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“Enjoyable Experience”
Review of Logan Brown

Logan Brown
Ranked #4 of 921 Restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $108
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Awarded TWO HATS Good Food Awards 2013, 2014, 2015 and Supreme Winner Restaurant of the Year NZ 2009. Nearly 20 years after Steve Logan founded the restaurant, Logan Brown is still showing newcomers how to do fine dining. The neo-classical interior remains as plush as ever, drawing diners who wouldn't normally brave the upper reaches of Cuba St, while competent, confident service encourages adventurous choices from the wine list. The kitchen, headed by Shaun Clouston, continues to turn out innovative, but not gimmicky, food. There's a strong emphasis on local and seasonal flavours, with a nod to the huntin', shootin' and fishin' enjoyed by the restaurant's founders. Classic Kiwi flavours are embraced and showcased with a sense of humour. In brief: style, service and food you can bank on Said international guest judge, Ralph-Kyte Powell, "If I had to select an international flagship for New Zealand cuisine. Logan Brown would be hard to go past"
Wellington, New Zealand
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Enjoyable Experience”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

Having not been to Logan Brown since last Christmas, decided to try their Bistro Menu for an early dining experience last Saturday. With 2 hours (in 5.30 p.m out by 7.30 p.m) we thought there would be more than sufficient time to enjoy our meals without being rushed - this proved to be correct. The selection wasn't large, but perfectly adequate for each of us to be able to select an entrée, main and dessert from that we thought we would enjoy, Have never been offered to "try" wine before when ordering by the glass until now. The first I didn't particularly like, so went with the wine suggested by the knowledgeable waitress, being invited to try again before pouring. Had forgotten about the seating arrangements at Logan Brown. Will next time remember to as for a table with all chair seating rather than the slightly cozy table we had that included booth seating for 2 of us. Otherwise a very enjoyable experience that would certainly repeat as it is especially suitable if going to a show, movies or the like and not OTT price wise

  • Visited October 2013
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“Good unpretentious food!”
Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

Fresh ingredients prepared wonderfully and without fuss - just as their website proclaims, 'restaurants don't need to be formal to serve fine food'!

  • Visited October 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
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“Great evening”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

Had been to this restaurant several year ago and was keen to try it again while visiting Wellington.

Throughly enjoyed my evening right from the pre dinner drink at the cool little bar through to desert.

Food was excellent, the service just how I like it (attentive but not over your shoulder) and I like the room decor as well.

Great evening all around.

Visited October 2013
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invercargill, New Zealand
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“40th Anniversary”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

On Sunday, 20th October, 2013, my husband and I dined at Logan Brown Restaurant. Approximately 5 years ago we had also dined there and it was excellent. This time I am afraid it didn't just seem to be as good.
My main was the venison but I was disappointed as it did not have a lot of flavour. My husband had the Wagyu steak which he found to be quite grisly (as opposed to a good fillet steak). The two sides of vegetables ordered one being asparagus was also a disappointment. We also had a very small entree of 2!! fishcakes. The staff were attentive and with our truffles for dessert there was lovely chocolate wording on our plate that said Happy 40th Anniversary. We left feeling that for the money that we had paid for the evening maybe our expectations had been too high. But on reflection and comparison with the other two smaller restaurants that we also had meals at in Wellington we both came to the conclusion that we were disappointed on our big celebrations meal out at "Logan Brown" in Wellington.

  • Visited October 2013
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logie22, Owner at Logan Brown, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
We are so sorry that you thought you evening was average.
The venison is Wild venison from the bush north of Hawkes Bay.
The Chef himself spent some time with the hunters to see their practises and was impressed.
Its garnished with some robust flavours in the shitake mushrooms, spicy pumkin puree, a goats curd, cavero nero and cherry relish.

You actually did not have fish cakes, we do have any on the menu.

You did in fact order waikane crab cakes with sauce gribiche lemon olive oil and micro herbs.
For you enjoyment we split the order and served them on two plates.

Some guest find the asparagus side dish is quite special as it comprises of 50% white asparagus and 50% green tossed lightly in a beurre blanc sauce.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Ok that's twice, no more ”
Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

Went there for wed ann in February and was underwhelmed by staff and food. Staff is a hard one, but we really hung out for the food which didn't wow at all. So gave it a 2nd go last month. Nup. Is this the same owners as The Depot in Auckland? Because the difference is night and day. Staff don't seem to know how to make customers feel special - it's as if you're lucky to be there. Once again crowded next to another couple while other tables were empty ( actually over half the restaurant ). This time we asked to be moved - but we're told they were all reserved - yeah right darling! Ah well, Logan Brown you've taken over $400 of us in two visits- that's it my man lol

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logie22, Owner at Logan Brown, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
We are so disappointed that this experience did not meet expectations.

The team do their very best to facilitate a memorable Logan Brown dining experience for every guest every time.
Everyone of them sincerely cares for our guests.

There is no reason why a guest would be refused a request to be seated at an alternative table.
It happens regularily. However sometimes guests request a specific table when booking so we do honour that promise by not giving it to some one else.

All our tables are quite different; some open and spacious and some snug in booths.
We appreciate that all guests have different preferences and do our best to match them to a suitable table but it is always possible.

If the writer of this review could contact steve@loganbrown.co.nz with a date and details I could certainly provide an explanation and a sincere apology from all the team.


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