It's all fun and games… AND no one gets hurt! Auckland has an array of sensational dining options, but there’s nothing like the kick you get out of Japanese teppanyaki. The chefs—always donning their essential-yet-comically-tall hats—cook your meal right in front of you, for the freshest dining experience second to fishing for your own dinner. Your many years of eating are put to the test with the slightly nerve-wracking yet super satisfying mouth egg catch, and don’t you worry, we haven’t forgotten to give a special mention to the fiery onion volcano (how do they do it?!)!
Is it a show? Is it a meal? It’s teppanyaki—so technically, both! Flipping, tossing and juggling are all in the day’s work of these wonderful chefs. They constantly have us in awe between our mouthfuls of fried rice, yum yum prawns and tender slices of steak. So in honour of this insane combo of entertainment and food, we’ve compiled a list of the best teppanyaki in Auckland… go on, get ticking (or should we say egg-catching?)!
An essential in the Auckland teppanyaki scene since 1989, the guys at Daikoku know exactly what they’re doing. Their menu is extensive—with four different steak options, a variety of seafood, and even combination meals if you’re feeling extra hungry! There’s even a stunner of a tofu steak option for all you vegos out there. The meals come with miso soup, salad, yum-yum prawns, vegetables and steamed rice (and ice cream during lunch time!) so you best come in your stretchiest pants. With five locations all over Auckland, you won’t even have to make a trip for this one!
This is an extra special teppanyaki experience you can’t miss. Nestled in the lobby of the Stamford Plaza, you’re in for a treat at Kabuki. You’ll have three different menus to choose from, starring options like premium New Zealand eye fillet and Akaroa salmon that are all accompanied with flying fried rice (the best kind of fried rice if you ask us), tempura vegetables and teriyaki chicken sushi rolls. There’s also dessert like a mango panna cotta martini, and green tea tiramisu cake with praline mascarpone that comes with your course—this is teppanyaki taken to the next level. Drooling at the thought already? Start dropping some hints ASAP for your next date night!
The chefs are in action for lunch and dinner at Bowz! Both lunch and dinner use the exact same ingredients, but you can get the lunch special for only 20 bucks! Booyah. For dinner, choose between Bowz Set and Bowz Deluxe—if you’re feeling like treating yourself, go for the latter ‘cause you’ve got options of 80 grams of melt-in-your-mouth A5 grade wagyu beef or the king of the sea, crayfish. They all come with a welcome dish, premium seafood miso soup AND a dessert for an ultimate teppanyaki adventure.
You’ll be totally spoiled for choice with all of the premium options at Katstura—these guys take their sauce and meat match seriously. Go in with a game plan so you’re not totally overwhelmed with all the options including prime wagyu scotch fillet with wafu (Japanese style) sauce, colossal shrimp with lemon butter, crayfish tail with wasabi mayonnaise and teriyaki tofu steak with miso eggplant! That’s not all, your teppanyaki experience comes with fresh sashimi and sushi, salad, vegetables, egg fried rice, and an ice cream of your choice. Upgrade your ice cream choice to the ‘teppanyaki ice cream’… ice cream on a hot iron griddle, say what?!
Don’t let the size of this cosy little restaurant fool you, because you’re about to go on a journey of exhilarating performances and equally exciting meals. Lunch sets are easy on the wallet, ‘cause they’ll get you change for a twenty—that doesn’t mean taste is compromised, though. There’s selections like perfectly cooked scotch fillet, salmon, chicken thigh and prawns with Heizo’s secret yum yum sauce. If you’re wanting to dine like a king, they even have a wagyu beef special menu, that includes 100 grams of tender marbled beef AND a second course of chicken thigh or fish fillet. Heizo is a family favourite because of their special kids’ menu, so the little ones don’t miss out on the teppanyaki experience nor do you have to give up some of yours—it comes with a smaller portion of their choice of main and are accompanied with a small rice, vegetables and a vanilla ice cream!
En IzakayaAuckland CBD
You’ll be left wondering how all ten of the chef’s fingers are still in tact after this performance extravaganza! Choose from the Sakura set dinner for one choice of main, Teppanyaki Dinner combination for two, and the En Special Dinner for two choices AND mixed tempura and sushi and sashimi! Not leaving hungry is an understatement, ‘cause you’ll probably have to roll out of the restaurant with all the spectacular food you’ll be dished up! Each set menu comes with a Japanese salad, soup of the day, seasonal grilled vegetables, dessert of the day, flying friend rice and an egg toss! Perfectly located in the middle of the city, it’s a perfect go-to before or after your movie, concert or theatre show. It’s definitely one of the best teppanyaki restaurants in Auckland!
This North Shore gem Gaku ticks all of the teppanyaki boxes, with a solid selection of both meat and seafood including crayfish and four different types of beef. Their combination set menus are impressive, like the Arita with crayfish, oysters and eye fillet! Surf’n’turf to the next level, anyone? They also boast an extensive side order selection if you feel like mixing and matching your teppanyaki experience with loads of lip-smacking options like squid, mussels, and salmon all cooked up right in front of your eyes.