For modern Japanese fusion food in an intimate setting look no further than Tatsumi.
Located in the heart of Queenstown, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, it is decorated in contemporary style, with dark wooden surfaces and minimalist nods to Japanese culture such as silk lampshades and traditional art.
Having spent more than 20 years crafting his skill, chef owner Koichi has developed a modern Japanese fusion menu that draws inspiration from European cooking techniques. Expect classic sushi presented in imaginative ways and French desserts that use Asian ingredients, such as green tea and yuzu juice.
Get the full experience with the degustation menu or go a la carte. Favourites include fresh sashimi, small plates such as calamari tempura and deep-fried tofu, and beautifully marbled wagyu beef steak. There is also a hot pot menu.
The drinks list is equally innovative, with sophisticated cocktails inspired by the signs of the zodiac. There is also an excellent selection of sake and Japanese whisky, as well as a wine cellar well-stocked with Kiwi labels.
You are guaranteed a culinary education as well as a top meal when you eat at Tatsumi. Book your table now and let the journey begin!