Im­pres­sive dining ex­pe­ri­ence

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We chose to dine at Mi­nami Ju­ji­sei Ja­panese Restau­rant for my brother-in-law’s birth­day.

As we knew there would be a large group of us, and we were go­ing to be en­joy­ing a few drinks, we opted for the restau­rant as it has a BYO op­tion.

We were seated straight away and were one of the first dining groups for the evening. Since we had booked we were able to gain the full ex­pe­ri­ence the restau­rant of­fers and were seated in one of the two ar­eas where you sit on the floor. The area would com­fort­ably seat eight but as we had more we all squashed in to­gether.

It was a timely re­minder for those plan­ning on dining at a Ja­panese venue to make sure they wear fresh socks, as the tra­di­tion of re­mov­ing shoes was used in this area.

Ser­vice

Our or­ders were taken in great time. While there was a slight lan­guage bar­rier, it was soon over­come.

I en­joy dining at for­eign food restau­rants when the staff speak the na­tive lan­guage as it’s a good sign the food will be au­then­tic.

Our food was served in a good time for a large group. How­ever, my mother was slightly dis­ap­pointed that the flavour of her bento box (a spe­cial for $25) had been mixed up and she was left with salmon and not chicken.

We were im­pressed the restau­rant had al­lowed us to bring our own cake to cel­e­brate the birth­day, which was ar­ranged when the book­ing was made, and they were happy to pro­vide cut­lery and plates.

Food

With a large va­ri­ety of dining op­tions, it was hard to de­cide on a choice from the mouth-wa­ter­ing menu. I was very im­pressed with the price of the dishes, which cater for ev­ery bud­get. We de­cided to share sev­eral starters in­clud­ing amazingly fresh sushi rolls ($6 each). The food was served fresh and hot.

I or­dered the Teriyaki Chicken main ($26) and was highly im­pressed with the ten­der chicken and amaz­ing sauce. My brother or­dered the Beef Tep­pan ($30), which fea­tured a prime New Zealand fil­let beef served with veg­etable on a siz­zling plat­ter. As ex­pected, it was de­li­cious.

The seafood meals were cooked per­fectly in­clud­ing Yak­iza­kana ($28.50), which fea­tured slices of New Zealand king salmon fil­let lightly dusted with teriyaki sauce and grilled. The mixed plat­ter ($35) was an ar­ray of fresh seafood sushi served on a cu­ri­ous wooden boat-shaped plate.

Ver­dict

I liked how the restau­rant of­fered the two dining ar­eas, on the floor or at ta­bles. The restau­rant decor is trendy. The fan­tas­tic prices of the food mixed with the at­mos­phere made for a wor­thy dining ex­pe­ri­ence. It is the old­est Ja­panese restau­rant in New Zealand and has been in busi­ness for over 28 years.

Mi­nami Ju­ji­sei Ja­panese Restau­rant Ad­dress: 45 Beach St, Queen­stown

Phone: 03 442 9854

Li­censed: Yes. BYO.

Hours: 11.30am un­til late

Re­viewer: Che Baker Rat­ings: Ser­vice: 3/4 Food: 3.5/4 At­mos­phere: 2/2

To­tal: 8.5/10

Mi­nami Ju­ji­sei Ja­panese Restau­rant.

Mixed plat­ter, Yak­iza­kana and Beef Tep­pan at the Mi­nami Ju­ji­sei Ja­panese Restau­rant.

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