Location: Northbridge, Roe St
I was catching up with a mate for dinner and after visiting Northbridge Chinese, I was keen to try one of the other eateries that line Roe Street. The Bonsai Restaurant Cafe and Lounge is just a few doors down from Northbridge Chinese and seemed interesting – Japanese and an in-house patisserie. I love patisseries! Fortunately the rain held off as I made my way from the Perth CBD across the train line into Northbridge. As I walked in, the place is very spacious and modern, smart. Looking up, one can see the high ceilings. Who would have thought this used to be a warehouse? What a transformation! We were given a bottle of iced water with our glasses filled and menus for us to pour over. The online menu doesn’t have the full offerings so I was surprised to see several other items available. So many things to choose from but we eventually settled on the following dishes:
- Salmon Sashimi Ceviche – lovely and fresh, loved the fish roe
- Wagyu Beef Tataki – absolutely delcious, a real standout
- Red Wine Pork Belly Kakuni – not crunchy as I was expecting but really delicious with a lovely red wine sauce
- Fried Chicken Tosazu – tasty
- Tempura Soft Shell Crab – lovely crunch of the Tempura batter with the crab melting in the mouth. Interesting presentation with the crab sliced in half and then the legs all pointing upwards, each lined up in a neat row on the plate.
- Tiramisu – I had just a taste and it was lovely
- Chocolate Indulgence – this was my dessert and it was absolute chocolate indulgence! Two mini macaroons placed carefully in a small swirl of cream. These were lovely. The chocolate dessert was delicious with each fork full and the chocolate sauce on the plate was just enough and complemented the dessert superbly. Superb dessert.
- Chilli Crab Claws (take-away – Mum would not be please if I came home empty handed) – large and full of tender crab. Lovely crunchy crumb on the outside. Delicious.
Food Review Summary
Verdict: Throughout the night, the service was excellent, attentive and efficient. While the food may look simple, it is anything but. That is the nature of Japanese cuisine. I really enjoyed my dinner and was full. All those little dishes add up fast and the dessert finished things off. Some dishes were tasty without being spectacular, but others were just delicious with lots of flavour. I particularly enjoyed the Wagyu Beef Tataki and the Tempura Soft Shell Crab while the Chocolate Indulgence was as the name suggested – superb! For 8 dishes at around $12 each on average, a total bill just under $100 is not bad. The entertainment book’s discount made it even better.
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