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“Authentic, unassuming , friendly and reasonably priced.”

Sasanoki Japanese Kitchen
Ranked #31 of 85 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Hamilton, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Authentic, unassuming , friendly and reasonably priced.”
Reviewed July 11, 2014

We experienced a lovely genuine Japanese meal at this small and friendly restaurant. BYO $8 corkage per bottle. Good selection of dishes. We sampled the salmon and curry meals. Both are delicious . Staff friendly and in true Wanaka style there is "no rush! ". Restaurant was busy even very early in the night. We ate in, but plenty of customers were purchasing take always.

  • Visited July 2014
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Caves Beach, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Sublime Japanese food”
Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

What a great surprise! After a long day travelling we just walked past and ventured in. The service was very good and the food even better! We are a family of 4 with boys aged 10 and 11. There was something for everybody and the quality and preparation of the food was very high. We recently travelled to Japan and delighted with the high quality of food, and what a surprise to find it too in NZ. The owner had a chat and he too was from Tokyo. I highly recommend you dine at this one. It also seems very popular with locals too

Visited July 2014
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Thank Louise H
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
185 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“I was not expecting such wonderful Japanese cuisine in Wanaka”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

We decided to have dinner at Sasanoki and didn't realize we'd need a reservation. When we arrived all the table were full but they put us at a side bar.

We had a drink and were trying to decide what to have when a table opened up and they moved us to a table!

The menu was varied and there were lots of choices when it came to saki. The Owner/Director is from Japan and has done a wonderful job bringing a variety of different cuisines to Wanaka. We enjoyed the tuna and the slamon maki roles as well as the teriaki chicken.

It is a small restaurant and has excellent food and service!

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank chasemarta
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Wanaka, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Degustation an absolute must”
Reviewed June 10, 2014

Great casual Japanese any regular night- one of my favourite places in Wanaka- but if you get the opportunity, the degustation is genuinely is one of the best experiences I have ever had!

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank DanniiPretty
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Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Japanese in Wanaka”
Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

Sasanoki is some of the best Japanese I have had in NZ. I live in Wanaka and eat here often because it is consistantly good! The beef tataki starter is so amazing I crave it!

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Vicroynz
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