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“Top Shelf Quality” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Tasting Shed

The Tasting Shed
609 | State Highway 16, Kumeu 0891, New Zealand
6494126454
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Ranked #1 of 8 Restaurants in Kumeu
Price range: $9 - $17
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Tasting Shed has one simple philosophy – a place where wine craves food. Expect to experience a unique environment where everything we are about is celebrating great food and wine pairings in a gorgeous wine country, less than half an hour outside of central Auckland.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Top Shelf Quality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Went here for NZ long weekend lunch with a friend and it was devine. Arrived early and sat outside in the sun for a pre lunch drink and some roasted nuts. until tGreat shared table space. Brilliant wine by the glass menu that is very global.

When table was ready we sat down and found lunch to be supreme. We had beef cheeks, pork belly and kumera tapas with a very tasty lemon merengue cone. All of this filled us both up and we managed a few vino's (4) too. $153 all up.

Service was slow at times and they did forget one glass of my friends wine however the food was soo good it actually added to the relaxed atmosphere. We actually stopped talking for about 20min when the food arrived and just savoured it!

Definitely returning, spreading the word and bringing friends!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Best of the West!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

What a lovely place to sit, drink wine and eat great food! Lovely atmosphere, and food of such a high standard and quality. The desserts were amazing, I recommend the lemon meringue cone! I had been here for a hens do as well, and whether it was 2 people or 20 people, the food come out quickly, with great wine recommendations, and the setting is lovely. Worth the drive, and probably pays to ring and book.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“A bit over rated”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We dined at The Tasting Shed recently. This was our second visit to the restaurant. We returned because the first time we visited it was fantastic. The Auckland market is flooded with restaurants and to stand apart and deliver a consistent product is integral in a business’s survival. Consistency and service was the issue with our visit this time. Our waitress smiled for the first time as we literally pulled cash out of our wallets to pay the bill. The service was unbelievably slow and un- friendly. Our waitress walked away whilst we were giving her drink orders, left empty glasses on our table so that we had a collection by the time she got back. The vibe of the restaurant was chaotic and disorganised. When you drive along way to visit a restaurant and spend a decent amount of money in that establishment you expect to receive the same service you would in a high end central city restaurant. The food was OK, we enjoyed the pork belly but thought the fish of the day was a day or two too old. It was definitely not good enough to make any of us want to return. Perhaps Cuisine has gone to their head!!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland, New Zealand
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Super Sunny Sunday Session”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

love it! Great day had by all and food was really tasty albeit not quite enough for the price. Great wine list and beverage selection. Duck liver parfait profiteroles need some work but the pork belly is the best I've had?

Visited February 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Vineyard setting close to Auckland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

I had dinner here with friends in February. The setting is very pleasant, given its about twenty minutes from downtown. Food operates on a shared-plate basis. There's something for everyone and the staff are happy to cater to individual dietary restrictions. Definitely worth a try if you are in Auckland. No more (or less) expensive than other similar restaurants in New Zealand (with the higher dollar at the moment.)

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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