Kabuki Teppanyaki Restaurant
Flaming onion volcanoes and flying fried rice — come for the food and stay for the theatre at this inner city teppanyaki restaurant.
Located in Auckland CBD's Stamford Plaza, Kabuki is a welcoming teppanyaki restaurant that is nothing short of dinner and a show rolled into one. New Zealand ingredients paired with Japanese-style cooking techniques, plus juggling, throwing and fire are all on the agenda during a seating at Kabuki.
Take a seat at the front of the sizzling hot plate and buckle up for the flames and flying fried rice. With six different teppanyaki set options, from the vegetarian Zen menu with tempura vegetables and teriyaki tofu, to the all-out Matsu option with half a crayfish and juicy wagyu beef, there's something for everyone. Whatever your choice on the night, the set meals also come with a side salad, miso, seaweed salad, sautéed vegetables, fried rice and a choice of fruit or ice cream for dessert. There's absolutely no doubt you'll leave with a happy, very full stomach.
Enjoying food is easy when going out for dinner, but the wait from the kitchen (which happens to be right in front of you) to the plate has never been so entertaining. Once the fiery bursts of flame from the flaming onion volcano has started, you know you're in for a ride. Perhaps half the fun is the fact that it's everything Mum told us not to do. The talented chefs-come-performers throw food, bang cutlery and light almost everything on fire (even ice cream) to make for an exhilarating performance you won't find anywhere else.
It's a miracle how the chefs make the art of cooking come to life, whilst making expertly-cooked and seasoned eye fillet steak and scallops doused in special seafood sauce come out one after another. Hopefully your eye-mouth coordination is on point as you'll need to get ready to work for your food — the flying fried rice and egg-catching is all part of the teppanyaki fun. Wash it all down with something from the extensive cocktail menu. From sake bombs at the start of a big night, to a fruity Singapore Sling, just about anything goes with this theatrical dinner performance of delicious proportions.
If you want to opt out of the whole teppanyaki experience, head to Kabuki for an excellent range of a la carte food perfect for a late-night bite or pre-show dinner. From fried eggplant with an umami punch, miso-marinated yellowfin tuna, and moreish karaage chicken, Kabuki doesn't miss a beat.