The Buddha Lounge is a recent addition to Tynemouth’s restaurant scene, bringing Asian fusion cuisine, a great cocktail menu and an interior worthy of being a tourist attraction. I’d heard lots about it so was excited to be invited down to try their menu and see that giant Buddha…
Walking up to the front door that was tucked away at the side of Green Ginger Shopping Arcade (the converted church) my initial thought was that it was going to be quite small. I’ve never been more wrong. It was like stepping into the Tardis. The space is so big it took my breath away. The first thing you see as you step in is the amazing, giant Buddha towering above. Apparently people come in just to take pictures and I can understand why!
The Buddha Lounge has 3 floors for dining, all decorated perfectly to match the Asian theme, with lit-up window screens, a beautiful tree sprinkled in fairy lights on the second floor and lanterns lining the walk ways. We were seated on the ground floor in a booth, opposite the bar with a gorgeous view of the beams above and the mirrors that lined the walls. I’m afraid my camera doesn’t give it the justice it deserves- you’ll just have to go see it for yourself to understand!
As my plus one was driving I thought I’d go all out for the both of us and got a glass of prosecco (why not?). We were also given complimentary prawn crackers with Hoisin Sauce by our lovely waitress which were a great start to the meal. Can’t turn down prawn crackers.
The menu offers a selection of Asian tapas and main courses as well as Dim Sum and Sushi. We decided to order a tapas dish each as a starter then a main course so we could make it into a two course meal. There were enough yummy things on the tapas section that you could equally order a few different things to share as a meal.
For starters, we both decided on spring rolls with shredded duck and shiitake mushrooms. They also came with a really nice lemon dip which went well. Definitely some of the best spring rolls I’ve had.
For main I ordered the sweet and sour chicken which is always my go to choice in an Asian restaurant and it was really tasty and well presented. There was a choice of different cooked rice so I went for the steamed, which came in a cute little dish, and my plus one went for sticky, which came in a pot wrapped in (what we think were) lotus leaves. It was so fancy and felt authentic. The chicken was beautiful– sometimes I find the chicken in sweet and sour goes too crispy or chewy, but this was the perfect amount of crispy with nicely cooked chicken.
By this time we were feeling pretty full and like we needed a good hour or so nap but there was one last surprise. We were brought their signature cocktail, The Singapore Slinger to try. No exaggeration, one of nicest cocktail I’ve ever had. Ingredients in it were: Bombay Saphire, Solerno, Benedictine, Jasmine syrup, pineapple juice, lime juice, signature bitters and Cherry Brandy foam. I think it was the cherry that did it. Cherry is my favourite flavour of everything so it was just a dream. It wasn’t too sweet, it was just perfect. We couldn’t stop telling everyone who came to our table how nice it was! Definitely my favourite part.
The restaurant has a menu specially dedicated to all their fab cocktails so if the Singapore Slinger doesn’t catch your fancy there’s plenty of others to chose from. I really want to try the Buddhatini next time (Tahitian Vanilla infused Absolut with lots of fruity extras).
Thank you to the Buddha Lounge, we’ll be back in the future as I need another Singapore Slinger in my life. The service was amazing and it was such a relaxing, welcoming atmosphere. I’d definitely recommend the restaurant, not only the food but for the lovely staff who couldn’t do enough for us and the amazing decor.
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