(Union Fish Building)
Auckland City 09 300 5271
- Mon-Fri: 12pm-3pm / 5pm-late
- Sat-Sun: 5pm-late
- Business Dining
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 120
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Takes Reservations: No
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
In Japan, Ebisu in the god of good food and the guardian of fisherman. Fittingly, the new Ebisu restaurant is located in Auckland’s Union Fish Company Building overlooking the wharves, and promotes the best of the country’s fresh seafood and produce, with dishes created by top chefs who combine both contemporary Japanese and Pacific Rim experience.
The restaurant’s dual heritage is also reflected in its stripped-back design. The Union Fish Company Building, a brick and stone heritage commercial structure dating from the early 1900s, has been sensitively adapted to its new use.
The space has been divided into two parts, the interior and a ‘terrace’ area screened by a glass wall bordering Quay Street. This functions as an outdoor area, bringing in light and views, while remaining sheltered and off the street.
Dinner Bookings are available for groups of 8 or more at the 6:30pm sitting only.
Lunch Bookings are welcome for any number!
16 Reviews for Ebisu
The waitress gave me 2 options for the oysters, I told her to pick one for me. (she just told me that they were from different region instead what I was looking for was the taste and did not inform me of whether there was a price difference) The oysters came and she told me they were from the South Island. It was alright but the waitress did now bother to ask whether it was enjoyable!!!
The seared scallops and mixed sashimi came as quick as possible, it looked like as if they wanted to finish their job. Service was pretty much poor compared to all the other four to five dinning restaurants here.
Lastly the Wagyu came and it was not medium rare at all, it was so close to well done that it was chewy and fatty. Really really disappointed especially with the price you’re paying for! To make our dinning experience worst there were files flying around table. Again waitress did not seem to care if we had enjoy our dining experience. Very unhappy!
My advice is to please check out other restaurants as you don’t want to leave a place still feeling hungry and ruin your expectations.
Had lunch there with a friend to catch up.
What struck me first was that the staff were not Japanese, so was a little taken aback when I first arrived, but they have excellent manners and good service.
Chefs in kitchen are Japanese, made me laugh a little by their way of reassuring customers visibly by having a open slot so we can see the chefs working.
Took up the set lunch. Presentation of the food impeccable. Sashimi entree was quite fresh.
I ordered green tea for my drink. Very nice green tea, bitter enough for my taste as it comes in my very own small jug. Only minus was that they did not offer to refill the jug.
Everyone raves about the soft shell crab… with good reason. It is quite savory. Other than that… the usual Japanese fare isn’t very memorable. Acceptable would be the key word.
Dessert I tried was the apple cinnamon donut dipped in chocolate sauce and ice cream. Shared with friend. Good idea, since I could feel it clogging up my arteries! But it tasted very nice indeed.
I think this is a place where one goes once in a while for the service, atmosphere and presentation of food. As for the food taste itself, it is okay. Not something spectacular, but not bad either. There are other set bento menu lunches with better prices, better quality and variety.
Food: We all shared the soft shell crab, and the large mixed sashimi for starters – the sashimi was so fresh (tuna, salmon, snapper)! Then we had a duck main served with pear which was delicious. Also had the pork belly which I normally love but this particular serving was way too rich for me. Even though it was very tasty, I could only stomach one piece. Meal sizes were ok – Japanese servings are small anyhow, but I left feeling like I’d had enough.
Service: Fantastic. Ebisu doesn’t take bookings for small tables, so we walked in at peak hour (7:30pm on a Saturday) and were told we had an hour wait to be seated, but if we wanted to go somewhere else in Britomart for a drink first they would call me when the table was ready – which they did within the hour. During our meal, we had 2 waiters doting on us. Great service.
Cost: $180 for 3 people including drinks which I didn’t think was too bad at all considering the calibre of the place. Did I mention Ali Williams was sitting at the next table?
Stand out features: They took my coat when I walked in, which was nice Plus they didn’t shy away from decent servings of the mayonnaise NOM!
Will I go back? Most definitely.
I’ve been to most Japanese restaurants and I rate this one one of Auckland’s best. Good for a date or a fancy occasion; not everyday Japanese.
Great atmosphere and the food is delicious. Try the a selection of “small platters” between a few of you, they’re not that small at all!
There is a DJ in the corner for the music, which i really enjoyed – totally added to the atmosphere – especially since it wasn’t too loud to stop conversation.