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  • 26 Ponsonby Road
    Grey Lynn, Auckland

  • Japanese Family
  • Award Winning
  • 12:00pm - 12:00am More times
    • mon 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    • tue 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    • wed 12:00pm - 12:00am
    • thu 12:00pm - 12:00am
    • fri 12:00pm - 12:00am
    • sat 12:00pm - 12:00am
    • sun 12:00pm - 12:00am
    • $$ - Avg Main $20+

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  • 09 320 5292
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  • 26 Ponsonby Road
    Grey Lynn, Auckland

Total Review Score

2 reviews

Restaurant review: Azabu, Ponsonby

4.5 New Zealand Herald 18 February 2017

At a certain point, we stepped outside for a cocktail. On the back deck of Azabu, it was a surprise to realise (a) it was still daylight and (b) we were still in Auckland.

Inside was leather pencil skirts and satin halter tops slashed to the waist; all of the city's interesting shoes and interesting people, in a single slim and interesting space.

We had been seated by a woman who looked like a model. The next day, I realised she was a model. Specifically, a former New Zealand's Next Top Model. She was beautiful. So were the glossy, mossy-green wall tiles. So was the snapper ceviche with plum dressing and pops of salty, fishy tobiko. In part, and in sum, Azabu was a stunner.

But looks aren't everything, right? Beauty is how you feel on the inside. I can confirm, post-beef tataki tostada, we felt pretty damn fine on the inside.

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Restaurant Review: Azabu, Ponsonby

5.0 Viva 31 August 2016

The new Japanese restaurant Azabu arrives on a Ponsonby streetblock with little else to recommend it. The stretch from Great North to Crummer isn’t the worst retail strip in Auckland, but you can imagine a couple of Germans getting out of their Uber on the corner to walk the famous Ponsonby Rd and being somewhat underwhelmed by a T-shirt shop, four hairdressers and an Indian guy handing out takeaway menus.

And, sure, there’s a bottlestore, a cafe and a decent art gallery too, but Azabu is by some distance the most exciting thing to have happened around here for decades, with a total gut and rebuild creating a sophisticated and beautiful restaurant that stretches back into Maidstone St. Dark leather, pale timber, vivid photography on the walls — it’s what your lounge would look like if you took styling advice from Urbis.

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