Or, ‘Trust the Chef’, is a mixture of sushi, sashimi and cooked Japanese food. But the emphasis is all about using the best of ingredients possible and working from the heart and soul. So all our produce is authentically sourced from across the globe and with our unique, dining experience, you’re fully immersed in both taste sensation and the restaurant’s ambience. As voted in the ‘Top 10 Most Blissful Places to Eat’ we pride ourselves in being different to your usual sushi experience and creating an authentic taste of Japanese tradition.

We freshly prepare all dishes in front of you to give you a greater connection with the food and we’re happy to share thoughts and answer any questions you may have. We are also passionate about making sure every customer has a good experience, so your honest feedback is always appreciated. We are popular so we do advise you book a few days in advance to avoid disappointment, but we do allow walk in’s during our quiet periods and when we have cancellations.

For our latest ‘Omakase’ Menu please click here. 

The Chef…

Hi I’m Darren, Head Chef at Auradaze and I know my name isn’t very Japanese, but every ounce of my passion for the Japanese cuisine and culture inspired me to our Auradaze dining experience. I wanted to allow the individual to fully immerse themselves in a truly authentic Japanese experience.

In order to achieve this we really have brought a little piece of Japan to Ambleside, in the heart of The Lake District. You’ll be both excited and intrigued, with no menus to choose from and sharing the experience with your fellow diners. Forming new connections and possibly new friends too. For me this really is the essence of Japanese food, being accompanied with good conversation and many shared memories. I am classically trained in Japanese food after spending time in Japan. Not being a native, I had to ‘step up my game’ raising my dedication and determination to think ‘nihon’ (Japanese).

So after lots of studying and training, I started a restaurant which grew rapidly with shops and satellite deli’s following soon after. I began importing produce from Kobe and Yokohama and even flying fish in from all over the world to ensure that authentic experience.

Following my passion for food I delved deeper into the micro biology of Japanese food and found myself teaching students at Manchester University. We were also producing ready meals for export to Belgium and France and was attached to the UK Trade & Industry and Foodexpo Japan.

Then through crossroads and turning points I sold up and travelled to Bora Bora in the south Pacific, serving many famous faces from the jetty. Then after working with some eminent names in Istanbul I decided it was time to head back to the UK and set up a totally authentic Japanese restaurant, and so Auradaze was born.


If you or anyone dining/ ordering with you has any intolerances and/or allergies please ensure you read our Allergies guidelines and fully understand our dining/eating policy. We want everyone to have an enjoyable and rememberable experience so it is important to review this information by clicking here.

Mobile Free Zone

At Auradaze we ensure that your dining experience is like no other and want all our patrons to enjoy the ambience and sit back, relax and leave our busy lives behind us. So we politely request that no mobile phones, or other devices are used, distracting diners away from the authentic experience we want them to enjoy.

There has been much media attention around this policy in the press and during a recent pole in The Telegraph, 54% of diners enjoyed the fact that no-one is texting, tweeting or chatting on the phone. In all circumstances this policy is very flexible and we don’t want diners to feel inhibited by using their phone for good reason.

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