**Edited to add: I re-visited Bonsai recently & was told that the Tempura is NOT vegan. I don't know if the recipe has changed or if I was misinformed when I visited for this review**
Another night in Edinburgh & another dimly lit restaurant...
I'd read about bonsai on fellow PPKer & MoFoer Rachel's blog Thistle and Yellow Rose and decided we should head there for dinner.
We'd checked out the menu online & found quite a few options that sounded as if they'd be vegan & after a chat with the lovely waitress we discovered that everything we thought looked exciting was indeed vegan - no modifications needed! Of course we did what any good travelling vegan would do & ordered all if it! Here there are the yakisoba noodles, agadashi tofu & inari nigiri sushi.
The agadashi tofu was firm silken tofu which had been breaded in panko breadcrumbs & fried, it came in a soy & ginger broth with spring onions. This wasn't what we were expecting but it was super yummy albeit challenging to eat with chopsticks! The inari nigiri sushi was great & made us wish we'd ordered a plate of it each - Nick'd never tried sushi before & he loved it.
We also ordered the vegetable tempura.
The batter was perfectly crisp & their were pieces of aubergine, sweet potato & red & green peppers. I loved this & the aubergine & sweet potato pieces were my favourites. I think I've only ever had tempura once before & this has made me determined to make it at home. Excitingly today in John Lewis we found & purchased a cheap (£40 but we paid £20 in real money as we had £20 of vouchers left from our wedding gifts!) mini deep fat frier, I can't wait to get home & start frying stuff! I have plans to deep fry a Go Max Go Twilight bar as deep fried Mars bars are a Scottish delicacy, what else would you suggest I try frying?