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“Tasted better than expected”
Review of Bonsai Restaurant

Bonsai Restaurant
Ranked #97 of 115 Restaurants in Invercargill
Cuisines: Japanese
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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 and tasty but the actual pods varied from 1-3 beans inside so were not of top grade.
The salmon turned out to be square bits about 40-50 cm each side. While overcooked by some standards they were surprisingly tasty and were enjoyed. The miso soup was just average but the rice was excellent. My partner commented that if we had been able to see the food being prepared we may not have stayed. Overall we left modestly satisfied but would probably not return.

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Thank GrahamChristchurch
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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.

1  Thank xbirdx
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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.

2  Thank madgenie81
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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.

1  Thank TePukeTravellers
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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 been dry or gluggy. The tempura veges were the thinnest of slices with a thick batter. The lady managing the place seems grumpy and not friendly, really letting the place down...

Thank asf051
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