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.
Great value food. Lots to choose from on the menu as well as specials on the blackboard. Good quality food and helpful friendly waiting staff.
We come here alot, excellent as always. love the new place! much bigger than the last next door. try the gyozas, amazing! bento boxes are fab too, reccomend to anyone!
I absolutely love this restaurant! The food is great, it's got nerdy decor, and it's reasonably priced. I love it and would recommend it to anyone!
I have been a customer of Bonsai for a number of years now, and never was I disappointed. The food is freshly and well prepared, the service is exemplary, and I love the extras board which offers a variety of off-normal-menu options. Due to it being a small place, it can get a bit warm during the course of the evening, but this is something which can happily be overlooked as the food is so delicious. I have introduced a few people to Bonsai, and not one of them was disappointed - quite the contrary. It certainly deserves full rating from me.
The restaurant is colourfully decorated with Japanese art and we were seated promptly at a cosy table. We offered several rolls of sushi, pork gyoza, crispy noriten seaweed, umiboshi and sake. Everything was delicious, particularly the seaweed and the rainbow roll. We really enjoyed the sake too. We finished our meal with a refreshing glass of iced plum wine. Service was fast and friendly and the bill for two reasonable. Have always loved this place and this was my partner's first experience of it. We'll be back soon!
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!
The food was lovely. However the menu clearly states items that are gluten free with a ‘gf’ symbol. When the food arrived I was told I should have requested a gluten free version as the sauce wasn’t gluten free. This should be clear on the menu, if you need to request gluten free then say that on the menu. It runs the risk of people getting ill the way it is now.
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.