Kura Japanese Sake Bar

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315B Queen Street,
Auckland Central
Auckland,


(09) 379 5656

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With its exposed brick wall, Kura Japanese Sake Bar has a sophisticated atmosphere to match their modern Japanese cusine. There is an open fire in winter and tables suited for intimate dining and for large groups.

Kura Japanese Sake Bar is the only restaurant where you can sample Okinawan style food with traditional dishes such as Rafiti (slow cooked pork belly) and Champon (Okinawan stir fry with bitter cucumber).

With over 25 different sakes to chose from and a small well matched wine list to chose from, Kura’s relaxed ambiance adds to a wonderful dining experience.

Opening Hours
Daily: 17.30 till late
Cuisine
Booking
Advisable on Thu, Fri, Sat
Not Necessary on Mon, Tue, Wed, Sun
Avg Food Spend
$$$ per person
Food Info
A La Carte Menu
Kids
Children welcome - Kids welcome
Awards
Metro Top 50 - 2012
Top 50 Best Asian Restaurant 2008 - Metro
Payment
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Disabled Facilities
Wheelchair Access, NO Disabled Toilets

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22/03/2017
Auckland has its own hidden gems much like being in Japan, but below Queen St. A few doors up from the Town Hall you'll find a discreet door. Slide this open and descend the steep stairs and you'll find yourself in Kura Sake Bar. Don’t be confused that you’re in Tanuki’s Cave, Kura’s sister next door.

I was fascinated that this used to be a grain storage shed back in the day. The enormous exposed stone wall that holds up Queen Street is contrasted by the warm timber furniture and fire that roars in the Winter. I booked for our group of 6 so we got a cool table, remove your shoes and shimmy round.
Broccoli seems boring but blanch it and have it with yummy Japanese nutty sesame dressing and Japanese Mayo and pure heaven.

Pork belly is always my go to and a perfect accompaniment to the Broccoli and with a bowl of rice was a full meal. Lifting the lid on the clay pot, you'll be rewarded with a waft of steam, laced with the heady aromas of ginger, sesame and mirin given off by the broth. You really have to love fat to enjoy this dish.

Teriyaki salmon and Tofu salad are some of the dishes my friends enjoyed as you can see pictured. And the Soft shell crab my other 2 friends had was great (I had to steal a piece).

The service could have been a little faster, shame we had to flag someone down, but as soon as they came and took our orders the food came out quick smart and there was no more waiting.

Kura is a great place to meet friends before or after a show at the Town Hall or Civic or other surrounding entertainment venues and still heaving at 9pm if you are a late night diner.
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Reviewer DavidY
18/08/2014
This is my favourite Japanese restaurant. We have been going there for years. The food is always great and i really enjoy their specials board which changes often. Can't fault it. Always an enjoyable evening.
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Reviewer Oishinbo
21/08/2012
Fun Japanese Izakaya type atmosphere. You can select Sake with variety of food to choose from the menu and share with others to taste this and that. Warm and friendly service and it is a place to go out with friends and have a enjoyable night.
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Reviewer smiths.rule
8/08/2012
I have been going to Kura for dinner before the theater for over five years and the food and service is always fantastic! Highly recommend you trying, but you have to book as always full.
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Reviewer karikari
12/02/2010
Food is excellent and service is pretty good as a Japanese restaurant. The bar man recommended us some Sake and it was yummy. They are always busy and you need to make a reservation in advance but if you are only going for a few drinks at the bar then just turn up. You won't wait too long unless you go in the busiest period like 19.30. Avoid that time then should be ok.
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Reviewer Jerry Wong
5/06/2008
I have always had great experiences at this restaurant.. until 3 weeks ago.. the quality of food has either taken a nose-dive since their best chef(s) had left, or I just caught them on a bad night. Nonetheless, the latest meal my partner and I had there was very disappointing, the seafood salad was small and messy, the soft-shell crab was oily and soggy and the aggedashi tofu was not fried properly!! Although reluctant, but I will return later to see it has become consistently bad. Atmosphere is still great though..
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12/08/2007
Kura Japanese Sake Bar has great food and great atmosphere. You can't go past the tofu salad, with Japanese dressing. The combination of tofu and different seaweeds is great. I have eaten at Kura Japanese Sake Bar twice so far and it is worth the trip from Clevedon into town just for dinner (50 min trip).
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Reviewer tina67
4/10/2006
Delicious delicious delicious ... that's all I can say. Light beautifully presented food with fabulous flavour. Kura Japanese Sake Bar is must go to if you like Japanese.
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Reviewer Anonymous
21/03/2006
Very intimate and relaxed atmosphere, great lighting, delicious Japanese food, well presented. Definitely a favourite Japanese restaurant in Auckland. Highly recommend Kura Japanese Sake Bar.
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