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“Portion size abysmal”
Review of BambuchiSan

BambuchiSan
Ranked #122 of 971 Restaurants in Wellington
Price range: US$14 - US$107
Description: BambuchiSan offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere that feels like it's been around for ages. Step into the suburban oasis and sit at the bar and enjoy a beautiful cocktail or wine. Our Head Chef will tempt your tastebuds with the most delicious neo Japanese flavours. Our focus is to bring friends and family together for a shared dining experience using seasonal produce and the freshest ingredients. Enjoy a craft beer or wine in our Asian inspired dining room.
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Description: BambuchiSan offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere that feels like it's been around for ages. Step into the suburban oasis and sit at the bar and enjoy a beautiful cocktail or wine. Our Head Chef will tempt your tastebuds with the most delicious neo Japanese flavours. Our focus is to bring friends and family together for a shared dining experience using seasonal produce and the freshest ingredients. Enjoy a craft beer or wine in our Asian inspired dining room.
Reviewed 5 March 2021

I am all for the occasional degustation. But this place is just not backing up their tiny tiny portion sizes with enough flavour. We chose 4 dishes from the menu here and then left to find dinner... Not a single item we ordered was even a standard entree size, everything was a wee bite or two (very hard portions to share - which is the reccomended dining style, and which I'd generally love).
Our $18 bowl of tofu was particularly dissappointing - about 5 tablespoons of chopped tofu in soy sauce with some chilli and sesame. I have never felt ripped off when dining out before, but this was the most expensive tofu I have ever eaten - and it was only flavoured with kitchen basics.

As vegetarians, we could have easily eaten the whole menus offerings and would still have left hungry.

We thought could have easily spent $200 here before feeling like we'd actually eaten well.

Funky space though, good service and great Japanese drinks - menu design is just not pulling through.

Date of visit: March 2021
Thank Haley M
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Reviewed 9 July 2020 via mobile

Delicious food. Quaint atmosphere, great staff and fantastic food. Lots of vegan and GF options. Had a great evening and reasonably priced.

Date of visit: July 2020
Thank DavidC12442
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Reviewed 5 March 2020

Went last night with an out of town vegetarian friend. Good service, interesting flavours, plenty of veg and vegan on the menu, well chosen wine list, and generously gave one of our party the last of the pear congac with her lovely dessert. Nice that the chef came and chatted with us. Very pleasant spur of the moment dinner.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Thank JEBwind
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Reviewed 1 February 2020 via mobile

Delicious and interesting food. Great service and reasonable prices. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to give their tastebuds a kick!

Date of visit: February 2020
Thank nadineh705
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Reviewed 15 January 2020

I've had the pleasure of going to Bambuchi atleast 4 or 5 times by now. It's my FAVORITE restaurant in all of Wellington. Always a special experience, where the chef comes out to talk to you. Only about 10 tables, and the menu constantly changes.

Great service, great food, and I can't recommend this restaurant enough for the more adventurous and fine-dining eater.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Thank Loves2Travel8223
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