We dined at The Emporium Eatery & Bar on 17 April 2014 after travelling from Auckland. It was a stormy night so arriving to a roaring fire was most inviting. The welcome was excellent and we were seated near an open fire with subtle mood lighting and a retro style table setting. We had an attentive and informative food and beverage attendant who was very knowledgable and engaged well with us. Chilled water was served from an old style ABC Quart beer bottle which was pretty swag. The wine list was very good with plenty of regional wine, especially the well known labels like Elephant Hill and Te Mata. Whilst the vintages were all very recent, it would have been good if more mature wines were available by the bottle. We ended up ordering a 2010 Trinity Hill Tempranillo which hit the nail on the head. The eatery had an excellent children's menu and the dinner menu was varied. We ordered the Lamb and Beef which reflected 'comfort food' - hearty, good sized portions which were reasonably priced. My only constructive feedback would be that the environment (decor) is somewhat confused - e.g. modern trend-setting fireplaces, cool-cat retro table settings, Edwardian bathrooms and 1930's vintage movies silently playing on the big screen. Aligning the environment to one 'theme' or style would complete the overall experience.
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