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Sep 29, 2008 09:41 PM


As a 3 year Angeleno, I try to defend our fine city and its restaurant patrons from the LA bashing that generalizes our town is all about style over substance....clique over community. And then I find a place which may prove them all right...that encapsulates all that can be improved in our fine ciudad....Buddha's Belly.

Miserable. And this is even after giving credit where credit is due....a nice ambience in a category dominated by dollar store decor and 'B' health ratings. Food that comes off as healthy, rather than oil soaked. However, at the end of the day, the food is horrific, I mean insulting. The 'Green Curry' is a sloppy soup of blandness, as equally disappointing as the 2 other dishes I've had there and forgotten or gone into denial. And yet both locations stay hopping by some mystery of voodoo, celebrity marketing, or Daily Candy bribery.

I don't mean to react so violently, but I feel like it's my responsibility to protect you from this, like a trusty watch dog loyally presiding over his homestead, or George Bush Sr. from having Wubya take his own SAT exams.

Chowhounders....We are Los Angeles' last hope! To speak the the truth where the morons on Citysearch and the naive on Yelp fail miserably. It's not just our passion, its our duty!

Friends of Chowhound....Please join me in blackballing Buddha's Belly!!

(I'm El Jefe, and I endorse this message)

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  1. El Jeffe has been temporarily been 'brain cramped' by atrocious chow.
    The locations and menu of this establishment can be viewed here:

    I think it is more evidence that marketing degrees are granted by Satan. They seem to attract people who can be brainwashed into trying to sell ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to fellow morons between 18 to 35 years old. Just my opinion, mind you.

    TIA for further reports.

    1. Trust me, this place is no worse than Crustacean.

      Put side-by-side, Crustacean makes Buddha's Belly look like the French Laundry.

      3 Replies
      1. re: ipsedixit

        Hehehe y'all are hilarious. Second ipsedixit.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          ipse, as a regular poster here, I'm suprised you'd even been here. When would you ever have had occasion to go to this place if it's so mediocre? I live just a few blocks away (on the other side of Fairfax), but after all the things I've read about BB over the years I can't imagine ever wasting my time and money there.

          Mr Taster

          1. re: Mr Taster

            I have friends that work at the CBS Studio lot down the street.

            I go, I don't pay, I don't eat much, and I don't complain. Sometimes friendship is worth more than good chow. Rare, but it happens.

        2. Well, I don't think too many hounds have ever recommended this place. I find it acceptable if someone else wants to go there, but no better than acceptable. Even Mao's Kitchen is usually better. How about that new fancyish Thai place nearby on Beverly, is it any good? In general this area is a wasteland for anything Asian-influenced.

          1. I'd rather eat at Buddha's Belly than Mr. Chow anyday, for a quarter of the price.

            1. Who recommended this to you? The menu looks like an Asian mash-up nightmare. Unfortunately, this faux-Chinese junk is usually what happens when you go west of La Brea