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Review - Bonsai Japanese Restaurant

One of the true joys of winter is being able to park close to the popular restaurant row at Bronte Beach; in fact during my recent lunch time visit we had our choice of parking spaces. (It's probably sad that something as little as this gets me excited, but it did. I hate driving around endlessly looking for a park, yet I hate public transport even more.)

Equally pleasant is warming up in the sun at an al fresco table with a great view across beautiful coastline at this contemporary little Japanese suburban gem Bonsai Japanese Restaurant.

First thing on the agenda for both myself and my dining companion nurse_nihilist, was a steaming bowl of Miso Soup ($4.00), which was pleasing to the stomach and my cold hands. No photos of that, but the beautiful presentation and knife work on our Assorted Sashimi Deluxe ($31/ 20 pieces) will make up for it. The cutting also attested to the skill of sushi chef Hidetoshi Tsuboi. The delicately seared salmon, scattered with sesame seeds, was a particular delight.

Our Soft Shell Crab ‘Spider’ Roll ($18) was also a feast for the eyes with artful arrangement, and well balanced flavours to boot.

Perhaps one of the biggest selling points of this space comes for couples where one is Japanese crazy (like myself), and one is not – when you dine here, you can mix and match with dishes from the neighbouring modern Australian Swell Restaurant (pictured below). While I did not on this visit try any of the offerings from the neighbouring menu, I did watch some lovely dishes come out, many with a fish theme including fish cakes, and the special of Red Emperor with a potato and fennel salad.

This partnership also meant I was able to enjoy a spicy Bloody Mary ($14) with my late breakfast! Bonsai Japanese Restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday. I would happily return to soak up rays, and enjoy the lovely food.

Bonsai Japanese Restaurant
467 Bronte Road, Bronte Beach
Ph: (02) 9386 5666
Japanese $$-$$$

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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 15th, 2008 06:31 am (UTC)
OMG nom nom nom

YOu can't get fresh japanese food here, it's that prepackaged shit in the supermarkets - not even a sushi train!!!

Jul. 15th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
We don't eat pre-packaged sushi. *shakes head adamantly*
Jul. 15th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
NOpe, neither do I
Jul. 15th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
We should go to this one when you get back, it really was quite good, and the location on Bronte Beach is da bomb. My S.O. is not a big fan of raw fish, so I miss it!
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