The restaurant, under the leadership of Head Chef, Rutger Eysvogel, who hails from Cape Town, will specialise in global food inspired by Asia, with a strong emphasis on South East Asian cuisine. As a first timer to the Greedy Buddha I had no idea what to expect and no comparison to drawn on.
Driving towards the Palm Boulevard building the Greedy Buddha sign smiles at you with a happy green glow and as we entered the Buddha’s den we were greeted with friendly smiles and a glass of bubbly to set the scene for the evening.
The Greedy Buddha, owned by Durban businessman, Jess Watts, has grown in leaps and bounds since it opened in Durban North two years ago. The new restaurant presently has seating for 100 diners, with indoor and outdoor options and includes a Chef’s Table that seats 12.
Our vibrant and attentive host welcomed us personally and immediately informed us of the new improvements to the menu and some of the old ones that were too good to let go. He was very interactive with the crowd and explained the tasting menu in detail. His description and the smells coming from the kitchen were a promise of the taste extravaganza to follow.
Chef Eysvogel, who graduated from The Culinary Academy in the Mother City, Cape Town, has been mentored by industry giants such as George Jardine and Richard Carstens. He has worked at Jardine’s, The Kove Collection and Tokara and Delaire Graff Wine Estates and brings to the Greedy Buddha a mix of fresh ideas and tantalising flavours, taking the already popular menu to new heights.
The new menu includes two Tapas Tasting Menus (one being Vegetarian); a Lunch Menu with four options; a Classic Tapas and Signature Tapas offering; an all new Mains Menu and a delicious Dessert selection. A Young Buddha Menu for children is a welcome addition to the culinary line-up.
Up first on the tasting menu for the night was Tom Yum Prawn Bisque; arriving in a teacup this encapsulation of the ocean was a great taste of Buddhist paradise.
But I have to admit what stood out the most was the Citrus Cured Salmon Sashimi. I personally couldn’t wait to try it, as this is my favorite type of cuisine, blowing my mind and exceeding all my expectations and left my taste buds dying for more!!!
That is not to say that the other well thought out dishes didn’t rack up, the pork belly and its deliciously crispy crackling melted my brain. Perfectly paired with smoked potato mouse and a slight sweet undertone of an apple and teriyaki glaze.
The most interesting dish of all was the Confit duck pancakes, which our host personally pulled apart and explained the confit process as well as the details on the dish. Served in a make it yourself style which I found was great as both a finger food and conversation starter.
Lastly the frozen vanilla crème brulee stole the show with its sweet yet citrusy cream. The contrasting textures blended together perfectly as the evening drew to a close. All in all I would definitely recommend the Greedy Buddha for a real taste of true South East Asian Fusion Cuisine.
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Shop 1, 12 on Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge at Gateway