‘Sushi train’ restaurant a New Zealand first

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A new sushi restaurant opened in Queenstown last Saturday – the first in the country to include a miniature train for delivering orders.

Soki Sushi Train, in Queenstown’s CBD, boasts a custom-made model of Japan’s bullet train, which travels around the tables of the restaurant to deliver food to the diners.

Restaurant owner Ting Li and his wife Megan were keeping an eye on business opportunities in Queenstown while living in Auckland.

‘‘When we saw the advertisement [for] this space, we thought, ‘ah-ha, good’, because we always wanted to open a restaurant that can give customers a very good dining experience in Queenstown,’’ Li said.

While sushi favourites revolve around the restaurant on a typical carousel, special orders, like sushi rolls, ramen, udon and karaage chicken, can be placed via a tablet for the bullet train to deliver.

Although Li is still on the hunt for staff, he feels ‘‘very lucky’’ to have secured former co-owner of the award-winning Queenstown restaurant Minami Jujisei, Koji Honda, as head chef.

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