Kazuya continues to impress with its ability to infuse traditional Japanese cooking techniques with contemporary flair. Chef Kazuya Yamauchi and his team of polished professionals understand that dining is more than what simply appears on the plate, it’s about showing care in the kitchen and consideration for the expectations of the diner. Kazuya succeeds in all aspects. The dining room is small and intimate, the welcome is warm and the service is attentive. The degustation-only menu offers dishes that are inspiringly creative in their attention to visual and textural presentation and their delivery of superb balance and fresh flavours. A recent highlight was a dish of Cambridge duck with butter beans that had wonderful textural variety, with mushroom and lotus root flavours running through it. Innovation is constant, ensuring diners always have something new to excite them.
193 Symonds St, Eden Terrace, 09 377 8537, kazuya.co.nz Lunch Fri, dinner Tues-sat; degustations $90-$150 Japanese-inspired dishes of consummate quality, served with international style IN BRIEF
Mandarin, chamomile, crystallised mint, Valrhona candy & whey bubbles