I’m no food expert but I am a self-confessed foodie. I love food and trying new places to eat. Back in my Tumblr days, I always posted about food and restaurants whenever we went out to eat as we did it quite frequently. It doesn’t happen as often nowadays but I’m still as excited trying out new restaurants.
Last weekend, my sister and I took my parents out for an early Mother’s Day lunch. I decided to try Tokyo Bay Takapuna since we’ve never been although I live close by. I have heard good things about this restaurant too so it was time to give it a go.
Click below for more photos and to see what we ordered.
First of all, the restaurant is smaller than I expected. The cafe (Francs) and restaurant (Regatta) beside it looks huge compared to it. However, it still has a great view of the beach.
I quite like the decor inside. It’s not the typical Japanese restaurant decor but it’s still simple and minimalistic. The chairs were also comfy and I like the fishes in the ceiling.
Now for the food: their lunch menu has a good selection of starters, light dishes (good for sharing), donburi and bento boxes. We skipped entrées and ordered mains because we wanted to try their desserts.
My mum, sister and I got their bento boxes while my dad tried their donburi.
My mum and I both got the Tokyo Bay Tempura bento box. It has tempura prawns, white fish and vegetables, sashimi, tofu dengaku and a salad. The bento boxes also come with rice and miso soup.
My sister got The Boss Bento which has teriyaki chicken, panko tiger prawn, beef tataki, karaage fried chicken, sashimi, takoyaki octopus and salads. Basically, you get a variety of everything in this one.
My dad got the Karaage Fried Chicken which also looked amazing but it was too far away for me to photograph.
We all enjoyed our food. I thought mine was great. Tempura is my favourite Japanese dish and I will eat anything dipped in tempura batter. The salmon sashimi was also fresh and the salads that came in the bento box were different which I liked.
As for dessert, we got two things which we all shared.
The first one is the Mango Mousse. It was light and fluffy. It doesn’t have the strongest taste of mangoes but I liked it.
And then there were the two tiramisu: coffee tiramisu and matcha green tea tiramisu. Both were nice but I liked the matcha green tea tiramisu slightly better.
Both desserts were a good ending to our meal. We usually never get desserts at a Japanese restaurant because the selection is poor but not at Tokyo Bay. I’ve heard good things about their ice cream too.
Overall, I liked this restaurant. The service could be a bit better. However, the food was good and we found the price to be quite reasonable. We also ordered drinks (mum had the red grapefruit while Joan and I had the coconut pineapple) and for the four of us, the bill came at $124.
Booking online was super easy too. I only decided at 10am that morning and I was able to book us a table online without any hassle. I recommend trying this place out if you’re ever in the Takapuna area. You’ll get good food and a good view.
P.S. Please let me know if you think I should occasionally blog about food. I feel like my blog posts have been mainly fashion and beauty related but I do want to share my other experiences whether it’s food, travelling etc. If you think this seems out of place, do tell.
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