French Japanese Restaurant Morita
(cnr Swanson St & Mills Lane)
Auckland City 09 337 0506
TOTALLY AWESOME CUISINE WITH SUPERB INGREDIENTS BY…Announced 1 month ago
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12noon-2pm
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 6pm-Late
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Splurge, Above $35
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits
- Seating for: 36
- BYO/Corkage: BYO, Corkage Charge
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: None
Feel free to come in for a casual but classy lunch, or a luxurious and leisurely dinner of fine dining. Or alternatively, choose from our new top quality ‘Bistro’ menu.
A “Metro Top 50″ restaurant finalist, year after year.
French Japanese Restaurant Morita is located on the corner of Swanson Street & Mills Lane, behind the Stamford Plaza, (but we’re across on the other side of Swanson Street from the hotel building, tucked just around the corner on the Lane). Please check the map image included in our photos on this listing!
13 Reviews for French Japanese Restaurant Morita
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Their main’s are great, all the food mixes perfectly and nothing I have experienced does not work. It fits together in a beautiful blend, great for dates and somewhere discrete
Suitable for all occasions, parties, dates, and more
The Service: Excellent. The staff were watchful and attentive, filling glasses and answering questions cheerfully. Very professional, relaxed and friendly.
The Food: Amazing, really amazing. While booking for dinner we were asked what we might like. We requested a seafood based menu (there were four of us – one Japanese and three Kiwis) and asked the chef to prepare it however he liked. The chef went out specially earlier in the day to select the fish. He came to our table and decided on the menu after meeting us. There were five courses and they were each fantastic. The blend of French and Japanese was one I’ve never encountered before and I wouldn’t call it ‘fusion’ because all the elements were both traditional yet innovative, rather than the more usual hotchpotch of fusion. The French elements were mainly in the sauces while the Japanese aspects were more in the food and presentation. The food was exquisite. Subtle flavours and delicious flavours. Two courses were degustation sized: a fermented roe dish and the best mussel dish I’ve ever tasted; and two courses were generous, a sushi-sashimi combo that was really innovative and a whole snapper baked in a bread/pastry case (which was like an oven for the fish, we didn’t eat that part). The sauce with this was magnificent. The creme brulée was the best I’ve tasted.
I’ve eaten at many top restaurants that would charge hundreds of dollars a head for this sort of meal and it was only a fraction of that. This chef was trained at the very top restaurants in both Japan and France (hence the blend of flavours).
The staff lined up to see us off with huge smiles as we left. This was not a meal it was an experience. This restaurant is a gem—can’t recommendMore it highly enough!
We went on Valentine’s day (repeat visit) because the food experience is so fantastic that it makes it special, and we wanted a long romantic dinner. We got that and again, the food was exquisite. For me, it’s the best I’ve had in NZ…and when I think back to when I ate at Tetsuya in Sydney – I actually prefer the degustation menu at Morita. Every mouthful was heavenly and I have wonderful memories of both nights (so far) we’ve been there.
French and Japanese fusion… WTF??? Yeah well that was what I thought til I tried the dishes… A+ for amazing.
While it was possibly a little slow towards the end, we were talking and enjoying a celebration so we didn’t care as the discussion flowed and the experience was a culinary delight and full of suprises.
I was certainly a good experience and I highly reccommend the service, the flavours and overall experience.
The eight course dinner was similar to that of a love letter (as the chef-owner told us himself), which comes from the heart of the chefs when they make our meals for us. Each course is really an art form.
We recommend this restaurant for people who are in the mood for enjoying fine dining for the night.
They are still on the way to change the decor to their best style so looking forward to see the finish.
First of all, the decor is far too depressed – everything black. Low ceiling with no window, black wall has no a single painting just a mirror hanging on the end of the black wall. I felt this place is for someone to have his last meal before execution. Very sad atmosphere.
8-course came with very small portion and extremely long timing, but taste good.
Service is good however we don’t like the way the waiter push us to do 8-course set menu. After all we just want to have diner which supposed to finish in an hour, we don’t want to waste 3 hour there particularly when environment is bad.
So pricey unless you go with the time consuming set menu.
Excellent chef but cannot make this restaurant successful.