service - 5; atmosphere - 5; food - 3
The service and atmosphere were so fantastic that it wasn't until after the meal that I realized that the food was rather hit-or-miss (to be fair, we were having a great conversation with old friends and the food was not first on our minds). My halibut special was oddly constructed - the fish was perfectly cooked but paired with an unpleasant lentil/spinach cake and an unsatisfying salad with strawberries, apples, sauteed mushrooms and bitter greens. Just didn't quite work. The other dishes around the table also seemed to be close-but-no-cigar. At these prices, the food needs to keep up with the service and ambiance. I might go back again and split an entree to see if other dishes are better. But I won't rush back.
1854 Great North Rd Avondale Auckland 1026
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