Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Price Point: Mains from $20 - $35+

Now located at Level one, The Crossing, Cookai Japanese Restaurant Sushi Train and Bar is now back in the heart of the city. Offering customers the chance to enjoy authentic Japanese food in a welcoming environment. With more than 100 items to choose from, the sushi train is great for everyone.

Enjoy authentic Japanese food in a family-friendly and welcoming environment. Cookai’s menu offers Japanese favourites from king prawn tempura and spicy tuna rolls to soft shell crab and a vast array of sushi and sashimi.

Fresh and seasonal ingredients are sourced locally or directly from Japan, making the most out of nature’s bounty. Traditional Japanese cooking techniques are used to bring out the natural flavours of each ingredient used for a truly flavoursome and authentic feast.

If you’re not sure what to choose, Cookai’s friendly staff are on hand to help you navigate the menu. Set menus are ideal for larger groups and a range of Japanese drinks is available to compliment your meal. Tuesday nights are 'All you can eat' for just $39 per person. The restaurant is fully licensed.

Thinking about your next function? Make sure to get in touch with the friendly staff at Cookai to see what they can offer you.

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Cookai Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Train and Bar
Level 1, The Crossing, 166 Cashel Street
Christchurch

Open Hours:
Sunday to Wednesday 11:00am – 08:00pm
Thursday to Saturday 11:00am – 09:00pm

Phone: 03 343 2860
Website: www.cookai.co.nz

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Cookai Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Train and Bar
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Mains: $20 - $35+

Reviews

My husband, daughter and I loved cookai! Such a fun way of dining and they both told me it was their new fave restaurant. We have already recommended to friends and will definitely be back.

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My husband, daughter and I loved cookai! Such a fun way of dining and they both told me it was their new fave restaurant. We have already recommended to friends and will definitely be back.

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Louise Main

Food was amazing- too hard to choose one favorite. The soft shell crab and the pork belly were highlights as were the pork ribs. I would definitely recommend and we will be returning for sure!

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The dinning experience at Cookkai on the 17th oct, was pleasant , we were warmly greeted and seated, the waiting staff were attentive.
The food was well presented and quite nice and fresh i have experienced better quality at other japanese restaurants.

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Linda Robinson

Just beautiful! Excellent food!

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Angela Paterson

fantastic fresh/tasty food

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Sammy Nicholls

Great service and very yummy food, recommend the ribs!!

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Good & quick service. Good food.
Happy to return

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Kay Faulls

Always lovely to dine @ Cookai. Was a very quiet Thursday night, dined at 7.30. Scallop skewers, softshell crab, slow roasted pork belly & octopus balls all fantastic. Tried tiramisu for desert also excellent. Cheers Cookai.

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Great experience. Food was delicious, and great service.

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Ruth Miguel-Garcia

The place filled up pretty quickly as it opened for dinner time. No wonder why! The food was great and portions are more than enough to fill. Try the soft shell crab and their tempura options! Although there were only two ladies taking orders/ serving the food (and note that it has been busy early on) they still manage to smile and provide great service.

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Four of us dined and shared everything, great variety of food and tastes.

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Perfectly presented food and service. The food was absolutely beautiful. We will definitely highly recommend Cookai Japanese Restaurant to our friends.

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Excellent food, friendly & helpfully service!

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Christer John Juyad

Very nice! Delicious food. Good service

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Sandy Cheung

The food came out quickly and was decent sized! The soft shell crab was very delicious! We enjoyed our visit!

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Very good taste

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Quality food and service

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Grace Yong Chen Chen

Delicious food and good service! Definitely will come back again! Love it

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Ian Gibson

really enjoyabl evening, thankyou

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Our first time at Cookai and it was a lovely experience. Friendly, helpful staff made us feel welcome, great food choice and our selections were excellent. Will definitely be going back.

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The food was delicious and very prompt service. Staff were busy but friendly, and accommodating with cutlery for one member of our table. Very satisfied with the price at fifty percent off. I would definitely return.

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Fantastic Japanese food. Great place to take the kids.

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Anneka Martin

Great time good food. Was a little cold in the restaurant though, luckily we were sitting next to a heater so they put it on for us. Would definitely go back

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Jo Oorschot

The meal was lovely, nice flavours but they were a bit on the small side. Good friendly service.

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Jeany Abines

10/10 amazing food & service! I highly recommend this place. We left very satisfied!! I will DEFINITELY be coming back.

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Rachel Hayes Montejo

Delicious food and super-attentive service - love the place!

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Siriluck Tesana

Great food! Enjoy so much

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Food is great and service is fast. Staff is very accommodating and friendly. Plus the ambience is very cool. Looking forward for my next visit.

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Vicki King

Love the tempura sushi and
Salmon kebab! Amazing food
and attentive service. Love this place !!

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Reiana Tainui

Food was good and staff very pleasant .
The restaurant was cold which makes it very unpleasant for a dining experience.

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Meryl-Sue Baatjes

Wow... what an experience. Very clean, neat, cosy little Japanese establishment. Will definitely recommend this to all my friends. Tucked away in a quiet street, I wish I knew about Cookai before. Good food, cooked to perfection.

Warm , lovely staff

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Christine Freeth

Best Japanese will definitely be back!

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Georgia Greening

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Shane Buckner

Beautiful fresh ingredients. All brought out in a quick succession. A great experience for the teenage son and myself. Loved the soft shell crabs and octopus balls (Takoyaki).

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Fantastic fast service and the food was Devine!

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Bridgette Mcivor

Food was delicious, will be going back again!!

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Great food! Great service! We liked everything, will definitely be back.

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Linda Robinson

Beautiful food and service. Would definitely go back again.!

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Karen Law

We had an excellent meal at Cookai on Father's Day, the food was very fresh, tasted great and was cooked and presented beautifully. The service was very good and we didn't have to wait too long before the food arrived despite the restaurant being fairly busy. We love Cookai and look forward to dining here again soon. Great food and great value for money, especially with first table!

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Delicious, first time dining here and will definitely return. We had quite a few dishes, some I was not familiar with. Found out that I love soft shell crab and octopus balls! The tiramisu was divine.

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Kevin Clancy

some japanese restaurants are pretentious providing small dishes for high prices and cater to poncy people - this is nothing like that - presentation was excellent.

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We had a very enjoyable meal. We ordered the $90 shared meal for two.
It was delicious and substantial.
The wait staff were very pleasant and courteous.

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JOHN SCOTT

We were anxious because of a number of negative public reviews but were well pleased with our meal and the experience.
The food options include a gluten free menu and a wide range of authentic Japanese food. All four of our party have wide experience of Japanese cuisine and agreed the food was excellent value for money. It also has the advantage of being a BYO Restaurant which means a quality Gewurtztraminer was well matched.
We had three starters and four mains for sharing and all were served in a timely well balanced manner.
It was busy when we arrived and we were the last to leave.
Altogether a pleasant dining experience.

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Tanya Tunnicliffe Harris

The food was fairly average.

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Fresh and tasty.

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Jane Edens

The food was soooooooo good i will definitely be going back !! I recommend the chicken wings and the tempura sushi rolls yum !

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Jimmy Hsu

nice food !

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food is nice and good service as well.

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Charles Harsono

I was delighted to come back to this restaurant again after a while, and had a very warm welcome from the waitress. The menu was extensive and had all the authentic Japanese dishes. Takoyaki balls are the must have from small dish menu. Yakitori assortment is a great dish to order if you want to experience the traditional char- grilled BBQ from Japan! The deep fried tempera are crunchy and great tasting. Topped it up with a delicious grilled eel rice to finish the main meal and had a green tea ice cream for dessert! Overall the quality of the food was excellent, and I would come back for more authentic Japanese dinner again!

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