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“Japanese Fusion”
Review of Namo

Namo
Ranked #206 of 2,456 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 30 April 2016

My wife and I came here for dinner, having watched this place on our nightly walks past being refurbished late last year. Its' not large, approx. 20 small wooden tables but is a nice quiet place with simple decore. Try for a table in the front of the restaurant so you can watch the chef working his magic creating beautifully looking cold dishes like sashi and sushi rolls. First up, things I really liked were: all the flavours worked very well and the food is tasty and fresh, they have an extensive menu (Japanese fusion with influences from Korea), the presentation is great, and there is an extensive range of reasonably priced wines by the glass - mostly just $8. There are chef's specials, sushi rolls, small plates to be shared, 5 salad options and 8 "bigger plates."
We started with the sashimi carpaccio (a chef's special, $26) which consisted of a selection of sashimi; we thought the squid and octopus were a little tough and this dish is not very large for the price. We moved on to prawn & fish tempura ($14, beautifully cooked in very light batter), papaya salad ($15, we asked for it to be spicy and it was!), 2 cups of miso soup (just $3 each, a bargain), Agedashi tofu ($10, silky tofu, tomatoes, zucchini in a broth that was too salty to eat), spicy creamy prawns (4 prawns on skewers for $14, yummy); finished off with a lovely dessert of mixed ice cream ($12). Service was a tad slow, but friendly - they told us on the way out they were down one person that night. Overall, the cost was $126 which included 3 glasses of white wines and 1 coconut juice. We'll be back for sure.

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Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

Went here for lunch and we were extremely satisfied with the the quality and flavour of the meals we ordered. Having been to Japan and tried a lot of good Japanese food, this place is definitely on point! Ordered the salmon and a few sushi rolls. All were very very good! Felt like i was in Japan again! Hats off to the chef! Large quantity and perfect quality.

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Reviewed 15 March 2016

Namo is a great Japanese restaurant in Ponsonby The food is sublime and very well presented - great flavours and the menu varies over time Service is bit clunky but very friendly and obliging Wine list is a limited but passable - but heck the food is just so good and with dishes outside the usual Japanese fare

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Reviewed 24 February 2016

Let me just start off by saying how refreshing it was to find Namo had taken over the grotty Thai BYO place that was in the same spot before it. Namo is home to some of Auckland's best Japanese without a doubt. The flavours are subtle and fresh as with most Japanese. The presentation is spectacular, fitting as we do eat with our eyes first! Reasonably priced compared to other Japanese restaurants serving similar quality food. They have a great Japanese alcohol menu from Japanese whisky to Musashino beer. The service left a little to be desired, the serving staff weren't as warm as many other Japanese restaurants, but that's not a huge issue. What I did find to be an issue is that they didn't explain any of the dishes as they came out. There are some things in Japanese cuisine that really do need explaining to get the full effect, like when you have 6 different types of nigiri at your table and can only name two! They also probably could've asked if we needed anything once or twice more during our seating. Something they can work on. Other than that, fabulous!

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Thank logannz
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Reviewed 21 February 2016

I sat at a table right on Ponsonby Road and enjoyed people-watching. Started with kimchi which was wonderful.....had the right degree of really spicy heat. Next tried the pork gyoza.....more subtle than the usual....impressive. Main course was Akaroa salmon and it was succulent with the most beautiful presentation on the plate. Nice choices of wine and beer on the menu. The decor does not give much hint of just how excellent the food is. For the really high quality and artistry of the food....this is great value. It got rather busy so probably best to make a reservation or come early. Highly recommended.

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Thank stoketun
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