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“A Magical Japanese experience in Queenstown” 5 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 #58 of 201 Restaurants in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Asian fusion
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Newcastle, Australia
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“A Magical Japanese experience in Queenstown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

Visited this great Sake bar with a group of friends and what a great night we had, the food is fantastic, very authentic, the staff are very friendly and committed to ensuring you have a great time and keep the atmosphere in a Party mode especially when a round of Sake bombs are ordered. A must visit for anyone that likes Authentic Japanese food and a good time.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Great authentic Japanese!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The food is great and well priced! And the staff is so friendly. They made us having a areally great time !

Visited April 2014
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Queenstown, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Never Disappoints”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Once again this place was amazing, we arrived at 7pm on the dot without a reservation and were quickly seated at the bar which over looks the kitchen, the staff are so good that they knew excatly what I normally drink and a drink was promptly placed infront of me before I needed to ask, orders were taken and before long food was being served to us, deep fried squid- soft not stringy and chewy, chatsu don on rice- plenty of pork, lot's of sauce, teriyaki prawns- soft and not over cooked, spring rolls-always a favorite... I love how you can order 4-5 dishes but they all come out at different times, its a nice hot dish everytime, no sitting on you table getting cold while you eat something else... Staff truly make this place unforgettable, no matter how busy (believe me this place can be packed due to the popular sake bombs) they always have a smile on their face, which is a rare thing to see the same smiley face when you return to a restaurant due to queenstown being so transient, will definately be returning to see you all soon.. keep doing what your doing, you guys rock!!

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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“Top Notch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

One of my fav. places in Queenstown! Fabulous food, great atmosphere, attentive and friendly staff, and last but Sake Bombs!!! The Sashimi is to die for.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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“The Most Authentic Japanese Restaurant/Bar in New Zealand”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

This is just my humble opinion and I don't claim to be an expert in Japanese cuisine, of which I am merely a great fan.

They have by far the best prices for any decent food in central Queenstown and you'd expect some kind of compromise, yet the dishes are elaborate, the staff are friendly and the atmosphere is just perfect.

A small place with moderately priced hot sake and open kitchen. I've been here three times in three years and I shall come again. Last time I had chicken skin kebabs and sashimi plus a vegetable and miso soup. No fuss, no luxury, just straight foward good stuff!

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