Hokkaido Restaurant & Bar
Cuisine: A La Carte
Auckland City 09-527 6688
- Tues – Sun
- 11.30am – 2.30pm / 5.30pm – late
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Situated in the ‘LA Central’ area of Lunn Avenue, Hokkaido is a new addition to Mt Wellington. The specialty dish on the vast, authentic Japanese menu is yakitori skewers, and there is also a wide selection of fresh sashimi. Hokkaido has traditional Japanese decor, a relaxing setting and cosy atmosphere.
18 Reviews for Hokkaido Restaurant & Bar
Tuna sashimi arrived FROZEN, with huge ice crystals in it, and coloured GREY (it should be red). Tako Yaki was just disgusting–incredibly greasy, as if it hadn’t been drained after it came out of the fryer and all oozing, squirting mayonnaise and no octopus–I couldn’t even finish one, and I adore Takoyaki.
Staff make a show of speaking Japanese when you enter; I don’t think they are, or at least don’t think the ones I spoke to are. Obviously it shouldn’t matter (and anyone who eats Japanese food in Auckland probably eats lots of fantastic Japanese food made by non-Japanese business owners), but in this particular case it felt deceptive and a bit cartoonish to us, particularly when I asked for shochu and was brought sake, and then was told that the sake was shochu. It’s too bad they don’t know the difference, but I do, and I won’t be going back.
Any mall foodcourt Japanese is better than this place.
Will be back soon. Keep it up!
I always find the food to be good, fresh fish sashimi and delightful service.
They also have another restaurant – Oedo in Greenlane. I go there for evening meals sometimes.
Both are good. they look after me well and I enjoy their pleasant friendly approach and the food.
In fact the reason I am writing this review is because I was looking them up to make a reservation for tomorrow when I will be in the area.
The good things is that they cover a vast range of choices, the best thing we had today was the cheese mayo oysters and the salmon handroll (but at over $5 a piece its probably best to give a miss if you can make this at home yourself).
I would not recommend ever getting the tofu, everything about it was wrong. The sashimi to me was a bit overpriced for the amount you get. The curry was a bit thick and tasteless, and the eel on rice was bland. Beef tataki was not up to par to that I have had elsewhere and it was a bit weird that they would squirt japanese mayo onto the pieces (probably to just add flavour). I’d figured that majority of the workers there are not japanese because the few bits and pieces of japanese that they spoke was “synthetic”
Anyways, not a bad experience but I definitely think that there are many more japanese restaurants which offer much more authentic tastes at prices which justifies its quality
Went back again more recently (April 2012) with friends and received much improved service plus excellent food so have now upped them to three stars and will return again.