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