- Free Off-Street
- Price Range:
- Spendy, $25 - $35
- Smart casual
- Good For Groups:
- Good For Children:
- Beer, Cocktails, Wine, Spirits
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- Takes Reservations:
- Dietary Restrictions:
- Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
- Meals Served:
- Dinner, Lunch, Dessert
- Payment Types:
- EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Seating For:
- 80 people
Reviews for Katsura Japanese Restaurant
3rd May 2013
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I love Japanese food, and this is the best I’ve had in Auckland. I ordered the “Healthy Bento” (i.e. vegetarian), and it was simply delicious. The price was quite high, but I got a LOT of food and it was very flavoursome. I have a small appetite, but as per the meal’s name felt great after eating – not at all overstuffed.
If you need protein in your meal, you’ll need to grab something else as this was a very low-protein meal – almost 100% vegetables. Personally, my protein needs were fulfilled by an interesting take on creme brulee – sake brulee with miso-flavoured shavings on top. I am more than happy to forgo protein in a main if it means I can justify dessert! As with most Asian desserts, this was not super-sweet, and the umami flavour of the miso cut through the sugar coating of the genuinely sake-flavoured custard in a very nice way.
One final thing to mention is how beautiful the restaurant is – a very soothing environment, and it does not feel like a hotel restaurant at all.
Highly recommended.Comment from Richard d. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 10/05/2013
15th July 2014
This is good but pricey for what I imagine. It loses its appeal after the first time.
4th July 2014
Although the service at Katsura was very good, the dinner buffet was a great disappointment. Apart from the sashimi, the food was equivalent to that provided in food halls for less than $15 pp and was certainly not worth $78. The hot food was lukewarm. It would be helpful if the food trays were labelled.
by Ida T.
16th June 2014
I had teppanyaki at Katsura with a group of 13 and was very disappointed with the quality of the food and service offered. Having been to a few teppanyaki restaurants in New Zealand, I must say this was by far the worse experience I’ve ever had. The food was burnt and served very inelegantly. The chef was also very rude, dis-engaged and seemed uninterested. It would have been polite for him to introduce himself but instead, he just cooked the food and left with the comment that he was glad the the night is finally over.
Overall, the food was terrible, the chef was very rude and not entertaining, I would be able to get a better quality meal and services from a food court.Comment from Kirsteen N. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 8/07/2014
25th May 2014
Went there last night with the entertainment book voucher to use. Had a great teppanyaki. Much more food than we expected for a modest $45. The chef did a great job and was friendly and entertaining. The staff were lovely and very happy to help when I asked for extra sauce and mayonnaise. Nicely decorated. Validated parking, so free parking for the night in rendezvous hotel car parkComment from Kirsteen N. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 8/07/2014
22nd May 2014
We were a party of 9 for dinner on Saturday at one of the teppanyaki table. Chef was doing basic cooking with no flair or showmanship one expects from teppanyaki cooking. Two of us had fried rice and it was very salty. In fact the others in our party said the pork, chicken and prawns were all on the salty side. After being served drinks, none of the waitresses came back to ask whether we want some more. We had to wait and hail a passing waitress to get us some water in the end. Sashimi was good. Dessert was just plain vanilla ice-cream. Expected maybe Japanese green tea ice-cream. Not sure whether the suction fans were not on full blast or filters are clogged, but we all went home with clothes smelling of cooking smells. Overall we were disappointed we did not enjoy all the food and were not entertained by the chef.
by Rachel M.
4th May 2014
Food tops all. Service was very nice. place appeared clean. great atmosphere just what we wantedComment from Kirsteen N. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 9/07/2014
13th March 2014
We went Katsura for the seafood dinner buffet. There were lots of selections, especially types of sashimi. Surprisingly,the quality of their sashimi was superb and did not compromise because it’s a buffet. I love their dessert as well, I tried two types of Japanese pudding and mango ice cream both were very yummy. One thing that they need to improve is their hot food range. Firstly the hot dishes were not as many selections as sashimi. Secondly, they seems not that fresh, I tried one piece of tempura, it tasted like it has been sitting there for ages.
The interior of Katsura is really peaceful like a Japanese style garden, their service was flawless, polite and efficient.
I personally think it was worth every penny we spent.Comment from Lauren G. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 14/03/2014
by Cheryl S.
15th September 2013
Arrived a little late but were welcomed by the cheerful maitre’d. that was pretty much the last time the staff spoke to us. We were seated for teppanyaki without being given an option of the A La carte, but thought why not give it a try now we’re there. I really wish we hadn’t bothered. The restaurant was cold to the point of keeping our jackets on and the extractor fan above the griddle was dripping fat in front of us. The entrees in our set meal were terrible. A small ramekin of cold and flavourless endamame beans followed by a ‘here’s one I prepared earlier’ side salad gave no sense of the Japanese cuisine we’d been expecting. It was all significantly overpriced. Not going back.Comment from Lauren G. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 17/09/2013
by Jessie C.
11th August 2013
I took mum to Katsura for the Saturday lunch buffet for her birthday yesterday. The sashimi were pretty good and the dessert was nice too, though not many selections. Mum loves tempura a lot and was very looking forward to having some nice tempura … however, we were quite disappointed that the tempura was not hot at all and the food at the teppanyaki section were all cooked and been sitting there for quite a while so they were not hot. I would say that with that price range I would have expected better.Comment from Lauren G. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 13/08/2013
by Paresh L B.
7th August 2013
Had been the restaurant a few times before and it was always good. This was my first time there this year for lunch buffet, not 100% authentic, not many selection as before and the price was higher.Comment from Lauren G. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 7/08/2013
by Jess G.
3rd May 2013
My partner and I came here for dinner (and lunch) on our holiday. The food was absolutely amazing! We originally had a Tepinyaki(?) table chosen but later on asked if we could change to a regular as my partner had looked at the menu online and chosen what he wanted. The staff were just the best. We were served by a lovely lady named Grace. Anyone who says there was a “western feel” is crazy and silly. The pricing was pretty good. The wait between getting food was a bit long but it was quite busy with a few large families that night. The ladies that worked that night with Grace are the most amazing ladies ever. I had unfortunately lost a bear pendant and rushed back in shaken and in the middle of an anxiety attack and they all happily and calmly helped me look around where I was sitting. Eventually he was found outside (-.-) but I am so grateful for the ladies taking a few minutes to help me look. Great service, amazing food, the authenticity was spot on and I am definitely going back there soon!!!!!Comment from Richard d. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 10/05/2013
by Lucy G.
20th March 2013
I enjoyed some incredibly good sashimi here at Katsura this week. The quality and freshness of the kingfish, salmon and other sashimi fish was magnificent, and the wasabi was of such flavoursome sharpness, I just really loved it.
I came for the 2 course lunch offer for $38, and my only complaint would be that it was too filling, as it was a huge amount of food for lunch for me! I think next time, I’ll just get a sashimi dish, as that would be plenty for me. Also, from reading the ad I saw on here, it seemed that they gave me more food than what was listed in the offer?! As it came with a main of beef (which I normally prefer not to eat red meat, but I made a pretty good dent in it), and salmon and beautifully tasty veges.
The entrée also came with a yummy ‘jumbo’ prawn, tempura style, and two succulent fat pieces of chicken teriyaki.
Plus a beer.
And a miso soup.
Did I mention I was very full after my meal?!
The surroundings were very peaceful, and being in a fancy hotel, everything was spick & span as you’d expect.
Kimono-clad waitresses were warm and helpful.
It’s a top-notch Japanese restaurant, and I think the stand out aspect for me, was the very high quality sashimi.Comment from Richard d. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 10/05/2013
by Tony M.
12th March 2013
Quite average, not 100% authentic, has a western feel to the food. Price is a bit excessive for the quality of food provided unless you can eat more than santa clause.
Other than that, not bad if you are staying at the Rendezvous hotel, and or get a discount voucher for the restaurant
1st February 2013
Very terrible, we went for dinner buffet on a Thursday, got charged $75 per person. With only very few choices of bad quality food. The worse buffet I have ever had in New Zealand. It’s so ridiculous for $75 buffet. Honest suggestion: Stay away from this robber, don’t waste your money.Comment from Richard d. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 1/02/2013
4th December 2012
Simply the best Japanese restaurant in Auckland.
Great quality of the food and friendly service from the staffs.
Price is a bit high but this would be perfect occasion, if you want try real Japanese dishes as well as Japanese styled service.
22nd December 2011
OMG!! This is the best Japanese restaurant you could ever get to in Auckland. The quality of foods that served in here is really seriously different to any other Japanese places in Auckland. Even if you go to Japan, you’d have to pay good $$ to taste stuffs like this. Buffets on Tuesday and Thursday dinner are both excellent. Despite the high price, it’s totally worth going. Friendly Japanese staff serving with kimono on. Great place for the special day!Comment from Richard d. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 28/09/2012
by Karen R.
1st September 2010
Very very disappointing. Hard to comment on service as we feel there was none! We were a group of 7 that ate there on a Sunday evening so they were not busy. From the start we felt that we weren’t welcome. The chef tried to be funny but came across as having a bad attitude and made us feel uneasy.
The food was ridiculously overpriced and the helpings were very meagre. We each had the miso and salad , both in very small bowls,and an assortment of meat and seafood.One of us ordered the beef and only found out later that this wasn’t even available, after the waiter had taken the order for it !? We also had the dessert which was fruit salad from a can ….I am serious! For $50 this was not acceptable. We all felt like we had been robbed.
We should have complained at the time but had the impression all would have fallen on deaf ears.Comment from Richard d. of Katsura Japanese Restaurant 28/09/2012
by sarah X.
18th June 2010
everything is lovely, food was good, but pricing!!! too expensive for 1 ppl $80
10th November 2009
The buffet is excellent and is very well-priced for the variety of shushi and sashimi available.
8th April 2009
The decoration was not very attractive but the food and attention worth a visit.
So far the best Japanese food in Auckland.
Try special lunch menu now for $19.95
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