Friday, April 11, 2014

Does the Buddha daydream?

We Meet The Buddha on The Road at Saigon Café
Voice-Tribune review by Robin Garr

Buddha's Daydream at Saigon Cafe.
Does the Buddha daydream?

As the ancient story is told, more than 2,500 years ago when Siddharta Gautama experienced his awakening, his six years of meditation and study provided him with sudden vast insight into the meaning of life. Thus he became the Buddha, "The Awakened One," and one of the world's great religious traditions was born.

So meditate me this: Does an Awakened One sleep? Probably not. What would be the point? But surely the Buddha daydreams, for what is daydreaming, after all, but random meditation?

Buddha's Daydream! It's a Zen koan, and it's a dish at Saigon Cafe in St. Matthews.
And it's a good dish, too, a platter full of bright, colorful stir-fried veggies – eggplant, broccoli, green beans and carrots – plus tofu in a gently piquant clear sauce, sprinkled with sesame seeds and served with rice.

Unfortunately, the tofu disappeared. Perhaps it attained nirvana on its way to our table?

I had looked forward to getting back to Saigon Cafe. I was impressed with dinner there about a year ago, not long after it changed its name from Lemongrass under, I believe, new management.

Unfortunately, our experience this time was a bit more mixed.

Read my full review on and click to it in this week's Voice-Tribune.