Huge and spacious, Bonsai Restaurant is a refurbishment of an old rundown warehouse with remnants of the old - exposed brick walls and hanging wires on high ceilings mixed with modern colours and sleek decor. Dining in the restaurant section is a dimly lit and also cavernously airy affair. I don’t know whether it’s more romantic or spooky.
The menu offered a la carte main meals or tapas Japanese. After a quick peek at the menu we decided sharing was the perfect way to taste the menu seeing as it was proving impossible to choose between all the interesting and tantalising options.
I didn’t judiciously note the name of every dish, we had; crab crawl, sashimi salmon on asparagus, agadashi eggplant, scallops, panfried mushrooms, and a bowl of miso soup amongst other things. And of course, dinner is never complete without the desserts, we opted for green tea tiramasu, crepe thingie, and chocolate delight, all which were surprisingly good.
The freshness of the ingredients was stunning. Bonsai had not one dish that fell below expectation in flavour or portion. I was thoroughly impressed by Bonsai. Usually fusion Japanese is always a miss but Bonsai have got the right, have nailed the Japanese love for texture and flavour experimentation. The complexity of flavours were harmonious, balanced and shows time and thought has gone through planning the dishes.