Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar
Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar was crowned Supreme Winner of 2012 Metro Restaurant of the Year Awards last year, and now, they...Announced 1 month ago
- Restaurants, Cafes
- Price Range:
- Moderate, $15 - $25
- Good For Groups:
- Beer, Wine
- No BYO
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- Meals Served:
- Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
- Payment Types:
- EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Outdoor Seating:
Reviews for Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar
by Loulou N.
8th February 2012
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I love this new eatery and Oyster Bar! A great Kiwi theme done with style rather than tacky. Al Brown is one of our best chefs who specialises in local and wild fare, the food was divine and a great laid back yet still stylish atmosphere. We loved the menus made using old 60′s photographs & cutlery in mackerel tins. The complimentary hummus was out of this world…God knows what made it taste so good?! The share platter type menu. Although I didn’t want to share my pork dish – melt in the mouth, falling off the bone crisp pork hock with apple & horseradish Salsa Verde and the most delicious light & creamy mash, with a side of delicious asparagus tossed on the grill with black olive butter. Beautiful glistening fresh seafood from the raw bar including an array of oysters and Tuatua clams, mmm. A must for locals and visitors alike. (Sampling fresh seafood is a must in NZ – don’t let past experiences of yukky fish dishes taint the experience – we have some of the best!) No reservations allowed so we rocked up for a late lunch on a Saturday at 2pm and got a seat no problem. Service with a smile too. A new favorite!
by Jason M.
21st May 2013
Very long waiting times and very crammed place. Food was good but didn’t make up for the fact that we waited far to long. A very busy and loud place made it hard to have any kind of conversation.
by Casey H.
19th May 2013
Love this place.
The food is well prepared with good portion sizes. A good selection of food to choose from.
For how popular and busy it is, the staff are well attentive to their guests and aware of exactly what is going on.
A great place to chill out at in night of the week.
by Maria D.
13th May 2013
Insane. I’ve been dying to go here for awhile but is always jam packed, but today we got to go and was amazing! Snapper sliders, Brussels sprout with walnuts and chicken with Israeli couscous. Attentive and friendly staff, who know what they’re doing. Absolutely 5/5
by Zoe M.
28th April 2013
We’d been wanting to eat at Depot for sometime and we finally got round it it. The atmosphere and decor is relaxed and friendly, but initially we were offered a cramped space at the bar when tables were available. That said the waitress was really accommodating when we asked to move. The food was very tasty, we had a selection of clams which were perfect, the fish sliders which we could have eaten a tray full off, and the pork hock which was lovely and tender with wonderful crackling, but came with a weird brown sludge with sweetcorn in it. I loved the potato skins but the flavours didnt work for my husband. Desert menu was pretty uninspiring tho – lots and lots of choices for digestifs but only 3 sweet desert options and 1 cheese. So 8.5 out of 10 for food. The service really was good, friendly waitress who wasn’t too much in our face. The only thing that we really didn’t enjoy was the seating arangements – if we’d known it was all bar stools we wouldn’t have gone yesterday as my husband had a bad knee and found perching on the bar stools very uncomfortable. We found that sitting on bar stools with no back support really detracted from the enjoyment of the meal as we couldn’t really relax. If it hadn’t been for the seating arrangements it would have been a 5 star review as we really enjoyed our dinner apart from a few minor points, but it seems that being trendy has overtaken comfort in the list of priorities here.
UPDATE to the above review:
Been back a few times with work colleagues and enjoyed myself a lot more. Then went back with a friend last night, had a great evening… in the cold light of day I checked the docket this morning. Despite ordering the house sav that’s on tap 3 times last night, only once was I correctly charged on the bill. The other times I was charged for a Dog Point sav at $14 instead of $8 for the ‘on tap’ variety, the second time $16 for a carafe of Chardonnay instead of $12 for one of sav. Seriously, I expect far better than this from a higher end establishment. Check your dockets carefully, because it seems overcharging is pretty commonplace here. I wish I’d spotted it last night, obviously my fault that I didn’t, so just a warning to others the check what you’ve been charged for before you leave.
by Susan S.
8th March 2013
I was very excited to visit this restaurant, as I had heard rave reviews from my friend’s daughter, who lives in Auckland and considers herself a real foodie. I am a passionate cook, and host hands-on cooking classes from my home in the Wairarapa.
I have eaten a few times at Logan-Brown in Wellington and have usually been satisfied, but not craving anything worth re-visiting.
The atmosphere at The Depot is trendy and playful. My friend though found the repetitive Johnny Cash playing in the background a bit tedious and too loud for conversation. Our server was most cheerful and helpful with menu choices, and serving our drinks.
I enjoyed the raw seafood the most: the oyster and 2 clam shells to be honest. The grouper sliders were my next favorite item on the menu. The potato skins were most disappointing as they were very salty and tasteless, as was the Tuscan type salad. They had so much potential as well! The skirt steak was tender, but way over priced for the portion size. All in all, after spending a total of $187.00, $84 of which was for beverages, my very petite friend from North Ireland was still hungry. I paid the check by the front desk, and left a tip for the server. It was only when I arrived home that I discovered I was charged x2 for my one glass of Bubbles. All in all, I don’t regret experiencing this new darling of the Auckland culinary scene, but won’t be returning for anything special any time soon.
by Joe H.
18th February 2013
been a couple of times now and really like the vibe ‘ The seafood Is as fresh as you Could ever hope for and the service is great.
ate 2 Doz of the Tio point oysters.
Cant wait to go back.
by Logan S.
11th February 2013
Upon entering the establishment it is easily apparent that Depot is still one of the most popular restaurants in the Auckland area. It is a cool summer Sunday evening at 9:00pm and the place is packed. Not to the point where I have to wait for a seat, but to the point where I am seated at a barstool in front of a ‘window’ which is nothing more than a shelf for cutlery.
Seemingly ignored for the first few minutes I am then attended to by three different servers in a matter of minutes, almost overwhelmingly assaulted about my food choice even though I haven’t even received my drink yet.
I start the evening off with three oysters, the minimum you have to order; and as always New Zealand oysters shucked to order cannot be beaten. They are succulent, and refreshing with the tinny end that shocks the senses with an explosion of flavour. If they were not so pricy I would probably just get my fill on oysters.
I stare at the menu for a few more minutes after slurping down the last oyster and wish that something new would magically appear, but alas, the menu has stagnated for over a year now. Stagnating in grandeur, but nonetheless stagnating. A towering model of perfection for New Zealand restaurateurs, food that has elevated other local eateries to a whole new class, but a menu in desperate need of tweaking. They have brought new ideas to Auckland that have been copied, and reused throughout the city. Do you know why every decent restaurant serves sliders and mini-tacos now? Depot 2011.
After much internal debate I decide on the squid ink and cockle linguine, something I have eaten in the past and been exceedingly impressed by. The sauce was a decadent and delicious buttery citrus reduction with pinch of herbs. However as any clam lover knows, the first bite of sand is forgivable, the second is not. I spent the rest of my meal preparing my mouth for the eventuality of more sand.
It is very rare in a pasta dish where you find yourself wishing there was more pasta and less clams, with over twenty clams, and only three bites of pasta I ended up wishing so badly for more of the great black noodles. I even ended up leaving a few clams on the plate because it was easy to tell they were overcooked with a visible rubbery texture. Beyond some of the glaring problems I had with the dish, on the whole it was still great, and by Auckland standards extraordinary.
Overall I gave my experience an 8/10, down from 10/10 this time last year. Still a great place to dine and have some food you cannot find anywhere else in Auckland, but do not prepare to be wowed if you have been here before, it is the same. Still a high mark, but the distinct lack of growth for one of Auckland’s most progressive restaurants is worrying. I for one, can’t wait to see what they do with some menu changes, and hope they make some significant ones
by Anna S.
1st February 2013
This place it getting lots of hype at the moment, so we were happy to wait for a table. Out of the 4 share plates we had 2 were great – the Kingfish Belly was large and yummy and well cooked and fun to share, the NZ Meat Board was nice – especially the rabbit, however the Courgette flowers were really disappointing (food costs would have been about $2) and the Warehou tortillas were odd, small and unremarkable.
The service was kind of cool and hip but a bit vague – they also were quite pushy with asking if we wanted more to drink (got the idea it was a sell sell sell exercise) — especially remarkable was was when the waitress asked if we wanted another carafe of wine – as we said yes she started to take away our half full one! :-L WTF! ACTING attentive is one thing – but BEING attentive is what they need to aim for. All in all we had a fun night, would definitely go there again
by Charles C.
7th November 2012
Depot was my ‘destination’ restaurant for a three-day visit to Auckland, after hearing so much about it. Place sure is popular, an hour wait for a table even on a Monday evening! The service from the staff was good, prompt, and we were kept well looked after as we waited outside with some drinks to pass the time. The food was excellent, Al Brown certainly provided us with many temptations and everything was done to perfection, bags of flavor and wee bites to share. And yet I was not blown away in the manner I was expecting, perhaps I’d listened too much to the hype. Very very good, yes. Exceptional? Perhaps not. But a decent feed for social types. And dessert? Let’s just say, some average pies and a chocolate bar does not a dessert-menu make, which I suppose is the idea when you want to turn over tables that quickly. An interesting place.
by Annalise B.
11th October 2012
Great place to go with some friends to share lots of different dishes. Definitely recommend the oysters, they were fab! For those who have spent time in San Sebastian, it didn’t quite live up to all my high standards set from there, but for Auckland it is still sensational.
by Lucy S.
17th September 2012
Amazing! Went here for my birthday August 2012. Fantastic service, delicious food, great ambiance. Not pretentious. Relaxed feel. We had oysters – the best ive had in auckland; the meat platter – such a selection; tamarillo dessert – yum! Would definitely go again. The only problem was we had to wait a while for the table so we went next door for drinks. The waitress rang when a table was available – fantastic! I now know why its so popular!
14th September 2012
We had dinner at Depot last night and loved the food. It is relaxed and the service is really friendly and efficient. The on tap Pinot is pretty good and every dish was lovely. We just wanted the beef cheek to be available as a big plate too – much too yummy to share and the carnivore at the table was still not satisfied after eating a whole one on his own! We’ve been back a few times for the sugar pie. It is just perfect!
10th September 2012
OK – there is seriously a rave about this place and I wasn’t amused about the fact that you can’t make a reservation.
So we finally got in and you understand what the fuzz is about. This food is outstanding! I am a foodie and I have seen a lot of places. Guess what, this is my new favourite place in town.
We had lamb ribs and beef cheek, chicken and skirt steak. Absolutely mind-blowing! Everything was cooked to perfection. Great service, our waitress Kura was the Icing on the cake. Be back soon, a bit earlier to avoid waiting time.
4th September 2012
Depot is, without fault and gets the kiwi dining experience down pat.
Incredible ambiance, always heaving busy (Bellotta must be thanking the gods for the waiting patrons), great helpful but chilled out service (your water is always full but you will be left alone when you want to be), and the food and wine – in.cred.ible.
I have been to depot a handful of times now, and tried almost everything on the menu. Apart from the bone marrow (not my thing) and the kingfish sashimi (the only thing i think not worth the price for it’s size), the menu is spot on.
Must have’s: Sauv Blanc on tap. Cheap, and yummy. You won’t find this sort of deal anywhere else. Pork hock. yes. A million times yes. If someone can teach me how to make that creamy mash i will pay them zillions. The brussel sprout side. I know. Brussel sprouts. Ignore your gut. Order them. They are so amazing I googles the recipe, found it online and recreated it (about 80% as good as the original). The squid ink linguine sounds odd and probably is but it is the most tasty thing by far on offer, you will want to order two (do yourself a favour and order the large). Hapuka Belly is fresh and very large, the lamp ribs are fatty and tasty, and the best dish of them all – freshly shucked Tuatuas with the balsamic onion sauce. My favorite thing to eat in the world at the moment.
2nd September 2012
We went to depot with a group of six. Ordered various small and large plates and every dish was superb. Favourites were the snapper tortillas and the pork hock. The service was excellent and we had a great night – at a very reasonable price. Will go back for sure. I would suggest getting in early, as it gets very busy!!!
16th August 2012
really couldnt fault the experience. Think we were lucky as only 2 of us so managed to have a seat straight away. By the time we left there was a 90 minute wait. Each dish sensationally cooked – loved the Beef Cheeks, and the Turbot – cute little hamburger buns with it, and then the groper. Everything was cooked with finesse and excellence.
by Liv W.
7th August 2012
Oh my. Where do I begin? Depot is so fantastic.
Firstly, The Turbot Sliders.
Melt in your mouth. Tiny, flavoursome morsels of perfectly prepared fish in heavenly slider buns.
My colleagues and I procured so many small plates, we had to take leftovers home with us!
Our eyes were popping out, over the amazing menu options.
Aubergine – yum. The chicken – was devine.
And the service was just SO spot-on. Understated, non-intrusive, but helpful. And she has no notepad… she’s listening intently to what we want.
Love the hooks under the end of the table for our handbags… and ‘doggy’ bags at the end.
4th August 2012
There is no better place to hang out with your friends and have a yummy meal, good service and great value for money!! The place has this incredible decor and atmosphere, I highly recommend!! Oh, and the oysters…OMG!! To die for!
by Michelle C.
30th July 2012
WOW what a great place to immerse yourself in a vibrant fast pasted eatery that offers amazing food choices & backed up by highly trained & efficient wait staff. Well worth the wait & looking forward to returning very very soon.
30th July 2012
My three foodster companions and I, enticed by stories of oysters and bacon hock, had been meaning to check this place out for quite sometime. We were not disappointed.
After a couple of dry martinis, to fortify us against the cold, we made our way into town on a windy Saturday night. Having been warned in advance of the ‘no reservations’ policy, we got in on the stroke of six o’clock only to find the place absolutely chocka. We took this as a good omen and so gave the wait staff our details before disappearing across the road for several more stiff drinks.
We waited for maybe 45min before getting the green light just before 7pm. We patted ourselves on the back for having the foresight to come in early and slinked out of neighbouring Bellota ($100 poorer due to some overzealous wine ordering).
To start, we dined on an array of oysters and tuatuas served raw. These were deliciously fresh and boasted a lip-smacking minerality. Next came the bacon hock, in all its salty/tangy salsa verde glory, along with the famous turbot sliders. The sliders were so good, we have recreated them at home with the Al Brown endorsed bread range. We were also impressed with the juicy free range chicken dish, roasted aubergines and fried potato skins (a pleasant throw back to my childhood).
The excellent food was helped down the hatch with some fairly drinkable ‘tap’ wine (which was a new experience for us).
The service throughout the night was outstanding: professional, courteous and easy-going without being too familiar.
The restaurant (come bar) is loud, bustling and vibrant – a sign of people enjoying themselves. Go to Depot for a rowdy night out with friends and for some reasonably priced, tasty fare.
1st July 2012
Quite possibly our favourite place to eat in Auckland—where else can you get freshly shucked oysters? Great casual ambience, great food, and last time we were there, Al Brown was making the rounds talking to just about every table. He even gave us free lettuce and bread so we would have a more balanced meal! Only possible drawback is that they don’t take bookings, so unless you go at an off-peak time, there could be a bit of a wait for a table.
14th May 2012
Day – Monday
Time – 1pm
I love this place – have spent $1000′s there if not 10′s of thousands on client entertainment since it opened and will keep going back, clients love it
Freshly shucked seafood – the best – period – just go and drink the bulk wine and eat those delights and you’ll be very very happy, along with any and everything on the starters menu
Mains – Beef is excellent
Chicken Main – BEWARE – as it is young and free range it can and does come with some pink evident and blood on the bone – we questioned it and were given a fair explanation, but old habits die hard so we had a little of it but the majority went back – as I say, tasted fine but always being taught not to eat anything but well cooked we couldn’t stomach it
Hapuka Belly – if you are used to eating belly cuts or cuts that have a fairly high fat content, you won’t be too put off as has very strong, almost pungent fish flavor – people next to us raved about it, I didn’t mind it but clients smiled and had one mouthful ( Note – I’ll eat steak that is blue, lambs brain fritters, most offal so different stuff doesn’t bother me )
Deserts were good – Tamarind was great, Brie cheese rocked
So, go with confidence, but if you’re conservative on what you eat, stick to the staples
Definitely recommended though
by Duncan W.
9th May 2012
Had high hopes after the Metro award and various good reviews. The place was packed when we arrived (8pm on a Tuesday) but we were lucky enough to get seated virtually straight away. Our seats were at the bar so not what you normally expect from a top restaurant but we went with the casual vibe. Service was nice and friendly, and seemed to cope well with a full house. The first dish I thought was great – prosciutto with figs and a blue cheese on toasted ciabatta, my wife wasn’t so impressed, largely as her bit of ciabatta was 50% charcoal. Things kind of went downhill from there though. We decided to be adventurous and ordered the Bone Marrow. It tasted nice and the combination with the parsley and shallot salad was very good…except it was insanely fatty, and so by the time we had mostly finished it we were feeling a bit gross. Next up was the lamb ribs, and unfortunately after the extreme fattiness of the Bone Marrow, it was just more fattiness and only increased the feeling of grossness. The skordalia & cumin paprika oil accompaniment was pretty innocuous and didn’t really add much. We decided to try and balance it by out by ordering a beetroot and goats cheese salad. It came with yellow beetroot, which were, to be honest, bland and tasteless, and the goats cheese and walnuts were powerless to lift the dish.
We decided on the Quince Tarte Tatin for dessert. It was an interesting variation but not as nice as a good apple one, with the quinces lacking the gooey caramely-ness that you get with apples. Different, but not as good – so what’s the point?
To cap off the disappointment we ordered a coffee which was very average.
All in all I liked the concept of casual eating with unfussy food, and judging by its popularity so do plenty of other people, but our experience was a long way from ‘best restaurant in town’ territory. Maybe we just made some bad menu choices (although that shouldn’t really be possible in a top restaurant), but we are not in a hurry to go back for another shot.
8th May 2012
Turned up on a Thursday evening. Packed to the rafters, but the staff were onto it and took my mobile number and said I’d get a text in about an hour. Can’t blame the restaurant for being busy a good sign if anything (they don’t take reservations).
Popped across the road to Bellota for a couple of drinks, the Mojito is my current fav and the girl behind the bar did a great job of knocking up a couple of these while we waited for the text. Probably should have stayed there in hindsight.
Text arrived around an hour later and we wandered over. Service was great especially given the place was humming. But the tapa’s left a lot be be desired considering the place had just been awarded the golden gong by Metro magazine. Just goes to show it’s not what you know but who you know. Tried a multitude of dishes, Oysters OK but not Bluff, they are what they are I suppose. The little fish burgers were pretty hopeless, kind of thing you whip up for the kids. Nothing wrong with them but just not in keeping with a restaurant of this class. Can’t remember the majority of the rest, which speaks volumes I guess, OK but not memorable.
There are two dishes however I won’t forget. The first was the bone marrow. I’ve had this in the past in the form of a bread crumbed deep fat fried version and it was awful. But I figured I’d give it another go given the establishment I was in. A definite improvement this time around but after the first couple of spoon fills of well seasoned liquefied fat I can’t understand why any restaurateur would bother serving it.
The highlight was the mussels with chorizo, garlic and tarragon absolutely sublime what a great combination of favours!
All in all, this seems to be the ‘in’ place at the moment, filled with the usual CBD crowd. Fit out is nothing special, but the atmosphere is good if not a little loud with those who can’t handle their beer/wine. We spent $180 on wine and food and were left wondering if it was money well spend.
Auckland’s best restaurant? Not by a long shot. But the owner must be laughing each time he checks his bank statement!
27th April 2012
I love this place! For a casual pop in, delicious light eats and wine from a cup…you can’t go wrong. Has a fantastic vibe, and the interiors are warm and inviting.
The food suffers a few slips here and there – but maybe that’s understandable with how busy they always are.
The oysters are the coldest I’ve ever had, love a really cold oyster and the chardonnay dressing is fantastic!
by David B.
22nd April 2012
It is worth overcoming the challenges of getting into this place to experience the food. It can look a bit chaotic from the outside but the service is fantastic and organised.
Standouts from the menu for us were the Turbot sliders, Epicurean Courgette Flowers, Snapper Wings and for something different the Fergus’ Bone Marrow.
Noisy, busy and really worth a try.
by fiona m.
2nd April 2012
Love this place, simple but trendy. good for a quick bite to eat with friends or after office drinks. The sliders are lovely but some improvements to the fajitas are needed. will come back!
by Jennifer M.
21st March 2012
Exceptional…fantastic (slightly quirky but not at all pretentious) menu, amazing service, über cool decor…loved it! Will definitely be back, in fact it’s our wedding anniversary next week and this will be a great place to celebrate. Interesting location ( feels like you are somewhere other than Auckland)
10th March 2012
5 of us there for lunch this Saturday — ordered the lamb ribs, beef fajitas, pork hock, clams, hapuka fish belly, and a couple of other dishes. The quality of the food is as good as the laid-back vibe. The flavours of all the dishes deserve a mention — very good. A place to eat-and-enjoy the buzz; not so much for lingering about and engaging in heavy or romantic talk.
Apparently, I’m told, lots of suits there for lunch, mid-week
by rebecca w.
1st March 2012
This was such a great dining experience! The food was absolutely beautiful, and the staff were so amazingly friendly and down to earth. Will most definetly be back soon!! Thank you to everyone at Depot!
20th February 2012
Stunning food, great service. Highlight of my foodie weekend in Auckland.
The decor is fun and relaxed, casual style menu that was easy to read with little embellishment. What you read was what you got. Ooodles of flavour on cool plates. Nice touch with the koha flatbread and babaganoush.
Ate the food, bought the book now home to read and cook.
26th January 2012
After read about the new places around Skycity we decide to have a look and try for ourselfs this new and popular eatery & oyster bar. The place is medium size but generally is full so for sure you will be shoulder to shoulder with your neighbours around. Is a cool and casual place to go perfect for after office of course we try a fresh orongo bay oysters and after I get a beautiful Crisp pork hock w/ apple & horseradish salsa verde, a real good choice with a tap red wine glass. Is not a cheap place but it worth it. Really enjoyable.
by Rose L.
24th January 2012
Just got home from a fantastic evening at Depot with my boyfriend and his visiting French parents.
Bonus that there was a very charming French waiter there, but apart from that, the food was fantastic, we didn’t have to wait long for a table, and the wait staff were attentive and friendly, making us feel immediately at home.
Tua tuas to start: ooh la la! Vinagrette was awesome. Highly recommended: turbot sliders, veal with capers and falling-apart pork hock.
Can’t wait to come back with friends, thanks for a great night.
by Theresa C.
3rd January 2012
This place was extremely busy on New Year’s Eve. I wasn’t sure what to expect because my friend planned the evening.
The menu certainly looked exciting and each dish was a pleasant surprise to me in terms of taste. However, I felt that the food was overpriced for its setting. A $22 share plate gets you 3 small pieces of whitebait fritter. For that I’d expect myself to be sitting somewhere in Viaduct, not around a tiny table where our elbows were touching each other.
by Dean C.
12th December 2011
Went with four friends and shared ‘one of everything’. It’s a great menu and a quality experience.
Oysters, sliders and pork-hock a real highlight.
The fit-out is pretty stunning as well.
by Maria &.
12th December 2011
Had great fun at Depot the other night! Gorgeous food. Lovely, friendly and helpful young Irish waitress. All the food we ordered was fresh and tasty and…. perfect! Great to see this pocket of the city coming alive with some exciting eateries.
by Michele T.
11th December 2011
God What a Great Place!
I must say the first time I want too impressed waiting outside for a table. It was a windy night and we weren’t even in the restaurant! But the service is great and the drinks kept coming so we were happy.
It only got better once seated, the food was just wonderful and quite different – the flavours.
Great wait staff and you even get to meet your neighbouring dinners at the shared tables.
So since going in Mid November I’ve been back 3 times…..would even consider giving up cooking so I could go every night.
29th October 2011
I must say we went here with fairly high expectations and found ourselves underwhelmed. Perhaps a case of anticapointment but I have definitely had a much better experience at a lower overall price.
I found the Kiwianaesque decor at odd with the restaurant price level. Its all very well sitting at rough tables drinking wine from picnic tumblers, but you can have a similar experience at the Loaded Hog.
There were definitely some very good dishes. Recommend the lamb ribs, sashimi and baked fish. There were also some pretty ordinary ones. Whitebait fritters that consisted more of flour and egg than whitebait. Snapper with coleslaw in rolls – snapper had saggy batter al-la cheapo F+C shop.
Have had better value for money elsewhere and even though it wasn’t bad, I wont be in a hurry to back.
by trina s.
25th October 2011
Walked in off the street prior to RWC final for an early dinner en route to the game. Staff were very welcoming and managed to squeeze us in right at the kitchen bench where we had a fantastic meal. Service was excellent, Al Brown was around chatting to diners – seems like a nice man.
Good food, great ambiance and will definitely be back
by Michelle w.
2nd October 2011
Loved the setting! Loved the food! Staff very friendly.
Chair/ stools gave me backache and was a Little pricey but that would be the only negative comments. Had the fishcakes, tortilla, pork and brisket. All fab! The sugar pie was yummy but the RHUBARB and ginger pie was the best! Will be back.
by karen o.
1st October 2011
I was really disappointed especially after the rave reviews. The food was bland and expensive. $6 for two small pieces of iceberg lettuce with some dressing drizzled over the top. The mayonnaise with the whitebait fritter tasted like the stuff out of a large plastic bottle. Very protein heavy meals and I wanted veges as well (other than coldish potato skins. The felafel’s were very nice but the accompanying harissa sauce was bland. I ordered the gingerbread for dessert and they brought me the sugar pie. I told the waitperson I had the wrong dessert she had to get someone to check for me. He rolled his eyes and came back and got the dessert, took it to the checkout where the staff looked at it before coming back to me and apologising. When I did get the gingerbread – it was burnt. I won’t be back.
28th September 2011
superb food and fantastic service, will defiantly be back again. such attention to detail, very attentive and helpful staff, love how you can watch them cook and prepare seafood.
5 stars all the way!!!!
14th September 2011
Have been 3 times in a week. Absolutely love the place. The food in amazing, simple but very delicious. The service is great and I love the wine in the water glasses. Old school without being tacky. Best food and service I’ve come across in Auckland in a really long time
by Craig H.
8th September 2011
The service was good for a busy Wednesday night and the pacific oysters were the best I’ve tasted. Things were looking up. Unfortunately the rest of the food was disappointing: The falafels and kahawai cakes were ok but crumbly, the mini burgers and snapper tortillas were largely tasteless. The brisket was nice but there were hardly any red beans and only a teaspoon of rice. The skirt steak was small and tough, the pork hock was mostly bone and crackling, and the carrot and beetroot salad was tiny and over-cooked. Overall the food was largely tasteless, overpriced and over-complicated.
They serve wine in water glasses but we insisted on wine glasses instead.
If you like oysters I would recommend an oyster plate and a glass of wine (in a wine glass), then move on.
by Troy N.
2nd September 2011
We went there on a Friday. We arrived and were told there would be a 25 min wait, for a table for the 2 of us, and we could wait outside. It was cold and wet outside so we ended up waiting in the Grand Hotel. Not taking bookings is a pain.
The food was o.k but I wouldn’t rave about it. We had a platter of different meats that was good. My wife’s small fish burgers were a bit bland. The pork hock is a fatty cut of meat but didn’t have anything on the plate to to cut through the fat taste. The oysters were great as they were freshly shucked.
It’s a noisy place and the bar stools aren’t that comfortable. Not a great place for a romantic lunch.
by Leanne L.
18th August 2011
Wow,what a great place.Popped in for breakfast and wished we’d stayed for lunch.Best coffee ive had in a long time and the bacon butty has me hooked.Super friendly staff,fantastic service,fresh tasty food.Cant wait to go back
by Susan J.
16th August 2011
Just popped in to have a quick cup of coffee with a friend this morning. We walked in and were a little unsure of whether we needed to order at the bar or sit down and order with a waitress and as there was nobody at the front desk, we decided to ask the barista who was busy behind the bar. We stood for a couple of minutes unnoticed before I interrupted the barista and asked him how to order for a “drink in” coffee.
After seating ourselves and waiting a further couple of minutes, I called the waitress as she walked past our table. So a little slow on the uptake with the service part of things.
BUT, Once our coffee arrived, all was plain sailing. The very friendly manager came over and poured some water for us. I must say, this is the BEST cup of coffee I’ve found in Auckland to date. I look forward to trying their food soon…
14th August 2011
3 varieties of oysters shucked to order – what a start! Loved the vinegrette
Enjoyed several small plates, kahawai fish cakes, kingfish shashimi and snapper tacos all delicious and great to share.
On waitresses recommendation we tried the pork hock next – a huge plate of meat served with the bone, tender, tasty and certainly slowed us up a bit!
Great to watch the chefs cook meals in the wood fired oven – and although we didn’t order it the Hapuka belly looks amazing – next time.
We managed to find space for the sugar pie to finish – mmmmm to die for!
Service was great, food came quickly and all washed down with a tap savingnon.
An amazing experience. Well be back.
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