Buddha Stix

4 star rating 18 reviews

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03 9611704

74 Riccarton Road

  Thai, Asian
12 Noon to 2:30 PM, 5 PM to 9:30 PM

Reviews for Buddha Stix

5 star rating
by Cat
15 days ago

As far as Thai food goes in Christchurch, this is among the best we've found. I definitely recommend a booking for the weekend (bookings can be made online or over the phone). Despite being located off busy Riccarton Road, Buddha Stix is tucked back in its own private lot and the massive Buddha head statue and greenery that greets you almost makes you forget you're in New Zealand. The restaurant has a modern feel with a very small bar/tall table seating area and a larger room with a mix of seating arrangements for large groups or intimate seating. We were seated along the wall where one side is booth seating and the other is a hard back chair. The room is bright with lots of windows, an ornate red mosaic and multi-colored patterned wall paper above the booth seats. The two-seater tables are small, so I am glad it wasn't cluttered with any decor or condiments. We were greeted immediately upon walking in the door and seated just as quickly. The service from drink orders to dinner orders was also just as efficient.

The menu is very intricate with options to please anyone. For starters we had the Spring Rolls (6 for $8.50) which came out quick, were crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. The rolls were served with two sauces: a sweet sauce and a soy based sauce. I highly recommend this. Not your bag, baby? They have plenty of other options from chicken wings and guri puffs to fried pork balls and marinated spare rib. If you're a soup person, you'll have plenty of options, we personally opted to stick with a main as we wanted to order dessert. The dinner menu is jam packed with your asian favorites from fried rice to noodle dishes, but what makes Buddha Stix stand out are its curry options and stir-fry/hot plate dishes. I ordered the Garlic Chicken on a hot plate which was chicken and various vegetables cooked in a wok with garlic (frankly, I could have been hit harder with the garlic as they say it's a "must" for garlic lovers). This dish was served with white rice and has great flavor. My husband had the Fresh Chili and Basil stirfry which he devoured. If you're a spice lover, you can request that the chef add some more heat, which he will gladly do. The mains are big portions and would be perfect split for two dinners. We took half of each of our dinners as takeaway.

For dessert, you must save room for the chocolate brownie. It is a slightly larger than normal brownie cut in half diagonally and served with chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and lychee sauce. This is one of the best desserts I've had in a while - if you're in a chocolate mood, this is for you! Overall, the entire meal was under $80 (including two drinks, a beer and a glass of wine). What a deal! With food this good and prices this cheap, we will be back again and again.

3 star rating
by Frida Dai
one month ago

I went there a while ago. It was busy. If you wanna try out European flavoured Asian dishes, Buddha stud is not a good choice. If you expect traditional Asian dish, this place is not the best choice in town. I like its decoration, via reminds me of some popular restaurants in Shanghai.

4 star rating
by Curly Sue
one month ago

Mid week business meal with colleagues. Last minute booking with a tight time frame  to have a meal before a meeting and to their credit, they were very helpful and accommodating.

We arrived 15mins early and the restaurant was already busy. Promptly seated and ordered drinks while being given time to peruse the substantial menu. 

Ordered a shared entree between four and this came out quickly and the taste was lovely as was the presentation. Just enough to tease the taste buds.

Waitress was very attentive even though the place was getting busier by the minute. She was pleasant and efficient.

Mains were tasty, hot and all came out quickly and together which was a bonus. Everyone at the table agreed that while the service was quick, it did not feel rushed.

Great mix of Asian dishes to choose from, so not just your stock standard Indian or Chinese restaurants.

There were so many tempting choices to choose from that I will have to come back and bring a group of friends with me so we can share mains.

3 star rating
by Mark Howell
2 months ago

The restaurant was very busy which is normally a good sign. The service was very slow we had a table for 6.30 and didn't get the main course for over an hour. The food was fairly standard Thai food, green curry, pad Thai nothing special. A bit disappointed overall.

2 star rating
by Genie Web
4 months ago

Went and food there. Ordered drinks and thai beef salad, other friends ordered seafood salad. Beef salad was ok but the other meals was roughly done. No dressing on the vietnamese salad nor the seafood salad. Too much coriander and celery througout the salad. Drinks round two was late considering we had the tbl till 7pm, my drink did not arrive till 6.40 is pm. It has been a disappointing night all around.

1 star rating
by Patricia Talbot
6 months ago

wasn't even thai food.

4 star rating
by Marc C
10 months ago

Really busy on a Friday night, so ate in the bar. Shared a platter among three and split a bottle of pinot gris that went well with the food. I had a chicken curry and personally I thought the sauce was a little thin. Given the name of the joint I expected something a little more Indian and wanted something that would stick to the innards. In general the food seems to be more south-east Asian rather than sub-continental. But I'd like to come back and explore the menu further.

5 star rating
by Wendy Sisson
Apr 03, 2014

Hi everyone,

My husband and I have dined at Buddha Stix several times. The food arrives quickly, it is piping hot, tasty and satisfying. The waitstaff are friendly and polite. The atmosphere is nice too.

5 star rating
by Deon Milne
Mar 26, 2014

Been 3 times. Great service and food every time so far. The restaurant is clean, modern and spacious. The staff are friendly and efficient. Gotta feel for them having to wear those silly aprons lol. The lager is cold, just how I like it!
The food has plenty of flavour too.

4 star rating
by Kirsty Alexandra
Jan 25, 2014

This was the first time I had been to Buddha Stix and I was not disapointed. The atmosphere was wonderful and we were quickly greeted by friendly waitstaff who took us to our table, as well as our drinks orders.

The menu has many options, most available with either chicken, beef or as a vegetarian meal. We ordered two chicken Pad Thai's and one vegetarian nut stirfry. The meals did not take long at all to arrive and were beautifully presented on rectangular plates. They are certainly generous in portion sizes, as not one of us could finish ours and we are not known as being petite eaters!

Despite that, we couldn't pass up the opportunity for dessert and chose the chocolate brownie served with ice cream and lychees, one of a minimal three options. It, once again, arrived quickly and was as nice as it sounded (and looked!)

The waitstaff were very attentative, constantly checking to see if we needed anything and if everything was alright. I would definitely recommend this restaurant, and would happily return again.

5 star rating
by JC
Sep 09, 2012

This would be my favorite restaurant for lunch. Have been there may times for lunch and to dinner twice. I definitely prefer the experence of lunch over dinner.
Lunch always comes out extremely quickly and has a vast choice of excellent quality dishes.
Very quick service (to quick) But extremely good prices.
Dinner service is slower and we were kept waiting for too long, although once ordered the meal was produced quickly.

2 star rating
by Tinglenn
Nov 27, 2011

Dined here to celebrate a family member's birthday on 26/11/11. In a party of 3 the menu items were Steamed fresh fish in a curry Sauce, Peanut Sauce Stir Fry with Chicken, and Gang Par with Prawns. Booked a week in advance on line, no problems. Arrived at 625pm for 630, on arrival, staff all otherwise occupied even though the place was far from full. We were then shown to our table and perused the menus which have taken on a rather tatty appearance and need replacing. Staff member who served us had difficulty understanding order of Amstel Light. We made our menu selection and requested that the flavouring was mild in all 3 dishes. Gang Par was so spicy and hot that is was difficult to eat and needed copious amounts of water. The other 2 meals were fine. On paying the bill, all 3 staff members at front of house were busy with their electronic tablets, so was kept waiting to wait to pay the bill. Third time we've dined there, we usually get someone familiar with the menu serving us. The place may be becoming the victim of its success

4 star rating
by Timmy
Jun 21, 2011

We went there after a friend recommended this place.

The food was yummy- very fresh tasting, with a good amount of spice in my Panang curry. They had a large range of vegetarian options and Pegasus Bay Riesling. Will be eating there again. Staff were friendly and the place looked clean.

Meals were about $18 each, which was good value for money.

5 star rating
by Danielle B
Jun 10, 2011

This was one of the first restaurants I was taken to in Christchurch. I wasn't an adventurous eater, but found Buddha Stix to be very yummy. I have been back since, always enjoying my meal and leaving with a full tum!

4 star rating
by Michelle
May 05, 2011

Great restaurant! It is Vietnamese and Thai food which is great. Food comes served on very nice platters. The decor is fresh, clean and modern. Definately one of the more fine dining asian restaurants in Christchurch. Prices not bad, service is good but not great. Have been here 3 times and will be back again!

5 star rating
by Mark Beetham
May 01, 2011

Have been to Buddha Stix on a couple of occasions and have always been very impressed. The service is second to none and the meals are very interesting and full of flavour. I cant wait for my next dining experience at this restaurant.

5 star rating
by Sheree Hayward
Feb 13, 2011

I have been here 3 times now and it is now my favourite Thai in Christchurch and we do have some good ones to choose from! The food is awesome and the service first class. If you want great Thai that tastes devine at an awesome price then this is the restaurant you want to go to..love it!

5 star rating
by Apollo
Jan 10, 2011

This place was simply heaving with people when we arrived. But we were seated promptly and were well cared for. The food arrived incredibly fast and was delicious. Slick and professional!