When most people think of Japanese cuisine, the first thing that pops into their head is sushi. But Japanese food is so much more than this - think yōshoku, donburi and yakitori. And you don't have to travel all the way to Japan to experience food like this. Auckland Restaurant Month showcases the very best Auckland has to offer and here's what's on offer from Japan:
Ichiban Japanese Restaurant is more than just a restaurant - it's also a karaoke bar! Diners (and singers) can enjoy traditional cuisine all night and revel in one of Japan's favourite entertainment options. During August, they're offering a special set menu for $20 which includes Ichiban Miso Ramen – Japanese traditional rich miso based noodle soup with teriyaki chicken and Gyoza – Home made Japanese pork fried dumpling (six pieces).
Prepare to be amazed and impressed at Kabuki Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant. Located inside Stamford Plaza, here's where you can see the chefs in action as they cook, flip, throw and even light on fire your food! With audience participation and laughs all around, you're guaranteed to have a great time. Their special this month is $65 for their Ayako menu which includes appetizer, salad, miso soup, tiger prawns, grilled King Salmon, grilled seasonal vegetables, wasabi chicken, egg flying fried rice and dessert.
You'll be instantly transported to a Japan at Sansui Japanese Cuisine as you're greeted with a traditional sand garden at the entrance. Enjoy traditional cuisine in this peaceful and relaxing environment, hidden behind Stamford Plaza. Their special this month is a set menu for $30 which includes appetizers, edamame, fresh sashimi, sansui’s special sushi, organic seasonal vegetable, prawn tempura, deep‐fried soft shell crab and a choice of traditional Japanese Sake or sauvignon blanc.
NIWA offers lunch and dinner made from the most fresh ingredients, for a reasonable price with a wide variety including curries, tempura, sushi, sashimi and bento boxes. They also have an outdoor area and can cater for your next function. Their monthly special is dinner sets ranging from $15 - $17 and includes a selection of dishes, rice, miso soup, two green teas and a fruit dessert.
Check out our guide to Auckland Restaurant Month.