Named for the God of daily food and fishermen, Ebisu brings together the best of traditional Japanese and modern international dining.
Ebisu takes the traditional values of Japanese cuisine – freshness, simplicity, painstaking attention to the quality of ingredients – and fuses them with the buzz and excitement of contemporary dining.
In Japanese mythology, Ebisu is the god of daily food, good luck and plenty. He is also the guardian of fishermen and merchants, making the restaurant’s location a fitting one.
Situated in the fine Union Fish Company heritage building overlooking the wharves, its stripped-back design makes the most of the soaring ceilings, large arched windows, exposed brickwork and raw timber columns of the character space.
A glassed-off indoor terrace lets in light and views from Quay Street and creates an intimate space for group dining or events. Luxurious leather booths in the centre of the space face the theatrics of the cocktail bar and sushi kitchen or back into the lively arena of the restaurant.
Live DJs and fresh seafood
Unusually on the Auckland dining scene, Ebisu introduces live music and DJs into the restaurant, adding to the contemporary atmosphere.
Back of house, however, the kitchen set-up is truly authentic. Highly skilled Japanese chefs with both traditional and Pacific Rim credentials create a selection of exquisite sharing plates and mains.
The menu celebrates the best of local fresh seafood and produce, including sushi and sashimi, fresh shellfish and lunchtime bento boxes. Dishes such as Momofuku pork buns, seared beef with garlic chips and soft shell crab with orange ponzu and wasabi tartare sum up the menu’s ‘traditional with a twist’ approach.
As well as an innovative cocktail list and a carefully thought out wine list, there is an extensive range of traditional sake. Ebisu is an excellent destination for an after-work tipple or a pre- or post-show bite or drink at Vector Arena – open every night till late.
The restaurant and its terrace space are available for private function hire – contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries.