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Mentatz

Mentatz is located on Lorne Street, in the city. The proprietor, Mr Kudo, had racked up considerable kitchen “chops”, through years of working in restaurants such as Karin (in Parnell) – and others – prior to opening this establishment.

Mentatz specializes in tonkotsu ramen, but also provides a range of other dishes, such as donburi, salads and seafood, on the bill of fare. It is no exaggeration to say that all Japanese congregating locally would’ve visited this watering hole more than once or twice; Mentatz has served up many bowls of ramen.

Those who fancy themselves “ramen masters” can – as with steak – order their noodles done to their own liking : medium, well-cooked, etc. Note: Chef Kudo advises budding ramen aficionados not to linger over their food; the noodles have a tendency to go soggy if left too long. Lest you think this merely a way of clearing space for fresh customers, Mentatz thoughtfully provides patrons with the very Japanese custom of kaedama: if you’ve brought appetite to spare with you, finish your first lot of noodles and – leaving the broth still in your bowl – utter the magic words, “Kaedama kudasai”, and you will be provided with another serving of noodles for the reasonable price of $1.50. Mentatz make their own noodles, so you will be doing them proud.

Mentatz, 3.6 out of 5 based on 19 ratings

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  1. I know this great little place in…Auckland – The Compass Points Forwards, 7 months ago

    [...] Mentatz Japanese restaurant with the biggest servings I have ever seen! And caters for vegans when asked, which is always a bonus. [...]

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  2. Ashok kadel, 2 years ago

    I am a student currently studying graduate diploma in business accounting in northtec auckland. I am willing to work as your staff. I have monday,tuesday and friday classes(9:00-12:30) and other or night also free time .i have flexible time for working and I promise to give my all efforts and my skills for our future. I assure you that you won’t be disappointed by recruiting me as your staff.
    Please sir if you have any job like dishwasher helper assistance please inform me on 0224230494

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    Joey, 2 years ago

    First of all, I really appreciate their price range. Cheap eat in the city central with reasonably good seating.

    As it was almost full house last night during dinner time. We waited almost 1/2 hour for a bowl of ramen to arrive. So, don’t go there if you are in the rush or need to go to a show afterwards like us.

    Very small portion of Ramen in a big bowl of Tonkotsu Soup. The texture of soup looks very thick as compared to usual Tonkotsu soup. It looks like they have put in a lot of flour to thicken the soup and it’s not tasty at all. Presentation was bad. Maybe they were too busy coping with a lot of orders.

    Agedashi Tofu turned out to be disappointed as well. They use cheap type of Tofu (not the japanese silky type) and the crispy coating was not a usual japanese type.

    I will understand why this place its so packed, due to their price. However, if you really like Ramen as me. don’t bother to go there.

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    Jodette, 2 years ago

    Do something with staff’s customer service. I know your price is reasonable, but since you guys have tables to serve customers, do it well.

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    Hayd, 2 years ago

    Extremely great value! It does not cost much but the food is delicious!!

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    Gica, 4 years ago

    This is my favorite restaurant in Auckland Central.
    The pIace is clean, organized and the staff is efficient.
    The food is cheap and delicious.
    I go back every time I have a chance!
    It is worth trying!

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    Rating: +2 (from 2 votes)
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