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“Took two young kids ... And felt very welcomed!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Logan-Brown

Logan-Brown
192 Cuba St, Wellington 6155, New Zealand
00644801 5114
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Ranked #6 of 656 Restaurants in Wellington
Price range: $25 - $150
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Awarded TWO HATS Good Food Awards 2013, 2014, Supreme Winner Restaurant of the Year NZ 2009. Nearly 20 years after Steve Logan founded the restaurant, Logan Brown is still showing newcomers how to do fine dining. The neo-classical interior remains as plush as ever, drawing diners who wouldn't normally brave the upper reaches of hipster Cuba St, while competent, confident service encourages adventurous choices from the Bible-length wine list. The kitchen, headed by Shaun Clouston, continues to turn out innovative, but not gimmicky, food. There's a strong emphasis on local and seasonal flavours, with a nod to the huntin', shootin' and fishin' enjoyed by the restaurant's founders. The Rangitikei lamb rack, for example, comes with a full-bodied rabbit bolognese; the succulent line-caught snapper with tuatua fritters. Classic Kiwi flavours are embraced and showcased with a sense of humour - don't miss the hokey pokey ice-cream sandwich. In brief: style, service and food you can bank on Said international guest judge, Ralph-Kyte Powell, "If I had to select an international flagship for New Zealand cuisine. Logan Brown would be hard to go past"
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“Took two young kids ... And felt very welcomed!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

While planning a LB meal I noticed the kids menu and thought it was worth a chance - kids aged 4 and 7 so armed with iPads we went for a 530pm bistro sitting to reduce ruining the evening of people there for a lovely night! The food was great as usual -- kids food was brilliant and extremely good value. But the kids were made to feel welcome and there was a quiz for them to complete which encouraged talking to the staff and included a kitchen tour!!! Great stuff guys. the only downside was that things we are little rushed at times. We will be back

Visited October 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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19 restaurant reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Had the early sitting pre WOW.
Food servings minimal but delicious.
Waiters very attentive but knowledge of food details not very impressive and had to keep going back to ask someone.
Lovely setting

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Five star food, cafeteria service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Arriving at 7.45 for our 8 pm booking, it was obvious that they had a very busy first sitting (5.30-7.30). Tables unset, but clean; used wine glasses stacked on the banquette. I believe the WOW shows made the exceptional value early sitting $45 fixe prixe menu very popular that night, but it left our staff slightly flustered and looking a little jaded.

We were shown the table, but nobody took the coats, or sat the ladies down. We had to ask three times to order, after waiting for 15 minutes of no attention despite being in the main thoroughfare in front of the kitchen. Random wine glasses were used for Riesling and Pinot Noir, despite varietal glasses visible on other tables. The architectural features are period and beautiful, but need a good clean.

All this seems snobby and picky, but this restaurant's a la carte menu is $29 for entree, $50 for main and $17 for dessert, not to mention $29.50 for single glasses of champagne or $15 per glass of table wine.

The food is exceptionally good and we enjoyed everything from the oysters to wagyu beef and the venison. Unfortunately, the kingfish dish was replaced with snapper. Their lamb shoulder special for two was presented at the table next door, whilst priced at $80, the poor man had to carve it himself at the table, whilst his partner watched the mess.

I have no qualms about paying this sort of money for exceptional food, but the whole experience is normally coupled with exceptional service. I felt sorry for the staff, having dealt with 70 set meal covers from the previous sitting, only to have to deal more diners, paying 50% per head more again, to eat a la carte.

High praise to the kitchen, but front of house need to realize that people come here to feel special. Otherwise, plenty of cafeterias serving lovely meals on Cuba Street.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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logie22, Owner at Logan-Brown, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Queenslander, thanks for your feed back.
Unfortunately we have no excuse for the below par service on that particular night.
As was correctly pointed out the team were very under resoursed at that time and could not manage to provide service to the typical established standards to all the tables.
Its very distressing to the team when they can not give the care and attention and share their knowledge and passion with their guests every service.
We are all very sorry that the extraordinary situation occured and we can assure you it was a far from typical service at Logan Brown.
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Canberra, Australia
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“An excellent dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We were recommended to visit by friends who had been before and we weren't disappointed. The meal was amazing - well crafted and presented. The matching wines were well chosen and a great recommendation. Will definitely be back when returning to Wellington!

Visited October 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Absolutely world class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Degustation menu and matching wines for a birthday dinner. More than lived up to expectations, this was an absolutely superb experience and I'm almost reluctant to go again for fear of potentially ruining the aura I now have of this restaurant. Service was outstanding and separate waiters brought each course and described in detail. The finishing touch that most impressed me was that they brought a plate out with Happy Birthday written in chocolate despite our having not even mentioned it to them during the evening, rather in passing at the time of booking. Should be top of the Tripadvisor list for Wellington surely!

  • Visited October 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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