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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Dallas
Food
Feel
Price
7.3
6.5
$25
Japanese
Casual restaurant

Hours
Mon–Thu 11:00am–2:30pm
Mon–Thu 5:00pm–10:00pm
Fri–Sat 11:00am–2:30pm
Fri–Sat 5:00pm–10:30pm

Features Wi-Fi
Bar Beer, wine
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted

Far North Dallas
17721 Dallas Pkwy
Dallas, TX
(972) 248-4300
Bonsai Sushi
Ugly is only skin deep—behind this dumpy façade are some delicious treats

Viewed from the outside, Bonsai Sushi is a bit frightening. It sits in a second rate strip center fronting Trinity Mills next to a post office. Glance at the menu and things don’t improve. Besides sushi and other Japanese dishes, you’ll find a scattering of Korean and pan-Asian favorites. Hmm…old strip, post office, a Trinity Mills location, sushi and bibimbap sharing space on the same menu—all symptoms of impending gastrointestinal disaster.

Fortunately, Bonsai Sushi breaks the rules. Start with the katsudon (or tonkatsu donburi, if you’re so inclined), a Japanese version of fast food featuring pork cutlets pounded flat, breaded, and fried then served over rice. In addition to the beauty of tender meat and a golden fried crust, there’s a peppery-sweet, almost tropical glaze. The restaurant’s stab at something yakitori-ish (part of a bento box meal) feels a bit stringy. But the burnished sauce rolls out an intangible flavor akin to grilled mirin, scorched here and there so deeply by heat the dense sweetness caramelizes into something more assertive, full of charcoal, molasses, whiskey, and pan juice-like sensations. Teriyaki beef collapses into slender fibers, releasing a riddle of soy, ginger, and something sweet.

If any restaurant was destined by the fates to wallow in obscurity, it would be Bonsai. The place is invisible from the Tollway, for one. But it is filled with surprises.

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