Original, Spanish & East Asian Fusion Food
Around this time last year, I went down to Preston Road to review newly launched Spanish/East Asian fusion tapas bar and restaurant, Señor Buddha (read the review here). I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the food as much as I did, which is the best part of being a food blogger – you get to try places that you might not have heard of or been drawn to naturally.
A year on from opening and it’s time for owner Lee, and self-taught chef, to celebrate making it through his first year – something not to be sniffed at when you consider 50% of small businesses fail in the few years. I, along with a number of local foodies, including Nick and Emma from Restaurants Brighton, Euan Sey from Curry Leaf Café and Xavier D. Buendia, an award-winning food photographer, attended Señor Buddha’s birthday celebration on Tuesday.
The evening was informal and relaxed with the chance to sample taster tapas from the new menu, alongside the superb wines that the restaurant matches with the food. New to the menu is an Iberico Pork Tenderloin & Kimichi on Skewers, which will set your taste buds off salivating, giant juicy Flaming Whisky Prawns, flambéed by the chef right in front of us, Spanish Potato Tortilla and melt-in-the-mouth Scallops & Octopus Skewer with Tamarind & Fennel Purée.
New Señor Buddha restaurant to come in 2017
And there was big news on the night too… Señor Buddha on Preston Road will be closing and relocating to a more central Brighton spot in the Spring of next year. News I was thrilled to hear, as the location means I visit a lot less than I’d like to and there’s a serious shortage of good quality Spanish tapas bars in Brighton. If you haven’t dined at the little tapas bar, don’t wait ‘til Spring, pop down on Tuesday from 6pm when it’s 241 tapas, or from 6pm Wednesday-Saturday.