On a gloriously sunny day, we found ourselves at the Seaside hunting out lunch that wasn’t fish and chips. The queues were horrendous and with 2 hungry souls to be fed after a long walk, we needed a new plan! The all new Fat Buddha Sunderland at Seaburn has opened up in the prime seafront location. With views out over the sands and the sea, we headed in for a Thai lunch.
The dark interior provided a cooling respite from the sun outside and we weren’t surprised to see all the window side tables had been snapped up. Dining with such a great view is always in demand. The building has an outdoor decking area for drinks and al fresco dining as well as a more defined bar area before heading in to the dining room. Just like it’s Durham and Newcastle sisters, the Fat Buddha beaded walk way had made it’s way to the beach too.
Choosing from the Fat Buddha lunch time special menu with mains at £5.95 and a dedicated childrens menu at £3.95, it is an inexpensive way to eat out and watch the pennies, I was impressed with how many options were available as part of the lunch selection. I might be biased but my favourite Fat Buddha dish was included so all was right with me!
Starting with a Chicken + Sweetcorn soup (£3) and Chicken Satay (£3.20), they were a good size to lead us in to the main course. Not too big, but not scrimped on either. The soup was piping hot and full of shredded chicken and the satay sauce was rich and clung perfectly to the marinated chicken skewers. I could have done with more satay sauce but that’s just because I love the stuff!
For mains, the husband went for the Thai Green Chicken Curry (£5.95) which included boiled rice. The curry was jam packed with huge chunks of chicken in a well spiced coconut broth. The veg was firm and crisp and the rice was well cooked and fluffed. The rice to curry sauce ratio was a bit out of kilter but that’s down to personal preference I guess.
I ordered my Fat Buddha favourite Honey Chill Chiken with fried rice (£5.95) and it was a really good portion for a lunch time special. It certainly didn’t feel like a short amount. The spicy sweet stick sauce covered the battered chicken pieces just as I’ve come to expect from the other FB restaurants.
All in all, a quick impromptu stop for lunch and we are thoroughly impressed with the all new Fat Buddha. It hadn’t been a planned review trip so do excuse the hasty photos.
If you just got a main meal, it is actually cheaper than getting fish and chips and a can of pop! It would be beautiful at dusk as the sun is setting over the beach, to sit in the window. Definitely book up for that – I will be booking up as soon as I get back from my hols!