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“Subarashii - superb Japanese food.”

Sasanoki Japanese Kitchen
Ranked #32 of 81 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Good for: Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Hobart, Australia
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93 reviews
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“Subarashii - superb Japanese food.”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

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.

  • Visited April 2014
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
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  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Zurich, Switzerland
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Authentic Japanese restaurant”
Reviewed 18 March 2014

This Restaurant does not have a broad menu card but what they do they do to perfection. The Sushi I ordered was very lovely arranged and the Japanese curry my girlfriend ordered was also a excellent meal. For Wanaka this is very good place to eat also if you are on a low budget.

  • Visited March 2014
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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151 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“A gem”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

This seemed authentically Japanese, particularly as I ordered an assortment of unusual morsels (all delicious although it did not quite amount to a full meal). The host was particularly charming, and welcomed families. A cozy environment and lovely experience.

Visited February 2014
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Lovely small Japanese restaurant”
Reviewed 25 February 2014

Our neighbor from where we stayed in Wanaka worked at this restaurant as a chef, so we had take a look. We had a great meal. Their JFC (Japanese Friend Chicken) is amazing and the fried squid too. Would come back anytime!

  • Visited February 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice & fast.”
Reviewed 24 February 2014

Good size meal for price paid. Was a lot of rice & an ok amount of katsu pork. Would purchase again though it was nice.
Also had the tempura octopus. They were ok but probably would not get those again.
Got takeaway & it was nice & quick.

Visited February 2014
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