Open Hours: Daily 12:30p-2:30p. Su-Th 5p-9:30p; F-Sa 5p-10:30p
The waiting staff in this country-home-come-Japanese restaurant is not Japanese, however the excellent chef is, and the cuisine here is reliably ... More
Ginger Tree (The)
The waiting staff in this country-home-come-Japanese restaurant is not Japanese, however the excellent chef is, and the cuisine here is reliably authentic. Have a drink, sweet plum liquor perhaps, while you wait for your table and then glide into the elegant dining room and prepare yourself for a memorable culinary experience. The set meals, lots of small courses served in intricate laquer boxes, are the best value for money, allowing you to sample a broad range of Japanese delicacies without filling up after your starter. Eels from local waters cooked in sake, sugar and soy sauce are particularly recommended. And don't worry, you won't be able to move when you've finally finished. An expensive venue, but worth it for that extra special occasion.
We've been going to the Ginger Tree since it was located in Ballyrobert, it was first class then but it seems to have slipped since relocating. The regular waitress who used to look after us no longer seems to serve, replaced by staff who dont really make you feel so welcome. The menu price is way up ( it was expensive-ish already) and food standard has dropped. On our last night there the orders got badly mixed up and some people didnt get starters or desserts at all, so unfortunatly unless we hear its changed drastically we will stick to the new one on botanic avenue
I love Japanese food and have eaten it all over the world from the far east to Las Vegas. I had also been to the same restaurant in Ballyrobert many years ago and was very impressed by the high standards and excellent quality produce.
This is maybe why I was so dissapointed with the quality of food when I dined here recently. Six of us ordered the most expensive taster menu at £24.95. I don't think anything we ate was freshly made ie not pre-prepared or frozen. The sushi was shoddly made and all the different main courses tasted the same, like a homemade Chinese stirfry. I was at Zen on Saturday night and my only concern is that it is too Chinese in origin but the food was excellent and shows it can be done right.
even the ginger tree is far smaller than Zen but the food is purely tranditional and service is excellent.waitress was understanding and caring but we got food wee bit slow on a busy saturday nite.
Better to make reservation before going on the weekend.highly recommen
As far as being 'Authentic'. I get more 'Authentic' Japanese food in Canada! I was not impressed by the menu selection and the service. We were never asked once for a refill on drinks...I brought my own water bottle (thank god)! We were sat next to the window that was filthy!! Food splattered everywhere. The menu, as well as not offering traditional Japanesse food, was grubby and sticky! I would not eat here again!! Thanks but no Thanks...not impressed at all!!
I have long been a regular customer of the Ginger Tree. I have followed them from their beginnings in Ballyclare. I have tried practically everything the menu has to offer. I spent much time training with BACA and a further 4 years of my life living and travelling throughout Japan so if there is anything i know, its GOOD JAPANESE FOOD! i must say, a load of bollox to the previous review named truely awful, My advise to this person who "designs sauces" for a living (very impressive might I add) is that they go back to the ketchup factory where I suspect their knowledge might actually be of some benifit, and think about how they could leave such a review when they clearly have no idea what they are talking about.
The Ginger tree is always an amazing expreience for me and my family and I would highly recommend it.
We have been fans of the Ginger Tree for many years, at least 10, and were used to going to it when it was located in Ballyrobert. So our first trip to the new location was with a sense of trepidation, could it live up to it's former glories etc... We need not have worried. The food was excellent and the menu had been changed in a more euro-friendly way without compromising the Japanese elements. The most amazing aspect of our visit was the service. Our waitress was Japanese, very pleasant and able to memorise our order, including drinks, perfectly without any notepad and without ever repeating or checking any part of it, amazing!! Until this only Kenny in Kennys Chip shop in Enniskillen, opposite Dunnes, has ever done this with 100% success.
What has happened to this restaurant since your other reviewers ate here I wonder ?
Did the Japanese chef go back to Japan and was he replaced by a chef born and bred in Belfast with an account in the local cash and carry ?
The meal my friend and I endured was no more authentic Japanese than I am !
My meal was breaded chicken breast served with a sauce that readers would recognize as the one that appears on your chips when you have had one too many on a Saturday night.
This is lovingly prepared by mixing chinese gravy powder with water until you achieve the desired consistency.To be fair to the "chef" I think he added chilli powder.
Perhaps the Ginger tree has survived thus far because they don't get alot of customers who design sauces for a living....until now.
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