The Best Japanese Restaurants
Noodles immersed in spiky hot broths; pan-fried gyoza dumplings; lines of yakitori over a robata grill; bento boxes; tempura – the list goes on. Thankfully, amidst all those venues masquerading as authentic Japanese restaurants are some genuine gems, able to knock up delectable examples of just why this cuisine is held in such high esteem. So take a look at this list of the best Japanese restaurants in Auckland and you'll be saying Nihon ni ikitai in no time.
MASU by Nic Watt
SKYCITY, Federal St, Auckland
Nine months. When most restaurants seemingly spend that much time bedding in, this Federal Street eatery has not only solidified it's place as one of Auckland's very best dining options, but also has us trying to remember what life was like prior to Nic Watt's arrival. Highlights are too numerous to mention, but for a thorough grounding in this delectable cuisine, opt for Masu's tasting platter.
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Janken
158 Jervois Road, Auckland, 1022
Steaming seafood hot pot laden with prawns, salmon and other seafood delights served over its own flame and the melt in your mouth Beef Bourguignon. Have we done enough to sate your appetite? Taxi, Herne Bay please!
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Ebisu
Union Fish Building, 116 - 118 Quay Street, Britomart, Auckland, 1010
A Britomart bucket-list, Ebisu offers a contemporary take on a traditional izakaya restaurant that’s versatile enough to accommodate fine dining or a few after work drinks with a superior class of bar snack.
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Nishiki Robata-Yaki Bar
100 Wellington Street, Auckland, 1011
The least 'up-market' restaurant from our selection, Nishiki has long been considered a Freeman's Bay gem. It's Robata-Yaki style keeps the masses coming back year after year for the promise of a great social setting, good drink options (sake, sake, sake) and well priced food.
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Cocoro
56A Brown Street, Auckland, 1010
A contemporary and elegant alternative to Auckand’s other more rustic Japanese eateries. Cocoro's concise shared plates are perfect for sharing with a significant other or with a larger group. The drinks list also needs to be commended - worthy of a fine-dining restaurant with a great selection of New Zealand and Australian wines, five different Japanese beers and a pleasantly bewildering array of sake, shochu and green tea.
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8 reviews

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