Little Buddha is kind of like an upscale, more expensive PF Changs. If the thought of that scares you, this probably isn’t the restaurant for you. Don’t come here looking for authentic dishes. This place is an asian fusion spot that has many familiar items on its menu. So, if you’re craving popular sushi items or Chinese dishes, chances are Little Buddha has them.

The highlight of our meal was the ahi tuna pizza ($15). Beautiful, fresh slices of tuna sashimi topped garlic naan bread. Each bite was a flavor explosion with a salty, citrusy, spicy taste thanks to the abundance of toppings ranging from tomatoes to sriracha to microgreens.

Everything else was pretty average. The jalapeño yellowtail ($20) was bland. The King’s roll ($20) with shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, avocado and rice crackers was decent, but the flavors were all muddled. The chicken chow mein ($20) was incredibly oily (although tasty for my Americanized palate). And, the vegetable fried rice ($8) is something you can get anywhere else for a fraction of the price.

The ambiance is kinda like Tao, but not as grand or over-the-top. We dined there on a Sunday night and, while there were lots of people there, it seemed unusually quiet.

This place isn’t bad as long as you’re not expecting a world-class meal. Of course it’s going to be pricey since it’s in one of the more popular casinos. 3 stars, but mainly for the ahi tuna pizza. Otherwise, it’s probably closer to 2.

3 Stars

The Palms Casino
4321 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 942-7778

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