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“Brilliant!!!!”

Yakitori Daruma Japanese Sake Bar
Ranked #110 of 262 Restaurants in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: It's a fusion between a restaurant and a bar, Izakaya (called in Japanese) is a type of informal Japanese Gastropub with a warm atmosphere, offering authentic Japanese dishes and an unique range of Japanese drinks. Traditional Japanese food, cooked right in front of you in an open kitchen, such as Karaage Chicken, Tempura Prawn, Teriyaki Salmon, Sushi, Sashimi, Yakitori as well as Ramen and Donburi. Daruma Sake Bar Queenstown is casual place for after-work drinking and bites, kitchen is open until late!!! You must try the famous Sake Bomb (beer and sake shot), the drink menu offers a lot of different Japanese drinks including Sake, Shochu, Cocktails and Beers. Known for its excellent customer service and friendly and relaxed attitude, take a seat at Daruma Sake Bar Queenstown and get recommendations on new dishes to try or the best sake or cocktails.
Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

Well! if you want to spoil yourself with fantastic food and the best ever service we've ever received, you must MUST visit this petite Japanese Sake bar!
The food was absolutely beautiful which was topped off with Kai's pampering service. We were lucky enough to have Kai take us through a Sake tasting and also left our dish selections in his helpful hands. Each dish he chose was fantastically presented and tasted amazing, with no room for dessert we sadly had to end our wonderful Sake bar experience making a reservation for us in two days time!!!!!!!

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Thank MOREHUNV
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

We went to Yakitori Daruma 3 times out of the 6 nights we were in Queenstown. I love the $10 Ramen, the broth is so milky and not too salty, noodles is not too chewy (i hate ramen that are too chewy) but didn't taste like instant noodles either, served with 2 slices of delicious pork, 2 slices of nori and half a boiled egg. It tasted so delicious after a day of fun in the cold weather of Queenstown. My husband loves the Sapporo on tap, he said that he never found Sapporo on tap anywhere in Australia. I liked the Lychee Chuhai (japanese cocktail).
We always sit at the bar because it was always full. Most of the people sitting at the tables came in large groups.
Staffs greeted us with "welcome back" and "welcome back again" the second n third time we were there. Nice gesture.

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Thank Wita86
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Great atmosphere, always full of people having fun - a great place to go and drink hot Saki and eat Japanese food. You get what you pay for - this place is great value for money and the staff are just fab.

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Reviewed September 2, 2012

Dropped in for lunch seeing we were having a day off from skiing - the place was empty, but thought we'd give it a go. Reminded us of similar establishments we'd visited in Japan, so very authentic. The Miso soup my wife had was very good & the bento box I had was great, and all very inexpensive. Highly recommended!

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Thank alpd_hbt
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

We went here on our first night in Queenstown. It really sets the scene. As soon as you walk in the discreet door you know that you'll have a good time. The staff are very friendly and seem to genuinely enjoy being there, they are great. The room is small and intimate and this really adds to the experience. The food is beautiful, in small portions you can just keep on ordering as you go. We had several rounds of food and sake and enjoyed everything we had.

I would recommend making a booking as it is suitably popular. Wish this place was in my home town, would be back again and again.

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Thank K-R-GARD
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