Lunch Monday-Friday, dinner 7 days.
Runner-up: Best Asian Restaurant
Housed in a large, quite-dark, high-ceilinged and extremely elegant room accessible from both Quay St and Takutai Square in Britomart, Ebisu has evolved into a very fine restaurant. The staff are informal and know their stuff and the mood is convivial — you could spend a happy long afternoon or evening here just as easily as you might call in for a quick bite. The sashimi is delicately, deliciously fresh, the bento lunch boxes are full of treats, the drinks list is large and enticing, and on top of all that there are several really stand-out dishes. If you like your chicken fried, the karaage chicken is to die for. If you fancy a steak, check out the Scotch fillet with Japanese sauces. And as for the soft-shell crab, it comes in a light and crunchy batter with shells of softness and creamy sweet insides that melt in your mouth with each bite. $$$
A favourite dish: Deep-fried soft-shell crab with wasabi tartare and orange ponzu.
Shared-plate options / Fixed-price meal options / Degustation / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Private room / Takes large groups / Bar / Craft beer selection