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“Couldn't fault it”
Review of Auge Ristorante - CLOSED

Auge Ristorante
Price range: $13 - $29
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed February 21, 2014

Great meal. Portion sizes perfect. Wait staff knew the menu inside out. Most pleasing aspect was when we asked the sommelier what he would recommend with our meal he recommended a $90 bottle not a stupidly expensive bottle. Will definitely be back.

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Thank TogzTravelz
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

We chanced upon Auge not long after it opened in 2000 and, despite several visits to SA since then, we had been unable to return. So, on this visit, we were determined to have lunch here. On a Wednesday, it was surprisingly quiet with only seven others seated throughout lunch. Public parking for $9 at the rear of the restaurant meant the walk was very short on a stiflingly hot day and not second mortgage territory like Melbourne CBD.
The setup of the restaurant had changed somewhat since our first lunch here but it still has a New York feel with dark walls and comfortable banquettes. Tables are reasonably close to each other but, when only a handful of people were dining, who cares?
The maitre'd is a rather smooth young Italian man who provided friendly and efficient service and he was very ably assisted by Terry who appears to have been there since it opened and who I suspect is more than a waiter. Both were ready for a chat from time to time throughout the excellent meal.
We started with our usual cocktails (margarita for her and an exceptionally good martini for me) and placed our order. As standard, unlimited Santa Vittoria sparkling water is provided at a cost of $6 per head. For us, this works well as we drink a lot of it over our long lunches and have been caught before with a sizeable bill for sparkling water.
She had the Affettato Misto (a lovely mixture of cured meats with crunchy bread) and I had the kingfish carpaccio which was wonderfully light and tasty. A few stalks of samphire were (in my opinion) an unnecessary addition and we both agreed that it was a bit like eating grass. Maybe it was there just to add colour to the plate. Anyway, it was a great entree.
We followed that with the Sagnarelli for her (rough cut porcini pasta with wild mushrooms) and the fish of the day for me - Mullaway. Both were excellent but the pasta was a triumph. I was reluctantly offered barely a taste and became a little jealous.
A bottle of La Roncaia Cillio Friuliano, as recommended to us from a broad range, was a perfect accompaniment to the meal.
We rounded out a perfect afternoon with espresso martinis. This was by no means a cheap meal at almost $270 but the wine we chose was pricey and 4 cocktails always adds a big chunk to the total. We're back in Adelaide in August and Auge is at the top of the list for a return lunch.

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Thank gwegwy
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

This was our third time at Auge, over the past two years, and I wanted to go back one last time before we move back to America, and I was concerned after I made the booking and read the reviews on Trip Advisor that it had gone downhill, but so glad we went! It was wonderful.
Service and food was outstanding! Highly recommend this restaurant. There is also parking behind the restaurant.

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Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

The bar at Auge was a nice touch to the beginning of the night, being able to start the night off with a couple of drinks.

The surprise appetiser from the chef was nice and had a fresh flavour.

The entrees were flavoursome. One of us ordered the gnocchi which had a lovely rich tomato sauce full of flavour, exactly what we believe you need with potato dumplings. The other ordered the blue swimmer crab with radish and quinoa. Flavours again were lovely, and had a freshness to it; however, the star of the plate being the crab, was a little in hiding, even the waiter when putting the plate down after introducing the plate said "you just need to find it” (the crab). Serving portions overall were good, as expected.

Unfortunately the mains disappointed us. The duck breast had a couple of tender bites but majority was extremely chewy and this was made obvious with the force of the knife we had to use to cut the duck breast. The duck was quite tough, so much so we were unable to chew the duck down and had to leave the breast on the plate. The accompaniments to the duck went well and the flavour was nice. Overall the meat was the letdown. The beef too was chewy for the standard we expected at Auge, but tender enough to eat. The flavours were lovely but expected to not use any force whilst cutting, let alone a knife altogether. This is comparing to similar cuts of meat to Magill Estate (when under previous management – yet to try it since under new management) and Jolley’s Boathouse.

The dessert, however, did not disappoint. We shared this dish and it was nice. The flavours came together nicely and overall we feel this was the winner of the night.

The wine menu is extensive, many from Italy, which is great since it is an Italian restaurant after all, and we were very happy with our wine selection.

We thought the unlimited water for $5 is a great idea.

Due to having a late dinner and majority of the diners were heading home, we expected water to be attended to without having an empty water glass or to ask the waiter.

Perhaps we had higher expectations but with the class and sophistication that Auge markets, it did not deliver this level of service and quality for us.

We would not return in a hurry, since it is the 2nd time Auge has disappointed.

I will note that unlike most restaurants, Auge requested feedback from our experience, which if implemented shows they seek continuous improvement.

All the best!

Thank Lillyds
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

The disappointing aspect to us involved the wine selection. We rather fancied ordering wines by the glass but after taking our orders and pouring different wine (oh we run out and thought you would like this instead after we complained), we then decided to forsake that idea and order by the bottle - but again the chosen wine was not available (yes they were going to have a new list tomorrow). This sort of thing should just not happen in an expensive restaurant like this which takes itself very seriously. Food was good.

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Thank RogerHigh
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