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Bonsai Restaurant

35 Esk Street, Invercargill 9810, New Zealand
+64 3-218 1292
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Overview
  • Excellent14%
  • Very good30%
  • Average19%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible23%
Aug 7, 2018
“Cheap and cheerful Japanese”
Mar 2, 2017
“Tasted better than expected”
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CUISINES
Japanese, Asian, Sushi
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
35 Esk Street, Invercargill 9810, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

More lunch bar than restaurant, this place is nevertheless a friendly place for a cheap tasty Japanese meal. The service was willing and my bento box meal was standard fare but very tasty.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank JRD1000
Reviewed March 2, 2017

Unfortunately most of what food we selected from the menu was unavailable. Not a good start. Finally we selected adamame beans as an entree and salmon as a main. The latter was served with salad and rice and miso soup. The beans were well cooked...More

Date of visit: March 2017
Thank GrahamChristchurch
Reviewed January 25, 2017

The best sushi in town. The bento box is always good if you are wanting a little more than just sushi. Always made fresh.

Date of visit: December 2016
1  Thank xbirdx
Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

Will never go back. Do not recommend! Non authentic Japanese food in taste and presentation. Interior very shabby. Quite dissappinted.

Date of visit: December 2016
2  Thank madgenie81
Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

Went in for dinner at 7pm, their sign said they close at 8pm. After waiting ages to be served, we're told we couldn't have a dine-in dinner but they could do takeaways. Why bother having closing times if your going to close whenever you want.

Date of visit: April 2016
1  Thank TePukeTravellers
Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

I have been popping in for the last couple of years as a treat for my daughter who loves Japanese food. The interior really needs tidied up. Service has slipped and are now not very accommodating for slight menu alterations. Recently the rice has either...More

Date of visit: April 2016
Thank asf051
Reviewed January 18, 2016

My colleague and I were looking for a place to have tea and finally selected Bonsai after searching around some other possible choices of different cuisines in the area. At first I didn't recognize the place but after a while it dawned on me that...More

Date of visit: January 2016
1  Thank Jeff D
Reviewed November 10, 2015

There are certainly good and bad points about Bonsai Restaurant. We'll start off with the bad: no space to move or even sit down to eat without being bumped into, the staff look like they want to be elsewhere, and the decor is ghastly. But...More

Date of visit: November 2015
1  Thank Anony M
Reviewed September 17, 2015

whilst John Cleese nailed Palmerston North, if you ever want to put someone off Japanese cuisine, bring them here! Misappropriate description of wines abounds too, Mount Difficulty turns out to be Roaring Meg, the screaming ho at Bardot prices!

Date of visit: September 2015
1  Thank Tim O
Reviewed May 10, 2015

My partner and I went for lunch recently at this restaurant in Invercargill. Started off badly with the person taking my order at the counter trying to overcharge me. Then when our lunch arrived the food was greasy and lukewarm, the rice was cold and...More

Date of visit: April 2015
Thank pjc195410
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Esk Street, Invercargill 9810, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Invercargill
  • Phone Number: +64 3-218 1292
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