The Bonsai Cafe & Lounge (Perth)

Published August 6, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening bloggy friends, wow I’ve had a really tiring day – didn’t sleep too well last night, it’s funny since I’ve moved to Melbourne I’ve been having these crazy dreams and I will wake up and realised phew..it’s just a dream. Anyways, it was sort of a frustrating day today, Pandabear had to wake up around 3am to fetch his brother’s family to the airport which woke me up and then it took me awhile to go back to bed. Then we decided today we will go and collect our apartment keys from our leasing agents and was then told that if we want to connect our electricity/power today it will cost $215 – after hour charge similar to on the day connection charge, however if we are willing to wait till Monday the cost will be $35.

Seriously, I could live without electricity of the night – but Pandabear was whinging saying how could I brush my teeth, boil water or do anything in the dark!!! In the end we forked out the $215 and viola our electricity/power was connected, we then went through and did our condition report and thankfully, our pack and send company called to advised our other luggage has arrived! Yay, my cook books are in there.

Anyways, this particular restaurant is situated in Northbridge – it hasn’t been opened for a long time and since the owner is Taiwanese, I’m always supporting a Taiwanese brethren – so we decided to try it out for our family farewell dinner. There were 8 of us plus two of my nieces. The place is quite dark and got that rusty look with the brick walls. We went there on a sunday night and it seemed rather busy. The menu consisted quite alot of small dishes to share kinda like tapas-style dishes. We thought, well we’ll just have a few different dishes to share that way we get to try different things.

Salmon Sushi

Salmon Sushi

The food took a little while to come, and by the time the salmon sushi arrived – we were all like eagles digging in, but since there were only 6, two people were left out.

Asparagus wrapped by beef

Asparagus wrapped by beef

The asparagus wrapped by beef is quite tasty and unusual with the crunchy texture of the asparagus and the tender beef. However, it wasn’t enough to feed all of us…

teriyaki chicken sushi

teriyaki chicken sushi

pork belly with salsa

pork belly with salsa

The pork and salsa was just alittle weird for our liking, I reckon the salsa didn’t go quite well with the bland taste pork belly.

prawn sushi

prawn sushi

takoyaki

takoyaki

The takoyaki were delicious! Out of all the dishes, this one is the best.

duck breast

duck breast

The duck breast was another disappointment for me, it’s well cooked however it didn’t have much flavour in them. Overall, the sushis were really well-done and I love the presentation of all the tapas dishes, however we were still all very hungry so decided it’s time to order ourselves the main course. We waited for our main course to come, and finally my main course of pork chop and rice came – my goodness only mine came and the kids were really hungry so I gave some of my pork chops to my nieces.

pork chop & rice

pork chop & rice

I was already half way through my mains, and none of the other mains have arrived. This is not acceptable as by the time people receive their mains I would have finished mine!!!

tooth fish

tooth fish

The tooth fish were quite nicely done, tender and tasty.

Steak

Steak

Overall, the mains were really nicely presented and they tasted quite nice – but the food waiting time was a little too long – the kids were getting restless and keeps saying I’m hungry!! All the mains didn’t come one after another there was a gap and our friend Katherine’s main came last poor here staring at everyone eating their mains.

Now, amazingly after all those food we still had room for dessert and the desserts were displayed inside a glass case and you also had a LCD monitor displaying other desserts. So we asked whether we could order one from the TV display and were told that they only have limited desserts ones that are displayed inside the glass case – that was a little disappointing.

Mango Cheese cake

Mango Cheese cake

Green Tea Mouse Cake

Green Tea Mouse Cake

Chocolate Mouse Cake

Chocolate Mouse Cake

The desserts are to die for, the presentation were gorgeous and worth the wait. Not too sweet just nicely balanced, moist cake 🙂 It made up for the slow mains.

Overall, the staff seemed pretty friendly but lack in attention – to see whether everyone have received their mains yet. The presentation of all food were great but the food waiting time was just too long.

Anyways, here’s my rating:

Dining Experience: 3.5 star
Food Experience: 4 star
Would I recommend it? YES

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