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Yatai is an Izakaya (a relaxed dining style), a place to gather with friends, family or colleagues, to eat and drink at leisure. Who says “slow food” is something new?

Your group chooses a selection of dishes to share (forget the usual western custom of ordering individually). The main benefits of dining this way are interaction, variety and relaxation. Sharing a wide variety of flavours and courses, you can’t help but discuss the tastes and textures. Waiting for the next dish to arrive adds to the excitement of the experience and sometimes you just love a dish so much, you immediately order it again. Trying different dishes at your own pace, while enjoying the company of those close to you is what an Izakaya experience is all about.

The Japanese culture believes you should never have alcohol without food. Our menu has been selected with this in mind.

So, stay a while, relax and enjoy your Izakaya experience.


At Yatai there is a great selection on our menus and we cater for many special diets and needs.

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We try our best at Yatai to be environmentally responsible and cater to our diners needs.

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We’ve had wonderful feedback about the variety and presentation of our corporate catering.

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Here is a few of the things people have to say about us. See also our reviews on Trip Advisor and Faceboook.

Thank you for a great evening last week our out of town customers complemented us on a great choice of venue the service, food and ambiance were superb.
We now have corporate clients asking us to please take them back to Yatai, they enjoyed it so much, so thank you to you and your team for your hospitality.

John Hughes
Managing Director, Manawatu Knitting Mills, Palmerston North

Their ‘Yatai Japanese Izakaya Restaurant has been enduring and provides a unique dining experience to the public and the corporate sector.
My visits to Yatai has always been a fun filled fine dining experience and I am pleased to recommend their establishment.

Paul O’Brien
Businessman, Palmerston North

Five years visiting Japan as Export Manager for the Howard Group gave rise to a love of Japanese culture and food and, whilst I no longer visit the country, my palate still chases fine Japanese cuisine. Outside of Japan itself, I am yet to find a restaurant that offers a menu and taste sensation as authentic and moreish as that from Yatai. Fortunately for me, my responsibilities now involve regular visits to Palmerston North and each and every trip always includes an evening at Yatai. Whether it’s a table for a few in the main restaurant or a larger group in the private dining room, Barbara and the Yatai team always ensure a most memorable evening

Peter Milne
Managing Director, Sydney Australia

I went to yatai on a trip to Palmerston North from London and was really impressed with the food, the service and the overall experience. Who knew Palmy would have such a fantastic Japanese restaurant! Will definitely be recommending to friends and family who visit the city and look forward to trying more fabulous dishes when I'm next in town.

Katie Baylis
Business Woman, London