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Sala Sala Japanese Restaurant

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142 Papanui Road | Merivale, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand
03 3555932
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Dining options: Reservations, Private Dining
Description: Sala Sala has recently reopened at 142 Papanui Road, Merivale Our new home...
Sala Sala has recently reopened at 142 Papanui Road, Merivale Our new home is in a 2 storey renovated house which provides a dining room on the ground floor including our teppanyaki and sushi bar, and in addition we have two dining rooms upstairs available for that private dining or business meeting
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  • 27
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing food, not as amazing service...

Sala Sala has some of the best if not the best Japanese food my colleagues and I have had in NZ. The Omakase Sashimi was perfect in selection, size and value. There was also a good drinks selection to compliment the meals. The only thing that let them down was the waiter, he was pretty short with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2015
Dan C
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Wellington, New Zealand
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  • Reservations
  • Private Dining
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English first
Wellington, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Sala Sala has some of the best if not the best Japanese food my colleagues and I have had in NZ. The Omakase Sashimi was perfect in selection, size and value. There was also a good drinks selection to compliment the meals. The only thing that let them down was the waiter, he was pretty short with all the customers... More 

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Tried to get lunch at close to 1pm at this restaurant. We tried a walk-in, only to be told by the waiter who didn't even bother greeting us that the place was fully booked in a nonchalant tone of voice that I didn't appreciate. he practically shooed us out the door... strangest thing was they are open only from 12noon... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Went here with a business colleague and food/service was excellent. Quite an intimate atmosphere and would recommend taking a significant other here Restaurant was rebuilt after earthquakes into a fantastic set up

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rotorua
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We had the most amazing meal here. Authentic Japanese. Book early if you what to sit at the teppanyaki Table. But the alacart meals were so tasty. The service was spot on.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Had a great dinner tonight, food was of a very high standard and worth every dollar. We had the teppanyaki set menu seafood selection which was superb and portions were big. Service was brilliant and staff were engaging. Will definitely be back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This was indeed very good flavoursome food. Options of set menu or a la carte, attentive staff, faultless service, pleasant décor.

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Singapore
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This Japanese restaurant came recommended by our host at Bealey Ave. Quite a distance from where we stayed. We dined twice here. The first when we first arrived at NZ. It was so good, and value for money. When it came to decide where to dine for the last night, the decision was unanimous. The food is very well presented... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Had dinner here a couple of weeks ago. Excellent japanese and the first time I have had miso that i have liked

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Timaru, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I have been eating at Sala Sala since it opened nearly 20 years ago. I love Japanese food done well and Sala Sala can't be beaten on this. Their sushi chef is highly skilled with amazing attention to detail and refined plating skills. They serve only the freshest ingredients and their wait staff are always knowledgeable and solicitous.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Had a sashimi platter and seafood teppanyaki. Both were excellent, especially the teppanyaki. Food was very fresh, service was polite and prompt,ambience was good. Had a great meal. Sake was cheap and good too.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 142 Papanui Road | Merivale, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: 03 3555932

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 60
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Description

Sala Sala has recently reopened at 142 Papanui Road, Merivale Our new home is in a 2 storey renovated house which provides a dining room on the ground floor including our teppanyaki and sushi bar, and in addition we have two dining rooms upstairs available for that private dining or business meeting

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