I had a craving for rice and decided to try Kiaora Japan. This was the first time I had Japanese food in New Zealand, and it turned out really well. For $20, I got the shrimp tempura teishoku and a soda. The box set included miso soup, green salad, teriyaki chicken, rice and shrimp, fish and vegetable tempura.
First off, the rice tasted really good. I’m not sure if that’s due to the fact that I haven’t had real rice in so long, or if it was maybe the teriyaki sauce from the chicken that was making me want to scarf down the fluffy white stuff without stopping for breath. The teriyaki chicken was also good. The chicken pieces were moist and the sauce wasn’t overly sweet. The true joy of this meal though was the tempura. The panko they used to batter everything was light and flaky, just as tempura should be. It was amazing!
The restaurant’s décor is really cool and helps to bring Japan to New Zealand. There are beautiful kimonos and paintings on the wall. Small lanterns adorn the tables. Even the presentation of the food is artful and lovely. I can’t wait to come again!