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Yaruki Japanese Restaurant

4 star rating 18 reviews

Telephone 09-838 4463

2/385 Great North Rd
Next to National Bank

Japanese, Asian
Tue - Sun 5.30pm - 10pm


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Free On-Street
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
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Reviews for Yaruki Japanese Restaurant

4 star rating
by Noeline G.
2nd July 2014

Have just had lunch at Yaruki with two friends, one Chinese, the other Korean. These friends are regulars, they like the place so much, but I had not visited for several years, even though my last visit had been a delightful experience. Yesterday, as previously, the food was delicious, quick to arrive (despite half the tables occupied) and very reasonably priced, the service very attentive and the atmosphere warm and welcoming. Definitely a favourite restaurant in Henderson!

4 star rating
by Roy K.
31st August 2013

My wife and I have just come home from the YURIKI Restaurant where we enjoyed a beautiful typical Japanese meal. The service was swift without being rushed , I just cant fault the meal at all except I think the wine could come in larger glasses. Well done Guys you made our night . It was well worth going out into the cold for .

1 star rating
by Jason H.
26th March 2013

Absolutely ruined our Valentines night. No food for nearly 3 hours. We walked out in the end, and saw quite a few others do the same. We could hear people complaining as soon as we walked in at 7.35 for our 7.30 pm ‘BOOKED’ table. We had to wait standing up squashed into a tiny space by the kitchen and constantly bumped into by the waitress and people trying to get in/ go to the loo/ leave/ pay their bills etc. for our ‘booked’ table. It cost 30.00 plus for cabs, we drank our whole bottle of French champagne ($70.00!!) with no food at all, and ended up going to the local Chinese takeaway. Lucky we have a sense of humour. Maybe the food is nice but we’ll never know as we wont be re-visiting. Disorganised, uncommunicative, appalling lack of service. (Not to mention food!) Never again!!

1 star rating
by Myers
9th March 2013

I regret that I should stick to “Japanese restaurant with trained real Japanese chef” not neighbourhood country’s cook mimicking Japanese food.
Their teriyaki is not teriyaki but some sticky sweet sauce thickened by corn flour.
They don’t have proper “tentsuyu=dipping sauce for Tempura” as served with something taste like salad dressing. I have asked if there was mistake but they said that sauce is for Tempura… shocking!
There are many good Japanese restaurant in the City or Shore where you can eat authentic Japanese food, even cheaper.
Sorry but I can’t agree with positive comment about taste of the food.

5 star rating
by Frankie K.
11th September 2012

This place is wonderful!
I have been here several times and recommend this place to everyone. Food is fantastic, service is amazing and the over all experience is flawless.
Stepping in to the cosy restaurant, you feel as though you have stepped straight into the warm sake bars of Japan.
I disagree with any negative comments on here, they are an amazing restaurant and I would say it deserves all 5 stars.
Highly recommended!

2 star rating
by GregW
12th August 2012

I was very unimpressed with the food and drink here. There was no tea as the pot had broken but they bought me a small cup out with leaves floating over the top.

The fish box I ordered was ok except for the fact they put mayonaise all over a large piece of fish and I don’t like it. THe sushi was tasteless and there was no ginger or wasabi to accompany it. Very disappointing.

5 star rating
by Debra C.
4th April 2012

Wow, new to me and had read mixed reviews but for us, it was amazing, def be back, great food, great atmosphere, just superb :)
Authentic surroundings and dress, fresh as sushi and sashimi, the Dinner Box was lovely, the beef to die for.
Well priced too.

1 star rating
by John K.
3rd February 2012

Sesame on sashimi? Wat kind of food is that? that was disgusting
You can no longer call it sashimi.
Unpleasant place. Do they ever wash dishes?
The waitress gave me a cup of green tea which had a lipstic mark on it.
I asked for a new one but how can I trust the new one is clean. Ended up not drinking anything

4 star rating
by Catherine C.
14th December 2011

A delicious lunch enjoyed at Yaruki today. A business lunch for four, service very prompt and food delicious. Would be good to have soy sauce available at the table, and also to have Shochu, not Soju (Korean) available on drinks list. We will return.

4 star rating
by Selina C.
8th October 2011

It really feels like you are in Japan when you enter this restaurant. They even have a tea ceremony room upstairs!

The food is superbly presented, authentic, I guess I enjoyed the novelty of it – although I have had similar Japanese dishes in just ordinary food courts… it’s a good restaurant to take a date to for dinner. The waitresses wear kimonos and are very friendly.

1 star rating
by lisa
27th July 2011

Family of four went for lunch – sure sign place was empty. $100 for lunch we paid and quality was no different from Mall down the road that would have been quarter the price. Paid $100 for lunch in Ponsonby and got quality no problem but $100 for poor quality food – disapointing. Will not go back there.
$4.50 corkage also applied in bill and yet they did not even touch my bottle of wine.
Corkage= corkage fee is usually minimal and is considered a convenience charge to the restaurant for opening and serving wines from outside their cellar.

5 star rating
by Chelsea
30th December 2010

My family and I frequent Yaruki and are known by the staff. Although the restaurant is small, we always seem to get a booking and enjoy it every time. The food is absolutely delicious, and we have never had a bad experience. The tempura set, chicken katsu, sushi and chicken teriyaki are all delicious. The miso soup is fantastic. Definitely worth a visit – I’ll probably see you there!

5 star rating
by Johanna J.
19th October 2010

Delicious food, cosy environment, friendly staff and very affordable. recommend booking as it was packed on the Saturday night we visited.

Plus staff went above and beyond for the birthday girl in our group. Much to her embarrassment they dimmed the lights and sang happy birthday, but to her delight supplied complimentary ice cream with our desserts

5 star rating
by Natalie W.
5th July 2010

Fantastic restaurant – would highly recommend to anyone who loves Japanese and those who are yet to try. Dinner boxes are a must, huge assortment of food, so you get a little bit of everything.
Can’t wait to go back!

5 star rating
by Damon
26th June 2008

Excellent food and service. Good atmosphere, friendly staff. A classy little joint, and full of people, which is always a good sign. Will be making this place a regular.

5 star rating
by Dave Jennings
3rd June 2008

Small cosy authentic with very friendly staff.
Food is high quality and reasonable price

5 star rating
by Pip & Kauri
3rd June 2008

Excellent food and service. Great value for money. Great for family or romance alike. Highly recommended.

5 star rating
by Judy S.
30th April 2007

Very, very, very good. Our favourite Japanese restaurant in Auckland. Small and unpretentious with great food and really pleasant staff.Truly dedicated.
Genuine, artistically presented, reasonably priced. Very popular locally and with Japanese. Unreservedly recommended.

Judy and Dave

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