Penny L. said: "My husband and I go to this restaurant often as it is not far from where we live (and their butter chicken is my all-time favourite!) Our usual entree is the tandoori platter but now (because the staff recommended them!) – we are…" read more »
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Reviews for Petone Working Men’s Club
16th June 2013
We have been going to the PTC for many years and been happy with the food at the bistro and buffet. The last 2 times the food at the buffet hasn’t been good. Both times we have taken friends from out of town and been embarrassed. Last night the selection was poor with cut up sausages, brown lettuce, soggy spinach, awful tasting pasta salad, and greasy mince no one was game to touch. Stewed apples were in the desert bar and other unappealing bowls of stuff.
The beef, sea food salad and carrot cake were the only things any of us would have eaten more of.
Staff were taking our plates away before we finished our food.
We won’t be going back to the buffet again. Sad as it could be a lovely place to take friends.
The down stairs food and menu is wonderful and will continue to go there.
by Tansy B.
5th March 2013
Two weeks ago I visited the Petone Working Men’s Club, initially my impression was favourable and my partner and I ordered dinner and drinks, while my partner was away from the table I was approached by a security guard in full uniform, he abruptly told me to go to the smoking area!…. For my health I’ve had to give up smoking and to do this I utilise an electronic ‘vape’, it’s shaped like a cigarette but there’s absolutely no smoke! I found this easier than patches or nicotine gum.
When I pointed this out and showed him that there was no smoke or smell or any kind of harmful substance emitted and also told him that even on planes I’ve been allowed to use my ‘E Vape’ he became unpleasant and demeaningly pointed out that this wasn’t a plane ‘dear’. The duty manager hurried over also to give support to his large security guard against a lone small woman and insisted I went to the smoking area to breath in poisonous fumes while I was giving up smoking with my E Vape artificial cigarette!
My partner returned and tried to reason with this maniac kind of logic but in vain, so really I don’t believe what they advertise in the blurb for the club, it is not the most progressive club around, it’s stuck in the dark ages and really ought to rethink their policies, a very unpleasant night!
14th March 2012
I have been a member of the PWMC for 9 year and eaten at the bistro and the restaurant often. The bistro and the restaurant have a variety of things to suit all taste. Both have good service and tasty dishes at affordable prices.
by Sally A.
29th November 2011
Visited: Sept 2011
We’ve been a couple of times, as we are members of the club. And the restaurant upstairs is awesome. I think it was about $21 per person, but it is a buffet style meal, and you can keep going back for more.
There is a section for starters, and a section for main and a section for desserts. And you just go and get what you want and go back to your table.
I had garlic mushrooms for starters, then I had a carvery style meal with sliced beef, carrots, green beans, kumara and pumpkin and potatoes, with gravy. It was so tasty my mouth is actually watering thinking about it.
The staff are so friendly and go out of their way to help you.
Me and my husband agree that it is the best food around, in a great calm atmosphere. We are proud to be members of a great club!
I would recommend it to anyone, especially people with small children.
by Fizzy B.
16th September 2011
We’ve been looking for a place that the kids would find exciting for special occasions, and that the adults would also find pleasant, and that we could afford to take the whole gang to. After thinking about the previous favourite of the kids, which the adults tolerated but were not that keen on, we worked out it was the self-serve salad boat that got them going.
So then I remembered we’d been recommended the buffet at the Petone Working Men’s Club, and booked for my son’s birthday there.
Well, we’ll be going back. For a buffet, it had a good range of food, nicely done, and the place itself was clean and pleasant (in buffet dining hall style), with friendly, helpful staff.
The food I guess was more or less what you’d expect, but done better than you’d expect. I also noticed that they were constantly getting rid of anything that had sat there too long and replenishing it, which I guess is how they avoided that dried-out bain-marie effect you can get in places like this.
The kids were beside themselves at getting to choose not just salads but everything, and the array of backlit jellies at the dessert area was something to behold.
Plus it’s affordable! I think it was $21 per adult for non-members, and $1.20 per year of age for kids. On Sundays it’s $16 per non-member adult, and kids are free! We are definitely going back on a Sunday.
PS I would have been put off by the promises of giant sports screens in the description above … but these were not in the restaurant. I think they’re in the members’ bar area.
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