The Bodhi Tree – Cuisine of Burma
- Tue – Sun 6pm – 10pm
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits
- Seating for: 35
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Meals: Dinner
The Bodhi Tree Cuisine of Burma
21 Reviews for The Bodhi Tree – Cuisine of Burma
What I do have issue with is my disappointment with the food after such a long absence. I recall it being significantly better pre-quakes than it is now, but the service remains friendly and functional. Pre-quake I chose to place this as one of the better restaurants in town as well as being reasonably priced for the quality of the admittedly small plates. But not now. The visual precision of the Japanese influenced chef remains intact, but somehow the flavours have become wishy washy, and the menu has not changed in all the time I have been visiting this place. Methinks they are resting on their laurels and have let standards slip.
Some dishes are lacking in flavour whilst others are imbalanced: a little blah there, a lack of acidity there, too much smoked tea or star anise elsewhere. The skewered lamb cooked perfectly stood out to me, whilst the shredded chicken salad, tohu (not tofu but deep fried yellow split pea dal chips) and ‘braised’ or more accurately cerviche fish all worked. The other 7 dishes chosen did not fare nearly so well. I went with a group and shared widely, which is the best way to experience the menu.
All in all I found The Bodhi Tree OK and not nearly as good value for money as I once thought it was even at the same price.
The Bodhi Tree has since moved, and they currently exist at Fendalton Village. The inside of the new restaurant doesn’t look posh but it’s definitely a place I’d like to visit again, and next time I’ll order a tofu dish of my own so I don’t have to steal from family, haha!
The Bodhi Tree offers small portions for a reasonable price, so typically you would order two dishes, at about $10 each (plus rice bowls). Very health oriented, so I do recommend trying it out!
The service was top notch in particular the wonderful Japanese lady who served us. She would be an asset in any fine dining restaurant world wide.
After reading several of the harsh reviews on this site I have to say , it important people actually read the menu as it clearly states the dishes are small and are meant to be shared, secondly anyone who states the prices are high clearly do not know what quality food made with quality ingredient actually cost’s both in produce and time. Finally I have dined here since opening and have never been greeted with a traditional Burmese greeting so I really have no idea where that reviewer is coming from.
Amazing well worth a look!
UPDATE: In repsonse to Robin a review below, no I am not connected to the owners other than enjoying this resturant for what it is. Authentic and delicious.
So you have travelled to Burma have you? I lived there for 5 years so I guess that trumps your hand.
I just get irritated with wannabe food critics who really have no idea of what good food or service really is. Yes you are welcome to your opinion as long as it doesn’t impact on others hard work. As past owner I know how unfair reviews impact business.
Any by the way ROBIN, have you ever owned a business let alone attempted to relocate and start again in a completely new spot following a major quake I think not.
Another happy meal for you is it?
Sadly missing! Service slow and depended on kitchen preparing same dish for multiple tables This is not an a la carte experience. There may have been an earthquake and fewer restaurants but is this a reason to let standards slip? extremely disappointing after having experienced the original.
4th February 2012
Have just received the following From Natalie J the reviewer above mine.
Subject: You clearly have no taste
“After reading your review I can only conclude you should really eat where your class is meant to. Burger king, Mc Donalds , and KFC.
Good day to you.”
I don’t know where she is coming from maybe associated with the business but reviews are free expressions of ones visit to a particular restaurant and more honest reviews would be helpful. I have visited Myanmar several times and know a little about it’s cuisine.
The tea leaf salad and tamarillo sorbet are both incredible.
In response to the reviewer below, the menu is not organised into ‘mains’, but into smaller dishes (similar to tapas) that are meant to be shared. We ordered enough for four people plus wine, and the bill came to about $30 a person. Pretty reasonable if you ask me.
The service goes unnoticed which is fine by me. Fairly priced. Recommended!!