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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service, Serves Alcohol
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Reviewed 2 September 2023

Wow! What fantastic food. We had the vegan lunch option. It was superb. The tofu was beautifully cooked, the tempura vegetables were perfect. The portions were very generous for the price 15.90. totally recommend their food. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Keep thinking about...how good this was!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 30 April 2023 via mobile

Had excellent bento boxes here, box B (vegetarian) and A (chicken). Food very tasty, delivered promptly. Ambience OK, service likewise.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 7 February 2023

They shouldn't have bottles of water sitting on the table as the water was literally warm. My suggestion is to have these in the chiller & bring them to the table when customers sit down; especialy in this hot weather. Too much veges in my...salmon sushi.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 10 May 2022 via mobile

We LOVE coming to Wabi Sabi. The food is always delicious and comes out FAST! I make adaptions to dishes that they happily accommodate too. Their customer service is also great! They also treat my young daughter so nicely too. It’s her favourite place to...eatMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 18 November 2021

Stopped in for lunch while visiting Palmerston North and it was the best Japanese food I've had in a long time! Service was friendly and fast and our food arrived quickly. Everything was delicious and had very generous portions. Plenty of vegetarian/vegan options too. I'll...definitely be back!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 12 March 2021

Food has always been good. Just waited over 30 minutes to be told order has been lost. Pretty disrespectful. Required to write a minimum of 100 characters. Nothing to add

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 28 February 2021 via mobile

Decadent sashimi set from Wabi Sabi Japanese Cuisine in Palmerston North. Best I have had in NZ so far. Thick cuts of salmon, salmon belly, tuna, hotate (scallops), ika (squid), amebi (sweet prawns), tamago (egg), hiyashi wakame (seaweed salad). Lovely presentation, very fresh and great...value for $ Have eaten here thrice, and takeaway once. Consistently excellent, knowledgable owner/chef, authentic cuisine, great ambience. Highly rec! 😋 In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of appreciating beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete" in nature. Love the concept!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 27 February 2021 via mobile

Kitchen closes at 8.30pm, restaurant open till 9.30pm. So I arrived at before 8.00pm and finished my beer and dinner( starter/ main) by 8.30pm. There was no one available to clear my empty plates or offer a second beer or offer desert. So I went...to the counter to ask for a green tea ice cream and another beer. My surprise, kitchen is closed as it was 8.40pm and sadly no green tea ice cream I was craving for. But the lady was apologetic and it was clear it was out of her control. Really sad to experience this or else the food was good, the beer was better.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 25 November 2020

Went there for dinner before a show. I liked the atmosphere, not noisy, tables had good space, perfect background music, good, prompt service. Most of all, they had cushions lying around on the bench seats so a shorty like me could get up to the...right level! That is VERY rare and appreciated. I enjoyed the food, was able to order something to satisfy my keto needs. Restroom even had a nail brush, and a mirror I could see into (I'm short). I'd love to eat there again soon.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 25 July 2020 via mobile

What a fantastic lunch today. Walked in off the street with the family and what a meal. Everything was so yummy. Great mix of options. Recommend the beef and rice meal.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 28 April 2020 via mobile

Just used there online ordering service for the first time, it was super fast and convenient. The food was amazing as usual, the salmon rolls are brilliant. Hands down the best sushi in palmy

Date of visit: April 2020
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Reviewed 17 January 2020

There was nothing vegetarian here and I tried Tofu for the first time and severely regretted it. Never again.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 8 January 2020

Luckily we booked our table, as it was a very busy restaurant which is usually a good sign of a good choice. However, I found the tables to be too close together for my liking, and it was difficult to move around the tables and...waiters. The pork ramen was a generous sizing, with a flavoursome broth, but the boiled egg had collapsed which did not look good when the dish arrived. My young grandsons liked the edamame, fried squid and miso soup. When ordering the gyoza, I didn't realise it was vegetarian - which was underwhelming, as we were looking forward to a pork dumpling. We usually order skewered prawns for the children, but were told that there were no skewers left. Ramune is the highlight for our children visiting Japanese restaurants, and we were disappointed that they didn't have any, so we stopped in next door at Yeda to buy some takeaway bottles on the way home.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 8 September 2019 via mobile

Ordered takeaway for the family - winners were the curry rice, takoyaki and yakisoba noodles. We also tried okonomiyaki which wasn't like any of the ones we had in Japan (it had an egg on top) and was nowhere near as fluffy. It was more...like a potato fritter consistency. The karaage chicken was pretty average. I think the fact that everything was sweating in plastic didn't help... I think it kinda soggied things a bit.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 18 April 2019

Pretty good Japanese, good service and reasonably priced. Portions are pretty small though. Overall was a good meal

Date of visit: April 2019
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  • Food: 4
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  • Value: 4