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Azabu

26 Ponsonby Road
| +64 9-320 5292
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Azabu Auckland  New Zealand

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Sun 12pm - 11pm
Mon, Tue 5pm - 11pm
Wed - Sat 12pm - 12am

Azabu

Behind a very discreet entrance on Auckland's Ponsonby Road eating-and-drinking strip, the slim and stylish interior of Azabu is enlivened only by big-format photos of Tokyo, which rightly leaves the emphasis on the Japanese-Peruvian-fusion dishes coming from the kitchen. It's known as Nikkei cuisine, and standout examples on Azabu's eclectic menu include a tuna-sashimi tostada with fiery wasabi and jalapeño, and tiger prawns with an ají amarillo mayonnaise. The Asian influence also extends to the cocktail list (try the Respirado del Fuego caipirinha with chile-infused cachaça, lime, and basil); Wednesdays to Fridays, Azabu offers good-value lunches of donburi rice bowls and Japanese-style tacos.