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. happyrestaurant.co.nz