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“Quirky but excellent”

Japanese Kitchen SAKURA
Ranked #3 of 3 Dessert in Pukekohe
Price range: $5 - $80
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Private Dining
Description: Would you like to experience the real Japan? We are a Japanese Kitchen Sakura Group who tries our best to provide this unforgettable experience. We are providing this wide range of business to let you experience the real Japan: - Restaurant - Catering - Cooking Class - Customise Japanese Ingredients -------RESTAURANT-------- - Our concept is omakase style or chef selection of many small dishes. This can vary from 12 to 16 Japanese authentic dishes depending on the fresh and local ingredients that are available in seasons. Menu is changing daily and we will try our best to accommodate your preference. The menu consists of recipes rich in nutrients and balance. -We will prepare your table based on dinner reservations only. We accept few groups per night up to 26 guests (for booking over ten guests will be considered as private function and no other table will be accepted unless discussed and agreed). Using safe and healthy ingredients. No additives in our food. All ingredients are fresh. Chicken, eggs and pork are free range. Vegetables are also fresh and local grown organic produce. Please bring your favourite music and costume. We would like you to relax and enjoy the same music as though you were at home. Any occasion, Birthday, Work functions, Hen's night, etc or just a relaxing night out. -------CATERING-------- - Catering for Home and company any function anywhere - We can make Party Platter, Sushi Platter and Bento box for your request. -------COOKING CLASS-------- - Private Cooking Class -------Customise Japanese Ingredients-------- - We sell an authentic Japanese sauce and Gyoza (Japanese Dumpling) that originally made by our head chef.
Reviewed 2 February 2020

I took my daughter to watch some classic motorbike racing at Pukekohe and stumbled across this restaurant in Tripadvisor. We thought we would give it a go. We are very glad we did. Quite unusual set up. Just two large tables but as it was Sunday lunch and very quiet we only had to share the table with another family.

The restaurant feels a bit more like someone’s house as there is a lot of Japanese memorabilia and there was Japanese TV playing in the background.

The owner and chef was very friendly and struck up a conversation with us and the other guests.

The menu was very limited for lunch - just three noodle dishes and some gyoza. However the gyoza were the best I’ve had (including in Japan) and the tonkastsu ramen was also lovely.

They even have a proper Japanese toilet (with heated seat!)

A great place with just major downside - it is about 40 mins drive from where we live. However we will be making an effort to go back for dinner to try the chef’s recommendation.

Date of visit: February 2020
2  Thank Ambassador599794
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Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

If you want to experience Japanese cuisine but don’t want to fly all the way to Japan, this place is a must. My wife is Japanese and we go here whenever she is homesick. As with any intercultural experience, be prepared for something different and you won’t be disappointed. Japanese homes typically eat a variety of different dishes rather than one ‘main’. This way, you can experience a wide selection of delicious foods, with a balance of umami, salty, and sweet across the dishes. The decor and host all add to the authentic Japanese experience.

Date of visit: October 2018
2  Thank AaronPeeters
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

Don't be fooled by the entrance (upstairs between a butchers and Dominos pizza) you are about to enter a different world.
If you like formality, an extensive wine list and menu, then this is not the place for you!
If you want to eat beautifully prepared food in what could be taken for the family kitchen and dining room. Are happy to just eat what is put in front of you, and go with the flow, you will love this place.
We took our own wine as the drinks menu is small, if you drink beer you will be fine.
The restaurant was 'booked out'.... there were six diners, our party of four and another couple.
Mr Masa is your host, chef, waiter and entertainer. He welcomed us, he feed us, he entertained us.
There is no menu, the food is fresh, locally grown and Masa cooks whatever is available on the day. For return visits you can request something and he will do his best to source it for you.
We had about 10 courses, small plates of food ranging from fish, to wagu beef, to carrot and ginger salad, and everything in between. We finished off with green tea ice cream (made by his wife).
It was an 'experience' not just going out to dinner.
Will we go back? Definitely, and we will take more friends with us next time.

Date of visit: December 2017
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2  Thank Lyndam135
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

We booked for six adults and enjoyed the unique experience of being served by Masa, a master chef in traditional Japanese cuisine. You actually sit in his kitchen around large timber tables and he serves each course of freshly prepared Wagu beef, prawns, raw salmon and tuna along with beautifully presented vegetable dishes of all kinds. We ate between 8 and ten courses - all delicious and wonderfully prepared for the decerning pallet. Don't be put off by the doorway and stairs leading up to Masa's kitchen but be prepared for a delectable taste experience and to be entertained by Masa himself. He caters for a maximum of 26 guests and lucky for us there were 8 in total so we had fun and interaction as the Chef chopped, sliced and prepared each exotic dish for us. Phone booking is essential and he asked if we had any preference - we had none - just looking forward to the unique experience and he did not disappoint. We will definitely be back again. The Chef also serves the food himself - much to our delight we learned about each wonderful plate he delivered.

Date of visit: September 2017
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2  Thank Nicky W
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

From the hard to find entrance to kicking the candle jars on the narrow floor in the hallway have to say it was interesting. Seating for a large group is more about jamming people in than creating an experience. the food was lovely but takes a very long time so don't go there if you are in any hurry. Wait staff very different and drinks very expensive and they don't have very much in stock of what is on their list, so definitely take your own. Overall a good experience but will probably not go back.

Date of visit: August 2017
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Thank Demmrrs
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