Taiko Japanese Restaurant
Beside Kingsland Train Station
BYO (Wine) every Tuesday.
$5 per bottle corkage.
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- Restaurants, Takeaway / Fast Food, Bar & Brasseries, Bistros
- Free Off-Street
- Price Range:
- Moderate, $15 - $25
- Smart casual
- Good For Groups:
- Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- Takes Reservations:
- Dietary Restrictions:
- Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Vegan, Dairy-free
- Meals Served:
- Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Payment Types:
- EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
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Reviews for Taiko Japanese Restaurant
3rd May 2014
Taiko is undoubtedly my favourite Japanese restaurant in Auckland. The atmosphere is always buzzing, the food is delicious, the staff are helpful and lovely – always ready to suggest a sake and help make decisions between dishes loove it. Ian even taught me how to use chopsticks a few years ago haha. Group bookings are sweet too, easy and plenty of food. I’ll always recommend!
by Steve B.
17th April 2014
Taiko Restaurant has the hardest working man outside Japan. A front of house powerhouse and a bloke who knows sake. I dine here all the time and I do so because it’s consistently excellent and the whole experience is authentic. Try some of the diablo sake but don’t plan on driving afterwards.
by Arna M.
7th April 2014
We love the food and the atmosphere at Taiko the owner Ian has personality plus and is a wonderful host. I love the seaweed salad but all the food looks awsome, we have yet to try more dishes.
A must try is the Saki
by Natalie J.
18th March 2014
Ian is an amazing host and the food here is incredibly delicious! Enjoy the paddle boarding Ian and see you round out there in that Manukau Harbour jewel we’re inspired! Thank you and the great Taiko chefs and staff!
by Kat G.
8th February 2014
Yummy, yummy, yummy. Great food, great wine list, good service. Only criticism is that it’s quite pricey for what you get.
by Earl E.
21st October 2013
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.Comment from Ian L. of Taiko Japanese Restaurant 8/11/2013
by Lisa D.
4th August 2013
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.Comment from Ian L. of Taiko Japanese Restaurant 8/11/2013
by Lucy M.
25th July 2013
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.Comment from Ian L. of Taiko Japanese Restaurant 5/08/2013
by Tina K.
24th July 2013
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!Comment from Ian L. of Taiko Japanese Restaurant 5/08/2013
by Matt B.
18th July 2013
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 serviceComment from Ian L. of Taiko Japanese Restaurant 19/07/2013
3rd April 2013
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’.
by Nick H.
14th February 2013
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 & NatashaComment from Ian L. of Taiko Japanese Restaurant 15/02/2013
by Nikki W.
17th January 2013
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!Comment from Ian L. of Taiko Japanese Restaurant 15/02/2013
by Mike A.
13th January 2012
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.Comment from Ian L. of Taiko Japanese Restaurant 15/02/2013
by Savannah D.
24th December 2011
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!
20th November 2011
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?!
14th August 2011
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.
by Theresa C.
15th September 2010
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.
27th September 2009
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.
18th April 2009
Came here on reccomendation of a friend. AMAZING japanese. Quality, quick, helpful service.
31st January 2009
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!!
29th December 2008
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.
by Ross Rudolph
26th November 2008
Great food,great atmosphere have been back many a time! The closest thing to Japanese food you will get in New Zealand
by Dave Jennings
3rd June 2008
Dinned on strength of other reviews. Disappointed.
Overpriced basic food
27th May 2008
dropped in here for a bite to eat while waiting for the train. excellent service. excellent presentation. not cheap, but value for money.
12th March 2008
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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