What a lovely idea for a Christmas present to my husband, myself and my Mother from other family members. The atmosphere is very calming and inviting as well as catering for all weather conditions both inside and out - the interior includes a lounge infront of a heater for the cooler months and lovely outside balcony overlooking the nursery gardens for the warmer sunny days in Burnie. The menu caters for all tastes including vegetarians and is extremely tasty. Personally, I can never go past home-made Pate or relish, and this cafe certainly didn't disappoint, it was delicious and served in a very unique fashion. I can't agree with other reviewers regarding cakes being displayed close to the pay station as each of the platters had their own glass cover over the cakes and muffins or were stored in their own display fridge. As for the lack of toasted sandwiches, I'm not surprised as the style of the cafe didn't strike me as one that would cater to customers wanting that type of food - if that's what they wanted, then they should have visited another type of cafe such as a fast food outlet. As for Scones with jam and cream, they are definitely on the menu, and I can only imagine that they had run out that day, possibly due to popularity. The Secret Buddha is definitely a place that we will be putting on the list of places to take visiting family and friends in the future and I would highly recommend it for those who would just like to relax for an hour or so.
Two very distinctive items on the menu to try would be either the Slow Cooked Texas Pork Sliders or the Chicken & Mushroom Wellington with salad (including Feta Cheese) - absolutely delicious and worth the wait - just thinking about it as I'm writing is making my mouth water!! cause that's what we chose from the chalk board menu.
One other compliment is the way they serve their tea - it comes in a quaint cast iron tea pot sitting on a stand with a tea candle underneath to keep the contents hot as well as an additional flask of hot water to replenish or weaken the tea if it is too strong for some - my Mum loves her tea weak so she was very impressed with the option to add hot water to her cup if the tea was too strong for her taste - thumbs up for taking this into consideration.
Unfortunately if I was to make any criticism it would be the wait between placing your order and being served the meal, it is a bit slow but worth the wait, and besides, it's such a calming atmosphere, that you hardly notice the time going by, and yes, the price of the large muffin is a little exhorbitant, but I guest that makes up for the low cost of the main meals - extremely well priced and within most patrons budget.
Overall, an extremely enjoyable experience and we left the Secret Buddha Cafe as very satisfied customers and wish all staff a very happy new year - many thanks