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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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Pakuranga, New Zealand
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48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Dined with colleagues and very much enjoyed the "Yum Cha" the atmosphere was/is pleasant and the service is good. Looking forward to returning again soon. Have only had Lunches here, never an evening meal. I understand the evening menu is different. Have always found the service pleasant.

Thank the2ndhasapulse
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant used to be good but is now going downhill. The portions are now much smaller and the service is very ordinary. Even rice is rationed!. There are better places to dine in this category in New Plymouth. Disappointed .

Thank Taranaki2
Reigate, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I travel to new Plymouth every second week and the team at the laughing Buddha look after me so well. They have adjusted my meals to how I like and done it with a smile. I've had faraway and eatten in and it's always really good. Attentive staff with great food. Thank you Laughing Buddha.

Thank James W
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best prawn and coriander dumplings. However the BBQ pork was very dry. Having said that overall it was a really good enjoyable meal. Would go back but just don't order the pork.

Thank Diane021964
Cambridge, New Zealand
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68 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

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
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 March 2017 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

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Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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97 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

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
Reviewed 2 March 2017

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
Reviewed 22 February 2017

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
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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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
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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?