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“Changed for the worse since Easter 2012”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Soto Japanese Garden Restaurant - CLOSED

Soto Japanese Garden Restaurant
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
95 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Changed for the worse since Easter 2012”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

This was our favorite special restaurant, but since the decor and menu change it is an about face. The decor used to be warm and inviting, now it is stark and sterile.

There used to be an excellent Vegetarian Platter, with a set menu of izakaya style beautifully crafted dishes. Now there are only limited veggie options, all expensive and small and not very appealing. The best value was the endamame beans at $5. But $18 for beetroot capacio was pathetic, which was essentially 5 thin slices of beetroot, with a small dollop of glop and a quarter walnut with a small sprinkle of greens. It was served on a bread and butter plate and there was more plate showing than food covering it.

The staff are still friendly and service is still good, but alas without the food and decor to match, this was the last time for us.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank Dee Y
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52 reviews from our community

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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing dining experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2012

This restaurant is perfect. It's the same every time you go and the standard never falters. Service and food are unforgettable and I would highly recommend spending some time here. It is Japanese fusion so a fabulous and intriguing mix of modern and traditional.

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Thank Jules88_11
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New Zealand
Level Contributor
43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Soto is so tasty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

Went here on the mission to try one new restaurant per month - not heard of it, no advice to go there but really enjoyed it. Flavors were gorgeous - two of us shared four plates & dessert tasting plate and enjoyed every single one. Service very attentive, nice atmosphere for both quiet diners and also some groups in - all good. Not cheap but not über costly either

  • Visited June 2012
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1 Thank kmaway
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Wellington, New Zealand
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good looking and Delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

We made a last minute decision to try out Soto for dinner, after walking past (it's in the old Ponsonby Fire Station), mostly because I was intrigued by the old building. Once inside, there's a lot more to keep you interested. The space is larger than you might think from the outside, and it has been beautifully decorated. We were there on a Tuesday night and managed to get a nice table without a booking. The place was about 3/4 full, with a nice buzzy atmosphere. However, each table feels private enough and it's easy to talk above that buzz. The range of Japanese beer and spirits available is great. I asked for a Japanese cocktail not listed on their menu, and they were fine with that - made perfectly. Favourite dish there was the Venison Tataki - we had to order another!

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank MokeSydney
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Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
69 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Japanese Fine Dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

this is a gorgeous restaurant in a gorgeous location, very romantic with a lovely view of the city and a authentic japanese garden that you can sit out in, when the weather is warmer,

great for both couples and groups the set menus are amazing!

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank Shoppadownunder1
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