Slick, stylish dining is what you can expect at Greedy Buddha, when you visit their new ‘home’ at Gateway on Umhlanga Ridge. The restaurant, under the leadership of Head Chef, Rutger Eysvogel, who hails from Cape Town, will specialise in global food inspired by Asia, with a strong emphasis on South East Asian cuisine.
Media was invited to try out dishes from the mouth-watering menu, last week. We sampled, among others, confit duck pancakes, citrus-cured salmon sashimi and vanilla creme brulee.
Chef Eysvogel, who graduated from The Culinary Academy in the Mother City, has been mentored by industry giants such as George Jardine and Richard Carstens. He has worked at Jardine’s, The Kove Collection and Tokara and Delaire Graff Wine Estates and brings to the Greedy Buddha a mix of fresh ideas and tantalising flavours, taking the already popular menu to new heights.
Greedy Buddha, owned by Durban businessman, Jess Watts, has grown in leaps and bounds since it opened in Durban North two years ago. The new restaurant presently has seating for 100 diners, with inside and outdoor options and includes a Chef’s Table that seats 12. An outdoor deck, with seating for an additional 80 patrons, is on the cards for the near future.
The new menu includes two Tapas Tasting Menus (one being Vegetarian); a lunch menu with four options; a classic tapas and signature tapas offering; an all new mains menu and a delicious dessert selection. A Young Buddha Menu for children for children is a welcome addition to the new culinary line-up.