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  • 26 Ponsonby Road
    Grey Lynn, Auckland

  • Japanese Dietary - Vegetarian Friendly
  • Family Friendly - Kids Menu
  • Pickup
  • 12:00pm - 10:00pm More times
    • 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+

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  • 09-320 5292
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26 Ponsonby Road
Grey Lynn, Auckland
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Professional Reviews: Azabu

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Restaurant Review: Azabu

4.0 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.

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Top of the Drops: The Viva Team's Favourite Bars

Viva 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.

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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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Trip Advisor Reviews: Azabu
  • 2017 Cuisine Good Foods Award 2017 Cuisine Good Foods Award received @ 1 October 2017 2017 Chef Hats award
  • 2018 Metro top 50 Awards 2018 Metro top 50 Awards received @ 6 April 2018 Metro Top 50 Finalist for 2018
  • 2018 Cuisine Top 100 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 2018 Cuisine - 1 Hat received @ 15 October 2018 The hat awards are the most prestigious awards that Cuisine offer.
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