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$30 - $65
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Japanese, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A top Japanese restaurant, very good food and well presented, the staff we very good and new the food, Ben was the Sake expert and was able to give us a couple of very good Sakes from Queenstown, This place is worth a visit

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 22 January 2024 via mobile

Lovely staff. Amazing tapas experience. There was a great gluten free range which included most of the regular menu. In terms of tapas, we didn’t feel as though we were limited with the sharing experience being gluten free. The cocktails were good. I would recommend...the visit for dinner.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 24 August 2023 via mobile

This restaurant was a win from start to finish. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable, happy to answer questions and make recommendations. Every dish was well presented and the flavours perfect. Great atmosphere - it was almost a full house on a Wednesday night which...I think highlights just how good they are. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Havelock North.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 2 August 2023

We were a family of four and seated at a very small table. Didn't have enough room on table for drinks and food so we asked to be moved to a larger table which they did have a few spare. Very disappointing as our food...and everything had to be moved . We had booked for four and there were larger tables available . We were given water in a bottle on the table that was warm and had to ask for iced water. Food was nice but disappointing they couldn't their service together.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 16 July 2023 via mobile

Molly was great, food was great too, everything was good, I have to write one hundred characters so I I have to keep typing

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 15 July 2023 via mobile

Fabulous friendly staff who gave us just the right amount of attention to ensure that we got full value of our dining experience. The food was amazing and the takeaway bag we brought home was delicious the next day. Servings were generous (reason for the...takeaway bag). Overall a brilliant meal and wonderful dining experience. The kumara wedges were the best. So was the pork belly. And the King prawns. Oh wait, it was all fabulous. Will definitely be back again.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 8 April 2023 via mobile

I’ve been twice to this restaurant which is ALWAYS busy and you need to book a reservation or arrive pre 12pm and sit in their outdoor courtyard. The restaurant has a modern funky Asian appearance and is very clean and tidy. The first time we...visited approx 2yr ago we had an amazing time. The food was fantastic, the cocktails great, the service slightly cold but professional and prompt. We recommend Piku to a lot of people. We visited a second time this month and while it’s still very popular the food isn’t nearly as good as it was. Most dishes have chilli though this isn’t specified in the menu, the pork boa was very very fatty and had a lot of chilli, the pork yakatori wasn’t nearly as fatty and was a decent dish without being amazing, the prawn spring role was fresh though lacked much prawn. The best dish was the karage chicken which was perfectly cooked though having smaller pieces would have made the eating experience easier. Overall it just seemed to lack the flavours we had the first time around.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 12 February 2023 via mobile

Took my Mum there for lunch on her 80th Birthday. We had the shared plate. Was amazing. Mums comment was: I saw the crispy meat pieces and was worried that it would be hard and dry. It was anything but. So nice and tender. We...then ordered dessert and when it came out the waitstaff stuck a candle into the panna cotta and lit it for my Mums Birthday. So thoughtful. Staff where amazing throughout. Will definitely be back for more amazing food.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 22 January 2023 via mobile

Can you say fabulous ! We messed up a reservation at another place that wasn’t opened. We popped in to Piku which was hopping and they accommodated us! Emma was our server and was excellent! I ordered a gin cocktail which had cocoa on part...of the rim and it was outstanding The food was very good and so much to choose from When in Havelock North don’t pass this place up !More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 16 January 2023 via mobile

Good service. Good atmosphere. We had a wide variety of dishes and they all tasted great. This is top notch food - possibly the best Japanese food in NZ. We will definitely be coming back.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 16 January 2023 via mobile

We had a delicious dinner at Piku a few nights ago. The service was great, cocktails lovely and food was amazing. Loved the sushi roles and the bao buns were a highlight.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 4 December 2022 via mobile

Very yummy food and plenty of it. My friend ordered a platter and soooo much food. I highly recommend the beef cheeks ... nice and spicy and so so tender.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 13 November 2022 via mobile

What an extremely friendly place to visit. The staff are amazing and the food is really outstanding. Staff are attentive and thorough, always serving with a smile and helpful advice. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The staff went out of their way to ensure...we had an excellent evening. And the food is something very special. Well worth a visit but extremely popular so best to book.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 30 October 2022 via mobile

The restaurant was drafty and quite cold. The staff were very busy but they weren't attentive. We ordered our food and drinks and waited for quite a long time. A table that was seated after us had their drinks served before us. Finally our food...arrived and our drinks shortly afterwards. BAO buns were over sauced. The sushi was OK. Went to order more food only to be told that they had run out of two chicken dishes which was what I wanted to order I can't eat meat so we paid & just left ....still hungry and disappointed. Will not return.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 3 September 2022

I had been told by someone the waitresses suggest 3 dishes per person which is too much. Our waitress also recommended 2-3 dishes per person (3 of us and we ordered 5 dishes). Even this was too much. 4 dishes would have been perfect. The...recommended 6-9 is ridiculous up-selling and a waste of food. Our waitress was not friendly and clearly didn't want to be there but lovely food.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Hi, in some cases if a table isn't quite ready for a second seating (late bookings), we will take our guests through to the bar for a drink while we finish up the previous booking. For an early booking (6pm at the latest... More
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It's in Hastings at the red barrell winery, and they are usually open from lunch till late. They are moving next year to a new and bigger location.
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PIKU IZAKAYA JAPANESE RESTAURANT & COCKTAIL BAR, Havelock North - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Piku Izakaya Japanese Restaurant & Cocktail Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5