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“Fabulous food!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Bodhi Tree

The Bodhi Tree
Ranked #84 of 952 Restaurants in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $100
Cuisines: Asian, Burmese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Ohio
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78 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Fabulous food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

The Bodhi Tree features Burmese cuisine. This was the first time I had tried Burmese. The menu says Burmese is a blend of Indian and Chinese, both of which I like a great deal. I found it to be better than even the best of those.

I ordered the tea salad and the squid. Both were outstanding. The salad was light and delightfully crunchy, while the squid was tender, and not at all rubbery. It had just the right amount of basil to perfectly compliment it, and a teasingly evanescent hint of heat - the most delicious squid I've ever eaten.

The menu recommends ordering three items per person. With wine and dessert (semolina and coconut milk cake - yum!), my tab came to about NZD50.

The restaurant is small and very busy. As this is one of the most popular restaurants in Christchurch, reservations are essential. (Reservations are recommended for most restaurants in Christchurch; many are still shuttered because of the earthquake.)

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
California City, California
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65 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“First encounter with Burmese cuisine”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

The food was good especially the tea salad and fish soup. The curries were interesting but I felt they were similar to other malaysian/thai curries. They serve Tapas style quantities and prices were on the high side. You have to order 3 dishes per person so expect a $50 tag per person. Service was decent. Overall, prices earn them a 3 star.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Chch gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

Location and parking are not great, but this restaurant is incredible! The food is simple and fantastic! It's best to order 3-5 dishes so that you try a variety and because the dishes are quite small. Reservations are a must, especially on weekends. It's a bit on the pricey side, but so worth it! We will definitely be back!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland, New Zealand
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104 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Burmese restaurant with good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

Located in a rather bland area of town and situated at the back of a building this restaurant is worth looking for. Although a little Spartan in terms of décor the service was excellent and the food very good. Portions are small so it's worth having a couple of dishes to share. Rice costs extra. Lovely flavours and nicely but simply presented. Sufficient wine list to keep one happy. Gets quite expensive with a couple of dishes. Check it out here: http://thebodhitree.co.nz/
Recommended.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Paul B
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“This place is amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

The staff was super friendly, we had a selection of different main courses that blew us away, and some tasty deserts. 5 dishes, 2 juices and 2 deserts cost around 100NZD - so very much worth it! Unfortunately a bit out of town and you have to reserve.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gina B
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