Japanese food is a trend that continues to grow around Scotland and the UK, with legions of diners wising up to the raw fish wonders of sushi, sashimi and nigiri and the cooked meats of teppanyaki – cooked on a traditional Japanese grill – and teriyaki, marinated in soy sauce. The folks over at Bonsai Bar in Edinburgh – particularly their outlet on West Richmond Street in the Old Town – are known as superb purveyors of the cuisine, so book a table now and head on over.
As the trend towards high quality Japanese restaurants continues, Bonsai Bar in Edinburgh is increasingly becoming a flagbearer for the cuisine in the Scottish capital. Close to the University of Edinburgh on West Richmond Street, as well as near to the many theatres and clubs of the Old Town – perfect for a Festival season snack – Bonsai Bar is classically-designed, well-priced, and above all, offers a superb example of Japanese cuisine.
Let us talk you through a meal at Bonsai Bar. Begin with a selection of deep-fried dishes – chicken katsu or a tempura dish – before cleansing the palate with some raw fish specialities, found on the sushi and sashimi sections of the menu at their West Richmond Street in the Old Town. If you’re feeling like a really big feed, then add a yakitori skewer or a grilled teriyaki dish and you’re well on the way to a great Japanese meal. Reserve in advance to secure a table.
Cosy liittle place. Just perfect for a freezing cold February evening.. Superb selection of vegetarian dishes and great service. They don't skimp on the portions. All in all a fab dining experience. Looking forward to another visit.
Fantastic food and service, the deep fried seaweed was amazing, as was the chicken teriyaki, will definately be coming here again the next time I visit Edinburgh 😄
Great! Excellent price and friendly staff. We got a table immediately. Would definitely like to go back and try out other dishes from the menu.
Great food. Good value. Good service and lots of choices on the menu.
Have eaten at Bonsai for years, one of the best restaurants I have ever been to, amazing delicious food and great staff! On this occasion we were a group of 7 and made a late booking on a Sat night, yet they welcomed us and were quick to arranged a table to fit all of us. Highly recommend the place if you like Japanese food!
It was awesome! Go eat be happy that's what we did! The food is so fresh you'll feel good afterwards even when you're stuffed. Not many folk can say that. Plus they give you a 20% discount card after the meal as a goodwill jester. It's not bad at all. Service equally awesome.
The food was absolutely amazing, it has a cosy atmosphere, the service was excellent, everyone was so friendly, and on hand to help with fussy eaters, we took the kids here, the guys were great with the kids and made them feel welcome, can't wait for my next visit.
A gem of a place. Very authentic Japanese food. Sushi was particularly good. My wife, son & I found plenty of things to share. Lovely atmosphere - very good use of a relatively small space - service was friendly, prompt and helpful. Couldn't recommend Bonsai more highly.
My dining partner enjoyed it very much. I found it interesting and the food good but unexceptional. Service was good. I was put off by seeing a large bluebottle (fly) buzzing around our table which is unsettling in any restaurant but especially where uncooked food is served. It buzzed right into my partner's ear and caused him to drop his chopsticks in surprise.
Lovely little restaurant in a nice location that doesn't break the bank. Ate here back in 2009 and it was great and to come back and it not change in quality of food or service is fantastic