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“Was good, but was expecting better overall experience”

Kinji Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #23 of 1,219 Restaurants in Christchurch
Price range: $34 - $61
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 21 January 2024

Was visiting Christchurch recently for the first time, and was looking for somewhere to enjoy Japanese food. Based on the reviews here, I thought Kinji was worth trying out.... Managed to book online only a few hours before arriving, thinking it would be hard to get into and sure enough, it was completely packed when we arrived, which is always a good sign that the food is decent. Inside, however the atmosphere and layout borders on school canteen style seating, so not the authentic Japanese vibe I was hoping for.

Tried a few entrees to share... While the edamame was disappointing, and we have had better mixed sashimi elsewhere, the tempura prawns and fried chicken were delicious. We even ordered the tempura vegetable as their method of cooking was very good.

And finally, we ordered a bottle of wine with the meal, but were a little annoyed to be told if we didn't finish it, we couldn't take it with us...Never heard of that anywhere I've eaten before.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 26 November 2023

The big problem we have eating at Kinji is that the $80 sashimi platter (feeds up to 4) is so incredible we never try anything else on the menu.
Very simple fit out and little street appeal, but the atmosphere is relaxed, the service excellent and the food out of this world. They have a great sake selection too.
Big Tip: Leave room for the Creme Brule

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 19 October 2023 via mobile

Have been coming for years, my favourite Japanese restaurant in Christchurch. Always busy for good reason. Friendly staff, consistently delicious food.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 21 April 2023

Spectacular, authentic Japanese food. Outstanding service, freshest sashimi, beautifully composed dishes from a chef who truly knows his craft. I keep coming back for more, every time I'm in Christchurch.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 15 March 2023 via mobile

We had dinner at Kinji last night and it was absolutely fantastic. All of the sushi/sashimi was so tasty and fresh! Some of the best we’ve had, if not the best, and we have had a lot of sushi in several countries and around the US! Local oysters were also delicious and fresh and the matcha tiramisu was unique and also delicious! Reasonable prices too. Definitely worth a visit if you like fresh simple sushi!

Date of visit: March 2023
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