Fresh, tasty Ja­panese

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Food:

26 Ard­more St, Wanaka 03 443 6474

Yes and BYO wine 11.30am-2.30pm and 5.30pm8.30pm. Satur­day: 5.30pm8.30pm. Closed Sun­day. Ja­panese food is one of my favourite cook­ing styles. My part­ner, how­ever, isn’t such a fan. So for him to la­bel Wanaka’s Sasanoki Ja­panese Kitchen ‘‘good Ja­panese’’ is quite a com­pli­ment. And a de­served one – the food is fresh and de­li­cious and beau­ti­fully pre­sented, al­though some of the por­tions are a lit­tle leaner and the prices a tad higher when com­pared to Ja­panese restau­rants in larger cen­tres. We had gy­oza to start. Not very ad­ven­tur­ous, I know, but I just can’t go past those de­li­cious lit­tle morsels. At Sasanoki you get five house-made steamed pork dumplings with a dip­ping sauce for $8. My part­ner had the bento box for his main ($32). It was per­fectly pre­sented and in­cluded tem­pura bat­tered veg­eta­bles and a cou­ple of tem­pura prawns, teriyaki chicken, sushi and sashimi. It was served with rice and miso soup. Ev­ery­thing was re­ally fresh and tasty, but a lit­tle small for the price. I or­dered the as­sorted sashimi ($16) and the teriyaki chicken and avocado sushi roll (10 pieces for $12) for my main course. The sashimi in­cluded salmon, tuna, mack­erel and a prawn. I couldn’t fault it – the sushi was fan­tas­tic and very gen­er­ously-sized. We couldn’t re­sist another plat­ter of the sushi, this time choos­ing the Cal­i­for­nia roll – 10 pieces of sushi filled with salmon, avocado, cu­cum­ber, let­tuce and may­on­naise ($14). Sasanoki has a good range of the tra­di­tional Ja­panese dishes on its menu in­clud­ing JFC (or Ja­panese Fried Chicken $6.50) and Sexy Squid Legs, or deep fried cala­mari ($6.50), I’ve eaten here sev­eral times and, from the main course menu, can also vouch for the Teriyaki Salmon ($17) and the Chicken Katsu ($14)–- the sauce, onions and egg in this dish are a great com­bi­na­tion. Th­ese dishes used to be served with rice, but Sa­sonoki re­cently re­placed the rice with a gen­er­ous and in­ter­est­ing salad. The Ja­panese Curry ’n’ Rice, which is thick and not too rich or spicy, is also re­ally good and comes with rice and salad ($18). The restau­rant also has a va­ri­ety of udon noo­dle dishes and Ra­men on the menu, with the prices rang­ing from $12 to $14.50. Sasanoki is li­censed or your can bring your own wine.

Ser­vice:

I’ve al­ways ex­pe­ri­enced good ser­vice. The staff are very wel­com­ing, can ex­plain the menu op­tions well and you don’t feel hur­ried, as can be the case in some Asian restau­rants. Our last minute or­der of a sec­ond round of sushi, as the kitchen staff were clean­ing up, was not a prob­lem.

At­mos­phere:

Sa­sonoki is a small restau­rant and a bit cramped, but they’ve cre­ated a few dif­fer­ent spa­ces us­ing par­ti­tion walls. If you’re want­ing a more in­ti­mate din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and are lucky enough to nab a booth, it’s quite pri­vate.

Verdict:

De­li­cious and fresh tra­di­tional Ja­panese food, which has a few unique twists.

Photo: JES­SICA MAD­DOCK 628551516

Sasanoki Ja­panese Kitchen Ad­dress: Phone: Li­censed:

Hours: Mon­day-Fri­day:

Rat­ing: Food: 3/4, Ser­vice: 4/4, At­mos­phere: 1/2

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