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“tasty food….but easy on the oil :(” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Elephant Wrestler

Elephant Wrestler
Hurstmere road, Takapuna, New Zealand
64 9 489 8030
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Ranked #20 of 42 Restaurants in Takapuna
Cuisines: Continental
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
London, England, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“tasty food….but easy on the oil :(”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Popped in without a booking for a family sunday lunch.
I ordered the fish and chips which were fresh and a good portion size.
Some more salad as an accompaniment would have been great and another member of the group found a mezzo type sharer plate overly greasy with everything ordered arriving deep fried in a batter - they left half !
other food enjoyed was the thai salad and also the burgers with a cute side basket of chips.
The atmosphere was buzzy and the staff friendly.
However the flat whites need attention as they arrived slightly cold and overly milky….
A reasonable experience that with a few tweaks could be first class ...

Visited December 2013
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Dinner after work”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

This place is much better than it looks from the outside! Staff are great. Does get too loud though but we were ready to leave anyway by then. The outdoor courtyard looks great for a group.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne
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88 reviews 88 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Crowded, noisy, but a lot of fun with great food and wines”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We went with some friends making a party of seven of us. It was obviously a very popular venue with quite a crowd there when we arrived. The service was very good, even though it was very busy, the food was also good and the NZ wine list was excellent in its coverage.
We'd certainly go again.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Good meals and great venue”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I took a group of 14 from my work here for a farewell dinner. The food was good and the staff were brilliant. They catered for our needs really well and the venue accommodated us easily.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Surprised”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Booked a table for 14 people a day before the All Blacks test. They happily accommodated us. Turned up and it was very busy. Everyone was there for the big game. We all sat down had our drinks order taken. For some reason they only had 5 menus so had to share them, no worries. Waited to order our food but waitress didn't come around for a while so had to flag one of them down. She took all our orders, 25mins later to my surprise all of our food came out at the same time. They did stuff up my sisters order, she ordered a scotch fillet but got a sirloin instead. Other than that everything went well, everyone enjoyed their meals and the atmosphere was awesome. Props to the waitress though, she was very busy and under pressure but she still did an awesome job, making sure everything was good and made sure we had drinks.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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