I’d visited Wee Buddha for brunch a while back and been slightly underwhelmed, but I made good on my promise to visit to sample their core offering – pan-Asian tapas – and what’s more I came armed with fellow Book Group devotees.
This was far from the first quest for Claire, Julie, Robyn and Scott, and it was lovely to have them along once more.
Wee Buddha’s menu bridges many ports of Asian call. We had noodles, wontons, gyoza, wings, yakitori, rice and many other whatnots. What’s more things were fused, with the likes of haggis or veggie haggis filling the wontons.
We ordered very liberally from the menu sampling pretty much the full range.
While the service was very friendly, most things needed checked and/or ordered twice and thrice. This was fine in our context, but there will be mistakes if you’re not vigilant.
Dishes arrived as they were ready which suited the tapas model.
I don’t think there was a single weak dish, but neither do I think there was one that really blew me away.
Claire and Robyn were pleased with their noodle dishes, and Claire’s gluten-free needs were very well catered for, particularly with the calamari.
I had the sweet srirachi wings which packed enough spice for me, so would have been laughed at by Miriam as being lightly seasoned. I thought the K-wings packed a nice sweetness.
The gyoza were the pick for me. The casing was very smartly executed and the filling of the chicken and veg varieties was well judged. The haggis wontons were less sophisticated.
So overall, I was much more impressed with Wee Buddha on this visit. It has weaknesses and they lack a killer dish, but I’d be happy to point you in their direction, as you’ll find dishes that will please. The atmosphere is convivial and the food will ably support you to have an evening of good cheer and top chat like we did.
Blythe scores Wee Buddha
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
2.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13/20
We ate: gyoza, aubergine, haggis, v haggis, wings, rice noodles, prawn pad thai, veggie yakitori, rice
We drank: ales, wine, water
We wore: Buddhist robes
Total bill: £125
Address: 2B Jamaica St, Edinburgh, Edinburgh City EH3 6HH