Looking for somewhere for a quick lunch bite we stumbled across Kyoto in Fort Street. My dining companion was ravenous and looking for something hearty in this hideous weather and from the menu this seemed to fit  the bill.

The inside, while not likely to be featured in any interior design magazines, was a lot nicer than so many of our other cheap eats. Bright, light and modern with cheery floral walls it was very pleasant and clean.

We ordered the Yakiniku Donburi ($12.50) and the Salmon and Prawns Teppanyaki ($20.50) and were very pleased with both. While not ‘blow your mind Japanese’ or anything unusual it was exactly like the food you would get in the millions of small local restaurants around Tokyo or other Japanese cities.

I love a good Yakiniku and this one had all the right flavours – sweet/soy/mirin beef with sauce on rice and topped with spring onions, ginger, chilli flakes, sesame seeds and strips of toasted nori and red ginger. The beef was not as melt-in-your-mouth as I have tasted in other places but that didn’t affect the experience and we easily made it to the bottom of the generous serving between us. It had just the perfect amount of spice and the pickled ginger cut perfectly across the sweet/savoury meat. My friend no longer felt like she was going to eat the furniture once she’d finished. Good value for the price.

The Prawns and Salmon was also very tasty. It was the equivalent of a whole salmon steak but cut into six pieces and a couple of prawns on the side. The Salmon was cooked perfectly and came with teriyaki sauce on top and the prawns were doused in the standard ‘yum yum’ sauce with a generous portion of stir fried veges on the side. It was served with a white miso soup and rice. It was a big meal and I would have struggled on my own.

The service was fast and friendly and there was a lot of pre-packaged sushi available for the lunch rush. Kyoto is perfect for a bite to eat before a movie or show or a quick lunch when you feel like something more than a sandwich. The food was basic but fresh, filling and tasty.

Note: There are a couple of dishes just above the $20 mark but only by a couple of dollars and 85% percent of the menu is within cheap eats budget.


Location: 48 Fort St, Auckland
Phone: (09) 302 3211
Hours: 9am – 9pm Mon-Fri, 5pm – 9pm Sat, Closed Sun
Prices:  Snacks $6.50-$8.50, Teppanyaki $14.50-$23.50, Tempura $14.90-$18.90, Teriyaki $12.90, Bento $22.90, Katsu $12.90, Donburi $12.50, Udon $12.50-$15.50
Credit Cards: Yes
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Takeaways: Yes
Bathrooms:  Fine
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
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