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“Nice selection of Japanese food”

Cookai Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #376 of 1,233 Restaurants in Christchurch
Price range: $15 - $25
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Have been here quite a few times and have always had a fun, delicious and nice time. The food is always fresh and presented beautifully. Service is reasonable. Quite a nice Japanese décor. Overall it is a pleasant and enjoyable place to enjoy reasonably priced meal.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Thank SD2606
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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

My husband and I came here for his birthday dinner. The food was really nice, but not as good as it was the last time we went.
The service was so rushed. We got one of the set menus and the food came out one after another you didn't have time to enjoy your meal. We could see the staff watch us while you were eating and just kept sending out the food. Some came out together so it wasn't one course and then the next, the table got quite crowded.
We felt as though we were being rushed out for the table and it wasn't even busy.

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

1st visit had rowdy, drunk teenagers in the restaurant and staff couldn't control them. Horrible experience.
2nd visit good, food OK.
3rd visit the food was bad/bland/fatty and the staff mistook the order but blamed us.
On the whole, there is much better Japanese food available in Christchurch.

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

I really had no idea where to eat but one of our group suggested if we liked Japanese to try Cookai.
This was a brilliant choice with generous helpings on their special menus but fantastic individual choices especially the spice king prawns and the double cooked pork rib.
Add great service and you have the perfect combination for a great meal.

Date of visit: March 2017
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Thank Bill D
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CookaiRic, Manager at Cookai Japanese Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

Thank you so much for your kind review!

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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Went with a rather big group of friends for dinner and we decided to order what we like and to share between all of us. The food we had was pretty good although I felt it could have had a few fresher flavours not just the all time favourites.
The service was ok but not outstanding. When we asked if we could have a particular dish with a bit of extra different sauce (from another dish) this somehow wasn't possible and when I ordered 2 different scoops of icecream for dessert I got 2 of the same flavor. When wanting to pay, and we spend a lot of money that night, we were only allowed to use 3 of our entertainment book vouchers, fair enough, playing by the rules but still disappointed as we just spend $100 for 2 people. Just bear in mind it's rather pricey.

Date of visit: February 2017
Thank Steeephie
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