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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: Lunch, Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch in the sun

We chose this restaurant to host a visiting family member and were delighted we did so. The parking was easy, the staff quick to seat us and serve drinks, and the tepanyaki was superb. We sat in the sun and enjoyed a very pleasant meal indeed. We will be back to try the dinner menue.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
John K
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We chose this restaurant to host a visiting family member and were delighted we did so. The parking was easy, the staff quick to seat us and serve drinks, and the tepanyaki was superb. We sat in the sun and enjoyed a very pleasant meal indeed. We will be back to try the dinner menue.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We really enjoyed the set menu option at this restaurant. The food was delicious - really good quality meat in the mains and very generous portions. Good efficient service too. Fun to sit at the bar and watch the mains being prepared. The gyoza and green tea ice-cream (ordered on top of the set menu) were lovely too, especially the... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We went out for a special occasion and we wanted somewhere REALLY good. We were not disappointed. The welcome was very warm, the service was superb, the feel in the restaurant was spot-on and the food was simply excellent. I had not been to Sala Sala since the shaking started and I wondered how it had fared. The restaurant was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

We went for dinner. Got a set menu, though they also have ala cart. Delicious food, great service, great settings. The drinks are pricey, but are also delicious. If we lived in christchurch this is where I would take important guests or family to show love or impress them. We fed two people for 130 with a four course set... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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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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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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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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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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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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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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