BONSAI: PAN ASIAN KITCHEN a taste of the orient
With two locations across Karachi, one in the heart of Tipu Sultan and the other in the bustling Ittihad Commercial Area, Bonsai has become a foodie staple for all authentic oriental cuisine. Reinventing flavours by taking classic dishes and giving them an exciting and original spin, this is one spot you can go to get that Continental fix.
With an amalgamation of Chinese, Thai and Japanese menu items, there is truly something for all. Perusing through their extensive list of dishes will not only leave you spoiled for choices, but have your mouth watering as well. Thankfully enough, the wait staff seemed well-versed on the menu and were helpful in guiding us through. There were only three of us who had headed over for dinner, so while we wanted to order up a storm, we had to reign it in a little as to not over order.
To start off the night, we ordered the Crispy Dynamite Prawns, Bangkok Chili Bites and Prawn Tempura from the Apps. The Tempura was crisp to perfection, which can sometimes be too oily but was thankfully not the case. The Dynamite Prawns were up to par with any other in the city, with a tangy and delectable spicy mayo that hit the spot. However, it was the Chili Bites that were my personal favourite. The promised kick of heat delivered, as you could taste the Bird’s Eye Chilli with each bite. This is a true must try for anyone who like that extra spice.
After hearing rave reviews of their drool worthy sushi menu, we knew that we had to indulge just a little. We ordered the classic Crispy California Maki, and as per the chef’s recommendations, opted for the Bonsai Snow Mountain Maki and the Special Fire Cracker Rolls. Let me just tell you…you could taste the fresh ingredients with each heavenly bite! The Snow Mountain sushi came with coconut flakes which gave the dish a unique and memorable flavor, while the Fire Cracker sushi was the best of two worlds – authentic Japanese flavours with that added heat to satiate my desi palette. Everything from presentation to authenticity was bang on point, truly giving other sushi contenders in the city a run for their money.
While we were getting too full to even continue polite dinner conversation with each other, there were still so many dishes calling out our names! For me, the Red Thai Curry was a no brainer, because it is a staple order for a night out and tells a lot about the balance of flavour the restaurant is serving up. Well, it was truly divine! The rich curry had just the right levels of spice and creamy coconut. Meanwhile, the Beef in Oyster from the Chinese menu hit that comfort food spot, with tender wok fried slices that were marinated to perfection in a rich oyster sauce.
For three people, we felt we had eaten enough for the whole Brady Bunch, but there was still so much left to try. I hadn’t even ventured into the noodles yet, and there was a Five Spice Fish that had caught my eye earlier in the night. It’s safe to say, I need to head back and keep exploring the menu, because from what I have seen – Bonsai is here to make a mark in the culinary Karachi scene.
My verdict – a true ten on ten! But next time… I need to save some room for dessert.