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Taiko Japanese Restaurant and Bar

And about time, too. Kingsland, a little gem of a suburb situated between Mt Eden and Grey Lynn, seemed to have every thing but a Japanese restaurant.

Now, with Taiko, it is complete. Taiko gets pretty packed, so call first, and make a booking. If you like to get closer to the fray, Taiko can seat you at their long counter top. Taiko has a certain amount of emphasis on seasonal food – try their miso yaki (foiled chicken/seafood with vegetables and miso)and gomaae (vegetables with sweet sesame sauce).

Their many small dishes/tsumami are definitely worth a look, especially their tako-yaki octopus balls, topped with shaved bonito. Their salad range is very appealing too,with the sweet, the savoury, seafood and meat– as well as vegetables ! – all getting a look-in: a Japanese-style house salad (with tofu and vege), a Shabu-Shabu salad (sliced beef and vege) & a spinach salad named “Popeye”. The odd one out is the Daigaku Imo “salad”. Not strictly a salad, this is almost a dessert item.Japanese people love their sweet potatoes, and this dish, “university sweet potato” is, I guess,considered brain food for students. Taiko, much like Kingsland itself, has something for every palate, and every pocket !

Taiko Japanese Restaurant and Bar, 4.4 out of 5 based on 7 ratings

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2 Reviews

  1. iaara, 7 years ago

    Was quite difficult to park around. The restaurant was nice and cosy, and the staff very friendly but I think the food portion was a bit small for the price. Nice choice of dishes thought.

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    Rating: -2 (from 2 votes)
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  2. Pooya, 8 years ago

    I liked the atmosphere and modern contemporary layout combined with traditional Japanese decoration, the use of umbrellas caught my eye.

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    Rating: -3 (from 3 votes)
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