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“Fabulous Lunch”

Soul Bar and Bistro
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Ranked #24 of 2,353 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed June 7, 2013

This was a sudden - "Oh we're in town so let's have lunch somewhere" kind of meal. But it turned out to be a special occasion. Attentive service and beautiful food as always. If I have to be really picky, I'd say that the coffee was a bit gutless. But hey - the sun was shining, and it was a wonderful way to spend an hour or so.

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Thank Marion16
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

We went to Soul recently for lunch, it has been ages since I'd been so was looking forward to it. We were seated outside under the canopy on a chilly Auckland afternoon but wasn't too concerned as the heaters were on!
We ordered bread to start (no omplimentary rolls here.) We asked if we could have some olive oil and dhukka, (dhukka wasn't on the menu but didn't think it was too much of a stretch to get some). The waitress at first looked at us if we were speaking a foreign language then nodded and left the table, returning with bread, olive oild but no dhukka, (and no apology or explanation). We moved onto our entrees, I had the most delicious prawn cocktail, rather pricy at $28!!! and then onto the most divine macaroni cheese.

What frustrates me at establishments such as Soul is that they purport to be a fine dining establishment with prices to match but the service falls way, way short. Sould could learn from many, many restaurants in Melbourne, Sydney and beyond who combine pricey food with great service and ambience. Soul, please try harder!!

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Reviewed June 1, 2013

The food was very good, as well as the wine list. Restaurant is situated well in the viaduct, premises are clean and well appointed.
Staff lack personality & sincerity - head waiter was unfamiliar with change to menu of which we'd selected, when this was pointed out never apologised for.
Restaurant itself has afew pieces of artwork that don't suit and nor flow together. No real atmosphere.

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Thank Becks2111
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Had my daughters 18th birthday here what a dissapointment, service was poor bar one waitress
who was trying to make up for the others, Pretentious regulars who got way better service.
the chowder was more like carrot soup, I had the john dory which was over cooked and was chewy, my daughter had the ravioli which had no sauce and tasted like old socks.
time for a makeover soul bar stop trading on your reputation.
wont recommend to others

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Thank Jeffery G
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We had a conference dinner here and it was superb. The food, service & wine was just delicious. The atmosphere was really friendly with a great fireplace in the room we ate in. Would recommend if you are in Auckland to eat here.

Thank chick1
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