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Musashi Japanese Cuisine

4_half star rating 22 reviews

Telephone 09-575 2827

64 Waimarie St
St Heliers
Auckland City

Lunch: Fri - Sun 11:45am - 2:15pm
Dinner: Tues - Sun 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Provided by business


Looking for delicious Japanese food? Musashi Japanese Cuisine offer a superb menu using seasonal ingredients and matching the dishes with traditional Japanese beverages and local wines. The quality and freshness of our food is of the utmost importance to chef Satoru Aoki and because of this he is involved in overseeing the ingredients used within Musashi’s menu. We are able to cater to all individuals and offer choices for vegetarians as well as some wheat free options. Experience for yourself the Musashi atmosphere, service and exceptional cuisine. Our philosophy is simple. At Musashi our main goal is to provide you with a well blend of Japanese fusion cuisine, good service and value-for-money dining experience in Auckland where quality is the focus.


Photo of Musashi Japanese Cuisine
Beef Hooba Yaki. Sliced beef and vegetables cooked on a fragrant Hooba leaf with butter and original miso sauce
Beef Tataki. Sliced eye-filet sashimi served with wasabi and sweet sour soy sauce
Eye-Fillet Steak. 3 pieces of grilled premium beef tenderloin and vegetables on a small Teppan hot plate
Matador Roll Sushi. Flame-grilled eye-filet, avocado and cucumber sushi rolls with spicy teriyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise
Sukiyaki. Sliced beef and vegetables cooked in a paper pot with soy sauce based soup

More Information

Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
Price Range:
Spendy, $25 - $35
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Beer, Wine
BYO, Corkage Charge
Takes Reservations:
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegetarian, Gluten-free
Meals Served:
Dessert, Dinner, Lunch
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, Diners
Seating For:

Reviews for Musashi Japanese Cuisine

4 star rating
by Nikki S.
25th July 2014

Super good food, but very expensive for dinner and also a little bit chaotic. The restaurant is not exactly big, and with the waiters running around, tables of people leaving and new groups of people coming in for their reservations constantly, it makes for a very flustered environment.

However yes, the food is really lovely and fresh. The scallop sushi, though horrifically expensive, is to die for. Even my parents who are notoriously critical and difficult to please had nothing to say except that the restaurant was “very noisy”. Ha!

5 star rating
by Neila
15th July 2014

Amazing place with great service. I love how friendly the staff is. The decorations are amazing. The set menus are well proportioned and high in variety. I love going here once every few months with my girlfriends. I really love Japanese food and I liked how it wasn’t the typical don/ramen stuff. Thank you.

5 star rating
by Katie B.
27th June 2014

Had a booking for 6.30, arrived a few minutes late and still had our amazing feast by 7. First time here as found it by rating on this site and all the good reviews were right, the food was amazing and the staff so friendly, will definitely be back soon! Huge menu choices but all great, at our table we had seafood, chicken, and beef options and all were delicious!

4 star rating
by Tony M.
27th March 2014

Amazing food here, the rice with the sushi rolls was pitch perfect. Not too hard and not too soft.

I am a big Japanese cuisine fanatic so I am quite strict to rating when it comes to Japanese fine dining.

This is an in between of fine dining and japanese bar.

They serve not whisky
When busy it can take up to 2.5 hrs to dine
When not busy food comes really quick
Staff looks lost half the time, but food served quickly
Upside is the food was superb
Downside the price is a little excessive
One piece of raw prawn scampi is $3.60
most standard medium plates cost $25+

Service: 4/5
Wait time: 3/5
Environment: 4/5
Food Quality: 4.5/5
Food Quantity: 4/5
Price range: $60+ pp

5 star rating
by Leanne K.
4th March 2014

Love this place. Staff are always friendly and works the small space very well. Love the set menus which has courses coming out one after another, always something new to try and very much of an experience.

4 star rating
by RM Y.
5th January 2014

The food is great, fresh and served promptly. We had the steak, the salmon and the chicken. Would return but they need to control the noise by having a carpet mat or something on the walls. This was our second visit in 2 months and again the noise was unbearable.

5 star rating
by Lisa
12th October 2013

Outstanding. Awesome service, beautiful food, would highly recommend. Entrees are great, try the wedges and prawn sticks. Teriyaki chicken was best I’ve ever had with lovely sauces, rice could have been more but I’m sure if I’d asked I’d have got more. The place was packed all night, that’s always a good sign. Go and try this if you love Japanese food, you will not be disappointed.

5 star rating
by Ana B.
10th September 2013

In a real surprise in this humble suburban street location. I recommend the set menu which comes out in stages, that you feel like you’re not only enjoying the food there but the experience also. It’s always busy and the food is incredibly fresh and great value. My definitive Japanese meal location, I can not rate it highly enough!

4 star rating
by Charlie
5th September 2013

Always welcoming, always full and busy, always delicious. Good value, good friendly service, great atmosphere, we have been here many many times and have always been very happy. Lucky to have this local restaurant near by, almost like going back to Japan!

2 star rating
by Grayson C.
12th August 2013

I am very surprised by all these five star reviews. This restaurant was a disappointment. First of all it is not a great value. The food was extremely expensive for just “good” food. I had a dragon roll, and although it was elegantly decorated, it was just another dragon roll. It cost me $22.50. My boyfriend had Chicken Katsuni, which was one breaded chicken breast in a hot pot, and it was $22.00. We left hungry. We felt like you could get this quality of food (or better) at many many other places in Auckland for 1/2-2/3 the price.

The prices reflect white table cloth dinning and although there was a white table cloth, it was not fine dinning. The service was alright, the food was good, the decor left something to be desired.

All in all: poor value/too expensive.

5 star rating
by Jane
10th January 2013

Fantastic quality and value! I lived in Japan four years and married a Japanese guy, and we both love this place.

You have to book ahead to get a table, and the only gripe I have are the acoustics, which make it hard to hear if there is a larger group in there. The tables could be a bit further apart too, ideally.

But the food is outstanding, portion sizes generous (whoever thought they were small should try some Japanese dining in Ponsonby – I won’t mention restaurant names), and the menu innovative and tasty. Service is awesome too.

Ahhhh the difference you get when a Japanese restaurant is actually run by Japanese.

Musashi is high quality and authentic, one of the best Japanese restaurants in Auckland, and great value for money.

I just wish they could find a larger space with better acoustics so they can spread the tables out and allow for quieter, private conversations.

4 star rating
by mailgina
30th November 2012

I have eaten here a few times over the last year and enjoyed many take outs. I have to agree with the majority of other reviewers, in that the food is fantastic. The restaurant is small, busy but very comfortable and can still be very intimate with the tables down the back. I like it. It’s aldo BYO. My only disappointment is that communication over the phone is difficult at times, and that the set menus are NOT an option for take out. Very good value usually, unless you want the vegetarian set menu to take out, amounting to about $54 instead of $29 if I eat in! I don’t quite understand that! Please add it to you Take Away menu. Problem solved;)

4 star rating
by Natalie
4th October 2012

I organised a work dinner here last night for 15 and was very impressed by all aspects.

We had 14 of us with the set menu ($49.50pp) which also included an item of the main menu list and 1 guest who just chose 2 dishes from their extensive menu.

The Set Menu came out very quickly once all our guests arrived and the wait staff were even happy to cook some of the raw seafood for our not so adventurous guests. The food was all delicious, hot and came out very fast. By the end of the meal our team was very satisfied (AND FULL!) and all had an enjoyable evening.

I would highly recommend – just be weary of the 2hour dining time restriction, we were not aware until the end of the dinner, had this been communicated earlier in the piece then I would have rated it 5stars for sure :)


5 star rating
by Rob F.
17th September 2012

This is one of our favourite restaurants in Auckland.

The environment is warm and cheerful. The staff are attentive, knowledgeable and very friendly.

We’ve visited many times and tried just about everything on the extensive menu. Everything is delicious, beautifully presented and we love the way food is brought to you as soon as it’s ready. Some of the dishes are even cooked in front of you on the table (the curries are fantastic!).

The restaurant is a little on the pricey side but it’s well worth it. Remember to book, Musashi is always busy.

4 star rating
by Anita
13th June 2012

Wonderful place. We were very impressed. It was very busy on a saturday night, but we were seated at a very cute table down the back.
There was nothing amazing about the dishes, but presentation and service were great !!!
We ordered from a set manu, which was costly, but we found it to be well worth it.
Its nice to treat yourself sometimes.

Recomend :)

5 star rating
by Karen R.
14th April 2012

Best Japanese food I have ever eaten to date. Honestly, each dish was incredible…We chose 5 small plates to share between the two of us.
Starting with the Shrimp Olive Edamame: Pan-fried shrimps and the most perfectly flavoured and cooked edamame, with big juicy Kalamata olives, and crispy little garlic ‘chips’.

Then, came the Salmon belly. Wow. Honestly, it was only $6.50… and is the best $6.50 I’ve spent all year. Incredible. I wish I had a better vocab to explain how the salmon just melted in the mouth, and the sweetness and saltiness of the sauce (what was that amazing sauce?!) hit all the right ‘high notes’ and ‘bass notes’ and really… I want to go and have that Salmon belly every weekend for the rest of my life.

Just when we thought food couldn’t get any better, along came the Pan-fried eggplant with sweet miso sauce. Heaven. It was so succulent and juicy, I wished I had a spoon to scoop it up with… but we both managed to get the thing loaded onto chopsticks.

By comparison to everything else, the tempura battered vegetables had the least ‘Wow’ factor – maybe because we already know how much we love Japanese tempura veges, and they were very good. Though personally I liked the kumara ones least, and lusted after the sole courgette which my partner woffed down before we realised there was only one of each vege (then we started splitting each vege in half – tricky with chopsticks… and a bit uncouth & European with our fingers. LOL! But we managed it.)

And then came the Wasabi flavored teriyaki chicken and avocado. So delicious. Again… hitting all those different tastebuds in my mouth. I’m supposed to be a vegetarian now. But it knocked me off the wagon, I’m afraid. It had a garlic vinegar soy dipping sauce. And I’ve NEVER tasted avocado done like that.

What a magnificent meal.
Staff were attentive, friendly & helpful. Only thing missing was our Japanese shout-out from the kitchen when we arrived (they must have all been looking the other way at that moment), as they did the welcome shout in unison for every other guest who arrived after us. I love that. :)

Oh, and I must mention I was impressed that our waiter mentioned to us not to eat the pods around the edamame beans, and they also gave us a wee slip of paper warning us about bones in the salmon belly. Very thoughtful.

A couple of beers, a wine, and five dishes came to about $80. Not bad at all, considering the top notch food.

I like the red-brick wall interior. The space was warm & warmly-lit. And oh Lord, when we walked in the door, the aromas were devine.

Look, honestly, we’ll have to get more date-nights out, because I can’t stay away from this food for long.

1 star rating
by Kerry M.
17th January 2012

Simply put…Not good. Service was not good, sushi and sashimi was not good and the atmosphere was not good. Extremely overpriced as well. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone! I eat a lot of Japanese food and this is the worst I have had since I have lived in Auckland.

2 star rating
by Glenn E.
9th December 2011

We visited this local last night after hearing great things, well i am sorry but we have to disagree, the food was average, more like what you would expect from a sake bar than a restaurant. The sushimi was not as fresh as it should be and the sushi that the waitress cooked at the table with a butane torch tasted of butane, not such a great idea, neither was the use of surimi. What made it all the worse was the lack of cleaning, the fabric squabs on the chairs were so filthy they felt alive, and the whole place looked tired and in need of a good scrub up. The staff were friendly if not a bit like a Japanese version of faulty towers.

5 star rating
by Doug C.
5th November 2011

The very best Japanese Restaurant in Auckland. Exquisitely presented range of delightful cuisine in a delightful warm and ambient restaurant. The service is impeccable. We have been to this establishment many times, both before and after the change in branding, and it still surpasses anything else in Auckland.

5 star rating
by L L.
17th July 2011

We enjoyed the Winter Special Set Menu and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The food was well cooked, well presented, and really tasty.. Good service, and child-friendly (we had my two year old son with us, and they provided colouring in, as well as felts). Would highly recommend dining here..

5 star rating
by katie w.
18th June 2011

after re-branding, the menu has been totally changed and less to choose. but food was still fabulous. ive went for lunch i had teriyaki chicken on heat pot bento and my friend had salmon shabu shaby set. it was really yummy and their service is still 5star quality! their dessert is bulee has been deliciously caramalized. i would recommend to everyone!

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