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“Off chance visit - great surprise!”
Review of Tatsumi

Tatsumi
Ranked #82 of 2,372 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Not knowing the area or reading any reviews of this place beforehand, we only stopped here by chance for quick bite to eat before the cinema. It's fantastic. We shared 4 dishes and each one was delicious - the sushi was a particular highlight, as were the hot dishes. A great menu with additional specials on offer too. I would love to return to try the tasting menu and it not be so rushed. The quality is amazing given the prices, the food wouldn't be out of place in a more salubrious setting in Ponsonby or Downtown (for twice the cost).

Thank iancjone5
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Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed a 5 course degustation after a movie. Yummo!! And great price at $60 a head.
Super fresh salmon, delish tempura bluff oysters and the lamb cutlets were so tender and juicy!
Delightful wait staff, lovely interior and space.
This is the old Cafe Rikka for those who may remember, was awesome back in the day and the new name does not disappoint!
Thank you!! We'll be back!

1  Thank Vanessa Ann S
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Reviewed 17 June 2017

I have been wanting to go back to this restaurant after a great first experience and the second drip didn't disappoint. The decor is clever--understated by with interesting feature points, like the lovely riverstone wall as you walk in. Full as the restaurant was, it didn't feel crowded; it had a nice busy hum, but the noise wasn't intrusive. Staff are EXCELLENT. NZ waiting staff are generally not the best in the world, but at Tatsumi, they are there when needed, take care to get your order right, intereact carefully and give help when needed. The food is excellent--served as it is ready, so it is always fresh from the kitchen--attractively plated, beautifully cooked and generally delicious. It's very much Japanese with contemporary twists, serving some of the dishes in innovative ways and playing around with non-traditional ingredients, although the classics are there, too. There were a couple of disappointments--the agedashi tofu was a bit bland and could have done with a little more texture, there is only one hot sake in an otherwise very nice drinks menu (it was nice, thought) and the genmai tea (the one with roasted rice) was weak and pretty flavourless. But the rest of the meal was delicious--we had multiple dishes and only wished that we could have tried the rest of the menu.

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Thank Christine D
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Reviewed 16 June 2017

We had a lovely dinner in a great environment with lovely service and yummy Japanese food. Reasonably priced too.

Thank Aaron C
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Reviewed 24 May 2017

Each course was beautifully presented and contained interesting and tasty combinations. The sashimi was really fresh, the blue cheese touch in the venison carpaccio produced really nice flavour with the balsamic soy. The tempura bluff oysters were melt in the mouth with a lovely mango salsa and yuzu citrus dressing. The last course of crumbed lamb racks was a great finish.

The Chardonnay trio with 45ml glasses was the right size to go with the 5 course dinner. Ok to drive afterwards

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Thank kerryh164
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