You know what's great? Food on sticks. It's a simple concept, but a goodie. If Wellingtonist was in Auckland, we'd happily spend all our time (well, not ALL, but a great deal) at Tanuki's Cave, and it's not just because of our love for huge badger testicles. However, as you may know, we don't live in Auckland anymore, so it's time to find a new food-on-stick venue.
Arashi Kushiyaki Bar used to be a Malaysian restaurant, but now they've put in some tatami mats and low tables at the front of the bar. We recommend avoiding this bit. Seriously, if you want to sit on the floor, do it at home - or find places that have sneaky holes cut under the table so your legs don't go to sleep. So if you're not sitting on the tatami, you'll have to go to the back of the restaurant, which isn't the most character-driven space in the world, but just remember you're there for the food. And what glorious food it is too!
The thing about kushiyaki (which we believe means "stick-barbeque" but Jo's probably wrong, because she only lived in Japan for four years after all) is that what you want to do is order a whole bunch of dishes and share them, and with most costing $3.50 or $4, this is very easy to do. Here's what Wellingtonist ate, in list form:
We can't remember what the bill came to - $65 or $70 perhaps? We weren't stuffed to overflowing, but we were satiated well enough. Service isn't amazing, but it's not offensive either, and the food arrives fairly fast. Arashi isn't a place where we'd want to spend hours and hours, but it is a place for tasty food on sticks, which was the whole point of the exercise.
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