Time Out says
Incredible, affordable modern Japanese cuisine among surprisingly traditional décor in the heart of vivacious Temple Bar
Banyi immediately transports you from the hustle and bustle of central Dublin to a relaxing Japanese ryotei. It’s a welcome change from the gritty pubs and rowdy tourists that surround it. Plus, with a menu ranging from sushi and sashimi bento boxes to a la carte ramen and katsu curry, it’s impossible not to find something you’ll enjoy. Everything is homemade by expertly-trained chefs with the freshest available ingredients. Though some dishes are presented with flair, nothing feels conflated. The sociable staff are always happy to suggest menu choices and drink pairings.
Time Out tip: The sushi, rolls, and mains are delicious but only first-timers wouldn’t save room for the matcha fondant dessert.
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