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“Food was kinda cold” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Arashi Kushiyaki

Arashi Kushiyaki
41 Courtenay Place, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
(04) 801 9818
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Ranked #344 of 656 Restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Wellington, New Zealand
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Food was kinda cold”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

I ordered the beef teriyaki medium rare and came out cold. I also ordered assorted tempura and it had like some kind of clam or scallop in there. It was really a let down and I've never seen any other Japanese restaurant serve clam tempura. Not good. We ordered the skewers also and that was good, since they also have a yakitori bar upstairs I expected the skewers to come out right. Nice atmosphere though and there were Japanese style seating by the front. It was really cold though inside, they had left the door open, for some reason, and it was freezing that day. Maybe that's why the food became cold faster.

Visited June 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Tapas Japanese style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

In search of a Tapas style meal (as we weren't in the mood for a BIG dinner) we looked on the Net & found El Matador in Cuba st which was walking distance from our Hotel, but they seriously stuffed us about, so back to Courtenay Pl we walked, hungry & disappointed. Came across this Restaurant & thought that we could have Tapas Japanese style! The welcome was friendly, the service was very efficient & by ordering a number of appetisers & entrees we were able to taste a variety of dishes which gave our taste buds the delicious 'kick' we were after. Comparable in selection & flavours to our favourite Tapas Restaurants at home in Aussie. We ordered Sake with our meal which was reasonably priced & we got a pleasant surprise when the bill arrived; much much less than we had been prepared to pay at the Restaurant we'd originally chosen. We left feeling very happy with the food, service & price. Highly recommend this Restaurant.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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“good value Japanese restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Went here recently with a group of 8. Service was quick but friendly. Food was very tasty and reasonably priced and the atmosphere was good. BYO

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Good Atmosphere, Good Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Went for dinner with a bunch of people for a birthday. The atmosphere was extremely energetic and fast-paced, just like the service. Now fast service is a good thing, but not when it feels like they're rushing you to finish your meal so that the next group of people can come in and eat. Unfortunately, everyone received their meals super quick except one girl (who funnily enough ordered a vegetarian meal so hers should have been the first one out, they're that quick to make aren't they?) and so by the time everyone else had almost finished eating, hers had finally come out and she was just starting, poor girl.
I had the Teriyaki Don rice which was quite nice but needed a bit more sauce and seasoning I reckon, but I also had the Takoyaki which was freaking delicious. My partner had the chicken ramen which he found to be a bit bland, but he thoroughly enjoyed his salmon skewers. Altogether, it was a fairly good evening and I would definitely like to go there again and try something else, I just don't think it's the type of place to go if you want to be romantic, as its just that busy and popular :]

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“Good Tasty Food & Fast Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We like good Japanese food and Arashi provided some. The Sashimi & Sushi was a great starter with a set menu of Beef for me and Seafood for my wife washed down with a dry Japanese beer. There is good variety on the menu.

Visited November 2012
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