So I’m down the shore with friends for the weekend. One of my friends was looking for a “fine dining experience,” so we ended up at Buddakan. First, we tried some of the inventively-named signature cocktails. My companions had “Serenity”; I went with “Fortune.” We opted for one of the chef’s tasting menus (they have 3). Here’s what we were served:
Appetizers: spicy tuna rolls, edamame ravioli, calamari salad, and Kobe beef satay with tempura vegetables
Entrees: Chilean sea bass, shrimp & chicken pad thai, spice rubbed aged beef, lamb chops with wasabi and chinese egglplant, and crab fried rice (which was not fried)
Desserts: cream cheese doughnuts with dark chocolate and banana dipping sauces, black chai pot de creme, and carrot cake with carrot ice cream, carrot puree, and carrot chips.
Every dish was delicious. It was clear that a lot of thought had gone into creating a balanced menu–all of the elements within a course had well-balanced flavors and textures. I ate stuff that I don’t normally eat (seafoood, anyone?) The chai pot de creme for sure rocked my world. (One of my companions was so smitten with the carrot dessert that she practically licked the plate.) We felt both fortunate and serene…..right up until we broke the restaurant. But that’s a story for another day.