December 3, 2016 / Leave a Comment
Tatsumi has long been one of Auckland’s hidden gems for me – one I only discovered given that I was lucky enough to work within walking distance. I’ve enjoyed their lunch set more times than I could count, and taken many guests there to rave reviews.
The question was, would it still taste as good as I remembered after a year of Michelin starred, World’s Best dining around the world?
The answer? A resounding YES. At $26NZD, the set lunch is insane value for the quality of food that Tatsumi serves up. You’ll get miso, a three-part amuse bouche (always amazing), rice, salad and your choice of three dishes from a large selection. I can’t bear to stray from my faves – so for me, it’s always lamb ribs, teriyaki chicken thigh with lotus root and karaage chicken (always ask for a side of Japanese mayo).
The karaage might be the best I’ve tasted anywhere, the ribs so juicy and sweet, and the teriyaki chicken unbelievably tender. Seafood lovers might want to try the soft shell crab or prawn tempura…whatever you choose, I’m sure it will be tasty.
For those who want a beverage with their meal, lunch offers up even more spectacular value – small Sapporo draught beers are available for $5 or wine of the day for $6 a glass. I’ve had some spectacular wines on the lunch offer – Babich Irongate Chardonnay, Amisfield Pinot Noir and Kumeu River Pinot Gris just to name a few. Insanely good.
Service is always superb, and there’s a lovely setting in which to enjoy your meal whether you choose the sunny, tree-lined outdoor area bordering Lumsden Green, or the darker, more traditional inside setting.
A small bite of dessert is provided to end your meal on just the right note, without leaving you feeling heavy. It’s one of the absolute best lunches in town in my books.
Tatsumi is not just lunch however, they offer an a la carte, Japanese tapas style menu at nights as well as a degustation option. I’m promising myself I’ll return for the degustation on a trip one day soon…if the lunch is anything to go by, it’s sure to be fabulous.