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Sushi Ninja is the only Japanese-owned and operated Sushi Bar/Japanese Restaurant in New Plymouth. It is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Ken and Sophie Kurota.
Our Mission Statement
Two Very Different Styles
Casual café-style dining during the day includes a wide range of takeaway sushi packs and dine-in meals such as bentos (lunch boxes filled with a variety of favourites), donburis (large bowls of rice with different toppings), curries and more.
At night ‘izakaya’ sake-bar style dining emphasises communal ‘tapas’ meals in great variety where friends can share the different flavours.
Ken and Sophie dreamed of moving out of Auckland to a nice environment and opening their own restaurant somewhere near the sea, but weren’t sure where until they heard about what was happening in Taranaki in 2003. This was the shooting of “The Last Samurai” movie starring Tom Cruise with a host of Japanese actors, extras and film crew.
They purchased a small caravan, converted it into a Japanese food kitchen and (with the kind cooperation of the authorities) set it up on the Foreshore opposite Centre City. The mobile sushi shop immediately attracted lots of Japanese from the movie as well as local customers.
The immediate success of this venture, and the friendly reception they got from the people of New Plymouth convinced the Kurotas that they should open a permanent restaurant.
(The fabulous New Plymouth surfing may have also had an influence!)
Sushi Ninja opened in March 2007 and has been going strong since. Ken, as Head Chef, still loves indulging his passion for creative cooking, and Sophie, as Manager, cares for her staff and customers in the Front of House as though they were all members of her own family.
Experience & Enthusiasm
Ken Kurota had 12 years experience as a chef in Japanese restaurants both in Japan and New Zealand. In Auckland he worked for Edo Bento, famous for its bento meals and sushi rolls, was Head Chef and manager for Okonomiyaki Columbus which specialized in teppanyaki meals, and also worked as a chef at Nishiki Robatayaki, a very popular sake-bar.
He was born and bred in Yamagata, a mountainous region of Japan, so feels at home near beautiful Mt Taranaki. As a keen surfer he couldn’t resist ‘the Naki surf’.
Sophie, with a Kiwi dad and Japanese mum, grew up in Tokyo and also lived in Auckland, so really appreciates the friendly people and the natural environment of Taranaki. She feels sure this is the right environment to bring up her only daughter Minami, who incidently loves sushi and is often seen ‘helping out’ at the restaurant.
Winner of Outstanding Chef 2008– Ken Kurota Halamoana Hospitality Awards
Finalist of Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant 2009 Halamoana Hospitality Awards
Finalist of Outstanding Takeout Establishment 2009Halamoana Hospitality Awards
Finalist of Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant 2010 Halamoana Hospitality Awards
Finalist of Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant 2011 & 2012 Halamoana Hospitality Awards
We are always looking for quality staff. If you are interested in working for a friendly team known for its drive for excellence, send in your cv with references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect with Sushi Ninja
At Sushi Ninja we love to hear from our customers, so please catch up with us on Twitter or Facebook. We also have a contact form that you can use to get in touch with us.
If you are looking for catering in New Plymouth or catering in Taranaki then please give us a call. We can provide catering for private functions and often attend events in the region, such as those listed below:
- WOMAD 2003 as food caravan
- Taranaki Food and Wine Festival 2007
- NPDC Festival of Lights “Inside Japan” 2007
- Elton John Concert at TSB Bowl of Brooklands 2007
- WOMAD 2008
- SHINE Oakura 2009
- Home & Lifestyle Expo (Chef’s battle) 2009
- Purple Paddocks 2009 & 2010
- Kaitake Kindergarten Fundraiser at Okurukuru 2010
- Sushi Ninja's Japan Day 2010
- TSB Women’s Surf Festival 2010
- New Zealand Tattoo & Art Festival 2010
- Taranaki Kayak Fishing Classic at Butlers Reef 2011,2012 & 2013
- Social Media Taranaki’s Epic Race 2011
- TSB Women's Surf Festival 2011
- Taranaki Kayak Fishing Classic at Butlers Reef 2012
- Lifestyle Home Expo 2012
- Join Hands for Japan - fundraising event (organised by Sushi Ninja) for the children affected by the tsunami in Japan 2012 & 2013
- Oakura School fundraiser Sushi Workshops
- Multi Ethnic Extravaganza 2013
Would you like to be part of this great business opportunity?
We are now accepting expressions of interest for franchise opportunities.
Call Sophie today on (06) 759 1398 or email email@example.com