Where to find the best sushi in Christchurch

Whether you’re in the market for a classic avocado California roll, a seared beef nigiri or a vege-stuffed inari sushi pocket, Christchurch’s sushi options will not disappoint.

A woman eating a plate of sushi at RIce and Paper Christchurch.

To make life easier when it comes to curbing that sticky rice covered craving, we’ve put together some of our favourite spots to check out this week.

A close up of sushi at Zen Sushi and Dumplings Christchurch.

Zen Sushi and Dumplings

301 Montreal Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

Vowing to do things a little differently here, Zen Sushi & Dumplings is adamant about using free-range meats and local salmon, as well as cutting down on the excess of plastics so often coming hand in hand with this food type. Displayed instead in cardboard boxes, the sushi and salads are a vibrant hit on the counter, as are the ‘pick your own’ sushi boxes. Freshly made, delicious sushi made with the earth in mind – Zen has a lot going for it.

A chef slicing salmon for sushi at Tomi Japanese restaurant.

Tomi Japanese Restaurant

Edgeware Mall, 76 Edgeware Road, Saint Albans, Christchurch

One of the small hidden treasures of the Christchurch culinary scene is the Japanese restaurant Tomi, situated within Edgeware Village. Tomi has a strong return customer base with sushi and sashimi being a standout favourite and speciality. The fish is sourced from the local fish market, and there’s also fresh tuna when it’s in season.


When it comes to sushi, Tomi’s offering is simple yet beautifully executed. Pieces of seafood or seared beef nigiri are offered alongside vege, teriyaki chicken and salmon sushi rolls and on the dinner menu, there’s a soft crab sushi roll for those after something a bit different.

A close up of sushi at Sushi Soldier, Little High Eatery Christchurch.

Sushi Soldier

255 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

A sister restaurant of Eightgrains, Sushi Soldier sits beside its sibling within The Little High Eatery, which is a hive of activity from lunchtime onwards. Here, beautifully decorated inari sushi pockets (tuna, salmon or vege available)  are a favourite as well as perfectly formed vegan sushi rolls – each instagrammable little piece tasting just as good as it looks.

A plate of sushi on a table.

Mugen

173 High Street

Quantity and quality are the name of the game at Mugen, a favourite pick-your-own spot with over 30 varieties of sushi on offer. As you might expect when there’s this number of sushi options available, Mugen’s menu goes beyond the classic sushi rolls and delves into more exotic and luxurious combinations such as breaded prawn, beef cheek and fish roe.

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