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5.4 /6 Excellent 65 Reviews

Señor Buddha

Preston Fusion £££ +100
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About Señor Buddha

Dear diners, please be aware that bookings for one or two people will be seated at the chef’s table. If you would like a regular table please contact the restaurant directly.

Spanish and East Asian cuisine are both exciting and vibrant cuisines in their own right, but fuse the two together and you have something extra special. Señor Buddha started out as an experiment in taste and has unfolded into one of Brighton’s most unique restaurants, attracting foodies with a taste for adventure. Share some small tapas-style plates of sherry pig cheek croquettes, Thai seven spice pork belly or Spanish clams cooked in Estrella Galicia and Asian spices – only some of the delicious fusion dishes on the menu at Señor Buddha. Situated on Preston Road, Señor Buddha attracts diners from all over the city to its southern Preston location, close to Round Hill and the city centre – avoid having to wait by booking a table in advance!

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 18:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 18:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday Closed
Señor Buddha, 9 Preston Road, BN1 4QE Brighton

Further Information

Señor Buddha in Preston is all about colourful, vibrant and real food. Lee Shipley is the man behind this Brighton jewel who, inspired by his favourite cuisines and personal experiences, began experimenting with flavour combinations which has led to this adventurous and inspired tapas restaurant and bar. Señor Buddha’s mission is to create food that is fresh, aromatic and bursting with flavour while remaining delicate and at the same time pushing the boundaries of what you would expect from East Asian and Spanish cuisine. Situated on Preston Road, Señor Buddha has become the number one destination for gastronomy enthusiasts from all over the city.

Señor Buddha brings people together by creating an array of tantalising and inventive dishes on offer intended to be shared and enjoyed together, just as Spanish food should be. We recommend going with this theme and sharing dishes like the volcano chicken thighs, potato and caper tortilla, lemongrass haloumi and the incredible flaming whisky prawns – just to name a few. Incorporating this style of eating with the four main elements in East Asian cuisine – sweet, sour, hot and salty – Señor Buddha in Brighton’s South Preston is a taste sensation you can’t miss.

CHEF'S CHOICE

65 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 65 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: excellent
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2 reviews so far 6
17.03.2017 08:49

Another delightful meal at Senor Buddha, and importantly for me four excellent vegan options to choose from. As always the wine was superb too. A cosy, bustling atmosphere fine food and good wine, a perfect way to spend a fresh spring evening.

1 review so far 6
14.03.2017 09:13

Fantastic food and fantastic service. Loved it. Will definitely be coming back very soon. Be sure to book though as it is tiny. Thank you.

1 review so far 6
20.02.2017 16:03

Excellent food,interesting,flavourful and served by extremely friendly and charming young lady,Christina.We sat at the "kitchen bar"so had the added fun of seeing our dinner prepared and also the chance to chat with the talented and friendly chef.Will recommend Senhor Buddha to all friends.

1 review so far 6
12.02.2017 10:30

Really delicious food, lovely wine in a cosy little restaurant. Just a shame we couldn't fit in trying all the tapas dishes! Will come back again for sure.

1 review so far 6
16.11.2016 10:02

I honestly cannot rate Senor Buddha highly enough... a wonderful gem in Brighton!! The food is unreal and an experience that should not be missed! I'm loathed to share how wonderful in case gets too busy and I can't get a table again... We sat at the pass this Saturday just gone, which is really wonderful as you can watch the team work and they are more than happy to chat, even the very busy head chef... We had four tapas dishes all different and as good as each other... They also offer great mid-week offers with 2 for 1 on tapas I think Tuesday and Wednesdays

1 review so far 4
26.04.2016 11:19

Great little restaurant, the food was delicious and we had some lovely wine. we had booked a table for two, when we arrived the waitress suggested we sat at the bar where you can see the kitchen and watch your food being cooked, we thought this was a great idea until we found ourselves surrounded by a group of people waiting for a table and it felt very clostraphobic and quite intrusive on our meal. We were asked twice to move up along the bar so they could fit more customers in so half way through eating we had to up and move and again while eating our dessert. The chef was friendly and chatty, I couldn't fault his food and I would definitely like to go back for what we hope to be a better experience. With it being a small space I don't think it works letting waiting customers stand around where others are trying to enjoy their meal. I also felt they could do with one more person front of house as the one waitress was so busy and she was in and out of the kitchen helping aswell, it seemed to much work for one individual to maintain a good level of customer service.

1 review so far 5
16.02.2017 11:36

A great little place - very reminiscent to small tapas places I've been to in Barcelona and Madrid. It's tapas with a twist, so don't expect to have the same old standards that most tapas restaurants in the UK would serve. We tried most things on the menu, all were good and some were really fantastic. Dishes ranged between £4.50 to £8, and were all fantastic value for money. The wine list was also good, with plenty of good Spanish wines around the £20-£30 mark. Two of us had a bottle of wine, 5 tapas to share plus a dessert, and the bill only just topped £40!! Everything is cooked to order in the open kitchen, which also adds to the atmosphere. If I was in Spain and went to a place like this I'd be really happy. To find this kind of food in Brighton is amazing - and I'll definitely be going back ;-)

1 review so far 5
01.01.2017 08:51

I've walked past Senor Buddha many times during the day and because it's next to some dodgy looking fast food joints never considered what it would be like. If you like Tapas you'll love it. Innovative combinations cooked and served with obvious passion and a lovely open kitchen informal vibe. We had 5 tapas, and a fat glass of red and spent £40 inc tip. What's not to like?

1 review so far 5
25.06.2016 21:51

Once again a great evening at Senor Buddha's even if they had lost our booking which we made through Quandoo. Staff seemed more stressed than usual and had run out of some of our favourite dishes. That said what we did have was as good as ever. Would be great if they offered a selection of dessert wines or ports!

1 review so far 5
09.02.2017 11:21

The food was delicious; a perfect balance of the unexpected and staunch favourites. For example the patatas bravas were spicier than they come at most tapas places in Brighton, the combo of lychee went really well with the fried goats cheese and the miso dressing on the grilled asparagus absolutely made it. Our party was one veggie and one eater-of-all-things and there were plenty of menu options to satisfy both of us. The only downside was that there were a few items on the menu not available, which we only found out after ordering. It happens though, and after eating our delicious meal we hardly noticed their absence.

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 19:34

My third visit in as many weeks! Just about to book for Fish Thursday; third Thursday in the month (I think....) Can't wait. I love this restaurant. It's local, friendly authentic and the food is deliciously reliable - not always so with restaurants in Brighton unfortunately so very welcome. I booked with Quandoo which was easy except that I missed the choice of Time as it's in very small print - so I had to cancel the first go as you can't amend it, and rebook! Sorted.

1 review so far 6
04.11.2016 08:10

The food is delicious. Favourites are the squid, drunken prawns in keeping with the patron eating them and the pork with subtle kimchi salad. All divine! Senior Buddah is its name in its gastronomical sense. I also highly recommend the red wine Porto 6. Liquid velvet in a glass. A great recommendation by SB staff. A resounding well done. Keeps you going back for more, booking via quando was excellent. Just book and turn up to delightful food and drink experience! Cheers!

1 review so far 5
13.11.2016 08:04

Just fantastic - I LOVED the menu and could have eaten all of it. Although slightly concerned when given two places on stools at the pass, it was great to see some dishes before we ordered and none disappointed from potatas bravas to exceptional asparagus and pork I would gladly have eaten three plates of. It is a small restaurant and you can have to wait to order etc, not all the dishes arrive together, but for this quality of creativity and taste overall it was outstanding and I am very fussy!

1 review so far 5
03.05.2016 09:16

This was a first time visit for us on a friend's recommendation. It is a small intimate restaurant. The atmosphere was lively and busy, possibly a bit noisy for our group of over 50s. The food was delicious. I only had the vegetarian tapas, but my companions loved the fish and sea food dishes. We felt transported to Spain and we felt that I was on holiday so it was quite a shock to leave the restaurant and find ourselves in Preston Circus. We will defintely go back.

1 review so far 6
20.09.2016 15:08

We had worked our way through an amazing selection of spanish/asian fusion tapas with a bottle of portugeuse red wine. It's difficult to select our favourite dish from the evening, but on the Special menu "Monkfish on black rice" was a treat. I can't wait for their "fish Thursday's" on the last Thursday of each month! I would definitely return to this restaurant soon.

1 review so far 5
27.10.2016 08:30

Food was lovely, specially impressed by the avocado and tequila ice cream, but everything was good. Food is served a dish at a time rather than everything at once which makes for a longer more relaxed meal. The kitchen is open plan so you can see everything being made. By 7.30 this small restaurant was full and the atmosphere vibrant. Would definitely return.

1 review so far 6
12.08.2016 08:30

The food is cooked in an open kitchen,so if your sitting at the bar you can watch your meal being prepared.An informal yet very efficient atmosphere in this cosy restaurant. Best food I have had in Brighton at reasonable prices with Interesting layered flavours and textures . A little gem.

1 review so far 6
16.10.2016 07:26

Friendly helpful staff who go over & above the call of duty. Amazing food. Great vibe and music. Overall the atmosphere was perfect and intimate. We loved it. Have been here as a couple , with girlfriends & for a huge birthday bash & all to the same high standard.

1 review so far 5
18.09.2016 07:57

Dont be put off by the fusion element...on the whole it totally works. Great little local place with cool vibe, Spanish service and dance music playing - feels like you're transported to another country entirely. Six plates between two filled is up. Currently 2 for 1 on all tapas Tuesday and Wednesday - total bargain.

1 review so far 5
24.05.2016 10:41

Lovely food, very interesting 'fusion' menu, friendly cheerful staff. Quite noisy environment, lots of fun if you like a bit of a buzz, but not exactly relaxing. Despite being really busy on a Saturday night with every seat filled, the food arrived in good time and was all sizzling fresh. Good value for money. Recommended.

1 review so far 6
28.09.2016 12:21

Fantastic place! Limited to a small number of guests, so you get great service and fantastic food served very fresh and very quickly, but not hurried to leave your seats to allow others. The Porta 6 red wine is a definite hit too

1 review so far 6
15.06.2016 10:35

First time here and we will be going back very soon. Amazing food blending Spanish and Asian cuisine, lovely wine, fantastic service and a really enjoyable eating experience. Felt like we were on holiday.

1 review so far 4
19.02.2017 10:00

Some lovely dishes that combine Spanish and Thai flavours. The scallops and a zesty salad were to die for, asparagus was great and other dishes worked well. But I don't think Thai and Spanish should be combined at any cost - the cauliflower, pineapple and tamarind was very strange indeed.

1 review so far 6
31.01.2017 08:41

A small restaurant with a lovely atmosphere and great staff. The food is absolutely delicious! We shared 5 dishes in total between the two of us, our favourite being the mutton stew

3 reviews so far 6
02.07.2016 07:30

Another fabulous meal at señor buddha. This time we had the prawns, steak and tortilla, all were delicious. Super sad that I forgot to order the cauliflower and pineapple though 😂

1 review so far 5
25.09.2016 11:14

Lovely food, friendly staff, food portions generous for the modest price tag attached. I sat at the bar and chatted to the chef, looked like the best seats in the house to me. Will be back! Mitch

1 review so far 5
22.09.2016 09:41

Nice relaxed vibe. Food had some interesting combinations (my boyfriend less keen on some than me!), and wine was lovely. Very good value as on Tuesdays and Wednesdays they are doing 241 tapas at the moment!

1 review so far 6
25.04.2016 10:15

Really good restaurant, really good atmosphere. The food is cooked really well and made a number of discoveries on food which i might mot choose normally. A must go restaurant.

1 review so far 6
29.10.2016 07:39

Amazing food. Great ambience. Lovely service. Such delicious Asian and Spanish fusion tapas. Very good atmosphere and it is lovely to see the food being cooked in front of you.

1 review so far 5
20.01.2017 09:20

Lovely atmosphere, really interesting and tasty food. Great service!! Some of the flavour combinations were unusual but really worked. I would love to go to this place again for one of their famous fish thursdays.

1 review so far 4
12.03.2017 00:10

Food was good, but felt that you were "packed in" a bit on a Saturday evening. Aware tha they do another sitting on a Saturday, but you were pushed to pay the bill, overall ok but not as good as you would hope.

1 review so far 6
07.02.2017 10:47

We have been here a few times and the good is always fabulous. The staff know what they're talking about and make great recommendations. A great local restaurant

1 review so far 6
29.11.2016 07:42

Fabulous atmosphere and interesting, delicious dishes (we wanted to try them all). Very friendly staff, rasaonably priced and a good selection of wine, too. We will be back!

1 review so far 5
28.08.2016 12:16

Great food and vibe, liked the flavours variety and spice. Small restaurant, very busy and fun. waitress not as friendly as she could be but overall we enjoyed ourselves and would go again.

1 review so far 6
17.08.2016 09:21

Dishes cooked to perfection. Nothing fussy but good portions for sharing. Lovely fresh zingy tastes. Friendly, casual atmosphere. Our group of four will definitely go back. Tastesensation.

3 reviews so far 6
29.05.2016 10:12

Amazing food and service. This is the second time We have eaten there and we love the atmosphere, the prawns, the asparagus. We will definitely be returning.

2 reviews so far 6
04.11.2016 08:47

A delightfully cosy tapas bar. Warm and welcoming with excellent food and wine. Thoroughly recommend the grilled asparagus salad, lively padrons and of course the patatas bravas.

1 review so far 6
19.10.2016 11:46

Love this place, really friendly, great wine and coffee. Food good too and 241 on Tuesdays hitch was a nice surprise as it's not the cheapest place.

2 reviews so far 6
03.02.2017 08:07

Fantastic food and great service. Enjoyed sitting at the pass and watching the chef prepare each dish. Great selection of meat and veg tapas style food.

1 review so far 6
18.11.2016 08:38

Superb, great value, friendly service, good beer, the calamari made me emotional it was so lovely. Best food outlet in Brighton at the moment. Highly recommend

1 review so far 6
10.11.2016 07:43

The best food we've eaten out for a while! Service was great, friendly and helpful. Good wine selection and spirts too. Will be back very soon.

1 review so far 6
07.05.2016 09:10

Great food and wine and the people are fun and friendly. The food was all nice but the cod was amazing and all the sauces great.

1 review so far 5
15.03.2017 08:20

Lovely food, lovely atmosphere, lovely chefs/foh going at incredible pace. Love the inventiveness of the dishes though not quite as wonderfully bonkers as last time we visited. But a real gem.

1 review so far 6
11.08.2016 16:44

Lovely evening, great fun... excellent food, drink and atmosphere, I highly recommend although we don't want too many people knowing about this little gem ;)

1 review so far 6
11.12.2016 07:59

Incredible food and service! It was the second time we had been and it was just as amazing as the first time! Would highly recommend!

1 review so far 6
09.10.2016 09:48

Lovely restaurant and wonderful food. Highly recommend the Whisky Prawns and the pineapple cauliflower. The service was great. We Will definitely be back very soon!

1 review so far 6
20.11.2016 09:21

Senior Buddha has great food, very tasty and good wine. Nice atmosphere. It is very convenient for the duke of Yorks. We would recommend it.

1 review so far 6
05.02.2017 12:17

Great food, great experience siting at the pass watching our food being prepared by a real professional. Can't wait to return in the near future.

1 review so far 5
06.11.2016 18:51

Small but with a strong signature . The food is inspiring and delicious. It's a very inclusive experience with opinions and guidance on choices for both the food and wine

1 review so far 6
13.07.2016 08:04

Great food, great atmosphere, a wonderful edition to the Brighton food scene. Very reasonably priced, interesting and delicious menu, I look forward to returning soon