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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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Cambridge, New Zealand
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67 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with a group of friends on a Friday night and was pleasantly surprised with this restaurant. Great for sharing food and very social although it can be very noisy. We had one of the banquet menus and there was alot of food so you wont go hungry. It all tasted very good and enjoyed the atmosphere. Would go again.

Thank KathrynChristensen63
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had been here before and had a good time but on the last visit the "duck special" was 10 pieces of mostly duck fat, when one of our party mentions this to the waitress the owner went batshit crazy, we paid and left and won't be back anytime soon

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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87 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent two nights in New Plymouth & had dinner here on both nights. Partner & I just love the food here. Open kitchen concept, was interesting to watch the chefs at work while we wait for our food. Ordered different dishes on both nights & everything was yummy! I still think it's one of the best Chinese restaurant in NZ.

Thank Carol S
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love this restaurant. Food can definitely to be shared. Lunch menu is perfect for a short catch up over lunch. I recommend all the mains and appetizers

Thank Heather G
Singapore, Singapore
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51 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the food was nice, not the best chinese i have tasted. but they should have a rule, no phones at work, our waiter spent more time with his backed turned from us, chatting to his friend or if not chatting, his eyes were glued to his phone. we had finished, the plates were left on the table, no one asked... More 

Thank ozlad
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Went with my kids and friend for Yum Cha. The food was really nice. Kids all enjoyed it. The food came relatively quickly, but it was just a shame the day we went it was busy so staff took ages to serve us and we had to try and catch their attention, they also kept forgetting things we asked for... More 

Thank Pamela C
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

Despite the number of Chinese restaurants in Wellington, I would have to say our meal at the Laughing Buddha was better than any we have had in the capital recently. Service was friendly and efficient. The food was quick and extremely tasty. You must have the homemade dumplings (we had them pan-fried). We also had the Lamb and Cumin (delicious)... More 

Thank Jeremy L
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

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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8 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 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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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$21
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Cheap Eats, Kids, 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?