- Dinner: Tues – Sun 5pm – 9pm
- Lunch: Fri – Sun 12noon – 2:30pm
- Children's Menu
- Out Catering
- Private Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Price Range: Cheap, Under $15
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Cocktails
- Seating for: 30
- BYO/Corkage: BYO, Corkage Charge
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
- Wi-Fi: None
Banzai Restaurant is the excellent presentation, delicious sushi, and one of the most authentic Japanese Restaurants in Auckland
22 Reviews for Banzai Restaurant
Consistently the best Japanese food in the city with excellent prices!
The staff are welcoming and friendly and the prices very reasonable. Parking is not so easy however there is room on the side streets and the effort to get to this restaurant is well rewarded by the quality of the food!!
It is delicious and the presentation, size of the portions and freshness and taste of the food amazing.
You need to be early or book because it is obviously very popular and the locals have let the secret out. You will not be disappointed.
Two visits have not been enough!
The restaurant itself is quite small with modest decor, but is comfortable and has a friendly atmosphere. My partner and I ordered a mixed sashimi rice set, unagi rice set and a salmon and avocado sushi. Although the portion sizes are smaller than some other Japanese places I’ve been to, such as Renkon, Daikoku and Mentatz, everything was fresh, affordable and delicious so I can’t complain. The meals were also unexpectedly and beautifully presented. Additionally, the customer service was excellent – the waitress was patient, friendly and prompt, and we were given a warm thank you and goodbye on leaving the restaurant. I would definitely come back here again!
Great to go to a Japanese restaurant where you don’t eat in the half dark.
Well worth traveling to.
Wow, we were just blown away by Banzai. Amazing food, the staff are so friendly and welcoming, and the space is lovely and small so it feels like you’re a special customer
Between myself, my wife and my mum, we shared gyoza, edamame, and yum yum prawns. All amazing! I have no idea what they put in the yum yum sauce, but it is as advertised… “yum yum!”
Then for the mains, we basically shared everything again We had the spicy chicken miso soup with soba, the yaki soba with prawns, a tunacado roll and a samocado roll.
The miso with soba was so good that I basically took it over. The noodles themselves were just delicious, add in the miso and the chicken, the heat of the chili oil was just right… amazing.
I also took over the tuna and salmon sushi. I love sushi, and only recently have been introduced to tuna sashimi, and the tuna used in the roll just melted in your mouth. One thing I’d recommend is not trying the sauce they dot on the side as it is just mustard and ketchup.
I really enjoyed the little bit of yaki soba I was able to try as well.
Do not try parking in the little parking lot there, though. Way too small, and too hard to try to get out. Just park the next street down and take a little walk. It’s really not that far and it’s just peace of mind.
I think from now on all my restaurant experiences will be compared to this. The bar has been raised.
Not having been a fan Of Japanese food i am now a convert i am currently eating there 4 days per week , the only problem is you have to go early to get a seat
Great flavours and the master chef will cater to your wishes, leave it to him and he will surprise you
So no more good reviews otherwise we will never get in the door
Well done to them all
There was 3 of us and we each had a entree, a main each and shared a tempura, along with 3 wines and 2 orange juices and a miso and it worked out $34 each!! We all practically rolled out haha! Cant get better than that I say and I will be going back any chance I get!!!
In amongst a few disappointing dining outings this week, Banzai was a welcome relief.
Friendly service, deliciously fresh and tasty food, well-priced and extensive menu.
Perhaps not the most exciting of restaurant decors but the food more than makes up for anything else and we will certainly be back…soon!
This restaurant is a hidden gem, but word is getting out, so be sure to make a booking in advance. To view a recent blog I posted on this restaurant (including photos of some of our meal) visit http://celestereviews….
I’ve been lunching and dining at Banzai for over a year now, and even though sometimes they can take ages because the kitchen is tiny and only 2 people can cook at one time, I keep coming back because the food is consistantly great and the service is super friendly.
If I had to recommend 3 dishes? The Chicken Miso Udon Soup (yum), The salmon and tuna Sashimi (really fresh), and the Beef Yakiniku (I swear that sauce is like liquid heaven!.
Aside from great pricing and yummy food, I witnessed the most amazing service I’ve seen in a long time. The waitress ran out with 2x takeaway misos to chase down a takeout customer who’d left about 2 mins earlier – she obviously found him, as she ran back 3 – 4 mins later empty handed, and straight in to grab a pad and take an order.
I’m definitely coming back here!
Other than being extremely well priced, the food is great (and about as close to authentic Japanese as you can get in this city), the service is awesome and it makes your day when you leave and all the staff scream THANK YOU! Lovely. I hope to return here very soon.