Gastronomic Delights at Buddha-Bar

The kitchen is headed by Executive Chef Soccoro Santos, who translated Buddha-Bar staples to appeal to the local palate. The menu is based on Pacific Rim cooking- a style which mixes East and West culinary methods, which, in this case, is French with Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and more.

The Buddha-Bar Chicken Salad (P280), for instance, is a sweet-and-tangy dish that’s more Oriental than European, though Chef Soc swears the ingredients are very French. And while indulgence is frowned upon in Buddhism, one can't help but yield to the gastronomic pleasures of the Thai Curry Prawns (P790), a delightful combination of succulent shrimp over coconut rice, served in a coconut bowl.

For some light pica-pica in between drinks, Buddha-Bar also serves a vast selection of sushi: there’s the signature Buddha-Bar Rolls (P680) which are carefully wrapped in thin cucumber skin; Crazy Spicy Tuna (P250)—faint-tongued beware; the Pink Lady (P200-P380); and Tuna Tataki (P80), which is a welcome deviation from the usual sashimi.

Tour the world with desserts like Toffee Banana Turon, Creme Brulee (P230), and an eye-popping, tangy Caramelized Lemon Tart (P210). I love the Chocolate Sesame Bars (P250), thin sticks that can pass for gourmet versions of the popular Kit Kat bar.

Buddha-Bar
Picar Place, Kalayaan Avenue
Makati City
Tel. No. 856-6719; 856-68-59
Open from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily

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