Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

Ebisu’s con­tem­po­rary take on the Ja­panese canon fits neatly with the stylish ur­ban spin its her­itage brick home’s been given. Pol­ished con­crete floors, tan leather ban­quettes, moody light­ing and walls of ex­posed brick set an ap­peal­ing scene; well-ex­e­cuted and aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing dishes round out the pic­ture. Favourites such as miso-glazed egg­plant, agedashi tofu and karaage chicken are pol­ished ren­di­tions, with the odd un­ex­pected twist tak­ing things up a notch. The sushi and sashimi, mean­while, is spank­ingly fresh and so pretty you’re al­most re­luc­tant to pluck it from the plate. Al­most. There are DJ decks in the cor­ner – though fear not, dine at a reg­u­lar hour and you’ll still be able to hear your com­pan­ions – which are typ­i­cally oc­cu­pied as the evening kicks on, mak­ing din­ner at Ebisu the per­fect place to start the party. 116-118 Quay St, Brit­o­mart, ph: 09-300 5271, ebisu.co.nz Lunch Mon-fri, din­ner 7 days; large plates $25-$85 IN BRIEF Mod Ja­panese in an ur­ban set­ting

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