Bonsai Cafe is a great place to visit if you want some nice Vietnamese food. It is located on Main North Road near Coffee Barun. Not only can you dine at the Bonsai Cafe but if you are a Bonsai fan, you can see or take home with you a plant or two. Beside the cafe is the Bonsai Mujo nursery, a specialist shop where they sell Bonsai plants.
The cooks at Bonsai Cafe are related to other famous Pho eateries in Adelaide. In the Vietnamese repertoire, the beef pho is a classic dish. A comfort food and perfect for those winter days. Well for me, it is 365 days of the year. I can have pho anytime any day. The magic is all in the broth, imagine beef bones, spices, aromatics boiled for a long time and then simmered. It takes a long time to make but totally worth it. I tasted the broth first, added my sprouts, basil, coriander, mint, a squirt of lime juice and topped with some chilli. The accompanying mint/basil/sprouts/chilli and lime is generous and fresh compared to a lot of Vietnamese restaurants. There is a depth of flavour in the broth that took it to a completely different level. It was amazing and the noodles were fresh. If beef pho isn't enough, we also tried the chicken one also. Just as good!
Chicken Noodle Soup
After a nice meal, why not stroll through into Bonsai Mujo next to the cafe and take a look at the amazing Bonsai or take one home yourself? The friendly owner will be more than happy to take you through, and if you are keen there are also educational classes on offer too. The Pho was $12 dollars - great value for the amount of time it takes to make.
We definitely enjoyed our dining experience at Bonsai Cafe, there are many more items on offer. On a beautiful day like today, it is just nice to sit outside and enjoy authentic Vietnamese food, in a tranquil atmosphere, with friendly service. The food and drinks are reasonably priced, how else would you want to spend a weekend?
Visit Bonsai Cafe - 185 Main North Road, Nailsworth, SA 5083 - (08) 7222 1249
Mon to Sat Lunch - 11:00 am to 2:30 pm
Mon to Sat Dinner - 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm