Fat Buddha, Sydney
Fat Buddha, is the newest yum cha venue in Sydney which is located on the top level of QVB. It has been open for a few months now, I have heard mix reviews, some loved it and some thought it was just way too pricey, including ‘The Mother’ who went with his work colleagues a few weeks ago.
The décor is very modern, I love the natural light streaming through, the dark-toned wood panelling. It was definitely very shick. It was relatively empty when A and I rocked up at midday on a weekday, we have both been craving yum cha and thought we would try this place.
The prawn dumplings (har gao) were plump, although the pastry I thought was a little too thick and too gooey.
The siu may was excellent, we both enjoyed it.
Like the prawn dumplings, I thought the pastry for the chives and shrimp dumplings (gow choi gau) was thick and a little gooey.
Really enjoyed the chicken feet (fung jeow), the flavours and the smoothness of the skin was just delicious.
Unfortunately the pork dumplings, (xiao long bao) were not the best I have eaten. It wasn’t too bad but again it was the thick pastry that killed it. The soup inside was delicious though, and had the ‘right’ flavours.
The silky rice noodle filled with prawns were also good. Loved the silky, smooth rice noodle. They didn’t have my favourite pan-fried rice noodle rolls with peanut and hoi sin sauce, which was a shame.
For dessert, I couldn’t go past the egg custard tarts (daan taat), was served warm, the top pastry was very flaky and good but the bottom bit was a doughy and disappointing.
Slightly on the expensive side, but service was friendly and polite. They even made my lunch date, baby B smile!
GA’s ratings: 5 / 10
Level 2, QVB, 455 George Street
Ph: +61 2 9264 9558