The wife and I went to Buddha Jazz (119 Grove Lane, SE5 8BG), the new Vietnamese bar/restaurant, for dinner last night. First impression: the decor is beautiful. They’ve done a really good job, very tasteful.
Before eating we went through to the lounge area at the back for a drink (and to smoke). It’s still just a conservatory, but they’ve draped it with red and gold blinds, there are a number of low tables and comfortable chairs and sofas. It was a little cold, but the attentive staff turned on heaters for us and kept us supplied with drinks.
Then back to the main room for dinner: prawn toast to start, then curries; chicken for my wife, prawn and pineapple for me. Delicious; spicy, but not overly so. The whole night came to about £40, which I thought very reasonable.
It was semi-full for the whole evening, so they seem to be doing pretty well. The staff were uniformly excellent; aware, but not overbearing.
In case you haven’t got the message, I can highly recommend it.