This is truly wonderful and authentic Japanese food. I have eaten better in Japan, but the food at Sasanoki is perhaps some the one of the best I’ve had outside of Japan. Traditionally, restaurants in Japan tend to focus on just one style with the itamae (chef) mastering just one type of Japanese food, e.g. sushi, sashimi, unagi, yakitori, ramen, soba, okonomiyaki/yakisoba etc. Some restaurants (kappo style) in Japan have chefs with multiple skills gained over several years. Sasanoki’s itamae has developed quite a wide range of skills which gives diners the opportunity to taste numerous types of Japanese food, and at very reasonable prices. Within Japan Sasanoki would rate well above average and would probably attract a substantial clientele. We tried Sasanoki on the first night we were in Wanaka and it was not long into our first few dishes that we knew we would return before we left Wanaka. On the first visit we tried a number of the otsumami (snacks to go with beer/sake – snacks typical of Japanese pubs) and the bento box of various treats. This was our introduction to the food Sasanoki can present. On the return visit we explored the menu further ordering several otsumami, the sashimi platter, tempura platter and teriyaki chicken. The edamame (soy beans) were firm and fresh, the gyoza, agedashi tofu, taro, lotus balls, and seaweed salads were excellent. I don’t know how or where chef got the tuna so far from the sea but the tuna sashimi was particularly fresh as was the salmon. The tempura was cellophane thin and transparent as good tempura should be. The teriyaki chicken, juicy and beautifully flavoured. The sushi was freshly made, the rice perfectly seasoned and the nori crisp. Sushi in most places sit too long, the rice goes dry or the nori soggy and rubbery like plastic wrap. The Asahi Super Dry beer genuinely came from Japan and not brewed elsewhere. Sasanoki has a small range of sake/nihon-shu. The house sake is Ozeki which is a common everyday sake in Japan. The service was very attentive and meals served quickly. You don’t usually wait long for meals to be served in Japan. In Japan I would rate Sasanoki a 4 but considering the remoteness of Wanaka it deserves a 5. I would also rate Sasanoki as one of the best restaurants in Wanaka, on par with Francesca’s Italian Kitchen.