Soto Japanese Garden Restaurant

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13 St Marys Road,

(09) 360 0021

Soto Japanese Garden Restaurant Information

Soto Japanese Garden Restaurants Executive chef, Makoto Tokuyama produces a 'new style' Japanese cuisine for Ponsonby restaurants.

Having finished his training at the world renowned 'Ubon by Nobu' in London, Makoto is in his element here working with the plentiful, high quality ingredients available locally.

Opening Hours
Tue - Fri: 12.00 to 14.00
Tue - Sat: 17.30 till late
Essential on Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Avg Food Spend
$$$$ per person
Food Info
Set Lunch Menu, Take Away Service, Delivery Service, A La Carte Menu
Children welcome

Kids Menu
Outdoor Area
Private outdoor area
Asian Winner 2010 - Metro
Supreme Winner Best Asian Restaurant & Best Japanese 2008 - Metro

Best Ethnic/Themed Restaurant of the Year 2007 - Cuisine Magazine

Best Japanese Restaurant 2008 - Metro
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Disabled Facilities
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets

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Reviewer stantheman
Amazing Japanese food and an awesome restaurant to go if your looking for a place to take your other half. We had the tasting platter for an entree which was presented incredibly and shared a few larger items for the mains. Staff were attentive and welcoming the only downside was that our sides came out last. Also only come here if your willing to spend the big bucks and if you want to sit outside on a hot night, spray yourself with mosquito repellent first!
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Reviewer Oishinbo
Filo tempura is a signature dish. The food price went up up and up every year and we no longer eat here as the head chef moved and opened a popular Japanese restaurant in Ponsonby several years ago.
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Reviewer lmlm
love the food and atomosphere.
but one thing let me down was the service
one waiting staff who work there long always
looks blank. no smile,,, not only once
i had this expeience couple of times.

better to change!!
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Reviewer Rebecca
Stunning modern Japanese cuisine. The filo tempura scallops are to die for. Have dined here twice and both visits were exceptional. Can also highly recommend the seafood toban. On the pricey side, however definitely worth it for a special occasion. 5/5 and will be back.
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Reviewer Conrad Timoti
This restaurant was magnificent, food was great ive never had such tasteful shashimi, we also got the toothfish wing which on the night was the special, it fed myself and my partner a bowl of rice was indeed necessary though, the waitress was also very pleasant that a tip was on the cards, the desert we tried was a 3 choice plater, which was also very tastefully done, i recommend this restaurant to anyone who goes, a 10 STAR for me
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Reviewer Anonymous
I have been to many Japanese restaurants, from NZ, and many places around the world, and this restaurant was unfortunately one of the worst encounters. As a metro winner for 'Best Japanese Restaurant', you would expect at least high quality food, if not outstanding. The sashimi was definitely fresh but the raw fish in the sushi was definitely not and the small fried pork cutlets that came with the set menu was a bit of a worry too. Nothing special in terms of food presentation and taste of sauces or food itself, as one would expect from an award-winning restaurant. In fact, a little boring I would say. The nicely worded list of ingredients given in the menu did not match the quality of the dishes. The only highlighting taste of the night was the ginger and vanilla cream brulee for dessert which had a unique taste and texture. Addtionally, the interior design of the restaurant was something to give credit for. Finally, the service was one of the most disappointing experiences, which lead to me having to write this review. Food took 45mins to 1hr to arrive at our table and on top of that the waitresses avoided coming to our table. Too many times we needed to call for attention just to get some water for the table. This is definitely one of the most important issues that needs improvement. I do not usually give comments online, however, since this is an award winning restaurant with many good reviews (as shown on this webpage), some honest evaluation needs to be mentioned. I do not plan to return to this place which is really disappointing as all the metro winning restaurants I have tried have been delightful. As with the other restaurants, I was looking forward to trying it out before telling my family and friends how great it was, but unfortunately this was not the case. Hopefully this unsatisfactory encounter would be the last of my dining experiences.
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Reviewer Anonymous
A great personable Japanese restaurant with a very high standard of food. Not your average Japanese and therefore slightly more expensive than others. On the night we went the service was OKAY. It seemed they forgot our main meal, but staff were very apologetic and gave us some endamme beans to tide us over, which was thoughtful. The wine list is also a little limited, but the food makes up for it. You'll more than likely need to book well in advance although we managed to walk in on a Friday night!
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