Last meal in New Zealand was a Japanese fast food place at AKL. Not bad for airport food, but still, airport food. Food on the ride home was a surprisingly good (!) shepherd's pie I was too lazy to take a photo of.
Dinner that night back in LA was at Necco, a small-ish place next to Sushi Masu. While Masu is well known for superb fish, Necco is more about cooked items. The lamb was not my idea of seasoning or taste, but it was extremely tender and of good quality, and the toro sashimi was superb. Mackerel sashimi was artfully done, and the boiled octopus was very tender. Only really disappointing things were the salad and the baby yellowtail, which was like shoe leather compared to the toro!
One mistake we made... forgot to check what market price was on the toro. Turns out it was $8 per piece. Yikes. No wonder why it was so good!