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- Price Range:
- Cheap, Under $15
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- Good For Children:
- Beer, Wine, Cocktails
- BYO, Corkage Charge
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- Meals Served:
- Lunch, Dinner
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Reviews for Banzai Restaurant
by W W.
26th June 2014
Had the dinner here to celebrate my friends birthday. It was my first time trying this place out. Nice, lovely little restaurant and gets busy really fast. The food was good and price were reasonable, staff were friendly. Definitely get the vanilla mochi ice cream for dessert!
1st June 2014
One of my Dominion Road favourites. Friendly fast delicious, really well priced excellent food. It was freezing outside and me and a mate wondered in. Two delicious bowls of hot chicken miso soup…best I have ever had. If you haven’t been here you got to go. Enjoy! Gets busy though and it’s only a small place so choose your times and get in, enjoy, and give the next diners the opportunity to experience it. Honesty good, real good.
9th April 2014
Dropped in for lunch on a Sunday. Basic yet cozy. The staff are very polite and friendly. Had the beef tataki which was cooked perfectly. Portion sizes are good too. My friend has a tofu dish which she enjoyed. We got carried away talking and didn’t realise it was time for them to close for the afternoon coz the staff weren’t pushy to get us out. Good range of drinks too…the plum wine is less expensive than most other places. Overall will recommend Banzai to anyone looking for a nice, affordable Japanese meal.
by Anna N.
11th January 2014
This is such an amazing place and already my favourite! The staff are so friendly, the prices are very low for the amazing quality you receive – it looks and tastes amazing!
Must try: Melting Salmon, Yum Yum Prawns, Salmon Tataki and the drink Ramune.
by Julie A.
4th January 2014
Lovely. The spicy noodle fish salad- best thing I ate in 2013.
by Megan T.
26th November 2013
Seriously good Japanese food with unbelievably low prices for the quality you receive. This is a tiny spot on Dominion Rd with only a few tables so I recommend making reservations to avoid the wait. The staff are all very lovely & the chef is a joy to chat with.
I have two words **MELTING SALMON** That’s what the dish is called & boy does it deliver by absolutely melting in your mouth. I have had it many times & still can’t figure out how they get it like that.
The Mixed Tataki of Salmon & Tuna is also just as tasty. The Salmon is prepared the same as the melting salmon, again simply stunning flavors.
The presentation of their food is something in itself almost like works of art. Order the spicy salmon teriyaki roll & you will see what I mean.
Best Value for money of any Japanese restaurant in the city. I am quickly becoming a regular!
by Coco Q.
22nd September 2013
Great service- staff were very friendly and food arrived quickly. Perhaps my friend and I chose the wrong dishes for the night- we did not enjoy the food at all and didn’t finish our food because it was just not enjoyable.
by Emily S.
8th September 2013
This is hands down the best Japanese restaurant in Auckland! If you haven’t tried their melting salmon dish you haven’t lived! Fantastic service, and is BYO also so great on a Friday/Saturday evening.
by Sam A.
4th August 2013
Very authentic, nicely priced and truly enjoyable…every time irrespective what the choice has been from their menu. Banzai people remember their ‘regulars’ so well that all I need to do is to get a booking done first and the rest is all taken care off…
The chef ‘knows’ that I like extra sauce and cashews in my Yakiniku and I don’t even need to mention this.
Love their food, service and their hospitality.
by Steve T.
13th July 2013
Do not order takeaway sushi from here!
I’m not sure what the eat-in experience is like but we just ordered two sets of 8 salmon and avocado sushi rolls. 11 dollars each so $22.
The piece of salmon in each roll was about 7mm square.
Very disappointed. Will not return.
13th July 2013
Simply Amazing! Great Food and a variety of foods for the entire family. To date this is some of the best Japanese food i have had, very authentic and consistent in flavour. Also very affordable, i wish they would consider expanding the business though, nevertheless , highly recommended.
by Melanie M.
3rd July 2013
We visited last week, the food looked great and the staff very friendly. Will be back to taste more on the menu.
by Stephen W.
12th May 2013
This is a family favourite, it’s well priced and something Japanese for everyone. We normally get takeaway as it is always busy. The reason it’s called Banzai is because it’s small (well that’s what I think anyway) but if they could get a bigger establishment I’m sure they would pack it out also, can’t rate this place highly enough!
by Robin D.
20th April 2013
Wow! What a place!
Consistently the best Japanese food in the city with excellent prices!
The staff are welcoming and friendly and the prices very reasonable. Parking is not so easy however there is room on the side streets and the effort to get to this restaurant is well rewarded by the quality of the food!!
It is delicious and the presentation, size of the portions and freshness and taste of the food amazing.
You need to be early or book because it is obviously very popular and the locals have let the secret out. You will not be disappointed.
Two visits have not been enough!
by Nikki S.
17th February 2013
This place is fantastic. I’ve been to Dominion Road lots of times to eat at places like Tusk Thai and Barilla Dumplings, but after reading the reviews here I decided to give this place a try. I wasn’t disappointed!
The restaurant itself is quite small with modest decor, but is comfortable and has a friendly atmosphere. My partner and I ordered a mixed sashimi rice set, unagi rice set and a salmon and avocado sushi. Although the portion sizes are smaller than some other Japanese places I’ve been to, such as Renkon, Daikoku and Mentatz, everything was fresh, affordable and delicious so I can’t complain. The meals were also unexpectedly and beautifully presented. Additionally, the customer service was excellent – the waitress was patient, friendly and prompt, and we were given a warm thank you and goodbye on leaving the restaurant. I would definitely come back here again!
by Mike I.
21st January 2013
Went to Banzai for the first time. Was blown away by the entire experience! I then realised ‘Master Chef’ Michael Meredith had featured Banzai on NZ Herald!
No wonder… Highly recommended.
by Maiko N.
8th January 2013
The best Japanese restaurant in Auckland for sure! The food is authentic and beautifully presented by chef, Kazu. The service is always lovely and at a very very affordable price! My favourite dish is yum yum prawns!! Make sure you book in advance as this place is getting very popular!
by Sonya S.
21st December 2012
We love banzai Japanese. The service is wonderful, the food is amazing & the atmosphere is lovely & unpretentious. Try the melting salmon. Yum! In fact try as much as you can. I almost regret writing this review as I’m worried that the place might get so popular that we won’t get a table! Seriously superb. We have been many times and are never disappointed.
by Hailey T.
18th December 2012
Decided to give this one a go after reading all the good feedback. Loved the food we had tonight plus the excellent service. We had mixed sashimi, Beba and Yakiudon, the serving were big enough that we got some left to take home. Will definitely be back for more. Thank you Banzai team!
by David B.
16th November 2012
Not sure why we have not been here before. The food is fantastic and well priced. By the time we left, I think we had eaten our way through the complete menu and they were all winners.
Great to go to a Japanese restaurant where you don’t eat in the half dark.
Well worth traveling to.
by Tony M.
19th October 2012
Home made restaurant quality food. It is the environment and staff that gives it the bonus stars.
Wait time: 3.5/5
Food Quality and taste: 5/5
Price Range: $60pp
17th October 2012
After having a look at The Food Store’s menu prices, we decided to cancel our booking for tonight and look elsewhere. My wife decided she wanted Japanese, so we checked MenuMania and decided we had to try this out.
Wow, we were just blown away by Banzai. Amazing food, the staff are so friendly and welcoming, and the space is lovely and small so it feels like you’re a special customer
Between myself, my wife and my mum, we shared gyoza, edamame, and yum yum prawns. All amazing! I have no idea what they put in the yum yum sauce, but it is as advertised… “yum yum!”
Then for the mains, we basically shared everything again We had the spicy chicken miso soup with soba, the yaki soba with prawns, a tunacado roll and a samocado roll.
The miso with soba was so good that I basically took it over. The noodles themselves were just delicious, add in the miso and the chicken, the heat of the chili oil was just right… amazing.
I also took over the tuna and salmon sushi. I love sushi, and only recently have been introduced to tuna sashimi, and the tuna used in the roll just melted in your mouth. One thing I’d recommend is not trying the sauce they dot on the side as it is just mustard and ketchup.
I really enjoyed the little bit of yaki soba I was able to try as well.
Do not try parking in the little parking lot there, though. Way too small, and too hard to try to get out. Just park the next street down and take a little walk. It’s really not that far and it’s just peace of mind.
I think from now on all my restaurant experiences will be compared to this. The bar has been raised.
by john T.
6th September 2012
What a find, great food, great prices and exceptional staff
Not having been a fan Of Japanese food i am now a convert i am currently eating there 4 days per week , the only problem is you have to go early to get a seat
Great flavours and the master chef will cater to your wishes, leave it to him and he will surprise you
So no more good reviews otherwise we will never get in the door
Well done to them all
by Allison C.
2nd July 2012
My favorite restaurant by far and by the looks of the other reviews its everyone else favorite too!
Only compliant is that they don’t have a lot of parking outside….but that is not there fault!
LOVE YOU BANZAI!!!!
by Lucia G.
3rd June 2012
I love the staff here! So friendly and welcoming. I’ve known about this place for quite a while, these days it is good to book your table because it is a small space that fills up very quickly. You get great food here for really decent prices. The karage chicken is crunchy and crisp on the outside but still so juicy and tender. The fish salad is also one of my favorites, especially if you like a bit of chili heat.
26th May 2012
I would say this is the best Japanese restaurant in Auckland that I have been to. The food is always beautiful, and the prices are very reasonable. The garlic udon noodles and the pork katsu are personal favourites. The staff are always very polite and yell out thank you when you leave, which is very cute. The only one downside would be that the food does not come out at the same time, which can make for awkward dining sometimes. It is busy, so I would recommend bookings!
by Courtney G.
23rd May 2012
WOW!!! WHAT A GEM! Absolutely awesome food, presented BEAUTIFULLY, awesome service and fantastic value!!
There was 3 of us and we each had a entree, a main each and shared a tempura, along with 3 wines and 2 orange juices and a miso and it worked out $34 each!! We all practically rolled out haha! Cant get better than that I say and I will be going back any chance I get!!!
22nd November 2011
What a great find!
In amongst a few disappointing dining outings this week, Banzai was a welcome relief.
Friendly service, deliciously fresh and tasty food, well-priced and extensive menu.
Perhaps not the most exciting of restaurant decors but the food more than makes up for anything else and we will certainly be back…soon!
by Sue C.
28th August 2011
Great food & service as well as inexpensive. Whats not to love? Book as it is very busy particularly toward the end of the week. Dishes are served European style with the entrees first followed by the mains, although you can certainly share plates if you wish. The Yum Yum prawns are my favourite followed by any of the teriyaki dishes. The towers of tempura sushi are also something to see, but bring a big appetite for these!
25th June 2011
The food was simply fantastic I cant wait to go back again and try some of the other dishes.
Some of the best Japanese food I have ever eaten and that includes Japan,
I have a new favourite Japanese restaurant.
11th June 2011
This has to be the best value Japanese in Auckland. Fantastic dishes, at great prices.
This restaurant is a hidden gem, but word is getting out, so be sure to make a booking in advance. To view a recent blog I posted on this restaurant (including photos of some of our meal) visit http://celestereviews….
3rd November 2010
This place rocks! The food is amazing, tastes authentic, the quantities are plentiful, the menu is extensive and everything in it is delicious (I should know, since I’ve tasted just about everything on the menu), and it is soo cheap!
I’ve been lunching and dining at Banzai for over a year now, and even though sometimes they can take ages because the kitchen is tiny and only 2 people can cook at one time, I keep coming back because the food is consistantly great and the service is super friendly.
If I had to recommend 3 dishes? The Chicken Miso Udon Soup (yum), The salmon and tuna Sashimi (really fresh), and the Beef Yakiniku (I swear that sauce is like liquid heaven!.
18th September 2010
I had lunch here and found it so great, I had to sign up to write a review!
Aside from great pricing and yummy food, I witnessed the most amazing service I’ve seen in a long time. The waitress ran out with 2x takeaway misos to chase down a takeout customer who’d left about 2 mins earlier – she obviously found him, as she ran back 3 – 4 mins later empty handed, and straight in to grab a pad and take an order.
I’m definitely coming back here!
17th August 2010
If you have fussy friends who are a little bit picky and aren’t huge fans of Asian, plus one being an extreme vegan, come here.
Other than being extremely well priced, the food is great (and about as close to authentic Japanese as you can get in this city), the service is awesome and it makes your day when you leave and all the staff scream THANK YOU! Lovely. I hope to return here very soon.
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