|The interior decor matches the restaurant's name|
In most places, a Japanese lunch box consists of a tray, partitioned into many rectangular containers of food. Industry Zen takes it to a whole new level, with boxes stacked on top of each other in a rickshaw, for instance. My photos below don't begin to do justice to these sources of wonderment.
|Lunch Box - vegetarian tempura-ju. The shigi-ju (teriyaki chicken lunch box) came with three layers in the rickshaw.|
|Chef's Special Sashimi & Teriyaki Chicken Set|
|Sashimi Boat Set|
|Rikka Combo - Sushi & Teriyaki Chicken - comes with circular shelving that almost hides you from the person sitting opposite|
|Miso soup and appetisers included in the lunch sets|
But let me tell you about my one dinner experience from the beginning... We had made a booking for 8:30pm during the Rugby World Cup. Fortunately, we decided we were too hungry and turned up half an hour early, because at 8:15pm someone started banging on the drums and a waitress came over to ask the name of the birthday boy (yes, it was a special occasion). The chefs stood in a row behind a pane of glass in the show kitchen (as opposed to the hidden one out the back where most of the work gets done) and were formally introduced. More drums, then all the birthday celebrants were announced (there were four that night). You get the idea.
|Formal introduction of our chefs|
|Sushi , one of the more minimally presented dishes|
Mains: the lunch sets ($19-$24). Sounds expensive, but worth it for the experience of seeing your friends' eyes bulge. You get a good amount of delicious food too.
You can get a vegetarian tempura lunch box, or order off the bigger selection in the main menu.
|Main menu - page 1|
|Main menu - page 2|
104D Customs Street West, Auckland Central
Mondays to Sundays 12pm - 11pm
|Industry Zen is just behind the Tepid Baths which are currently under redevelopment|
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