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Karin Japanese Restaurant

237 Parnell Road, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
09-356-7101
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Ranked #617 of 1,179 restaurants in Auckland
Cuisines: Asian, Japanese
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Lyon, France
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We were feeling like japanese food on Sunday evening so we went to Karin (which seems to be called Nakayoshi now by the way). What was supposed to be a quick snack stretched to become a one hour meal! We ordered 1 sashimi, 1 sushi roll, 1 takoyaki (octopus balls) and 2 miso soups. After 10 minutes the sashimi arrived.... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

It's kind of out of the way up stairs, but we wandered into this restaurant on holiday. I realised I'd been here ten years previously, the night before Big Day Out. Had a very nice meal, reasonably priced, great little restaurant full of people mid-week as well.

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Canberra, Australia
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124 reviews 124 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Wifey led us to this restaurant after vetoing countless others across 3 different popular dining districts. The tagline that drew us in was the semi politically-incorrect "Owned by Japanese, Cooked by Japanese, Way to Go" sign below. But after all this is about cuisine, and authenticity is paramount, so up we go. And we were surprisingly treated with delights to... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Japanese owned and operated this restaurant is the best I'm Parnell for lunch. I have no idea what it's dinner menu is like but I lunch there every couple of weeks and have done for over 10 years. Bento boxes are the go, but the udon are good too. Karin is upstairs, unpretentious and inexpensive.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

A great place for informal Japanese. Casual dining, simple surroundings, friendly Japanese staff, great value

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Love Karin and am a regular visitor. Authentic Japanese, with great service in a friendly and unpretentious setting. Great meeting place for friends. Highly recommend.

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Ho Chi Minh
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

I have been to this small family run restaurant several times (most recently in April 2013) and each time the food is great. The small Japanese rock garden at the top of the stairs lets you know this place is the real deal. Usually I pick what I want but the set menus are also good value and have a... More

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Malmo, Sweden
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Sadly not the best Japanese I have had. Food was pretty average and didn't seem as fresh as Japanese normally is, and overly deep fried. Service was good and on time. Dark and strange interior, probably wouldn't visit again.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

There was 5 of us in the group. It was a Sunday afternoon. The service was not good and our meals all arrived at different times, with one meal failing to materialise. Would we revisit, probably not. The meal itelf was pleasant enough, but a shame we could not enjoy the meal as a group.

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cairo
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

just fine for a quick bite in the city.nothing special but ok

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