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“Mediocre” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Basque Kitchen Bar

Basque Kitchen Bar
Ranked #1,881 of 3,513 Restaurants in Auckland Region
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Mediocre”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Mixed feelings about Basque. I love spanish food and I was maybe expecting a little too much (hoping to live up to Barcelona's yummy restaurants).
Service: we went early on a week night and the service was excellent.
Food: highlights - octopus, lowlight - lamb. The food was nice, just not authentically Spanish tasting.
Drinks: Nicely matched wines
Overall: Pleasant dining experience - wish there was a 'good' in between 'average' and 'very good' on grading as it was better than average! Good for a different & quick bite after shopping in Newmarket.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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    Food
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Auckland
Level Contributor
37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“B+”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2012

This place is cute and unlike other reviewers we had excellant service. Really friendly and fast. I think its a good Tapas place that with a bit of effort could be great. My comparator here is the excellant Movida in Melbourne and while I don't think its fair to compare, there could be some striving to reach a slightly higher standard of food. The devils in the details. Sangria - its not great and it needs to be in a place like this. Croquettes are excellant, but how nice would they be as a dish of say 6 smaller balls with a kickass sauce. This could apply to a lot of the food, it is cooked well but it is just lacking some punch. I really wanted to like it more.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Trudie B
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Tauranga
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61 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Tapas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2012

Went here based on Metro magazine's review. Food was great. Menu small, but a good selection and plenty for Mrs Mac whose a vege. The sardines were awesome as was the goats cheese and broad beans. Eggplant croquettes were good, but potatoes needed something else- maybe some chorizo or a drizsel of quality oil. One complaint would be that there were no meatballs- surely a given for tapas. The service had been criticised in previous reviews but they have clearly taken this on board as waitresses were very attentive to us on a busy Saturday night. Overall, well worth a taxi down to Newmarket. Even managed a decent pint of bitter in the Cock n Bull pub afterwards.

Visited April 2012
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good food, atrocious service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2012

We went to Basque at 7pm. While the food was delicious and James King’s meals lived up to our expectations, we were really let down by the service. As we were new to Basque, I was hoping our server would talk to us about favourite dishes and the size of portions so we could be informed about what to order. Instead, although there were only 3 tables being served at the time when we were there, we had to sit and wait while staff were cleaning or being informed about the specials. I had to flag down a server who said she would serve us once she had finished what she was doing, despite three other servers standing at the bar talking to each other. When we did finally order, our food came out at different times which was fine as that is what you might expect from a tapas place. However one meal (the one I chose) took so long we had finished all the accompaniments and if our server had informed us the chicken would have taken a lot longer, I might have ordered something extra. When I mentioned that to the owner, she was defensive and made excuses and overall, despite the delicious food, we had a really frustrating dining experience. The place had no ambience and was virtually empty, and given the service I was not surprised. Which is a shame because the food does not deserve to be let down by the front of house. I really wanted to give it one star because the service was so bad but gave it two because of the food.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Jo K
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A fantastic Tapas experience.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2012

We visited here on a Saturday night with 2 teenage girls. They absolutely loved it. Stand-outs were the pork belly & croquettes. Reasonably priced, lovely atmosphere & something on the menu to please everyone.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank janice_mitchell
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