Buddha-Bar is set to return to the UK this autumn, with the opening of a new restaurant and bar in central London.
The famous pan-Asian brand previously had a venue on the north bank of the Thames under the arches of Waterloo Bridge. It collapsed into administration in 2010.
Buddha-Bar, which was founded in Paris by Raymond and Tarja Visan in 1996 and has outlets across the globe, is now returning to London, with the launch of a new venue in Knightsbridge on the former site of the Chicago Rib Shack.
Commenting on the opening, Tarja Visan said: "Buddha-Bar is universal, each destination unique in its own right. With our brand-new London restaurant, we have ensured the concept is flexible to the British lifestyle, yet still attractive to the restaurant's eclectic audience."
Spread over two floors, Buddha-Bar London will include a 240-seat restaurant and a 100-cover bar. The menu will offer a mix of Far Eastern cuisine with Western influences, with signature dishes such as seared sesame tuna, wok-fried beef, spicy tuna tartare and five-spiced barbecue chicken. There will also be a selection of sushi and sashimi and tempura dishes.
New dishes will include venison tataki, smoked duck and foie gras gyoza, dragon scallop and pan-fried sea bass with shiso butter. The venue will also feature a specially commissioned Buddha statue made up of 207 brass Buddha figures by David Begbie.
By Kerstin Kühn
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