.

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                DaisyM Jul 9, 2008 04:17 AM

                I agree about the doughnuts and bento box. I also really like the Asian ceasar salad.

                1. crazyspice Jul 8, 2008 05:54 PM

                  I have to 3rd the calamari salad! My husband loved the wasabi crusted filet.

                  1. AmblerGirl Jul 8, 2008 05:11 PM

                    The calamari salad is amazing, every other place I tried it it feels like a poor imitation. Agree on the chocolate bento box, would also recommend the dip sum donuts. That is another dish that has been copied many times, but nothing is good as the original.

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                    1. re: AmblerGirl
                      bluehensfan Jul 8, 2008 05:13 PM

                      Oh yeah, I forgot about the calamari salad. It is really good!

                    2. bluehensfan Jul 8, 2008 03:41 PM

                      The tea smoked spare rib appetizer and the chocolate bento box dessert are by far the best things on the menu. Also, the sea bass is pretty good too.

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