Bonsai

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Handily placed within easy reach of Fringe venues such as The Pleasance and Bristo Square, dinky minimalist Bonsai has been serving Japanese cuisine to the Edinburgh public for more than decade, and keeps its customers content with terrific-value sushi, sashimi and other staples of the cuisine. In addition to raw fish, the menu features miso soup, tako salad, beef tataki, a variety of deep-fried agemono dishes, gyoza and octopus dumplings, katsu curry, assorted tempura (check the roast eel version), teppanyaki from the griddle and teriyaki cooked with sweet soy. It may be cramped, but Bonsai is a cracking place to linger and there are bargain bento boxes at lunchtime. Drink Japanese beer, green tea, saké or iced plum wine. There’s a second branch at 14 Broughton Street EH1 3RH (0131 557 5093).

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Bonsai

46 West Richmond Street ,Edinburgh EH8 9DZ

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Oct 2009

I went to Bonsai the other day and had their dinner special, Nabe. It was fantastic!!! The waitress brought it out with a candle and a wee stand to keep the hot pot lifted over the candle. The broth and all the veg was amazing, along with the duck meatballs! I also had an interesting side, a cheese gyoza— deep fried parcels with cheese in them.. Awesome. The service was also quite nice, the girl came to our table and went over bits of the menu with us and didn't seem put off to help us. This place...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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Bonsai

46 West Richmond Street ,Edinburgh EH8 9DZ

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Aug 2009

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I ate at Bonsai on Saturday 22nd August. I would definitely not go back. I know restaurants are busier during the festival, and you have to wait a little longer because of this, but I found the level of service here awful. The waitress even exclaimed loudly “at last!” when the table next to us left, as if they had been inconveniencing her by staying so long to eat. If you can’t serve a full restaurant efficiently, don’t book it up so fully. The food was nice, not exceptional-other Japanese places...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 4

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  • Address: 46 West Richmond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DZ
  • Telephone: 0131 668 3847
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sun 12N-10pm

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