Mentatz Japanese Noodle Restaurant and Bar Review

Mentatz is one of our go-to restaurants whenever we are in the city. It is strategically located in one of the busiest streets in the CBD, Lorne Street. It offers a wide array of Japanese food and drinks at very affordable prices (from $8.00 and up). The food portions won’t let you down either, thus, customers really get the value for their money.

As for the food rating, it differs based on a variety of factors like the type of food, the customer’s preference for flavors, and the number of customers in the restaurant at the time of dining.

First of all, we can both attest to the robust flavors of the restaurant’s ramen. Our go-to selections are the Wafu Tonkotsu Ramen and the Seafood Tomato Ramen. The balance between the quantity of noodles, soup, and meat/ seafood is just right especially when you visit the restaurant on a quiet day; which is rarely the case.

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Wafu Tonkotsu Ramen

Secondly, the side dishes/ appetizers are just as good as the mains. The serving size for some of them are big enough to pass for a meal. We’ve tried the Salmon Pot, Spicy Shrimp Salad, Gyoza, and Takoyaki; and the ingredients in each dish just complement each other really well.

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Salmon Pot – Salmon chunks with tofu and some vegetables in miso (?) soup.

Third, the rice meal that we usually order, which is the Teriyaki Chicken, in our opinion, is average. The taste and the serving size is really good and satisfying, however, the chicken isn’t always tender. We always get this issue during the busy hours — dinner time.

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Apart from the aforementioned information (as based on our dining experiences), the pros still triumph over the minor cons. This is a restaurant that travelers must dine in when visiting Auckland especially this winter season.

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Sushi Train, Chancery Lane, Auckland

Like every normal human being, we too live very busy lives, which primarily means working most days of the week. Amidst this reality, we try to spend as much time together as possible especially during our times-off that fall on the same day.

Saturday mornings mean pancakes and coffee for breakfast, a bit of vacuuming and mopping, then off we go (Gelo goes to the gym and Kay wanders around the city). And because this is the only day that our restdays jive, we often splurge and go for a late lunch at the Sushi Train in Chancery Lane. It is one of the best places to eat in Auckland, in our opinion, because they serve a variety of sushi options which are freshly prepared, their staff are incredibly friendly and accommodating, and every plate, regardless of the colour, is $3.50 (unlike in the other branch which is located near the Viaduct where prices vary depending on the colour of the plate). On a normal day, we often end up with ten plates in a stack; however, during those rare instances wherein we are incredibly famished, the stack becomes doubled.

And to share what our enthusiasm is all about, here are some of our regular sushi choices:

Top left: Tiger Roll, bottom left: Grilled Pork Sushi, bottom right: Grilled Salmon, middle right: Grilled Scallops, top right: Grilled Beef.

Some of the “fried” food options:

Left: Takoyaki, top right: Spicy Chicken Karaage, bottom right: Calamares.

Options that we have tried only once:

And because we do not eat them often, we are unfamiliar with the names, except for the one on the top left hand corner which is the Volcano Roll.

And you can also get desserts like Creme Brulee, Tiramisu, Chocolate Mousse, and Gelatin.

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The highlight of every Sushi Train visit! 🙂

So if you are ever in the city and are looking for a great sushi place, Sushi Train in Chancery Lane is a must-try.

Sushi Train
201A/32 Courthouse Lane, Chancery, Auckland
PH: (09) 368-7200
Sunday to Thursday | 11:30 am to 9:30 pm
Friday to Saturday | 11:30 am to 10:30 pm

Safe Travels,

Kay  & Gelo