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Overview

Azabu has long been a mainstay in the Ponsonby dining scene. Chef Yukio Ozeki has been serving his sublime Japanese cuisine made with the finest local ingredients for years. Quietly winning awards and creating devotees.
Yukio’s menu combines Nikkei-influenced dishes and modern Japanese with an emphasis on the fun and the interesting.

Opening Hours

Hours:
Monday – Closed
Tuesday to Wednesday – 5pm - 10pm
Thursday & Friday – 12pm - 10pm
Saturday & Sunday – 4pm - 10pm

Location

26 Ponsonby Road,
Grey Lynn,
Auckland
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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Set Menu
  • Kids
  • House Drinks
  • Drinks
  • Bento Boxes
  • You choice of:
  • 35
  • Free Range Teriyaki Chicken
  • Nikkei Steak w/ garlic chips, fried kale & wasabi ponzu
  • Pan Fried Market Fish
  • Fried Teriyaki Tofu
  • All come with:
  • Miso Soup
  • Beef Tataki w/ wafu dressing
  • Market Fish Ceviche w/ jalapeño & ponzu
  • Tuna Sashimi Tostada w/ corn, wasabi tartar, diced cucumber, chopped jalapeño & red onion
  • Assorted Tempura
  • Seasonal Vegetable w/ garlic teriyaki sauce
  • Japanese Short Grain Rice
  • Small Plates
  • Edamame
  • smoked lime salt 9
  • Spicy Pork Gyoza
  • sichuan pepper & aji amarillo 24
  • Grilled Octopus
  • yuzu pepper soy, aji amarillo mash & shichimi pepper 25
  • Free Range Chicken Karaage
  • buttermilk, pickled daikon, kale crisp, aji amarillo mayo 25
  • Tostada
  • Heirloom Tomato
  • w/ lemon mayo, jalapeño, mint, basil, almond & coriander 22
  • Seared Beef
  • w/ truffle sesame dressing, shiitake mushroom & pickled daikon 23
  • Tuna Sashimi
  • w/ corn, wasabi tartar, diced cucumber, chopped jalapeño & red onion 24
  • Lobster
  • w/ corn, lemon jalapeño mayo, black mayo, cucumber, chopped jalapeño & red onion 24
  • Raw Bar & Sushi
  • Big Glory Bay King Salmon Tiradito
  • passionfruit, coconut cream, leche de tigre & crispy spaghetti squash 28
  • Kingfish Ceviche
  • w/ pickled daikon, jalapeño & coriander 29
  • Traditional Assorted Sashimi (10pcs/16pcs)
  • Chef’s selection of today’s best market fish 37/57
  • Spicy Tuna Sushi Roll (8pcs)
  • w/ aji verde & coriander 27
  • Rainbow Sushi Roll (8pcs)
  • w/ aji amarillo, chia seeds & tobiko 28
  • Volcano Sushi Roll (8pcs)
  • w/ tiger prawn tempura, pickled daikon & huancaina mayo 29
  • Dumplings & Buns
  • Vegetable Steamed Bun
  • w/ tempura eggplant, asian slaw & teriyaki sauce 13
  • Soft Shell Crab Steamed Bun
  • w/ baby cos & wasabi tartar 16
  • Confit Pork Belly Black Sesame Steamed Bun
  • w/ pickled shallots, cucumber & spicy miso 15
  • Artichoke Dumplings (4pcs)
  • w/ shiitake mushroom purée, chili & almond 19
  • Black Tiger Prawn Dumplings (4pcs)
  • w/ aji verde, purple kumara crisps & almond powder 21
  • Tempura
  • Eggplant
  • w/ hatcho miso & spring onion 23
  • Tiger Prawn (4pcs)
  • w/ aji amarillo mayo & jalapeño ponzu 29
  • Main Plates
  • Crispy Pork Belly
  • w/ spicy miso glaze, salsa & cauliflower purée 43
  • Lamb Chuleta (4pcs)
  • Spiced lamb cutlets w/ smoky aubergine & coriander purée 44
  • Nikkei Steak
  • w/ garlic chips, fried kale & wasabi butter ponzu 45
  • Sides
  • Hakusai Cabbage
  • w/ sesame mustard dressing & parmesan cheese 14
  • Cucumber Salad
  • w/ almonds, fried shallot, lime pickle, dark vinegar & coconut 11
  • Japanese Short Grain Rice
  • sml/lrg 7/9
  • Miso Soup
  • w/ silken tofu, wakame seaweed & spring onion 8
  • Desserts
  • Pavlova
  • w/ seasonal fruits 18
  • Chef's selection ice cream & sorbet
  • 18
  • Small Plates
  • Edamame
  • w/ smoked lime salt 9
  • Spicy Pork Gyoza
  • w/ sichuan pepper & aji amarillo 24
  • Grilled Octopus
  • w/ yuzu pepper soy, aji amarillo mash & shichimi pepper 25
  • Free Range Chicken Karaage
  • w/ buttermilk, pickled daikon, kale crisp & aji amarillo mayo 25
  • Tostada
  • Heirloom Tomato
  • w/ lemon mayo, jalapeño, mint, basil, almond & coriander 22
  • Seared Beef
  • w/ truffle sesame dressing, shiitake mushroom & pickled daikon 23
  • Tuna Sashimi
  • w/ corn, wasabi tartar, diced cucumber, chopped jalapeño & red onion 24
  • Lobster
  • w/ corn, lemon jalapéno mayo, black mayo, cucumber, chopped jalapéno & red onion 24
  • Raw Bar & Sushi
  • Big Glory Bay King Salmon Tiradito
  • w/ passionfruit, coconut cream, leche de tigre & crispy spaghetti squash 28
  • Kingfish Ceviche
  • w/ pickled daikon, jalapeño & coriander 29
  • Traditional Assorted Sashimi (10pcs/16pcs)
  • Chef’s selection of today’s best market fish 37/57
  • Ceviche Tasting Platter
  • kingfish w/ pickled daikon, jalapeño and jalapeno, salmon w/ leche de tigre & tuna w/ yuzu chipotle 62
  • Spicy Tuna Sushi Roll (8pcs)
  • w/ aji verde & coriander 27
  • Rainbow Sushi Roll (8pcs)
  • w/ aji amarillo, chia seeds & tobiko 28
  • Volcano Sushi Roll (8pcs)
  • w/ tiger prawn tempura, pickled daikon & huancaina mayo 29
  • Dumplings & Buns
  • Vegetable Steamed Bun
  • w/ tempura eggplant, asian slaw & teriyaki sauce 13
  • Soft Shell Crab Steamed Bun
  • w/ baby cos & wasabi tartar 16
  • Confit Pork Belly Black Sesame Steamed Bun
  • w/ pickled shallots, cucumber & spicy miso 15
  • Artichoke Dumplings (4pcs)
  • w/ shiitake mushroom purée, chili & almond 19
  • Black Tiger Prawn Dumplings (4pcs)
  • w/ aji verde, purple kumara crisps & almond powder 21
  • Tempura
  • Eggplant
  • w/ hatcho miso & spring onion 23
  • Tiger Prawn (4pcs)
  • w/ aji amarillo mayo & jalapeño ponzu 29
  • Main Plates
  • Crispy Pork Belly
  • w/ spicy miso glaze, salsa & cauliflower purée 43
  • Lamb Chuleta (4pcs)
  • Spiced lamb cutlets w/ smoky aubergine & coriander purée 44
  • Nikkei Steak
  • Taupo Beef Scotch w/ garlic chips, fried kale & wasabi butter ponzu 45
  • Market Seafood
  • w/ seasonal vegetables M.P
  • Sides
  • Haakusai Cabbage
  • w/ sesame mustard dressing & parmesan 14
  • Cucumber Salad
  • w/ almonds, fried shallot, lime pickle, dark vinegar & coconut 11
  • Japanese Short Grain Rice
  • sml/lrg 7/9
  • Miso Soup
  • w/ silken tofu, wakame seaweed & spring onion 8
  • Desserts
  • Pavlova
  • w/ seasonal fruits 18
  • Chef's selection ice cream & sorbet
  • 18
  • $85 Omakase Set Menu - this set menu is designed as a shared tapas style banquet, served in different courses to sample some of the best & most popular dishes from our a la carte menu
  • For groups of 10 or more
  • To Start
  • Edamame w/smoked lime salt
  • Beef Tostada w/ truffle sesame dressing, shiitake mushroom & pickled daikon
  • Kingfish Ceviche w/ pickled daikon, jalapeño & coriander
  • In Between
  • Prawn Dumplings w/ aji verde, purple kumara crisps & almond powder
  • Free Range Chicken Karaage w/ buttermilk, pickled daikon, oregano crisp & aji amarillo mayo
  • To Follow
  • Nikkei Steak w/ garlic chips, fried kale chimichurri & wasabi ponzu
  • Miso Glazed Market Fish w/ saikyo miso, chive & aji verde
  • Seasonal sides and Japanese steamed rice
  • To Finish
  • Azabu Pavlova w/ seasonal fruits
  • Sushi (6pcs)
  • Salmon Avocado 11.5
  • Teriyaki Chicken 11.5
  • Avocado Roll 11.5
  • Kids Bento Box
  • Choice of main
  • Karaage chicken 16.5
  • Teriyaki salmon 16.5
  • Steak 16.5
  • All come with
  • Salmon avocado sushi
  • Chicken dumpling
  • Fried rice
  • Edamame
  • Bigger Kids
  • Chicken Karaage
  • w/ japanese mayo 18
  • Fried Rice
  • w/ egg 18
  • Fish Tempura
  • w/ chips 18
  • All items served with 1 scoop of complimentary vanilla ice cream w/chocolate sauce OR Yuzu ice cream
  • Drinks
  • Fizzy 4.5
  • Calpico 5
  • Ramune 5
  • Juice 5
  • Beer
  • Tap Beer
  • Asahi Super Dry 400ml 14
  • Asahi Black 400ml 14
  • Wine
  • House White
  • Pinot Gris, Hawke's Bay 14/70
  • House Red
  • Pinot Noir, Marlborough 15/75
  • House Cocktail
  • Yuzu Sangria Flask, Serves 2 29
  • Sake
  • Azabu Sake Flask 375ml 48
  • Soft Drinks
  • Fizzy 6
  • Ramune 7
  • Sake — Daiginjō Served Cold
  • For the special occasion, or when you want to indulge in a sake that has been made with the utmost care & precision. Generally more elegant & fragrant than any other grade of sake, with a minimum of 50% of the outer rice milled away, resulting in a stunningly refined sake. (sml/lg/btl)
  • Kozaemon Junmai Daiginjō
  • Gifu Prefecture. 40% ABV16% 58/114
  • Shōchikubai Shirakabegura “Muroka Genshu” Daiginjō
  • Hyōgo Prefecture. 50% ABV17.5% (640ml) 56/112/149
  • Amabuki Kimoto Junmai Daiginō
  • Saga Prefecture. 40% ABV16% 46/91
  • Ippin Junmai Daiginjō
  • Fukui Prefecture. 50% ABV16% 44/86
  • Sake — Ginjō Served Cold
  • The crowd pleaser, with expressive aromas of fruit & floral notes, as well as a soft finish. Generally smooth, easy drinking, yet balanced & complex. A minimum of 40% of the outer rice is required to be milled away to be classified as a Ginjõ. (sml/lg/flask)
  • Masumi Junmai Ginjō
  • Nagano Prefecture. 55% ABV15% 38/75
  • Sanshimai Junmai Ginjō
  • Gifu Prefecture. 55% ABV15-16% 37/73/49
  • Yuho Junmai Ginjō
  • Ishikawa Prefecture. 55% ABV16% 41/82
  • Amabuki “Ichigo” Junmai Ginjō
  • Saga Prefecture. 55% ABV16% 44/88
  • Sake — Junmai / Honjōzō / Nigori Served Cold
  • Complex & diverse. Junmai & Hõnjozõ generally have subdued aromas & a richer body, highlighting the flavours of the rice & koji used in the brewing process. With nigori generally subtly sweet & having a more velvety texture from the coarse filtered process, resulting in a mild sake that compliments spicy food like none other. Glass/Sml/Lg/Btl
  • Hakkaisan Honjōzō
  • Niigata Prefecture. 55% ABV15.5% 38/74
  • KUBOTA Hyakuju HonjŌzŌ
  • Niigata Prefecture. 60% ABV15% 33/65
  • Yoshinosugi taruZake
  • Nara Prefecture. 68% ABV14.5% 21/37/73
  • Zenkuro “Sleeping Giant” Junmai
  • Queenstown. 60% ABV16% 45/90
  • Sake — Sparkling & Jelly
  • Mio 300ml 28
  • Ume Jelly 180ml 13
  • Berry Jelly 180ml 13
  • Sake — Served Hot
  • Zenkuro “Sleeping Giant” Junmai
  • Queenstown. 60% ABV16% 23/46
  • Sanshimai Junmai GinjŌ
  • Gifu Prefecture. 55% ABV15-16% 28/56
  • Champagne & Sparkling Wine
  • NV Le Contesse Prosecco, Vazzola, Italy 16/80
  • NV Cloudy Bay Pelorus Brut , Marlborough 19/95
  • NV Cloudy Bay Pelorus rosé, Marlborough 20/100
  • NV Veuve Clicquot Brut, Reims, France 29/175
  • NV Veuve Clicquot Brut rosé , Reims, France 190
  • NV Ruinart Blanc De Blanc, Épernay, France 245
  • Dom Perignon Brut, Épernay, France 2009 490
  • White
  • SAUVIGNON BLANC
  • Nautilus, Marlborough 2020 15/75
  • Dog Point, Marlborough 2020 85
  • Cloudy bay, Marlborough 2020 20/100
  • Kim Crawford Small Parcels 'Spitfire' Marlborough 2020 14/70
  • CHARDONNAY
  • Los Pasos, Chardonnay/Semillon, Mendoza, Argentina 2020 14/65
  • Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, California, USA 2017 15/75
  • Kumeu River Estate, Kumeu, Auckland 2019 18/90
  • Neudorf “Rosie's Block”, Nelson 2018 86
  • Peregrine, Queenstown, Central Otago 2019 19/95
  • Domaine Denis Race Chablis, Burgundy, France 2019 20/100
  • Kim Crawford Small Parcels, Hawke's Bay 2019 65
  • On Giants' Shoulders, Martinborogh 2019 70
  • Collabortaion Wines "The Impression" Hawke's Bay 2016 78
  • Empirical Chardonnay, Hawke's Bay 2015
  • RIESLING
  • Rippon "Jeunesse" Lake Wanaka, Central Otago 2020 15/75
  • Greywacke, Marlborough 2014 80
  • Weingut Georg Heim, Spätlese, Mosel, Germany 2001 110
  • PINOT GRIS
  • Mahi, Marlborough 2020 65
  • Soho Jagger, Marlborough 2020 14/68
  • Poderi Crisci, Pinot Grigio, Waiheke Island 2020 80
  • Knobloch, Grauer burgunder, Rheinhessen, Germany 2016 15/74
  • Prophet's Rock, Wanaka, Central Otago 2018 18/90
  • OTHER WHITES
  • Jean Baptise Ponsot Rully, Burgundy, France 2018 135
  • Chateau De Chamirey, Mercrey Blanc, France 2017 150
  • Billaud Simon "Vaillons" Chablis Grand 1ER Cri Burgundy, France 2018 165
  • Domaine Des Malandes " Vaudesir" Chablis Grand Cru 240
  • Rosé
  • M De Minuty, Cotes de Provence, France 2020 15/75
  • Church Road, Hawke's Bay Series, Hawke's Bay 2018 75
  • Wooing Tree “Blondie”, Blanc de Noir, Central Otago 2020 15/75
  • Poderi Crisci, Waiheke Island 2019 95
  • Chateau Roubine "Lavie En Rose" Cotes De Provence, France 202 95
  • Red
  • PINOT NOIR
  • Mills Reef, Malbourough 2018 14/68
  • “Saddleback” by Peregrine, Central Otago 2018 16/80
  • Mt Beautiful, North Canterbury 2018 85
  • Hawkdun Rise, Alexandra, Central Otago 2012 19/95
  • Burn Cottage “Moonlight Race”, Cromwell, Central Otago 2016 110
  • Cloudy Bay, Marlborough 2018 125
  • OTHER REDS
  • Los Padrillos, Malbec Mendoza, Argentina 2018 13/65
  • Organised Chaos, Gamay Noir, Hawke's Bay 2020 14/70
  • The Landing Boathouse "Vino Rosso" 15/75
  • Domaine LaFond Croze Côtes-du-Rhône, France 2019 16/80
  • Craggy Range, Syrah Hawke's Bay 2018 82
  • Unico Zelo "Mallee Gambit" , Nero D'avola 19/95
  • Soho Revolver "Field Section" 20/100
  • The Prisoner "Saldo", Zinfandel Napa Valley, USA 2019 90
  • The Group ' The MUrder', Shiraz Mclaren Vale, Australia 2017 110
  • Bostock, Merlot Hawke's Bay 2018 130
  • Dessert
  • Château Villefranche Sauternes, SB/Semillion, Bordeaux, France (375 ml) 2015 14/70
  • JK. 14, Recioto Della Valpolicella, Italy 2016 95
  • Azabu's Favourites
  • WHITES
  • Gentil “Hugel”, GWZ/PG/PB/RS/Sylvaner/Muscat, Alsace, France 2016 72
  • Collaboration Wines “The Impression”, Chardonnay, Hawke’s Bay 2016 76
  • Clos Henri, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2016 86
  • Emmerich Knoll Federspiel, Riesling, Wachau, Austria 2014 125
  • Domaine Schlumberger, Grand Cru, Pinot Gris, Alsace, France 2010 145
  • Old Vines Skerpioen, Chenin Bianc/Palomino, 150 Swartland, South Africa 2014 150
  • WHITE BURGUNDY
  • Jean Baptiste Ponsot Rully 1er Cru, Burgundy, France 2017 146
  • Château de Chamirey, Mercurey Blanc, Burgundy, France 2017 152
  • Denis Race “Montmain” Chablis 1er Cru, Burgundy, France 2016 155
  • Domaine des Malandes Chablis Grand Cru, Burgundy, France 2016 240
  • Reds
  • Rufino, Chianti Classico, Riserva Ducale “oro”, Chianti, Italy 2012 110
  • Château Pey La Tour Reserve, Merlot Dominant, Bordeaux, France 2015 110
  • Novum Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2016 120
  • The Prisoner, Zinfandel / Cab Say Dominant, Napa Valley, USA 2015 130
  • Château de Chamirey, Mercurey, Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France 2014 541
  • Felton Road “Cornish Point”, Pinot Noir, Bannockburn, Central Otago 2015 170
  • Valli Row 36 (Mahnum), Pinot Noir, Gibbston Valley, Central Otago 2017 330
  • Dessert
  • Inniskillin Sarkling Icewine, Vidal, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Canada (375 ml) 2014 145
  • Umeshu & Other Sweets
  • Classic Umeshu, Great Balance of Sweetness & Tartness 13
  • Kokuto Umeshu, Rich, Sweet & Slightly Smoky 14
  • Shiso Umeshu, Elegant Candy Notes with subtle bitterness from the shiso herb 13
  • Other Sweets
  • Yuzushu, Refreshing Yuzu aroma & flavours with richness from the Junmai sake 12
  • Kabosushu, Fruity & sweet, yet refreshingly tart 12
  • SHOCHU
  • Iichiko, Barley 12
  • Kurokirishima, Sweet Potato 12
  • Tantakatan, Shiso Perilla 12
  • Beer
  • Tap
  • Asahi Super Dry, Lager, 400ml, Japan 14
  • Asahi Black, Lager, 400ml, Japan 14
  • Bottle
  • Asahi Zero, Alcohol Free, Lager, Japan 11
  • Moa Dry Hopped Pilsner, New Zealand 12
  • Moa Station IPA, New Zealand 12
  • Somersby, Apple Cider, Denmark 10
  • Morningcider Strawberry Rose, Auckland 11
  • Boundary Road, Light Lager 2.5%, New Zealand 9
  • Zenkuro Dry Yuzu Rice Lager,440ml, New Zealand 15
  • Softs
  • Coke, Diet Coke, Lemonade, Soda, Tonic, Ginger Ale, Ginger Beer 6
  • Orange, Pineapple, Cranberry, Apple, Tomato 6
  • Calpico, Ramune 7
  • Antipodes 1L 13
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Sencha, Genmai 4.5
  • Peppermint, Chamomile, Jasmine, Lemon & Ginger Sencha 4.5
  • English Breakfast, Earl Grey 4.5
  • Espresso, Short Macchiato 3.5
  • Long Macchiato, Long Black, Flat White, Cappuccino 4
  • Latte, Mochaccino, Hot Chocolate 4.5
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