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“Fantastic authentic Chinese food”
Review of Laughing Buddha

Laughing Buddha
Ranked #48 of 164 Restaurants in New Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$21
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
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)
Auckland, New Zealand
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fantastic authentic Chinese food”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

We have come back every time we visit New Plymouth. (Every couple of months)
The food is delicious and you can see the chefs cooking your meals. Favourite dishes: spicy garlic prawns (entree) and traditional Peking duck / BBQ pork.
The deco sets a nice mood for dining. Service is great too.
However during a full house sometimes you need to wait a bit longer but we think it's worth the wait.

  • Visited April 2014
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
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English first
Palmerston North
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224 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Worth a walk up”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

We tried to book in for this restaurant by phone but were told it was fully booked for the evening. We decided to try a walk up approach and sure enough we got a table! This restaurant is upstairs but is well worth the effort to climb the stairs. It is exotically decorated in red and black with an open kitchen where you can see the chefs at work cooking your meal. The salt and pepper prawns and sweet and sour pork were great although they did take a while to arrive our pork dumplings entrée filled the gap. It is BYO as well as offering a small selection of wines to buy on site.

Visited April 2014
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Mollymook, Australia
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189 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Food was lousy”
Reviewed 12 March 2014 via mobile

We were a group of 20+. The service was great and the fit out inside was also very good. But having worked in Asia for a number of years I thought the food was lousy. Maybe it's dumbed down for the locals (of which I used to be one ).

I wouldn't got back for the food, the price however was very reasonable. Maybe you get what you pay for.

Visited March 2014
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Laughing Buddha”
Reviewed 2 February 2014

We were there on a Sunday night. The food was good and a sort of fusion of northern and southern chinese cooking. I guess you need to know what you are ordering...Deco was quite nice.
However the food portion is bit small especially if you have a party of 10 pax in a table.
All in all, it is a pleasant surprise to find a chinese restaurant as decent as this in New Plymouth.

  • Visited January 2014
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doncaster
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“*CENSORED*”
Reviewed 30 January 2014 via mobile

I can't remember what the wife had but I ordered sweet n sour pork. Yeah right, the pork was nothing more than thick bacon bits. And there weren't that many of them. Mucky tables and cold room

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