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“Potential - but needs work”
Review of The White House

The White House
Ranked #9 of 53 Restaurants in Hahndorf
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
447 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Potential - but needs work”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

We had a quiet enjoyable dinner at this restaurant in hahndorf on a Sunday night. Our waitress was the owner, a very pleasant chatty person who told us her vision for the restaurant was to go "upmarket". Our entrees of the scallops and zucchini flowers we enjoyed very much. We both had the pork belly and prawns for mains. the pork belly was dry, the prawns did'nt seem fresh, there was too much aioli and the dish was far too over salted. A number of items they had run out of - eg, some wines by the glass, the rosemary potatoes, and only 1 of 2 desserts was still available, and only 1 of that was available!!! Going upmarket means you don't make excuses for running out of dishes when the menu only consists of 3 entrees, 4 mains and only 2 desserts! Some work still needed here guys. The ambience of having dinner in an old historic house was pleasant, although a little cool with the 2 front doors open. The bones of the business are there, just more work is required.

  • Visited March 2013
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English first
Adelaide, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent, again!”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

We attended Circa Contemporary Circus at The White House last night as part of the Fringe Festival. The circus was performed in the garden, which was the perfect setting, such a beautiful garden. The staff were friendly and attentive, and added to the relaxed atmosphere of the night. The wine and beer selection was fantastic as always (although sad there's no more Hahndorf Hills Pinot Grigio). Another great visit to The White House... we'll be back again!

Visited March 2013
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Thank kara2011
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Los Angeles, California
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Beautiful restaurant in Adelaide”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

Situated in the German town of Hahdorf, I went here last night with my cousin Margie, her partner Roxie and Ruth. I had the pork belly with prawns which was delicious but a bit rich. The desert was sublime: mango cheesecake with passionfruit jelly. The service was attentive but a tad slow at times, but overall an excellent restaurant with beautiful food in this lovely part of South Australia.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank PAUL F
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Adelaide, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Sensational hills restaurant”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

My partner and I chose The White House as our wedding venue in Jan 2013, and we couldn't have been more thrilled with everything they did for us to make our day so memorable and fun! The food was delicious (so many compliments from our guests), the staff were exceptionally attentive and helpful, the garden was beautifully arranged, and there was so much generosity of time and enthusiasm to make our day special... the White House team excelled in every way. Nothing was too much to ask, and even though some staff had been working several hours before our wedding, they were still going until the small hours of the night to ensure we had a brilliant day. To Sophie and Sid (wonderfully warm and creative owners), Annabel (attentive and supportive functions coordinator) and Chris (superstar chef), and the rest of the White House team, we love you to bits and thank you from the bottom of our hearts! xx kara and paul

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank kara2011
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Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

I love this place! It's so quirky and warming. The staff are very friendly and give top service! The food was also very nice! The only downfall I found was the menu is very limited.. But apart from that it is highly recommended! Tip: go check out the secret gardens!! Definitely coming back :)

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank KyrieBeth
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