Tanuki Sushi & Sake Bar, Auckland

About 3 weeks ago, we flew across the Tasman to Auckland. We were pretty excited cos neither of us had been to New Zealand before. And though the wet weather that greeted us wasn’t too welcoming, the main thing on our greedy minds was seafood!! A whole week’s worth! And our first meal at Tanuki Sushi & Sake Bar was a more than adequate introduction to our new found love of Auckland seafood.

I do marvel at soy‘s ability to sniff out good eateries sometimes. It was about 5.30pm and the sun had set by the time we dumped our bags at our accommodation in the city. We decided to grab some groceries and look out for a place to have dinner on our way back. Tanuki was just across the street from where we were staying, and was the first place soy had her eye on, cos “it just looks good”. “You can tell from the outside?” “Ye-ah”. OK. So along our way to the supermarket, we noticed that Auckland city is overrun with Japanese restaurants. We still have no idea why. But like I said, soy has a gift… and we were so glad we chose Tanuki.

We slid open the wood and rice paper door to find a cosy space fitted out with dark wood. We chose to sit at the bar, because this was our view:

I really wonder how sushi chefs can work under such scrutiny. I mean, I love the fact that we could watch his every move and marvel at each creation, but I would not be able to work with such pressure! By the way, the bar was absolutely well stocked. Yes, I know that’s why it’s called a sake bar too… but we went with plum wine instead, which was one of the best I’ve had.

Not many clear photos, cos we were starving after traipsing across the city in the cold for groceries, but this was the spread that we shared.

The beef tataki is the best I’ve had. Melt-in-your-mouth and tangy… mmm. And those crumbed oysters!!

They were plump and juicy, and so fresh. It was love at first bite. The crunch of the panko topped off with the mayo was just heavenly. Again, I feel like eating it as I’m writing about it!!! But alas, we are far away from the ocean. :(

We also had tempura snapper and prawns. They were so amazingly fresh! And we were so full after that dinner… we needed to lie on the couch afterward. But it was so worth it, and a wonderful introduction to Auckland.

Tanuki Sushi & Sake Bar

319 Queen St, Auckland
09 379 5353
Tanuki’s website

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