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“fun” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Yakitori Daruma Japanese Sake Bar

Yakitori Daruma Japanese Sake Bar
54 Shotover Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
034411210
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Ranked #65 of 189 Restaurants in Queenstown
Cuisines: Asian fusion
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

came here solo for a meal and a beer after work,walked in at about 6pm on a wednesday and the place was half full i sat at the bar and was quickly attended to, i started with deep fried squid and a japanese beer, the squid a little oily still but cooked perfectly and full of flavor, i finished and conversed with a fellow diner, the attentive and fast service was a pleasure, i went on to order duck gizzards and ribeye steak, the gizzards a little gristly but enjoyable and the rib eye cooked to a perfect medium rare and doused in a lovely japanese sauce. by now the place was full and people were enjoying food and sake bombs, this place has an amazing atmosphere yet is speak-easy. i wolfed down the gizzards and steak and delved into the ox-tongue this was good ox-tongue,some smaller pieces a bit tough but the bigger centre slices were soft and delicious,i also couldnt help but notice the paper thin cut onion,serous precision cutting. to finish i had a green tea ice cream with sweet tuile, nothing over bearing but enjoyable. they did miss one order of another beer which i had to ask again for, but they went about solving this quickly. overall a great place,modest prices and a buzzing atmosphere. will be back

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Cork, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Very nice and very well priced”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012 via mobile

A great selection of food. Don't be put off by the menu or the front of the restaurant this is actually a great spot and we will certainly come back. Very well Proced compared to other spots in queenstown.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Lovely, and very helpful staff :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Staff were great.. we were fascinated by the large ball ice cube I got in my plum wine + soda :P Food was perfect and not expensive. Nice little restaurant with unique touches.

Visited June 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Best Japanese in town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

Small intimate Japanese restaurant, just like Tokyo. Everyone talks about the Sake Bomb, but it's just sake dropped into a glass of beer. The real value is the food and intimacy.

Visited June 2012
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Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“SAKE BOMBS!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Great tasting food, fresh ingredients, fantastic staff/service, sake bombs...the list goes on

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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