I live in Dublin and basically would never usually eat in Temple Bar,
its very much a tourist trap area full of bland, overpriced restaurants.
I love Japanese food and have been to most of Dublin's Japanese restaurants.
So, I was surprised to see Banyi in the top 10 on Tripadvisor, I had never heard of it and was a bit sceptical that it was rated so highly.
Anyway, I paid them a visit and I can see why its rated so highly,
first the staff are lovely, really warm and genuinely cheerful, its very infectious.
The menu is quite extensive, theres a lot of non-traditional Japanese dishes on there, including chicken etc... The Bento boxes are very filling and offer really great value.
There's also a few nice treats added into the meal, like free edamame.
In summary, its a really nice place to eat, perhaps trumped slightly by Yamamori which has 3 branches in Dublin. But for a small restaurant, just starting out, these guys are great.
I hope they can maintain their high standard as the restaurant gets more popular.
I would return!
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