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35 Esk Street, Invercargill 9810, New Zealand
+64 3-218 1292
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Went in for dinner at 7pm, their sign said they close at 8pm. After waiting ages to be served, we're told we couldn't have a dine-in dinner but they could do takeaways. Why bother having closing times if your going to close whenever you want.

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Thank TePukeTravellers
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

I have been popping in for the last couple of years as a treat for my daughter who loves Japanese food. The interior really needs tidied up. Service has slipped and are now not very accommodating for slight menu alterations. Recently the rice has either been dry or gluggy. The tempura veges were the thinnest of slices with a thick... More 

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Thank asf051
Dunedin, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

My colleague and I were looking for a place to have tea and finally selected Bonsai after searching around some other possible choices of different cuisines in the area. At first I didn't recognize the place but after a while it dawned on me that some 30 to 40 years ago when I lived in Southland the premises had been... More 

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Thank Jeff D
Invercargill, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

There are certainly good and bad points about Bonsai Restaurant. We'll start off with the bad: no space to move or even sit down to eat without being bumped into, the staff look like they want to be elsewhere, and the decor is ghastly. But the food is good and I recommend the Chicken Teriyaki Bento Box. I do find... More 

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Thank Anony M
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

whilst John Cleese nailed Palmerston North, if you ever want to put someone off Japanese cuisine, bring them here! Misappropriate description of wines abounds too, Mount Difficulty turns out to be Roaring Meg, the screaming ho at Bardot prices!

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Thank Tim O
Invercargill, New Zealand
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43 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2015

My partner and I went for lunch recently at this restaurant in Invercargill. Started off badly with the person taking my order at the counter trying to overcharge me. Then when our lunch arrived the food was greasy and lukewarm, the rice was cold and sticky, they forgot our Miso soup until we reminded them. Maybe it was the normal... More 

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Thank pjc195410
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2014

Alright been there last Thursday Walked in the shop saw heaps of flies on the roof lol oh my gosh can't believe a sushi place having such an unhygienic environment. Service is absolutely nasty, there was a lady being so rude to me and my husband. Don't go there guys, there are some way better Japanese place in town.

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Thank Happy9818680
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

The title is pretty self-explanatory. The food is fresh and good. However, I would really, really like to see some variety to distance themselves away from the other sushi/Japanese restaurants in town by serving different meals. The selection of Japanese beer in the restaurant is excellent (well, for Invercargill).

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Thank Sushirolla
Invercargill, New Zealand
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19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

Large selection of items at a reasonable price. Staff very friendly. Down side is that there is not a lot of space inside. If you are sitting in the tables that are not next to the wall people often push past you to get to the counter.

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Thank Buddytarns
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

Friendly staff, good selection of food readily available or made to order. Sushi is great, chicken karaage on rice with japanese mayo is sooo good and the bento boxes are yum too. The only downside is that the shop itself is quite small and I think it can be a little bit rude to have to navigate around people already... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Esk Street, Invercargill 9810, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Invercargill
  • Phone Number: +64 3-218 1292

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?