Fat Buddha – Durham restaurant review

11 May 2009

As is probably obvious from my recent post on my favourite restaurants in Newcastle, I like eating out – possibly a bit too much – and finally ended up in Fat Buddha, off Claypath in Durham city centre.

I’ve been meaning to go to Fat Buddha ever since it opened (in 2006, I think), but it’s one of those restaurants that’s so close I’ve put it off in favour of other restaurants in Durham.

Fat Buddha: a fat lot of good

I have to say I was bitterly disappointed by Fat Buddha. The restaurant has a lot of hype surrounding it (including coverage in the Daily Mail and various other sources), which probably didn’t do the restaurant any favours – by the time I visited yesterday night, I was probably expecting a lot from the restaurant, both in terms of food and the atmosphere.

Two things in particular irked me about Fat Buddha:

  • The food was well below average. The Thai red curry was OK, but for the price (£10.80), I was expecting a lot more in terms of presentation. The Pad Thai with beef was worse – the beef looked like it had been cooked for a week before being tipped on to the plate. The restaurant certainly lost out here – we intended to have dessert, but after the main course’s poor show, decided to go elsewhere.
  • The service was slow and unattentive. The staff were polite, but in too much of a hurry to listen properly to what we were saying.

I don’t think I’ll be going back: between the poor service and food, I’ll be eating elsewhere.

What is your experience of Fat Buddha? Is the one in Belfast any better? Leave them here, or share them on Fat Buddha, Durham‘s durhamStudent listing.