26 Ponsonby Road
Grey Lynn, Auckland
- Japanese Dietary - Vegetarian Friendly
- Family Friendly - Kids Menu
12:00pm - 10:00pm
- mon 5:00pm - 10:00pm
- tue 5:00pm - 10:00pm
- wed 12:00pm - 10:00pm
- thu 12:00pm - 10:00pm
- fri 12:00pm - 10:00pm
- sat 12:00pm - 10:00pm
- sun 12:00pm - 10:00pm
- $$ - Avg Main $20+
- 09-320 5292
26 Ponsonby Road
Grey Lynn, Auckland
- $ $ $ $
Azabu combines Peruvian Japanese Nikkei flavours with more Tokyo-style dishes in a dining room that’s just as lively. Hidden away out the back, off Maidstone Lane is Roji, Azabu’s stealthy saké and cocktail bar.
Executive Chef Yukio Ozeki is a big fan of Nikkei, the fresh Peruvian Japanese crossover flavours that have grown out of Peru’s huge Japanese community. Yukio’s menu combines Nikkei-influenced dishes and modern Japanese with an emphasis on the fun and the interesting.
The large and small plates are made to be shared - don’t be shy.
W/ smoked lime saltPrice: $6.00
W/ beetroot, heirloom tomato, avocado, yuzu ponzu & chimichurriPrice: $15.00
Grilled sweet corn
W/ chill lime butter & parmesan cheesePrice: $16.00
W/ yuzu pepper soy, purple potato mash & shichimi pepperPrice: $16.00
Free range chicken karaage
W/ buttermilk, pickled daikon, oregano crisp, aji amarillo mayoPrice: $18.00
W/ lemon mayo, jalapeño, mint, basil, almond & corianderPrice: $14.00
W/ truffle sesame dressing, shiitake mushroom & pickled daikonPrice: $16.00
W/ corn, wasabi tartar, pickled daikon, chopped jalapeño & red onionPrice: $16.00
W/ aji amarillo, lime soy dressing, plum dressing & tobikoPrice: $24.00
W/ pickled daikon, jalapeño & yuzu ponzuPrice: $24.00
Ora king salmon tiradito
W/ passion fruit, coconut cream, leche de tigre & crispy spaghetti squashPrice: $24.00
Ceviche tasting platter snapper
W/ aji amarillo, salmon w/ leche de tigre & tuna w/ yuzu chipotlePrice: $50.00
Traditional assorted sashimi
Chef’s selection of today’s best market fishSizes: 8pcs -$35.00
Spicy tuna sushi roll
W/ aji verde & corianderSizes: 8pcs -$23.00
Rainbow sushi roll
W/ aji amarillo, chia seeds & tobikoSizes: 8pcs -$23.00
Volcano sushi roll
W/ tiger prawn tempura, pickled daikon & huancaina mayoSizes: 8pcs -$23.00
Seared Hokkaido scallop roll
W/ asparagus, wasabi mayo & kumara crispSizes: 8pcs -$24.00
Soft shell crab steamed bun
W/ baby cos & wasabi tartarPrice: $9.00
Vegetable steamed bun
W/ tempura eggplant, Asian slaw & teriyaki saucePrice: $9.00
Confit pork belly black sesame steamed bun
W/ pickled shallots, cucumber & spicy misoPrice: $12.00
Free range chicken dumplings
W/ shiitake mushroom, chili soy dressing & chivesSizes: 4pcs -$12.00
W/ mushroom purée, chili & almondSizes: 4pcs -$12.00
Black tiger prawn dumplings
W/aji verde, golden kumara crisps & almond powderSizes: 4pcs -$14.00
Spicy pork gyoza
W/ jalapeño, ginger & yuzu pepper dressingSizes: 6pcs -$14.00
W/ hatcho miso & spring onionPrice: $18.00
W/ aji amarillo mayo & jalapeño ponzuSizes: 4pcs -$22.00
Crispy pork belly
W/ spicy miso glaze, salsa & cauliflower puréePrice: $32.00
Spiced lamb cutlets w/ smoky aubergine & coriander puréeSizes: 4pcs -$34.00
Wakanui scotch w/ chimichurri & sesame soy dressingPrice: $35.00
Wagyu beef short rib
W/ pomegranate salsa, crisp purple potato, aji amarillo & rice crackersPrice: $36.00
Spicy wagyu hanger beef skewers
W/ salsa, chimichurri & adobo sauceSizes: 4pcs -$34.00
Please refer to your waiter. Market price
Charcoal black meringue
W/ sake poached nashi pear, yuzu ice-cream & miso caramel walnutsPrice: $14.00
Suspiro limeño kakigouri
W/ mango, lychee, açaí purée & evaporated milkPrice: $14.00
W/ ginger jam & matchaPrice: $12.00
W/ lightly pickled daikon & dashi vinaigrettePrice: $7.00
W/ sesame mustard dressing & parmesan cheesePrice: $9.00
Japanese short grain riceSizes: small -$4.00
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Restaurant Review: Azabu4.0 Cuisine 14 October 2018
At buzzy, sophisticated Azabu the Japanese-Peruvian (Nikkei) food is inspired and beautifully executed, with chef Yukio Ozeki delivering a fun and interesting menu. The menu offers an extensive range of small dishes to share, plus mains and sides for those wanting more. Perfectly tender grilled octopus is accompanied by purple potato mash and yuzu sauce, succulent lamb cutlets are matched with great flavours of smoky aubergine and coriander puree. Sweet lovers aren’t forgotten either, with a creamy tapioca layered with orange coconut meringue and honeycomb for crunch, spiced apple, passionfruit puree and miso vanilla ice cream. The drinks list is wholly appropriate with shochu, umeshu and other Japanese beverages in addition to wine, beer and interesting cocktails.
Top of the Drops: The Viva Team's Favourite BarsViva 17 April 2018
They do amazing cocktails at Azabu on Ponsonby Road, plus the Japanese snacks make the perfect accompaniment. It’s really dark inside (usually a good thing), super stylish, the manager Ken is really friendly and the cocktail menu changes regularly. My recent favourite was a ginger margarita. Apparently, the days to go for an early evening drink are Tuesday and Wednesday when the bar atmosphere is the most lively.
Restaurant review: Azabu, Ponsonby4.5 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.
Restaurant Review: Azabu, Ponsonby5.0 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.
Trip Advisor Reviews: Azabu
- 2017 Cuisine Good Foods Award received @ 1 October 2017 2017 Chef Hats award
- 2018 Metro top 50 Awards received @ 6 April 2018 Metro Top 50 Finalist for 2018
- 2018 Cuisine Top 100 received @ 9 September 2018 This restaurant is in the Cuisine Good Food Awards Top 100 for 2018 and will be featured in the Cuisine Good Food Guide 2018. The Top 100 restaurants are also the finalists for the Cuisine Good Food Awards 2018, and the Winners will be announced on the 15th of October.
- 2018 Cuisine - 1 Hat received @ 15 October 2018 The hat awards are the most prestigious awards that Cuisine offer.