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“Pretty good Japanese food at affordable prices ”

Cookai Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #375 of 1,226 Restaurants in Christchurch
Price range: $15 - $25
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

We went here on a lunch grabone voucher and ordered the sushi and sashimi set and the chicken teriyaki set. The restaurant was pretty quiet at the time with three other tables. The service was a bit slow but the food was serving quickly after ordering. The sushi was very good, it had avocado and salmon. The whole layout of the sushi and sashimi set was exquisite. On the other hand, the chicken teriyaki was not the best as there was quite a bit of skin on it to make it complicated to eat. Overall, a good Japanese lunch time dining experience.

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Visited with a grab one voucher and an interest in trying something new. Did not disappoint! Food was fresh and tasty and great portion sizes. Could have done with a we bit of rice or something on the side, mostly to soak up the yummy sauces, but we were still perfectly full afterwards. 2 small and 2 large plates was perfect for my partner and I to share. Recommend the salmon and teriyaki beef. Will be returning to try some more!
The place is slightly hidden but worth finding, and the bathrooms are pretty fancy!

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

Wouldn't have found this place if not for the Grabone voucher, good service, food was good, maybe slightly not a fresh as expected for the seafood but still good enough.
Nice place but not something to do in a rush as was about half full and food took a few mins longer than you'd expect.
On the plus did seem to offer lots of authentic drinks and food options but as a stereotypical white guy I had no Idea what they were and just went for the chicken

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

This used to be one of my favourite restaurants and was very disappointed when I visited here with my partner last night. the food quality was average the service was sub par and the food wait time was really long even though the restaurant wasn't busy.
I had to call over the waitress to ask for water after being seated for 20 minutes and then had to wave her over again so she would take our orders. during the whole time we were there, no one came to check if we were happy with our food or if we would like dessert or more drinks and I also saw other diners calling the waitress over to serve as well. Very disappointing and i unfortunately won't be visiting here again

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We were happily greeted on arrival. Table service was on point and food was delivered quickly and was well presented and delicious. Happy customer.

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank LeonC1560
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