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Cookai Japanese Restaurant

6 Nelson Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
+64 3-343 2860
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible2%
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
££ - £££
6 Nelson Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

1st visit had rowdy, drunk teenagers in the restaurant and staff couldn't control them. Horrible experience. 2nd visit good, food OK. 3rd visit the food was bad/bland/fatty and the staff mistook the order but blamed us. On the whole, there is much better Japanese food...More

Thank 4dutchies
Reviewed 26 March 2017

I really had no idea where to eat but one of our group suggested if we liked Japanese to try Cookai. This was a brilliant choice with generous helpings on their special menus but fantastic individual choices especially the spice king prawns and the double...More

Thank Bill D
CookaiRic, Manager at Cookai Japanese Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review!

Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Went with a rather big group of friends for dinner and we decided to order what we like and to share between all of us. The food we had was pretty good although I felt it could have had a few fresher flavours not just...More

Thank Steeephie
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Polite and pleasant wait staff, ( none were a Japanese) nice modern room with some evidence of thought and money spent on the decor, like a large mural of Hokusai's famous wave on one wall. The food was expensive and disappointing in contrast. The dashimaki...More

2  Thank HolidaygirlBrisbane
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Visited as a foursome. The food was ok, but not authentic Japanese. Some of the food was deep fried and very oily. At $312 for 4 adults with a total of 6 drinks I thought it was on the pricey side for casual dining.

Thank Ballsdeeep
Reviewed 11 December 2016

We've been here a number of times. try to go early if you haven't booked and they will squeeze you in if they can. Consistently good food.

Thank Due_South_Films
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Just tried the new lunch menu with my friend, it was absolutely great, not only the look of the menu but also the prices. Several of our favorite meals are just around 10 dollars, which made us just wanna try everything, lol. We ordered Yuzu...More

Thank Drift M
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Always good lunch spot for a good catch up. Food always on form and delicious, service friendly and quick.

Thank Jeanine L
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Always enjoy going to cookai, normally quite popular so booking inadvance to avoid disappointment is wise! Love that its BYO also.

Thank Hollie S
Reviewed 21 September 2016

4 of us visited on 21/9/16 and spent $95 - just for mains. My wife ordered fried tuna - it was not fresh and it upset her stomach afterwards and I tried it as well and it was off. My meal - yakitori skewers -...More

Thank Andyspant
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6 Nelson Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-343 2860
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