July 11, 2014
3rd rotation finally over! I was quite excited to be flying back to Canada the next morning, but first, a catch up with friends! 🙂
We wanted to find a coffee shop to sit and chat before dinner and Bonsai Botanika seemed perfect. The decor and ambiance is very alluring from the street, I remember Michael and I walking by many times and telling ourselves that we needed to come back and check it out.
The theme and decor is hard to describe, very rustic yet quirky – does that make sense? I’ve never seen anything like it before, it’s really neat!
Once inside, however, it becomes quite confusing. The cafe is 3 levels high. Non alcoholic beverages like coffees and teas, as well as their iconic flourless cakes can be ordered on the first floor. If you are looking for real food though (apparently it’s also a ramen restaurant), you need to head up to the second floor. There are no signs that direct you, which can make it a haphazard first experience.
Noticed that the service left a lot to be desired – staff were impatient and didn’t take the opportunity to provide suggestions off the menu to new customers. The cake cabinet was also in disarray, with many empty slates left dirty and uncleared. The ones that were available did look delicious though. No prices were displayed, and I was appalled to later find out a small slice was over $8.
We ordered our drinks before heading upstairs to find a seat. Lots of room for small and larger groups. We quickly glanced at the food menu at the unmanned bar – damn, expensive!
It took quite a while for our drinks to arrive, and they also came quite staggered. Perhaps she was new, but the staff member who brought my order was so confused when I pointed out that the drink she was calling green tea was supposed to be a piece of green tea cake. It later turned out that that drink was a juice ordered by someone else at our table. How can you work at a place and not know what your drinks are by looking at them?
Mabel and I got two different kinds of their hot chocolate. Very interesting and unique presentation, as well as delicious! We only wish it had been hotter, much hotter than the temperature it was served at.
The green tea flourless cake was quite tasty and rich, served with some whip cream and fresh rosemary that added an interesting flavour. It is too overpriced for me though, I wouldn’t get it again.
Xuan got a cappuccino. The double walled glass mugs are quite cute!
Sarah and Amanda both got juices that were tasty and refreshing.
At the time of our visit, the 3rd level was closed so I don’t know what is up there. Perhaps we can check it out during our next visit.
Once you get past the confusing set up and so-so service, Bonsai Botanika is quite a quirky and interesting place to grab a drink and catch up with friends. The drinks are nice although I do think the food is very overpriced. I don’t know if I would ever come here to try a meal unless someone I knew said the food was really good. Definitely worth another visit, even if just for the interior design!