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Kohan Restaurant

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SH 8, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6688
11:00 - 14:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
Mon - Sat 18:00 - 21:00
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77 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend both their Kohan bento and Tempura bento boxes. Place is always quite full especially if the tourist buses carrying Asians have arrived. The staff are all exceptionally courteous and efficient. Kitchen is very clean. Food is fresh and authentic. Make sure you book as it's popular.

Thank Vivian C
Cary, North Carolina
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208 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a busy place, so get a reservation. They offer a wide selection of sushi and tempura options. The bento box offered the perfect variety! The tekapo roll and fresh NZ salmon was incredible. Be sure to get dessert - each is garnished with a NZ animal made out of honey/sugar and a nest of spun sugar.

Thank haylaura
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As the title says it is important to book before going to this popular place. We arrived with a booking and were led to a table while about 10 diners waited! The menu is basic but to the point. Good, simple Japanese food. The bento boxes are an easy choice if you want to dabble in a bit of everything... More 

Thank dudeinnz
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are avid fans of Japanese food and frequented many Japanese restaurants in Bangkok. Also we took a trip to Japan a few years ago and ate at many nice restaurants. We were a bit hesitant to visit a Japanese restaurant in New Zealand but we are so glad we did! We would like to say Kohan is one of... More 

Thank Methanan S
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for dinner, absolutely loved it: 1. Super fresh fish. Their Salmon Don was amazing 2. Also loved their JFC (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Thank 201arjunn
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

At first we struggled to find Kohan tucked behind the back of the "main" row of shops in tekapo. When we did we were pleasantly surprised, plenty of locals getting takeaways and popular with Japanese tourists - a good sign we thought. Super friendly and efficient staff. We both had the tempura bento box probably could get away with one... More 

Thank Bartles80
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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34 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I ordered 2 different bentos and they are yummy. Very fresh ingredients used and sashimis are good! Reasonably priced. However the restaurant has a weird smell upon entering which kind of turn me off. Be sure to make a reservation as dinner are quite busy.

Thank cookielove_23
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457 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,315 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed dinner here. Prices were reasonable and both the service and food were very good. We made a reservation a day in advance which proved to be prudent. They were turning people away when we were there due to a large bus group that they were hosting.

Thank Jeff K
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
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251 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Stopped in for lunch as I was heading to Aoraki Mt. Cook. Wanted to be sure I could get some of that locally farmed salmon.. Sure did! Had both the sashimi and salmon teriyaki. Food was good, portions decent sized and fairly priced. A good option if in Tekapo (don't let the tour buses parked out front scare you away... More 

Thank bas0921
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121 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

If you go to Japan than this will only be an average place. But the food is good if not great. Endamame was a bit cold and served with no salt. The Tempura was average - needed better dipping sauce. The shrimp Nigiri on the other hand was really excellent. Miso soup average

Thank Surjoe

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: SH 8, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Mackenzie District  >  Lake Tekapo
  • Phone Number: +64 3-680 6688

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?