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New Lynn continues to excite: across the road from the highly excellent Paasha and Mr Zhou’s Dumplings is Happy Japanese. Its name is brilliant, of course, but it does follow through: this is indeed happy, a great local joint serving Japanese classic comfort food.

It’s simple inside, with a slightly ritzy 1970s feel – gold wallpaper, lots of dark red paint. It’s shadowy and calm and there are Japanese prints on the walls. We highly recommend the curry chicken special – Japanese curry with rice and a pork cutlet, the curry silky and lightly flavoured. Which made us very happy indeed. SFG

HOURS Lunch 11.30 to 2.30; dinner 5.30pm to 9.30pm. Closed Tuesday.

ADDRESS 3113 Great North Road, New Lynn, ph 827 8283.


  1. New Lynn lover wrote:

    Try Moroccan Sahara a couple of doors down as well. New Lynn spoilt for choice these days.

    Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm | Permalink
  2. andijandal wrote:

    I found the service to be excellent, but the food mediocre when I went not long ago & then got outside to see they had a D hygiene rating! I’m sure they would have rectified this by now as it was a month or so ago. The rating was also hidden behind a flag sign and it was only when the wind blew it that we saw the D behind.

    Agree that Moroccan Sahara has some pretty great food (and service).

    Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:47 am | Permalink

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