I was in Philly recently with some colleagues and we decided to go to Buddakan.  It was quite tasty and an excellent choice!  If you live (or are a frequent visitor) in Philly and have never been, for shame!

  • Food: We were starving (hmm, seems like this is a reoccurring theme for me) so prepare yourself for the food order.  We ordered the Wasabi Tuna Pizza (Carpaccio style tuna, crisp flatbread, avocado, sweet soy, and wasabi oil) and Crispy Shrimp Spring Roll (plum sauce and spicy mustard sauce).  Then two of us ordered the Pan Seared Sea Bass (sauteed haricots verts, butternut squash, maitake mushrooms, and sake truffle jus) while another ordered Wok Cashew Chicken (plum wine sauce).  I really liked the Wasabi Tuna Pizza (unique!) and the Sea Bass that just melted in your mouth.  The Sea Bass was super sweet though so we got a side of hot sauce to cut the sweetness down.  It worked perfectly.  Then we ordered dessert.  The Chocolate Bento Box (warm chocolate cake, dark chocolate panna cotta, white mocha pot de creme, chocolate caramel napolean, chocolate almonds, and bittersweet sorbet); “dip sum” doughnuts (warm five-spice mini doughnuts with blackberry jam, chocolate sauce, and ginger cream cheese); and banana tower (fresh rum-glazed bananas and caramel cream in a crisp cookie tower). 

Wasabi Tuna Pizza  Crispy Shrimp Spring Rolls  Sea Bass  Cashew Chicken  Chocolate Bento Box  Dip Sum Doughnuts  Banana Tower

  • Service:Very nice and attentive without being annoying.
  • Atmosphere: Completely Zen the second you walk in.  Immediately on your right, there’s a water fountain wall.  Past that and in the main dining area, a huge (and I do mean HUGE) Buddha.  It’s a modern restaurant with a nice mixture of dark and light.  Very comfortable!  It’s listed as casual/dressy. 
  • Price: $$$
  • Overall: I can’t wait to go back!  The Wasabi Tuna Pizza and Sea Bass were fantastic.  The “dip sum” doughnuts were amazing.  


  • Reservations strongly recommended.
  • Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:30 AM-11 PM; Fri & Sat 11:30 AM-12 AM
  • Address:  325 Chestnut St. (bet. 3rd & 4th Sts.); Philadelphia, PA
  • Ph: 215-574-9440