Buddha Lounge is situated on Front Street Tynemouth (in the building that used to be Lorelei's home) and I was shocked to see the transformation. There has been a lot of attention to detail to transform the already beautiful space into something even more special.
Most of the seating was booth style which was perfect for us. We loved the huge Buddha that was the centre of attention and I'm sure will feature on a fair few instagram photos in the next few months.
I decided to start proceedings with an Asian-inspired cocktail and was spoilt for choice. There was a nice selection to choose from and they all featured an Asian twist. Our server recommended the Passionfruit sour however I was torn between a Sakirinha which was interestingly made with sake and Momotaro which was Bombay Sapphire, lemon juice, passionfruit, homemade peach puree, ginger beer and cinnamon. I opted for the Momotaro and was very impressed - it was a long drink (and there was plenty of it) and it really captured a taste of Asia in a glass (click here to see the full menu).
Now onto the food - the menu is flexible with sharing platters, dim sum, Asian tapas, noodles, salads and mains. We decided to order a selection of tapas to share between us.
Crispy Duck Spring Rolls
Chilli Salt Squid
Proper Sticky Rice
Thai Red Curry Mussels
Prawn Dim Sum
Our food was all extremely fresh - the mussels were soft and plump, the rice was the best sticky rice I've ever tried and our squid was nicely spiced and not at all on the chewy side which is so often the case. The crispy pork also deserves a special mention. We tried to pick our favourite dish but genuinely enjoyed them all and could not pick just one stand out dish.
The staff were all friendly and helpful and when asked seemed to know the menu inside out which is always a good thing. The atmosphere was welcoming to all - there were a few couples on lunch dates, a group of friends, a family with a toddler and a couple of lone diners during our visit and all seemed to enjoy their experience.
We give the Buddha Lounge a huge thumbs up. There is nowhere outside of the city centre serving up platters of sushi or Asian Tapas (that we can think of anyway) and it is a great addition to the Tynemouth dining scene. We will be back soon - I have my eyes on the fillet of beef teriyaki next!
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