Cookai Japanese Restaurant

Monday11:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Tuesday11:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Wednesday11:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Thursday11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Friday11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Saturday11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Sunday11:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Level 1, The Crossing, 71 Lichfield Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

03-343 2860

Businessmen on tight lunch schedules, shoppers and families dining with time all flock to Cookai Japanese Restaurant, conveniently located on the Food Terrace at The Crossing and open throughout the day. The sushi train is the star of the show here, which makes dining fun, quick and interesting– a real treat for young ones and a time-saver for busy workers. After spending a few years of refuge in Riccarton after the quakes, Cookai is delighted to have returned to the inner city.

Choose any of the comfortable booths or seating along the main drag of the train and you’ll have a convoy of goodness passing by within arms reach. Boasting over 60 varieties of dishes, everyone is sure to find something that tickles their fancy along the line. On top of an impressive array of seafood (as one would expect) Cookai caters for vegetarians and vegans as well. The price of the dishes is determined by the colour of the plate and range from $2,50 to $8,80. Once you’ve satisfied your cravings, pile up your plates, press the buzzer at the end of the table & one of the friendly staff will pop by to tally it all up.

Though a popular lunch spot, it would be a mistake to overlook Cookai as an option for evening dining. There is more to this restaurant than sushi and a separate menu consists of larger meals, featuring some of the crowd favourites from the restaurant’s many years in business: soft shell crabs, slow cooked pork belly, ramen or udon noodles make for a hefty meal. Accompany your meal with Cookai’s own Japanese style lager or enjoy a post dinner tipple in the form of a Japanese Whiskey.

Words by Petra Nyman & Photography by Nancy Zhou

Level 1, The Crossing, 71 Lichfield Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

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