HARU Japanese Restaurant

Monday5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Tuesday5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Wednesday5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Thursday11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Friday11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Saturday11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Sunday11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

19 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North

06-358 4278

A calming central city spot for top quality Japanese fare. At Haru Japanese Restaurant you’ll be quickly greeted and seated by the friendly staff. Order some warm green or yuzu tea and explore the menu which is varied but not overwhelming. Relax in the dimly lit and spacious dining room and prepare for a meal to remember.

If you’re in for lunch, don’t go past the best seller, Haru Lunch Gozen. This traditional combination set includes your choice of teriyaki chicken, salmon, beef or spicy pork which is then presented with tempura, sushi roll, karaage chicken, spring roll, salad, pickles, rice and miso soup. The many components come carefully presented on a large tray and make it easy to try a bit of everything on offer. The display is downright beautiful and the flavours are out of this world. Sushi rolls, maki, nigiri and sashimi are available as well and made fresh to order.

For dinner, favourites include the beef tataki starter which features thinly sliced scotch filet, spring onion, pickled shallots, white truffle oil, crispy wonton and soy vinaigrette. This dish can also be made with tuna and can be made gluten free on request, like many of Haru’s other dishes. Haru’s menu also has plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.

Their dinner specialty, Kaiseki Ryori, is a traditional multi course Japanese dinner for one. The meal includes teriyaki chicken, grilled salmon, karaage chicken, beef tataki, miso glazed eggplant, sashimi of the day, sushi, ngiri, chicken katsu, tempura, seafood cocktail, takoyaki, miso soup and a choice of either yuzu creme brulee or mochi donuts for dessert. It’s a complete flavour journey perfect for seasoned diners, those just exploring Japanese cuisine for the first time or anyone who suffers from indecision.

Come for a quiet solo meal, a sushi snacker, a special dinner or a large group gathering and explore all that Haru has to offer.

Words by Olivia Sisson & Photography by Anna Briggs

19 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North

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