Tokyo Bay (North Shore City, New Zealand)
One of the best countries I ever visited was Japan, I will definitely come back their multiple times without getting tired of what I will be seeing. The culture, the scenery, the people and the food is simply Phenomenal, It’s just hard to compare it with other countries and its very unique on its own, that is why after we visited Japan we miss it and talk it at home, and to have some slice of it our only solution at the moment was to dine in a Japanese restaurant, it brings back a lot of memories and we feel that we are warped back any of its cities.
I guess a lot will agree that no other cuisine is more consistent than the Japanese, the offerings, the staff and even the premises, you will without a doubt identify it easily. Tokyo Bay in Takapuna is one example, it may not look like your typical Japanese restaurant but it feels like it, interior decor may not look like the traditional one but it still feels Japanese. We came here a couple of weeks ago, my first time but my daughter has been here four times already, let’s see why she comes back here again and again.
Is quite a popular place so if you are planning to have dinner here just be sure and book in advance like I did. The customers that haven’t booked either wait or asked is they prefer to dine in Al Fresco, not a bad option for lunch but for dinner since it is beside the Takapuna beach then it can be cold and windy.
Like most Japanese restaurants what is on offer are the usual ones so we already knew what to eat even before going here. Upon being seated we ordered our starters, first was the large sashimi platter (NZ$34.00), 24 pieces of the freshest selections of seafood including scallops, hamachi, salmon, tuna and more. It might sound it’s a lot but it’s just right, that 24 pieces of seafood is just right for two people.
We also grabbed our favourite, the takoyaki (NZ$10.00). These are light fried battered balls stuffed with octopus, very soft and savoury on the inside filled generously with large chunks of octopus unlike the common ones. We also noticed it is not as hot as it is used to, usually the insides are really piping hot but this one is just right, which makes me think it is pre-cooked, might be a popular item here and they anticipate the orders already.
We also grabbed a couple of bento boxes, these are perfect if you want to try everything as these dinner boxes have a good selection of small bites. One of the bento boxes was called Blue Water (NZ$32.00), a seafood fare of panko tiger prawn, fried snapper, teriyaki scallop, saikyo fish, sashimi, salmon avocado sushi, marinated mussel & sesame seaweed salad, marinated veges & greens.
The next bento box was this Tokyo Bay Tempura (NZ$32.00), a tempura platter of tempura prawns & white fish with vegetables, sashimi, tofu dengaku, salads of marinated & simmered vegetables and tempura dipping sauce. Both bento boxes are served with green salad, rice and miso soup. Both boxes were amazing as well, great selection, every element on it was delicious.
We also did order some Teriyaki chicken & Rice (NZ$15.00) which was served with green tea ice cream. This too was good, well-seasoned, a nice balance of sweet and salty.
For my choice of beer, it was the Suntory Premium Malt Gold Pilsner (NZ$10.00), I nice clean crisp pilsner to warp up a good dinner.
Address: 20 The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland 0622, New Zealand
Phone: +6493 90 7188