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AQUA Japanese Restaurant and Takeaways

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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112 Main Street, Methven, New Zealand
+64 3-302 9010
17:00 - 21:00
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Tasman, New Zealand
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

A flying visit looking for something nice to break a journey. The carpaccio was fantastic and the beef special with rice was brilliant. Worth a detour but popular in the ski season so book ahead if you can as space is limited. Great find - will become a standard stop when I am travelling the inland highway.

Thank graphic55
1 review
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Although quality of food is good-this restaurant has become increasingly expensive whilst all the portions have become progressively smaller-not a great combination!!

Thank Jolush
Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Visited in a group of 4. Well rounded selection of food and beverage. I had the deep fried garlic with miso paste (pictured), and I can't remember what exactly I had for main, think the teriyaki chicken? A bit oversauced for me, but beautifully presented. I was mesmerised by what I think were onion shavings but they fluttered like butterfly... More 

Thank Mary V
Hope Island, Australia
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218 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We'd booked for dinner as we know this place is popular. We got 1 of the tables where you remove your shoes, interesting but cute. We ordered a series of "tapas" plates for sharing; the smoked salmon sushi was ok, as were the steamed rolls (of something unknown)and the endamame beans were as you'd expect . The worst dish was... More 

Thank Sail_Scarlett
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 August 2016

It's a must if you visit Methven. Absolutely loved it. Small, cosy and very friendly place serving excellent authentic Japanese food with real Japanese touch.

Thank Katika1404
Key West
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

If you are in Methven you just have to go to this, well, humble restaurant. Not many seats so I suggest you book ahead. Food was excellent and the staff wonderful. BYO wine only. Local and international beers available and a saki menu. I was in town for four nights and went twice. Note: no credit cards accepted - cash... More 

Thank 816chrise
Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Typical Izakaya fare - edamame, karaage, takoyaki.....and SAKE! We enjoyed a drink and some good food after our last day of skiing Mt Hutt. Friendly service and it really does have that real Japan feeling to it.

Thank Benjamin B
Whangarei, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 July 2016

This restaurant is great. The staff are so friendly the service is fast and the food authentic. Tried some new dishes not just the standard sushi and sashimi (although they are on the menu too). Kids loved the food too. You definitely need to book it is very popular. The restaurant is very small which is a shame as lots... More 

Thank suerpalmer
Tauranga, New Zealand
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Absolutely must have a meal here. Small & authentic - owned operated & staffed by Japanese family. Food was sublime, service very attentive.

Thank traveladvisor1231
Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 July 2016

Make sure you have a meal here if you're in Methven for the evening. It's tasty and has every Japanese dish that you want on a menu! Friendly service!!

Thank Rachelanncoulson

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 2 - USD 15
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Digital Payments, Cash Only
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Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 112 Main Street, Methven, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Methven
  • Phone Number: +64 3-302 9010

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?