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“Welcome to Nippon” 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 #60 of 189 Restaurants in Queenstown
Cuisines: Asian fusion
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Queenstown
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Welcome to Nippon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Friendly staff, good atmosphere and good food. Make sure you try the deep fried mini prawns and the ox tongue with a bowl of sake. Food is tasty and is coming in small portions (tapas size) which is good for sharing in between friends.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Wellington, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great food, cute place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

This place serves great little plates of japanese food - would especially recommend the rare beef dish. Cute place, and the hot house sake is pretty delicious.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great little yakitori bar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Tasty morsels of grilled meats. Japanese cocktails were a nice surprise. Authentic Japanese feel, yummy food though maybe a little dear.

Visited January 2013
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“Like being back in Japan!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013 via mobile

For authentic Japanese food and atmosphere, you can't beat Daruma. Always live the Yakitori, and the friendly staff all seem like they live there work. All put together creates a really great atmosphere. However, don't confuse this with a restaurant, as Yakitori is more Tapas style dining. But it's great with a few cold beers!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Nice for a beer not so much for Yakitori.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

More small funky Japanese bar than restaurant. I love Yakitori but the food here tasted old and the cuts of meat were supermarket seconds. The Chefs special hot ramen tasted like miso, two minute noodles and tobacco sauce with fried pork mince. Tuna was fishy and the beef tasted reheated and old. Beer was cold though and staff were cool.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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