ADDRESS: 193 Symonds St, Eden Terrace
DINNER: Tue – Sat
MAINS: $60 – $150
SCORE: 18.5 / 20
It’s a rare thing to dine out and come away feeling utterly content. Yet put yourself in the hands of chef-owner Kazuya Yamauchi and you’re in for a degustation, every mouthful of which is utterly delicious. Go to Kazuya not just to eat, but for an entire experience: the term ‘gracious’ covers every aspect of the restaurant from the dining room, the service, the welcome, the ambience. Both innovative and classical in its approach to fine dining, Kazuya has perfected the melding of European influences with a Japanese aesthetic, consistently offering refined, elegantly presented plates that never miss a beat. Move heaven and earth to try their signature dish, ‘Texture’, 30 different vegetables, each prepared differently. A dish of Black Angus beef, beetroot, and aubergine is magnificently more than the sum of its parts, with a perfectly cooked fillet resting atop an aubergine fritter and a velvet-smooth beetroot puree bringing it all together.