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About buku: Global Street Food
Located at the corner of Wilmington and Davie Streets in the heart of downtown Raleigh, bu•ku is a local restaurant that tells a global story. The name "bu•ku" itself is an international slang twist on the phrase, "Merci, beaucoup" meaning, "Thank you very much." Inspired by the pushcarts of street vendors across the globe, our chefs harvest an array of unique and distinct flavors and present them authentically, in a virtual kaleidoscope of plates. The common link: these are foods that people love. Working within different regional traditions, our menu brings together complex and flavorful dishes that have been honed over generations. Foods like Filipino Lumpia, Jamaican Lamb Patties and Chinese Steamed Buns can be found on the street corners of Manila, Kingston and Beijing. We strive to convey the immediate thrill a traveler feels eating foods like these as they first cross over the cart and exchange hands into the urban setting.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Global, International, Asian, South American
Hours of Operation:
Serving our Full Menu
Friday & Saturday: 11am-12am
Sunday Brunch Buffet: 10am-3pm
Sunday Dinner: 5pm-10pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We would love to host your next event! Please ask Katherine, our Events Coordinator, for an Events Package and any additional information you need.
Complimentary valet every day after 5pm and during Sunday Brunch. Lunch parking is available in the public deck.
Enter the City Center Parking Deck from Wilmington Street
Take elevator to ground floor; exit out at revolving doors turn left and enter double doors on the left at the corner of Davie and Wilmington.
Private Party Facilities:
Private and semi-private dining rooms are available for parties and special occasions up to 150 guests. Full-facility rentals are available for up to 293 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Katherine Darden: (919) 834-6963
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We would love to help you plan your next event. Our private and semi-private dining rooms seat parties of 10-150 guests and we have a virtual kaleidoscope of menu options for you to choose from! Please speak with Katherine, our Events Coordinator, for more information.
buku: Global Street Food Ratings and Reviews
We had a reservation so we got seated immediately and waiter approached us soon after. Appetizers came out fast, but the entrees took some time and then we had to rush to make it to the ballet in time. The hummus was just OK and I thought the pita bread was tasteless. My entree was a Vietnamese Salad that was good, but there were some hot peppers in that dish that will set your mouth on fire for 20 min unless you can cut the burn with rice or milk (the waiter did warn me that it was spicy when I ordered). The Filipino lumpia that I had was just OK; the lumpia shell was hard and greasy so overcooked IMO. This restaurant worked for a pre-theatre venue, but I don't find the food so good that I would make a trip downtown just to eat here. This was my second time eating at this restaurant and my opinion was the same both times.
Wonderful first visit for a pre-theater dinner. Because of traffic, we were a bit rushed so did not have time to try the incredible small plates offered. Global? When you see pierogies as well Indian Naan and Columbian Pan de Queso, you know you have variety.
We both chose the Ramen Big Bowl: roasted Heritage Farms pork belly, pulled pork shoulder, twenty-four hour shoyu broth, roasted shiitake mushrooms, soft poached Latta Farms egg, pickled radish, wakame, black garlic-sesame oil. I cannot imagine anything more delicious.
We were sorry we were rushed, but we will be back to this lovely and unique restaurant.
buku was truly an exceptional experience! We drove over to Raleigh to attend a concert and made a reservation. They have all kinds of street food and everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. Truly an excellent restaurant and we look forward to going back!
3 generations came to the restaurant - me, my daughters and their children. My oldest daughter and granddaughter had never been there before and they absolutely loved it! It's a beautiful place with amazing food that I have enjoyed many times and I will come back again and again. Also, the staff is awesome.
Having eaten at this location since it was FIN and probably about twenty times since it became bu ku I must say that my most current visit presented many new experiences, none of them positive. It began when we arrived at 7 and were led to our table in "time-out" corner on the other side of the wall. My wife and I have always enjoyed the ambiance of the dining room and don't know why diners are relegated to the dead zone when the restaurant is not close to full. We sat in that space (the only diners back there) feeling cut off from the restaurant and my wife with a view of a bored, disengaged staff and the door to the men's room. Maybe some wine would help. Our waiter appeared and demanded an ID from my wife in order to serve her. We thought it was a joke but he persisted and said if she would not provide one, the only way he could serve us was if I provided ID. I asked for a manager. He asked if I was an ALE officer. Request for a manager again. He replied he would bring a glass of wine. We are both in our mid 60's. First two plates came promptly. Then about a 25 minute wait for the next two. I feel bad writing this review. We have always enjoyed our time at this restaurant, but will not be returning. This was not a $100 meal, not close, and there is too much to choose from in Raleigh these days.
My husband & I met a couple of friends after church service for Sunday brunch. The service & food was excellent. I typically do not like buffet restaurants but I must admit, this was the first time I really enjoyed my food. The only thing my husband and I had a problem with was the valet person did not open my door. However, he opened my husbands door. That would be the only complaint I would have.
I had two friends visiting for a Birthday weekend. We wanted to try something different. One of my friends that travels all over the USA for business frequently enjoys fine dining and loves original local food. She said that it was one of the most interesting and best meals she has had in years! Our server made fantastic recommendations and they treated my other friend to an awesome Birthday desert. It was my first visit. I will definitely recommend to others and return again. Great dining experience.
They have small plates for sharing as well as large entrees. I really like the tapas style so all 4 of us got to experience over a half a dozen different plates. And it was reasonably quiet enough to actually carry on a conversation without being drowned out by the tables next door. I thought it was a bit pricey but that is likely due to location downtown.
We had a great meal for 9 people. Service was excellent, with excellent suggestions about menu options. Waiter was very patient, listened to our questions and possible preferences and made excellent suggestions that met our needs better than our original choices. I tried dishes I would have never ordered on my own and am so glad I did. Our waiter took great care of us. He was also very efficient in helping us meet our time limitations to attend a local concert. Everything we ate was very good. We will be back.
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