Restaurant Review: Bonzai

Hi Guys,

I realised that I hadn’t done a restaurant review in a bit, so here’s a quick one.

I’m a big lover of Japanese food, sushi especially so when my friend Taiwo told me that I could get sushi in Lagos, I swear I did a little victory dance.  Bonzai is a Japanese restaurant located on Akin Adesola street in VI. I went there a few weeks ago and only thought to do a review on a whim so there aren’t that many pictures but hopefully you still find this post useful.

Front view (Photo Cred: The Happy Lagosian)

The ambience of the restaurant is nice and quiet with a few striking decor pieces. Some of the waitresses were dressed as Geishas which I thought was really cute. There is also access to free Wifi which is an added advantage.

Love this seating design for catering to a large group

For starters, we ordered chicken spring rolls, which were nice and tasty. It was a good start and I really enjoyed them. It was served with some sauce that I gave a miss as I wasn’t sure what exactly it was.

For the mains, it was difficult to choose because they have almost a hundred different types of sushi available. Finally settled for the “Bonzai Platter” which is a 16 piece mix. I also ordered a side of fried rice.

I didn’t expect the Sushi to be as good as it was. It tasted fresh and delicious and it definitely meets international standards. I was also very pleased with the variety on this platter which included tuna, salmon, shrimp and something else that I don’t remember,lol. It was all really delicious and the wasabi was authentic. You know when it goes straight to your head? Yeah, that’s the good stuff!
The fried rice on the other hand was abysmal. It tasted really bland and for a Japanese restaurant I was really disappointed.  I really hope their other dishes taste better.

For dessert, I ordered their famous cheesecake. It looked different from any cheesecake I’d ever seen before but it was absolutely divine. It was served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and strawberry sauce and I was a very happy girl.
Apparently people ordered their cheesecake so much at one time, that they placed a restriction on it. You could only buy cheesecake if you had ordered food, haha. I don’t think that silly rule is still in existence though.

Price wise, they are a bit on the expensive side. Im not too sure but the spring rolls were about N1200, Sushi Platter N4000, Fried Rice N2000 and the cheesecake was N1800.  I’ll recommend this restaurant solely on their Sushi, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Have you guys been to Bonzai? What are your favs on their menu? Are there any other Japanese restaurants in Lagos that you recommend?

Peace and Love,



  1. Anonymous
    September 12, 2012 / 11:10 am

    I Love bonzai!! went with my then boo(we are still friends, hoping we get back together). Always reminds me of him. They have amazing food, and its pretty affordable too! I recommend the restaurant to anyone.

    • September 12, 2012 / 11:40 am

      Lol.aww..Hope you and your boo get back together #TeamLove <3

      Definitely see myself becoming a regular at Bonzai, great place..

  2. September 12, 2012 / 11:32 am

    Oh BABY!!!! I see my name in this post!! Ahem. as your "initiator" you get a 10/10. Well this 5 minutes of fame can not waste so I might as well let you lovely readers of her blog in on other sushi spots.

    Yewande has done a review on Bonzai already so no need for me to repeat but their cheese cake is amazeballs but for some reason the last time I was there (Yewande was there too), it seemed different.. I also love Bonzai because of how quiet and peaceful it is.. A place to be if you really do not want a crowd.

    Now Sushi places in Lagos are as follows:

    1. Fusion (Lagoon restaurants, VI): Amazing sushi but expensive.

    Downside: Fridays are always really busy and you could end up waiting 2 hours before you get your order

    Mitigant: Call in and order before you get there. This will save you some time.

    Sushi Attraction: They have this really BIG boat platter that can feed a huge crowd.. Hopefully your order is not placed after some sushi lovers who ordered for this

    2. Bungalow (Akin Adesola: Their sushi is okay but not as crunchy and is more expensive than Fusions.

    Downside: Slow service by staff and it gets busy too and parking space is tight

    Sushi Attraction: They have cute looking sushi and sashimis

    3. The Avenue Suites (Tiamiyu Savage)

    Haven't had the sushi here because the day I went, the guy was not there (-_-)but some friends of mine say its not bad.. So try it if you like.. Don't know about the price as well.

    4. Oriental Hotel – They have a japanese restaurant

    Also haven't been here but they do sushi too. My friend went there recently and I asked her how it was.. Her response – HORRIBLE!
    So folks, go there at your peril.. heheh

    5. Izanagi (its a recend addition to the Piccolo Mondo Family and same location too)

    I have not been to yet but I will.. Seen pictures of the place and its really pretty. My other foodie friend says its amazing too. you can read more on Izanagi here

    Sushi is addictive and expensive!!

    LOL.. Bye guys!

    • September 12, 2012 / 11:46 am

      OMG! A post in a post.Lol!

      Thank you for sharing darling..I will have to try out some of these other sushi places

    • March 16, 2016 / 7:59 am

      Izanagi has good tasting sushi but the portions are too small for the price. It's a tad expensive for what they are offering. Good tasting sushi though.

  3. September 12, 2012 / 11:48 am

    Erm I posted my last comment in a hurry X_X. Hope it helps.

  4. September 12, 2012 / 12:01 pm

    If i ever go to this restaurant, it would for the cheesecake, sounds and looks really good. As for sushi, how do you guys manage?lol. i like my food cooked, only things i can eat raw are vegetables and fruits.

    you (and taiwo) make sushi sound interesting though, MIGHT give it a try sometime.

    • September 12, 2012 / 12:05 pm

      Ah you should! I felt the same way too till i tried it, now i can't stop 😀

  5. Adaora
    September 14, 2012 / 1:59 am

    The wasabi was authentic, the cheese cake divine?! who describes food like this, only you yewi, ONLY YOU!

    • September 16, 2012 / 1:40 pm

      LOL! Girrlll..It was that good 😀

  6. Anonymous
    September 23, 2012 / 8:38 am

    Guess cos my first try of sushi was @ orientals dts y I have d horrible impression about it.. Well I just might try again

    • September 23, 2012 / 12:24 pm

      oh dear..I haven't had oriental's sushi before..sorry it was

  7. July 19, 2013 / 1:51 pm

    Do you know the name of the owner

  8. December 18, 2014 / 1:10 pm

    looks good but i doubt i can bring sushi close to my mouth i just love good food pictures tasty or not lol

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