The Fat Buddha

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218 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
The Fat Buddha is your local Indian Restaurant located in Berkhamsted town centre. With its relaxed atmosphere, has become for many, the ideal place to enjoy delicious Indian food. Our Indian dishes are all freshly prepared to order and have have a unique flavour and aroma, the real flavour of India and can also be found on our Indian takeaway menu.
What 218 People Are Saying
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r
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal as usual & our waiter Mebs was excellent

J
London
62 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

An usual experience on Saturday, firstly we sat at the bar as our table wasn’t ready, we didn’t get served before our table was ready, we ordered drinks and then food, but our food came out in dribs and drabs with the rice arriving half way through our meal, no apology from the waiter, no main course plates either. The food was delicious.

SB
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really enjoyed the food, was very busy but really lovely atmosphere, making the service slightly slower but not a problem. Staff were really friendly. A nice evening would return.

GV
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food as per usual. This is our fourth visit to this restaurant and we shall be back soon.

PP
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is exquisite, and well presented. Portion sizes are generous, and we could have easily had one or two less mains amongst our party without anyone feeling hungry or hard done by.

The service level went above and beyond the usual warm welcoming service you get in Indian restaurant, drinks were watched carefully and replacements offered promptly as there were enough service staff to easily cope with the full restaurant.

The light levels are on the dim side, and with the colouring to them make it hard to appreciate how beautiful the food looks before eating. Not one for Inatragram shots!

This place is a special treat, I would heartily recommend eating in rather than takeaway.

DM
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent quality of food and customer service. Charming staff which adds to the pleasure of every regular visit. Sets a benchmark for many local restaurants

DR
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lovely food , lovely staff , ambience great . Round table as we had requested . Did wait 20 minutes for our drinks & over a hour for our food albeit worth the wait would probably go back when less busy

Y
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal as always. Great service and lovely ambience this evening. My daughter’s favourite Indian restaurant, so we visited for her birthday this time.

NM
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal that was incredibly tasty and full of flavour and spice.

J
London
63 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional food & service, lovely relaxing evening

E
Hertfordshire
9 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

If you like Indian food and are looking for a contemporary venue to impress friends and colleagues, this is the place to take them. The décor is very stylish and the cocktail bar extremely inviting. The food was very good quality and I look forward to returning to sample more items on the menu.
Some minor criticisms: the tables were packed in; the staff appeared quite stressed because it was so busy (very few friendly smiles); and the noise level on a Friday evening was uncomfortable.

n
London
80 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good quality upmarket south Asian food with a few interesting things on the menu. Well worth the small price premium for the quality. Best restaurant of its type in the area

KB
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian I've ever had! 😋 Great places for a birthday celebration.

MK
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

On 1st ever visit was not over impressed , and had Chicken Shaslik looked lovely but chicken was not properly cooked , was very disappointed overall shame as heard very good recommendations ☹

KP
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Touch pricey, but yoy get what you pay for. The king prawn dishes are orgasmic and the nans rich and buttery. Best Indian in Berko wsithout a doubt.

LZ
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Decor was pleasantly done and the food was very tasty but the service wasn’t the best. Was left over an hour after we’d finished our meal and not asked is there anything else we would like ? No drinks no dessert menu no offer of coffee no bill!!
Even when we said about it to the waiter who we had to call for to get our bill, he apologised but that was it.
No don’t think I’d return

KC
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely food. Restaurant much too dark compared to most other restaurants. Hard to read the menu

J
London
63 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely evening food and service excellent

JR
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was lovely and service very good. Differently will b returning.

LM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food great but service terrible. Gap from finishing starters to mains was 1 hour 5 mins. Not one visit from staff to apologise or offer drinks. When manager was called he said owners value Just Eat over sit in guests.

DO
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We booked this online for my birthday meal. The decor is lovely but there were a couple of noisy groups in which made it louder than I would have liked. The menu has a lot of great options, with plenty of vegetarian choices for myself. The food was served fairly quickly and was good quality, with ample portion sizes. I had mentioned my birthday when I booked but this was not referred to during the evening which was slightly disappointing. Overall this is a nice restaurant and I would recommend giving it a try.

J
London
63 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely relaxing evening, excellent food and great service

C
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mebs was fabulous! He made the visit.
Excellent food. Will be back!

TR
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the staff lovely they made a special effort as we were celebrating two birthdays. Would highly recommend going.

HW
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service is in my view excellent
One of the better Indian restaurants . Well worth a visit

J
London
63 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal excellent food and great service, we tried a new side dish recommended by our waiter which was very good

AB
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of those meals out that totally hit the mark, good food, good atmosphere and the bill less than expected!

V
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was very slow.....we were told the Manager was not in that evening. Those waiting for take-aways were getting very frustrated also.

y
London
21 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

very comfortable stylish bar for a pre and post dinner drink. They were very accommodating of our timing with no rush to be seated. Recommended dishes were superb as was the wine. Will definitely return.

J
London
63 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was unusually slow on Saturday evening and the restaurant wasn’t full, the food was excellent though

SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely meal here on Saturday with friends from 'up North' - the food was outstanding although far too much ordered as usual. My husband's salmon tikka was especially gorgeous. The waiter was very patient and knowledgeable and we will definitely be coming back very soon.

H
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

What would have been an excellent meal ruined by appalling service. Arrived at 8.15, starter served at 8.45 mail course finally appeared at 10.15 by that stage we had both lost our appetite. Staff didnt seem the least bit interested when I complained they said the kitchen was under pressure. Real shame at the food was excellent. Dot think I would return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best Indian about 👌🏽

MM
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Late birthday celebration

J
London
63 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and great service

LL
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great night out with the misses good food good atmosphere great service will recommend to everyone one I no who love Indian food great welcome when we arrived I will definitely be going again sometime soon actually I can't wait for my next visit my

SH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Friendly staff. Lovely atmosphere. Thank you!

V
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was really nice at the Fat Buddha but it was noisy(especially a quite loud table near us)and the service was slow. We sat for quite a while without drinks(that we had ordered)while waiting for our main course.
There was a good choice of fish and seafood dishes.

CG
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Have eaten here a couple of times and had takeaways too and the food is EXCELLENT.

Only issue is the weird timings. When we sat down at our table the waitress was obviously impatient for us to order drinks and popadoms. These all arrived really quickly but there was then a long delay before our main course arrived. This also happened last time we were there. Not a huge issue, but when you book you're asked to give your table back within a certain time, so they need to ensure your food arrives reasonably quickly so you have time to enjoy it.

Having said that, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Fat Buddha.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Hi a real mixed bag! The greeting in the bar area was pretty chaotic and the table wasn’t ready for 20 mins after our booked time. When we sat down the table was nice and the service was good. My partner had a tandoori chicken starter which was completely tasteless. We later were told by the manager the tandoor chef was away but the starter wasn’t removed from the bill. On the other hand our mains were exceptional and the garlic prawns top class. I think we would go back but it does seem a little hit and miss.