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“Great food, good service.”
Review of Laughing Buddha

Laughing Buddha
Ranked #41 of 165 Restaurants in New Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$22
Cuisines: Chinese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Authentic Chinese Cuisine in the heart of New Plymouth. From delicious stir fried dishes to the traditional Peking duck, we hope you enjoy the relaxed dining experience. Large group bookings and functions are welcomed. Please come in and see us and we can also make a menu to cater functions. The Restaurant is also BYO (charges apply)
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great food, good service.”
Reviewed 3 September 2012 via mobile

We discovered The Laughing Buddha while on a short trip to New Plymouth. On climbing the stairs we weren't sure what to expect, the decor is slightly rustic but pretty cute nonetheless. We had read a couple of mixed reviews about the food so were slightly apprehensive, but needn't have been. It was a quiet Sunday night, and as such there was only one waiter looking after the whole restaurant, at times he had five or six tables to look after by himself, but no-one ever had to wait for their water glass to be filled and he took a second drink order before we had even finished the first.
The menu is interesting with plenty to choose from, and my wife and I shared spring rolls and pork buns for starters, and then I had Szechuan pork hock, and my wife had a lamb and black pepper stew, with plain steamed rice. All absolutely delicious.
Altogether the food and service were very impressive, and I would recommend this restaurant to anybody!

Thank Dan C
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Papamoa, New Zealand
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Below average”
Reviewed 30 August 2012

The food was delicious but a bit pricey for what we got. It was cold in the restaurant with no visible heating, the red chinese lanterns for lighting made it difficult to read the menu. The waiting staff had to be called to refill the water glasses and opened a wrong bottle of beer and brought it to the table.

Visited August 2012
Thank Pat D
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fantastic, friendly service, scrumptious food, pleasant dining.”
Reviewed 23 August 2012

The food at The Laughing Buddah keeps getting better, there is a great variety and it is genuine chinese cuisine. The Peking Duck is divine as are the tofu dishes. I recommend this restaurant for its friendly, efficient service and delightful dining experience.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank MaryP800
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Petaluma, California
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fun visit with the open kitchen, but average food.”
Reviewed 21 July 2012

It's the only edible Chinese food in town that I've found. It was fun watching them cook in the open kitchen, but very average food.

Visited May 2012
Thank MRichm
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