Sakanaya Japanese Restaurant

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8 reviews
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160 Symonds Street,

(09) 309 1965

Sakanaya Japanese Restaurant Information

Not too many moons ago Yuji Minagawa was head chef for Tanuki on Queen Street in Auckland. Yearning to have a place of his own and the freedom to create a Japanese restaurant where he could share his passion for food and surfing Yuji set out to open his own little slice of sushi heaven. An accessable and central location on the fringe of the Auckland CBD was found and Sakanaya was born. Yuji then created a warm atmosphere with art and surfing paraphernalia backed up by friendly staff, many who had been working with him before

Opening Hours
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 12.00pm - 2.00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 6.00pm - 10.00pm
Closed Sundays & Public Holidays
Avg Food Spend
$$ per person
Food Info
Set Lunch Menu
Outdoor Area
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Reviewer vview1234
Personally I feel you can't go wrong with Japanese food as I love their food and service is normally fantastic. This will be the first time I have ever had a bad Japanese Dining experience because their service was very unprofessional. No menu or drinks were offered and we needed to wait for over two hours for food to come. They advertise their free parking but there are only 3 spaces so be prepared to pay for parking. I definitely will not be going there again even with a voucher
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Reviewer Imee Tribo
Wow, I can honestly say that I am really surprised by the last few reviews for this place. Every time I have been to Sakanaya (with or without a GrabOne voucher), it has been a good experience.
We're quite experienced sushi/sashimi eaters and have found the food has always been fresh and delicious. The sashimi boat is quite large so is especially good value when they do offer a Grabone voucher. It's a good dish to share, along with a couple of bowls of rice and a agedashi tofu.
Also, this is one of the few Japanese restaurants that I would actually save a little room for dessert. They have tiramisu, deep fried banana and a few other things which have always been good.
So maybe the restaurant has struggled with getting the food and service right when they get lots of people coming in with Grabone vouchers (which is not uncommon) but Sakanaya is busy any night of the week and with good reason, it's a good place for Japanese food and isn't expensive.
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Reviewer dainty01
The worst restaurant I've ever been to in Auckland! We bought a Groupon voucher so had to wait an hour for our order to be taken. We had to call them back 2-3 times to explain what the dishes were on the menu. Our plates and cutlery had food stuck to it (probably from prev diner). It's no surprise given there wasn't any soap to be found in the bathroom or kitchen. Even called the police on other guests because of voucher issues. Don't recommend eating here unless you're hoping to fall sick. Bad customer service, hygiene and meals were tiny.
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Reviewer Oishinbo
Please do not evaluate Japanese food by eating here. Poor quality, portion size small, unfriendly, and .....
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Reviewer jessica_Y
Absolute rip off.We ordered the Chirashi don. It was $18.50 or $19.50, can’t remember exactly, but it was around there. It comes in a medium sized bowl and there was about half a bowl of rice in there in a shape of a ball, Sashimi pieces (about 5 pieces) were thin an flimsy with side bits of fish, a few shredded bits. It barely filled me up. Not impressed. The chirashi don at Narita is about $16.50 and it comes in a big bowl of rice with lots of decent sized slices of sashimi.Beef tataki – was not bad, but a few slices were frozen. Yum Yum sauce with Scallops. There were about 6 scallops, decent sized. But they were dry,and there was no yum yum sauce taste, it looked and tasted like what stir fried scallops would be like at a chinese restaurant. Scallops were immersed in oil on a hot plate with ginger and chives. $24.50. Rolled sushi. Pieces looked like they were home made. Two pieces of sushi with salmon and sashimi had bones in them. Green Tea which tasted like boiling water was charged $2 a cup.Need I say more?Please don’t go to Sakanaya Japanese Restaurant. Even if you have a voucher. (by the way we paid full price) I love japanese food and I hardly ever write reviews. But this place is just appalling. Bad quality food and small portions. oh, and also bad presentation.Disgusting.
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Reviewer samboy
Sakanaya Japanese Restaurant sure gives a bad name to GrabOne, not to mention to all Japanese restaurants! My husband & I had the misfortune of buying a couple of GrabOne vouchers to be used at this restaurant. As soon as we sat down at the table, we were asked if we had the voucher. We handed it over & started ordering our food. I had a sashimi bento & my husband had a chicken katsu set. Both portions were miserably small! The few measly so-called sashimi I had was not fact, they cannot be called sashimi as they look like off-cuts from the fish! My husband's chicken katsu tasted a little better but it wasn't the usual juicy piece of chicken. It was more like a piece of crumbed schnitzel...yes, it was that thin! All in all, a total rip-off, even at the GrabOne price. Cannot begin to imagine patrons having to pay the full menu prices. Certainly not looking forward to using our second voucher at Sakanaya restaurant! Urgh!
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Reviewer karengeeves
seafood is Sakanaya Japanese Restaurant's specialty! I've dined at Sakanaya twice this year (and a fair few times last year) and have felt the meals have been consistently fresh and portion sizes plentiful.
Looking forward to the next Sakanaya Japanese Restaurant experience!
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Reviewer Anonymous
Love Sakanaya! It's laid-back, offers a great menu with loads of fish specials, does a tasty set lunch menu and consistently delivers fresh, delicious food. I've visited several times in the last 6 months, both for lunch and dinner and have had absolutely no cause for complaint, or even mild dissatisfaction for that matter!

Most recent visit was lunch yesterday where I had the daily lunch box (teriyaki fish, seaweed salad, 2 x sushi rolls, potato cake, rice, coleslaw, miso, and a wedge of orange) and my colleague had her usual teriyaki chicken don, which also comes with miso, plus we had edamame. Fabulous. Looking forward to my next visit already!
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