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Laughing Buddha

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Currie Street | Upstairs Cnr Devon St & Currie St, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand
+64 6-759 2065
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 00:00
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Tue - Sun 11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 00:00
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went for dinner. Our waitress was friendly and efficient. We had the pecking duck, Lemon Chicken and The Crispy Pork fried rice. The wait times were short and can highly recommend the pecking duck and the lemon chicken - both were amazing! (there was nothing wrong with the fried rice, but the other two dishes were... More 

Thank KezzaPea
Auckland, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Rude, incompetent management. Not able to cope a big group. Avoid at all cost. They serve small meals at a high cost.

Thank Ant Honey Gar C
Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A bit like a Mongolian BBQ but they select the ingredients as well as do the flash stir frying. A lot of generic Asian mixtures of generic ingredients. My Pork with Chilli had wafer thin slices of pork (maybe 50g total) - the flavour was good and it was indeed "hot" as requested. The (malaysian) Char Kway Teow was ok.... More 

Thank Noel L
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our yum Cha lunch at Laughing Buddha. The food was delicious! Recommend the spring rolls, the sticky rice suimai, dumplings and won ton noodles soup. Very pleased with the food. Service is ok. The drinks servings were disappointing... tide way out for juices compared to other places. A full glass is more appealing. Would still return as... More 

Thank Lois M
New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved it so much we had lunch here twice on our holiday in New Plymouth the yum cha menu was so tasty. I recommend the chicken noodle stirfry and the Mango Pancake Pillows! The food was of equal taste and quality to a Michelin Starred Chinese restaurant

Thank Queenslander2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for lunch, and they have a great lunch menu. Delicious food, friendly service. Good vegetarian options too

1 Thank Kristina H
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for Lunch and had multi small portions Excellent service and food Going Back there for an evening meal to try the crispy Duck.

Thank Cheryl S
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thx , most worst restaurant I had in 2016! 6 dollar for tea! But tea tasted like hot tap water !!!!! Tat lamb doesn't taste like wat we ordered ! Disappointed ! Price s so so but the size s tiny! If you are Chinese and want to eat traditional Chinese food , then plz don't go in , this... More 

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From starters through to mango pancake dessert the food was good, so very good! The salt and pepper prawns were absolutely perfect! Mango pancake for dessert was excellent. All food we ordered and shared was well received with no complaints. Staff were busy however they remained attentive and friendly. Would I recommend this restaurant? 100% but I wouldn't tell too... More 

Thank expatkiwiwairoa
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

...e wish they had more vegetarian options,...Anyway, what we tried was good, much better than all this Guangdong food, what you get usually in Chinese restaurants here. And usually it has not much to do with real Chinese food. We recommend that one :)

Thank India2012

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$22
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Currie Street | Upstairs Cnr Devon St & Currie St, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Taranaki Region  >  New Plymouth
  • Phone Number: +64 6-759 2065
Authentic Chinese Cuisine in the heart of New Plymouth. From delicious stir fried dishes to the traditional Peking duck, we hope you enjoy the relaxed dining experience.

Large group bookings and functions are welcomed. Please come in and see us and we can also make a menu to cater functions.

The Restaurant is also BYO (charges apply)

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?