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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami www.weekendnotes.com/origami-classes-japan-australia-friendship-association/ and Pokémon www.weekendnotes.com/pokemon-center-tokyo/
Published January 22nd 2019
Specialising in Vietnamese cuisine, the somewhat unusual name of Bonsai Cafe comes from the cafe being located next to Bonsai Mujo, a nursery that sells a wide range of bonsai and bonsai products. Aside from Vietnamese dishes, Bonsai Cafe also offers coffee and light meals from 9am.

The portion size of the Spicy Beef Noodle Soup was very generous; the dish can easily be shared with a friend if you wish. The slices of beef were cooked just right and slices of onion added a bit of crunch. We were also delighted that the broth had a good amount of spiciness.

Bonsai Cafe, Spicy Beef Noodle Soup, Adelaide
Spicy Beef Noodle Soup (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Cut into slices for easy eating, the fried pork chop in their Crispy Pork Chop and Rice was fried to golden brown, with the coating setting off the succulent flesh well. A delightful tangy element was provided by the pickled vegetables and the cucumber slices added a bit of freshness. Served alongside the dish was a dipping sauce that the pork could be dipped in to enhance the flavour.

Bonsai Cafe, Crispy Pork Chop and Rice, Adelaide
Crispy Pork Chop and Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Bonsai's Beef Hokkien Noodles was very tasty, having the degree of charred flavour that makes eating the dish an enjoyable experience. The vegetables had a bite to them and there was enough sauce to give the dish its delicious sweet-savoury flavour and ensure it was not too dry. If you like, you can squeeze the lemon wedge provided over the noodles to add a bit of sharpness.

Bonsai Cafe, Beef Hokkien Noodles, Adelaide
Beef Hokkien Noodles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


If you are looking for a good place to grab a bite after shopping at Bonsai Mujo or are in the mood for Vietnamese cuisine, consider giving Bonsai Cafe a try.

Bonsai Cafe, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Bonsai Cafe, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
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When: Mon-Sat: 11am-2.30pm, 5pm-8.30pm
Phone: 7222 1249
Where: 185 Main North Road, Nailsworth, SA
Cost: About $13 per main dish
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Great article Jonathan! Everyone should check out my article from last year!
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