Señor Buddha; the clue’s in the name. A Spanish/East Asian fusion eaterie and one of Brighton’s latest additions to their culinary scene. Think: humble tapas style dishes but executed with a fine-dining finesse. If the concept of a Thai/tapas fusion gives you a case of the eyerolls then suspend them for a moment. Tucked all the way up in the studenty area Preston Circus, the small-but-sweet restaurant offers up some genuinely inspired marriages of flavour and region.
From their slow cooked octopus tentacle with red wine and Thai spices to a 24 hour cooked mountain mutton stew, head chef and founder Lee Shipley cleverly unites tastes influenced by his travels across Spain and East Asia. Knockout dish is their lemongrass halloumi and Asian puy lentils – a deliciously harmonised zingy delight with ginger and lemon air. Fab too are their tender sherry pig cheek croquettes – melt-in-the-mouth comfort food.
Señor Buddha also boasts a mighty fine wine selection from across Europe; Protos, a Verdejo from Rueda is a cheeky little number as is Albariño, Cante del Mar. Initially beginning as a pop-up, its now permanent residence proves Brightonians have an appetite for quirkily synthesised cuisine.
Señor Buddha, 9 Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4QE
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