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Review of SidArt

SidArt
level 1 three lamps plaza, 283 ponsonby road | ponsonby, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
64-9-3602122
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Ranked #3 of 1,305 Restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $76
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: METRO BEST NEW RESTAURANT 2010SIDART Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant located in the Three Lamps Plaza, 283 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland. We are open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner from 6pm and Friday's for lunch. We are closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Because they're right, this is the #1 fine dining restaurant in Auckland... New Zealand even. Being an experienced Aussie diner, this restaurant would easily be three hats (an Australian rating) if it was in Australia and would be on par with the likes of Quay, Attica or Vue De Monde. Ingenious dishes that brings back the meaning to fine food, it reminds you that dining is not just about the food but the experience as a whole. Recommended to all enthusiatic diners and picky critics, it will not disappoint!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Every little bit as good as expected - time and again.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

I travel a lot for work and eat in restaurants all the time - and SidArt is tied for first place on my list of 'best restaurants in the world'. What Sid and his team are doing with food is incredible.

Eating at Sidart is not merely fine dining, it is more than that. Where other places follow the formula of "let's take a classic dish, add a twist and/or deconstruct it, then prepare it with great attention to detail and using high quality ingredients" for making upmarket food, at Sidart they embark on a completely different mission, leaving conventions behind and seeing a dish as a layered combination of flavours and textures. The food at Sidart oozes scientific understanding and the ability to think outside the box, but is never gimmicky and never reeks of "molecular for the sake of molecular".

Service is top notch too, every staff member I've ever met was friendly and knowledgeable.

I went here for the 4th time a couple of weeks ago, did the Tuesday Test Kitchen, paid $340 for dinner for two and don't regret a thing.

If you like fine dining, you owe it to yourself to give this place a try, you will not leave un-satisfied or un-amazed.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Caloundra, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“The highlight of our weekend!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

We booked the 9 course degustation with matching wines for 7pm however due to a mix up with time zones we ended up being late, we called ahead to advise and appreciated that we were not made to feel uncomfortable in any way for not arriving at the time we had specified for our booking.

My husband wasn't feeling well, so after the first course he decided to forgo the matched wines which was a shame as I thoroughly enjoyed every drop. Each course was delicious, well presented and full of flavour, and the wines were very well matched to each course. As each course was placed in front of us, there was so much to take in, colours, textures, aromas and the explanation from our server of what the different elements were and how they all married together had you salivating before you had even placed a morsel in your mouth. And it all tasted as good as you imagined.

Our waiter was fantastic, the right combination of light conversation, knowledge and attentiveness. I would recommend SidArt to anyone who is heading to Auckland, it is expensive, but it is most definitely worthy.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Interesting combinations and knowledgeable staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

When we arrived at Sidart I was wondering whether tripadvisor had led me up the garden path as we walked through a little shopping mall to get to the restaurant. Those doubts vanished when the door opened and we saw the restaurant and panoramic view of the city. The food was delicious and some of the combinations things you would never think of but matched perfectly. Wait staff knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing - Mo did an excellent job looking after us.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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6 restaurant reviews
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“Friday Lunch at Sidart”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

I had a fantastic experience at Sidart for their Friday lunch special. Anyone who can escape from work at mid day and go there on a Friday should give it a try!
The staff is perfect and the food is surprising and fresh, it will make you smile for the rest of your weekend!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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