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Kappa still serving top dishes
Kappa Japanese Cuisine
Address: 36a (upstairs) in Queenstown's
Phone: 03 441 1423
Reviewed by: Grant Bryant
Ambience absent: Dinner at Kappa, upstairs in
Queenstown's Mall last week: Great food but
bring your own sense of atmosphere.
Kappa is the longest established Japanese
restaurant in Queenstown and with lots of
competition from new kids on the block I
thought it was worth checking out.
The first impression is that its very un-
Queenstown. No concession to decor nor
attempt at creating an atmosphere.
None of the staff, including the chefs seen
in the open kitchen, looked to be under 30
yet it felt like a retirement home.
For entrees we had Edemame ($5) and
Tempura Blue Cod ($15). Any self-
respecting Japanese chef would horrified to
screw up edemame -- boiled, salted,
immature soybeans, served in the pod -- and
the chef here presented this humble, but
quite exacting dish in excellent style.
The cod s tempura batter was infused with
nori, tiny flakes of dried seaweed before
being fried. This was so delicious I asked the
waiter how to do it and this recipe will now
be on repeat at my place.
For mains we went for the set menu, a
staple of Japanese dining that doesn t really
offer anything new but can vary so wildly in
quality it s always an interesting gamble.
Ames course included teriyaki chicken,
tempura vege, agedashi tofu
and sashimi ($35).
My dinner box ($28) had
karange pork, sushi, sashimi
Both mains were huge and
Little touches like the dollop of
mustard, which doesn t
usually come as standard in
New Zealand) went a long way
to making this an outstanding
meal. There was no dessert
menu and no room left for sweets anyway,
underlining the fact that Kappa
concentrates on a small menu and does it
extremely well with no concession given to
The service was nice and very courteous in
the distinctly Japanese manner but there
was a total lack of personality.
There was a table of about 20 dining at the
same time as us. The group comprised some
Queenstown people and some visitors they
looked to be entertaining. Kappa would be
perfect for small or large groups but be
prepared to bring your own sense of
atmosphere and fun.
The food is far better than any set dinner
Japanese restaurant I ve been to in
Queenstown. But the lack of atmosphere
lets it down. This could easily be fixed with a
bit of effort from the staff, who have maybe
just come to rest on their laurels of being a
long-established eatery in a town renowned
for its quick turnover of anything not up to
par. A personality injection, a bit of
customer/staff interaction, throwing on
some interesting tunes and giving the decor
a slight tweak would all go a long way to
making Kappa a cosy, cool but still no-frills
excellent dining experience.
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