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“Wrong fish”

Blankenberge Belgian Beer Cafe
Ranked #1,597 of 2,271 Restaurants in Auckland
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Wrong fish”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

Ordered fish of the day - was told it was Snapper. It wasn't. Was pleasant enough but the portion was comically small and the main ingredient was extreme quantities of butter. The thick black skin and fat layer on the fish (bluenose?) made over half the portion so got about 2 mouthfuls.

Service was slow and forgetful. Asked about the fish - no response. Asked again and was told the chef was angry and the fish was snapper. It wasn't. Left hungry and bemused. Think they might want to employ more staff, at least one staff member over 18 and a different chef.

My friends had the pot of mussels and seemed happy enough with them (when they finally arrived).

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank John B
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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99 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Lovely lunch on a Monday”
Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

Attractive offer for a 1kg pot of mussels on Mondays. We ordered the blue cheese with side of fries (choice of artisan bread). Delicious! The other order of seared salmon in a basket in marinara sauce was divine too but very small helping for $17.90. (And no mention it was salmon cubes in menu). We had coffee with the Belgian waffles which completed a lovely meal. Really enjoyed the surprisingly good pub food.
Will be back!

Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Jeantai
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Disappointed All Round”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

We had high hopes for the latest in a long line of Belgian Beer Cafes - from Melbourne to Mission Bay.
Unfortunately, where the rest seem to get it all right, this one got it all wrong.
My hockey puck-shaped mussel fritters were either chewy or soggy (or both!). Our 'frites' were just oven fries with a thin mayo, and served in a magazine page(?)
The beer was also quite expensive. Even my Westmalle ($15 a bottle!) came 1) too cold, 2) with stirred-up sediment, and 3) was just dumped on the table for me to try to pour for myself.
Even the service was surly and off-hand.
Thankfully, there are many quality places to eat in Takapuna and a few decent Belgian Beer Cafes spread over Auckland.
Just avoid this one.

  • Visited December 2013
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Auckland
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very impressive decoration!!!”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

Decoration is very impressive. Menu not too complicated. Staff friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Unfortunately, the food is a little bit not too impressive.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank washing1966
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Tienen, Belgium
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129 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Surprise”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

after flying around the world, it was quite a surprise to find a belgian pub named after my forer living place. The atmosphere is a good copy of an old style belgian village pub. Of course it's not easy to copy food from a country with a high density of iceli stars, but the food was OKK and of course Belgian beer IS worlds best

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank benquintens
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