I have heard such outstanding things about this restaurant that I did expect near perfection. It has been restaurant of the year many times over. The location is very odd as it is not exactly in a great area of town but then I suppose a destination such as this defies any location rules. The service was not bad (3.5 out of 5) but the waiter we had did become a fraction annoying. He checked on us twice every course? i had chosen this restaurant for a soecial occasion so this went against trying to create an intimate atmosphere. The decor also didn't help. We were int he front restaurant pert and the tables are a little to close together without partitioning. Feels odd being in earshot of other guests and they us. The food incredible but it was a little over the top. We had their 10 course degustation menu (I think it was 10) but I wasn't sure if it was culinary genius or a science lesson. I have had many detestation menus (the Grove, Meredith's, Euro, Cable Bay etc) and this was probably my least favorite. PLEASE NOTE: this is completely subjective on my part. MANY PEOPLE LOVE THIS RESTAURANT FOR A REASON! I think I may be in the minority on my opinion. I think the food was very good but not great. Hostess was awesome, waiter very average. Decor average, intimacy terrible. Our waiter did go to fill up our water glasses with our very expensive bottle of sparkling mineral water and accidentally poured it into the candle. That was funny. Honestly I can't see what all the fuss is about as there are so many awesome restaurants in Auckland.
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