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HOT: SONO Restaurant Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules St, Hamilton

SONO is a spacious and airy Japanese restaurant which makes the most of its location, with its enviable aspect of Portside Wharf and the glittering water and sometimes eye-level views of  the huge cruise ships that moor at the dock.

Sono Portside Wharf Hamilton

In general SONO is not cheap – it’s a restaurant for expensive and refined Japanese fine dining. However, if you can make it on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, you can partake in the good value $25 lunch menu. A large tray is brought out to you with much ceremony, and it contains several slices of salmon sashimi or prawn avocado sushi, a dish of garden salad dressed with a sharp vinaigrette, a bowl of soothing and rich miso soup, steamed rice and your choice of one of the five main courses – chicken teriyaki, mini wagyu sukiyaki, simmered pork belly, salmon teriyaki and assorted tempura.  My pork belly was soft and juicy, RM’s tempura was pretty good although a little on the heavy side, but I think the best option was W and D’s  mini wagyu sukiyaki, which came served in an earthenware hotpot steaming with slices of beef, a rectangle of tofu and various vegetables.

Sono Portside Wharf Hamilton

You can’t get much better than $25 for a filling meal in lovely surroundings. Note that SONO has a sister restaurant in the city on Queen Street Mall but the $25 lunch menu is not available there.

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