When the original Buddha Bar opened in Paris, it's chic Asian setting seemed fresh and sexy, hitting all the right notes. Now many years later, it's new Paris hotel appears like a desperate attempt to extend a flailing brand. This restaurant has a limited menu with dated "gourmet pan-Asian" classics that would never fly in LA where this kind of cuisine sets the benchmark. Duck salad had tender morsels but was poorly presented. Sea bass was drowning in sweet coconut milk sauce. Service was well-intentioned but nobody remembered who got what, and several plates were dropped in the dining room throughout the night. Meanwhile, the red decor felt like a Bangkok bordello, or else stage setting for "Miss Saigon". Not good.
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