BYO (Wine) every Tuesday.
$5 per bottle corkage.
Kate S. said: "This cafe was a delightful surprise and the best cafe I have been to in a long time! The pizza was just to die for – I had the smoked salmon and capers pizza while my friend had the smoked chicken. I ate that whole thin crust…" read more »
Yummy, yummy, yummy. Great food, great wine list, good service. Only criticism is that it’s quite pricey for what you get.
Have been to Taiko several times now and have never been disappointed. Go to Japanese restaurants a lot and have to say the Sashimi at Taiko is the best of anywhere I have been, so fresh! The owner Ian is a great host, helps out with suggestions for food choices and very friendly as are the very efficient staff, unlike some Japanese restaurants where the service and communication can be patchy. There is a good selection of interesting wines at reasonable prices. Overall excellent.
We have been going to Taiko for some years now – this is the best Japanese restaurant in Auckland without doubt. The service is always awesome and the food is AMAZING!! We love love love it – thanks to Ian and the team for making us feel like family when we go, its a real treat.
Total hidden Kingsland gem! Went here for the first time last week, late night – everyone ravenous – and the owner was such a charmer. Ordered tonnes of food which arrived almost immediately and was absolutely delicious. Such an awesome atmosphere, amazing food for really reasonable prices – and the owner was a fabulous host. Will definitely be back.
I’ve come here quite regularly with my partner and once with a couple of friends. The service has always been friendly and efficient. The food is GOOD! Like that it’s BYO on a Tuesday so you can go pick up a nice bottle from the Glengarry a couple of shops up. Keep up the good work guys!
Went for an evening with a group of 20 friends and got quoted a price for banquet meal which ended up wrong and costing everyone substantially more. Food was good but not as good as everyone has said. Owner was not bothered by our feedback to the meal and service and even gave us a smart ass attitude when confronted. Don’t recommend this restaurant to anyone with a large group as price does not match service
We have had a hit and miss affair with this place. Sometimes great, sometimes very very average.We used to bring groups here for birthdays, but when we realised that the numbers didn’t add up at the end of the night.
Often, menu items have ‘run out’.
My partner and I came here on 14/02/13 Valentines night, It was our first time here and I must say the greeting and the service top notch.
The service from the staff was great we did not wait more then 5 mins for the Entree and the same for the drinks we have just ordered the mains now can’t comment but I know I’ll be impressed.
Over all not the cheapest but believe the hype Taiko resturant is definitly a the place to eat Japenese food.
PS : Ian is a star.
Nick & Natasha
Taiko quite simply, is the best Japanese restaurant I’ve ever been to.
I have been here about 4 or 5 times now and each time the service is fantastic and the food, more than delicious! My partner and I always go away smiling and raving about it.
Thank you especially to Ian who always goes above and beyond – (like the night I changed bookings on him 3 times and he text me to say no worries). It’s the little things like that that keep your customers coming back.
Thanks Taiko, you rock!
Went there as a group of 7. Ian (if I remember correctly), our host was an excellent mix of service and humour. We ordered a banquet, the $35 one. We were chopping the Asahi’s so weren’t confident the $35 menu would be enough to soak up the booze. Food was great – make that excellent, but we were right – we were still hungry… so I asked our host if we could order a bit more, when, embarrassingly, he informed us that that was just the starters – mains were still to come. Mains came, out hunger satisfied perfectly. Was a great night thanks to great food and fun host. Cheers.
Amazing food, incredible service, great prices, great location.
I am always so impressed with Taiko, my family and I visit often.
All the staff are friendly and attentive and go out of their way to get your food to you in a quick and timely manner (I have never waited longer than 10 minutes for a main).
The owner of Taiko is incredibly friendly and will do anything for his customers (My mother wanted a tomato juice and because they didn’t have it he ran up to the local dairy to get one for her).
The food is sensational. I am always so impressed. The shrimp rolls and the California rolls are simply to die for. The prices are so low that you can afford Taiko even when on a budget. Best part is, they do take out which is great if you don’t feel like going out.
The location is great, right in the heart of Kingsland. There is always really nice music playing and the atmosphere is electric.
I would recommend Taiko to anybody who enjoys Japanese food or who is just looking for a change in their everyday routine.
5 stars for Taiko!
Excellent food, great service and the beers are superb too. On top of this I thought the price was reasonable. What more could you ask for?!
If only there were more restaurants of this quality, price and atmosphere in Kingsland! Delicious interesting food, attention to detail and genuine care for diners makes Taiko a wonderful night out time after time.
Taiko was very busy when my friend and I visited on a Wednesday night. The highlight was their Shrimp Tempura, which was one of the best I have had, although it differs from those commonly available because of the additional crisp that was attached to the tempura coating. Other dishes were good but not special. Slightly overpriced therefore I rate it 4 stars.
First time diner at Taiko tonight. Service was extremely fast and we were out of there (excluding dessert) in less than half an hour from walking in the door. So many options, but you have to appreciate the simplicity of Japanese food to enjoy it. Moderate pricing, but great taste. There was also a violinist/singer accompanying some 70s classics which added to the relaxed atmosphere provided by the dim lighting.
Will definitely be going back again.
Came here on reccomendation of a friend. AMAZING japanese. Quality, quick, helpful service.
I am a regular customer of Taiko. We went there for our friend’s birthday this time. Fantastic food again and their service was fab! As a Japanese food crazy, this is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Auckland for sure. I don’t know who said it was owned by a Korean or Chinese? That is totally wrong!!
The first time my hubby and I went it was fully booked out but they accommodated us at the bar and that was OK, the sushi chief was really home warming and we liked his company, the food was so yummy! try the octopus balls they’re a hit! And so we went back with our children, food was still yummy as but as they were busy again service was a little slower. Each we have been we are happy with the food, although I have been told by a Japanese friend this is one Japanese restaurant that is not Japanese owned any more, which is a shame, there are a few around owned by Chinese and Korean now.
Great food,great atmosphere have been back many a time! The closest thing to Japanese food you will get in New Zealand
Dinned on strength of other reviews. Disappointed.
Overpriced basic food
dropped in here for a bite to eat while waiting for the train. excellent service. excellent presentation. not cheap, but value for money.
A great little restaurant tucked away with yummy Japanese food. Dinner box was $25 which we thought was pretty reasonable. Restaurant was really warm which will def be a bonus with the evenings getting cooler. All in all a great little find using the Entertainment Book.
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