Bonsai Cafe fronts Bonsai Mujo on Main North Road in Nailsworth. I've watched this cool little Bonsai joint pop up on busy Main North Road and was intrigued to note they'd opened a restaurant alongside.
What is Bonsai Mujo? 'Mujo' is an essential Japanese concept expressed in art, gardening, flower arranging, and tea ceremonies. Bonsai Mujo has an impressive display of all kinds of Bonsai and all the accessories you need, from beginner to experienced. Bonsai Mujo also offer classes and consulting and are open 9am - 5 pm Monday to Saturday.
Adelaide has recently seen a rapid proliferation of Vietnamese restaurants but so far none have been set in a Bonsai nursery. It's a homely setting with minimal sophistication and the menu is what you'd expect from a Vietnamese restaurant these days. But that's good, right? Who doesn't love a combination beef noodle soup (Pho Dac Biet) or a crispy chicken and rice (Com Ga Chien Don)? Bonsai Cafe does have a few aces up their sleeve though, the beef stew with bread at only six dollars is an excellent winter warmer and they also serve another perennial favourite of mine, Hainam (Hainan?) chicken and rice, and that's worth trying everywhere.
There's nothing quite like those first few slurps of a fresh pho with everything piled on top with a squeeze of fresh lemon and this Pho is everything I expect. The broth has a great depth of flavour and works very well with the initial dobs of chilli sauce, then the chilli oil (both on the table) as I progressed. More beef slices than tripe is always better and the soup has plenty of red onion and spring onion. Bonsai Cafe serves up a smaller than usual portion of basil, parsley, sprouts and chilli, which is good, I never use them all and always feel a bit guilty for wasting it.
A range of desserts is available including tarts, slices, cakes and sundaes. Vietnamese style coffee, fresh lemon sodas, and wide range of Vietnamese smoothies round out a large drinks selection.
Bonsai Cafe is a casual Vietnamese cafe style dining and is open for lunch and dinner Mon-Sat and public holidays.