My friend Pen and I headed into the city to see a show at Fringe World a few weeks ago. I got trapped in a line for a full carpark, so was running late (I feel like being late is a common occurrence in my blog posts of late). Anyway because I was late, we couldn't go to the restaurant we had wanted to which was a bit of a walk from our Fringe venue and instead headed down William and Roe streets and found ourselves at Bonsai Japanese Restaurant. If you asked me to describe Bonsai (which you didn't), I’d say it’s a modern fusion Japanese tapas restaurant. Dishes are ordered to be shared and dishes come with a twist… think guacamole, salsa and the like.
We ordered three hot plates - beef and asparagus skewers, portobello mushrooms and prawn skewers which was enough for a light pre-show dinner.
|Beef asparagus - thinly sliced MSA grade scotch fillet beef, wrapped around asparagus and pan fried. Serviced with caramel soy and tomato relish. $16.90|
|Panfried Portobello mushrooms with karashi-su-miso and a touch of lemon shallot vinaigrette $7.80|
|Prawn kushi-yaki - Seasoned grilled prawn skewers served with a side of guacamole and caramel soy $13.80|
The fusion 'twist' worked well with the mushrooms and prawns but for me, the tomato relish wasn't a great pairing with the caramel soy drenched beef and asparagus.