Thursday, October 7, 2010

tanukis - auckland - new zealand


Irashaimase! The whole restaurants staff greet you as you walk in. Tanukis is an incredible sake bar/restaurant/cave in the heart of Auckland. Incredibly popular (four people told me to go there when I said I was going to Auckland!) and loved amongst the locals, Tanukis has a great energy. We had a quick but surprisingly filling snack there before going and seeing Oliver Driver in Thom Pain(go and SEE IT).

First up was edamame which was cold (I've never had it cold before) so I'm unsure if that’s usual or so traditional I've never encountered it. In any event it took some getting used to but they were inhaled in record time. Next up was the tofu steak served on a sizzling plate and nasu dengaku (deep fried eggplant with sweet miso glaze), both dishes were taste bud tingling delicious and wolfed down with rice. We sat at the bar as it was fully booked out and it felt like being in a set of a Tarantino movie, I just expected the 5,6,7,8's to come out at any second and start blasting us with "Teenage Mojo Workout". Great bar, great food, Auckland showed me that it does Asian food with great flare.

Deets: 319 Queen Street 09 379 5353 (they have like 4 bars/restaurants side by side) web:
$$: edamame $6.50 nasu dengaku $9 tofu steak $9 rice $2 pp

1 comment:

  1. I've never even heard of this place! It looks delicious especially the eggplant. These posts could be really interesting...looking forward to seeing where you went next.


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