Food and drink
If you know your Japanese food then you will recognise everything from sashimi, maki-zushi, temaki-zushi, nigiri-zushi, teppanyaki plus soups, salads and sides. There's also saki and Japanese cocktails made with shochu, plus Asahi, Sapporo and kirin beers. I ordered a lime and soda, which arrived as a glass of soda with half a lime cut and sitting on the saucer next to it. Literal and delicious.
I never eat the same thing twice, primarily becuase I can't recall what I ordered last time, and have never been disappointed. It is fresh fresh fresh. The tempura is as light as a feather, and the Bento box for lunch is a real bargain.
Small is the understatement. The moment you enter the door you are in the middle of the restaurant. Minimal decor but with such precision in the kitchen it seems only right. Chances are you will be sitting very close to the person next to you, whether you know them or not. The fact that Bonsai has been going for years and is a great favourite with locals says a lot about it.
Helpful, but if like me you don't like to ask too many questions and show yourself up as not being an officianado of the types of food on offer, there is a feeling they expect you to know what's what. So I just point and smile and they always smile back.
Not that far from the madding crowd but hard to find. Very close to The Pleasance theatre during festival time, only a five-minute walk off The Royal Mile but use your GPS or print out the map to get there. It is not a main road to say the least.
For examples: six pieces of maki-zushi £4; chicken yakitori - £3.95; eight pieces of gaijin-zushi £8; beef teriyaki £6.95; vegetable tempura £4.95.
Tables to book
So few, if you can book a chair go for it.
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds