RESTAURANT RADAR // The Lucky Buddha

LOCATED in the up-and-coming Fort Street eatery precinct, Lucky Buddha is the brainchild of chefs Simon Cho and Michael Choi both originating from Korea. Former chef at The Grove, Merediths, and successful restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne, Michael and Simon (owner of Bien Japanese restaurants) head up the kitchen along with Kevin Puyat (ex Ortolana).

Their modern Asian fusion offering includes dishes like the Kari Kare, braised beef with burnt eggplant, tamarind and peanut, and their most popular shared plate being slow cooked lamb ribs with chinkiang vinegar caramel, carrot and apple.

luckybAs for the dessert menu, Michael said without a doubt the Halo Halo dish is a best seller featuring exotic fruit granita, tapioca, sweet milk and crispy coconut.

It took six months to find the perfect location and to build the Asian inspired interior. “We wanted it to feel comfortable, welcoming and warm,” said Michael of the fit-out that was built by the team themselves.

After opening just a couple of weeks ago, the restaurant is fast becoming a popular choice for lunch and dinner.