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Bonsai Sushi and Bonsai Teppanyaki: Carnival Cruise Line’s Japanese eating places (with menus)

When my husband and I took our first Carnival cruise 17 years in the past on Carnival Conquest, the sushi fully gained us over. On the time, the ship had a pop-up station that served small plates of contemporary (and free) sushi and sake for a restricted time earlier than dinner. It was one of many highlights of our cruise, and when the road rolled out the everlasting for-fee Bonsai Sushi restaurant in 2012, we have been over the moon.

At the moment, Carnival’s onboard sushi providing has prolonged to incorporate a takeaway sushi venue and a teppanyaki-style restaurant on many ships. Whether or not your Carnival ship includes a Bonsai Sushi, Bonsai Sushi Specific or Bonsai Teppanyaki, I wholeheartedly encourage you to test it out.

This is all the things you have to know, from what’s on the menu to which ships characteristic the favored sushi outposts.

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What are Carnival’s Bonsai Sushi and Bonsai Teppanyaki?


Bonsai Sushi is an extra-charge a la carte sushi restaurant. The road launched the venue on Carnival Breeze in 2012, and as we speak, it is on 15 Carnival ships. It opens for lunch at midday (on sea days) and for dinner at 5 p.m. (on sea days and port days).

Choose ships with no Bonsai Sushi outpost characteristic a Bonsai Sushi Specific takeaway counter. The condensed menu options shrimp, salmon and yellowfin tuna sushi or sashimi and 4 rolls — California, spicy tuna, bang bang Bonsai and tempura. You may discover a Bonsai Sushi Specific on Carnival Conquest, Carnival Elation, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Luminosa, Carnival Miracle and Carnival Paradise.


Bonsai Teppanyaki, Carnival’s first Japanese teppanyaki-style restaurant, debuted on Carnival Horizon in 2018.

As with land-based teppanyaki-style eating, the expertise is an element dinner and half theater. The restaurant options teppanyaki cooks who put together tableside dishes with a dramatic flourish of knives and spatulas, usually flinging meals about for impact. It is a enjoyable present, and youngsters normally go bananas over it.

The restaurant is intimate, with simply two or three cooking stations that seat about 16 (relying on the ship), so you will wish to make reservations early.

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Carnival Bonsai Sushi and Carnival Bonsai Teppanyaki menus

The Bonsai Sushi menu. CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE

The Bonsai Sushi menu options starters like wagyu quick ribs with caramelized onion and teriyaki sauce and a refreshing Bonsai noodle salad with ginger, sake, chilly rice noodles, tomatoes, mushrooms and a relaxing tomato dressing.

Considered one of my favourite rolls right here is the tempura roll with fried shrimp, cucumber, yuzu mayo, avocado and Bonsai Sushi sauce. Anther private favourite is the California roll which is stuffed with crab, avocado, cucumber, sesame and tobiko mayo. My daughter orders the spicy tuna roll with out fail — spicy tuna, tempura flakes, asparagus, tobiko, Yukon gold potato straws and spicy mayo.

It’s also possible to pair your meal with a Japanese beer, a glass of wine or sake.

The Bonsai Teppanyaki menu. CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE

As with land-based teppanyaki-style eating places, the Bonsai Teppanyaki menu features a selection of miso soup or salad, starters like teppanyaki white shrimp or pork stomach yakitori, and quite a lot of protein choices to your entree. Select amongst teriyaki salmon, shichimi spiced grilled rooster, filet mignon, lobster, black cod and grilled tofu.

Cannot determine? Go for one of many mixtures — shrimp and spiced grilled rooster or a filet mignon paired with shrimp, salmon or lobster tail.

What does it value to eat at Bonsai Sushi and Bonsai Teppanyaki?

A la carte costs at Bonsai Sushi vary from $1.50 (per piece) for sushi or sashimi to $22 for the “Ship for two” chef particular; this consists of miso soup, a aspect salad, two rolls and 6 items of sushi.

Bonsai Teppanyaki is priced at a flat $38 per particular person for lunch and $42 per particular person for dinner.

Which Carnival ships have Bonsai Sushi and Bonsai Teppanyaki?

Bonsai Sushi is presently on 15 Carnival ships — Carnival Breeze, Carnival Celebration, Carnival Dream, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Jubilee, Carnival Legend, Carnival Panorama, Carnival Pleasure, Carnival Radiance, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Dawn, Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Venezia, Carnival Vista and Carnival Mardi Gras.

You may discover Bonsai Teppanyaki on six Carnival vessels — Carnival Jubilee, Carnival Celebration, Mardi Gras, Carnival Venezia, Carnival Panorama and Carnival Horizon.

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