Tokyo Club

4_half star rating 19 reviews

Telephone 09-376 8016

4 Brown St
Ponsonby Central
Ponsonby
Auckland City

Cuisine:
Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Hours:
Mon - Sun 11:30am - 11pm
Provided by business

Overview

Tokyo Club Ponsonby Central, is little Tokyo. Here, we present, urban cuisine from Tokyo, Japan’s busiest city. We are a “Yokocho” styled bar, offering laneway dining. The Yokocho market place originates from the alleys between two main streets, where the black markets once traded. Today, they are packed with Izakaya & food stalls serving gastronomic delights, with a home-cooked ambience that customers find inviting. Tokyo Club focuses on fresh local ingredients, required to produce the amazing tastes of Teppanyaki, okonomiyaki and sushi. We also showcase Ponsonby’s only Japanese owned, freshly made, take out sushi counter, prepared fresh throughout the day. While dining in, please try our privately brewed sake – “Sarasa”, named after the boss of course. This sake has been brewed exclusively for Tokyo Club by the sake master of Kawatsuru Sake Brewery on Shikoku Island. The blue bottle reflects the colours of the ocean around this island. Master chef Hideharu Shimura, head chef of Michelin star Tokyo restaurants prepares urban dining, Tokyo style. He is joined by Chef Chikara Sato, licensed ‘Fugu’ blowfish sushi chef, from the finest Tokyo restaurants, to show case true Japanese cuisine.

Photos

Photo of Tokyo Club
Tokyo Club Salmon Sushi
Tokyo Club Sashimi Plate
Fugu Blowfish sushi chef Chikara Sato joins the team at Tokyo Club, Ponsonby Central
Kabayaki Eel Sushi with Wasabi Caviar

More Information

Categories:
Restaurants
Takeaways:
Yes
Parking:
Free Off-Street, Free On-Street, Pay, Pay & Display
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Attire:
Casual
Good For Groups:
Yes
Good For Children:
Yes
Alcohol:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
BYO/Corkage:
No BYO
Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
Meals Served:
Lunch, Late Night, Dinner
Payment Types:
Cash
Seating For:
40
Outdoor Seating:
Yes

Reviews for Tokyo Club

4 star rating
by Heleen G.
18th March 2014

Tokyo Club had a great atmosphere, friendly staff and were incredibly helpful. The food was absolutely divine and I can’t wait to go back. Yummy!!!!

5 star rating
by Jared P.
5th March 2014

I went to Tokyo Club with some friends for a casual bite, and the atmosphere was perfect. I loved the laneway style seating.

The service was fast and friendly, the food and beer were great (I had the Chicken Karaage and a mixed green salad and both were excellent) and I would recommend this place to anyone.

5 star rating
by Rosa
9th January 2014

Best Japanese restaurant in New Zealand. I am a regular. I love sushi and there’s is super great. if you don’t want something they will take it out! great service!!! I am such a regular I don’t even have to order they just bring out my food! Everything is fresh. I LOVE IT. If you feel like anything Japanese food I would highly recommend TOKYO CLUB!!!

4 star rating
by Calvin H.
2nd January 2014

I caught up with a friend here and enjoyed a couple of crisp clean asahi beers from the tap, some edamame beans, and some really nice karaage chicken.

Friendly service, yummy food, cold beer, busy ambience sitting at the counter watching the chefs work and the hustle and bustle of Ponsonby Central. Will be back again soon

5 star rating
by Kevin C.
1st January 2014

Thank you once again Tokyo Club for being great hosts and your food is always top notch. I specifically chose to come and have my ‘last supper of 2013′ last night with you Japanese style!…with friends tagging along.

Sarasa and team, all the best for 2014 and will definitely be sending our guests your way……because I know you are a fantastic host and they will be taken care of.

2 star rating
by Deb F.
30th December 2013

Buyer beware, they are very hospitable and they REALLY want your business. Before you go, consider what you order. You will not be guided well.
Case in point: I went there with my elderly mum on a rainy summer’s night. We were eager to sit down in the comfy compact seating area. However when I asked the wait person/owner (I checked, she is one of the owners) if she thought I’d ordered ‘enough’ for x2 she said, “YES.” Wrong! I’d ordered FAR TOO MUCH FOOD. “Too much?” “Mmmm. No.” She even told me “The roll is 8 pieces. Ok?” My fault for being excited to be there inside from the rain, fresh in from overseas and not taking more time to ask specific questions. Or is it? I eat out a lot and am automatically guided by my server if I over order. “Did I order enough?” In my experience, a professional who wants your return business would have advised, “I think you have a lot here for two.” Or…the roll also comes with 4 pieces…”
So by the end of the meal, we felt conned.
Also, be aware, a LOT of their food is deep fried, like the chicken pieces with mayo. All the mayonnaise is commercial and arrives in a blob on your plate. And the Prawn Salad, with mayo. I should say the $22 Prawn salad, which I checked to see if I could cancel. “No. Sorry.” Guess what? It arrived 8 minutes AFTER I asked to cancel it. Bad business Tokyo Club. For a $22 salad you’ll get a few nondescript greens in an underwhelming dressing, some deep-fried battered prawns oil-saturating the greens and that ubiquitous commercial mayonnaise. Very very poor. I’ve eaten in Japanese restaurants all over the world and though I don’t think Tokyo City is bad, it is at the least, very average. However, it left a bad taste and we both felt taken quite advantage of, despite our host trying to salvage the situation with compliments. She was very aware I wasn’t thrilled, ever since I’d tried to cancel the ($22!) salad and thus was very encouraging we “take it home in a box.” Soggy deep-fried left overs? Dried Rice Roll the next day? Sorry. Not my idea of a party or value for money. Definitely will not return. Go to the restaurant across the street for better value and a much more generous spirit. Greed is very distasteful.

5 star rating
by Gus
6th December 2013

We went out for lunch here two weeks ago. I always enjoy sitting on the counter watching the food being prepared. The sashimi was as fresh as anything I’ve had in Auckland, with the tuna a highlight. Salmon sushi rolls were coated in salmon caviar, giving the pieces great pop and explosions of flavour in every bite. The donburi was very good also. I would be eager to return for dinner

5 star rating
by Sharayah
4th June 2013

Went with a group of friends the night of the polar blast and sat outside on one of the fire tables. By the end of the night I had my jacket and scarf off. I had the Seafood Toban, it was divine. Scallops, fish, squid in a beautiful sauce served in a traditional Japanese bowl. I would highly recommend this dish.

4 star rating
by Kaye
21st May 2013

Had dinner here last night – a great little spot with very delicious food choices and Japanese-style ambiance. The wait staff were very attentive and polite, and our selections, plus repeats of favourites, arrived almost as soon as ordered. Do try eating out here if you’re a fan of Japanese cuisine.

5 star rating
by Ammie W.
23rd April 2013

I took my friend for lunch to Tokyo Club on nice sunny day.
Loved sitting outside table which is like a “IRORI” style.

Selection of sake is wonderful. Their original sake :SARASA: is quite nice.

EDAMAME beans are added light of amount of salt.
OKONOMIYAKI was nice, has good moisture, most of restaurant dose over cooked.

If you want to have decent Japanese food, go Tokyo Club.

5 star rating
by Nicky D.
20th April 2013

A friend and I had lunch at Tokyo Club recently and we had the okonomiyaki and a few other small dishes, all the food was delicious and the service was great, would definately go back there and recommend to others

5 star rating
by John
20th April 2013

This is one of my favourite Japanese restaurants. The food is izakaya style – consistently good and well presented. I especially liked the deep fried squid legs with Asahi on tap. And there is a great range of sake to choose from. I will definitely be returning.

2 star rating
by Robin W.
17th April 2013

Being a local resident we wanted to support and like the Tokyo Club but unfortunately we found it to be very average and very expensive. The adamame beans were cold, hard and had very little seasoning.
The duck dumplings were luke warm. The teriyaki chicken was quite good but the beef fillet was absolutely tasteless, overcooked and disappointingly small for $26. With a bottle of wine it came to $120 and we weren’t even at a table. As we were leaving we bumped into some friends who were about to be served, we spoke the next day and they too said how average they also found it to be. I’m sorry but we will not be going there again and that’s a shame because we love Japanese food.

5 star rating
by Rodrigo
2nd April 2013

Just had an excellent evening at Tokyo Club.

Beautifully presented and fresh sashimi, followed by an lamb teppan cooked to perfection and accompanied by some Japanese beer.

Will definitely come back.

Domo Arigatou

4 star rating
by David B.
3rd February 2013

Lunch on a hot summers day was cold Sake along with sashimi in a very vibrant environment. Great choice of seating at either the bar, inside or outside.

Very quick and friendly service.

We will be heading back soon.

5 star rating
by Alice K.
10th January 2013

This place is great! Relaxed atmosphere, friendly, helpful staff and amazing food – the okonomiyaki is incredible.
The lunch menu is very well priced and the dinner menu is very reasonable.
The house special cocktails are delicious and well crafted and the sake selection is extensive.
Great place to eat!

5 star rating
by Dominic H.
15th December 2012

Great little find in the gem of the new Ponsonby Central! Great service, atmosphere and very authentic too. Casual style with great selection of beer, sake and wine.

You can watch the chefs make your food in front of you, enjoy the sounds of Radio Ponsonby right next door.

I found it a great place to kick back and relax with friends, enjoying Japanese tap beer and teppan style steak and seafood.

Outside has two tables with gas fire, great for the cooler evenings.

There are tables for more private dinning round the side, great design too.

Only complaint would be that you can’t book.

5 star rating
by Gustavo M.
14th December 2012

I’ve tried sake and food match, and it was awesome!! I’ve basically done the same as with wine, guided myself through the great list of sake and asked a little suggestion for a sushi and sake. The sweet smell and taste of those Ginjo-shu matched perfectly with sushi and sashimi. Thank’s Tokyo Club!!

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