Aaron B. said: "Great place with even better food!!! Service – Excellent Food – Excellent Ambiance – Pretty average to be fair….. Make sure you stipulate NZ hot if your gonna order your meal hot!!!! lol Their proper hot is a weapon…" read more »
I regard the review at the top of this MenuMania listing as very suspect. I noted this very negative review immediately as it is the first one encountered in the review column (though why is it is is a mystery; it is an older review and certainly inaccurate). One would hope that it is relegated to the bottom of the list given the other positive reviews, and not left (strangely) at the top?
Artisan Wines/Restaurant is a culinary experience and a delight. We have recently become regulars there and could not recommend it more highly. Kinross (the Chef) is a Picasso of food and we are incredulous as to how he manages to be so varied and inventive. His portions (contrary to the negative review) are certainly larger than the average fair in Auckland Restaurants and are certainly a great deal more creatively balanced. The wines too are superb (recommend the Organic Pinot Gris and the Fantail Island Syrah). Collectively we make up several vegetarians & omnivores and Kinross never fails to meet the challenge. Once again I can’t recommend Artisan more highly.
This place has been described as a gem!!!?
Why? I’m not to sure as the food is just OK, service average, portions are very small even if they call them a wappa.
Now they microwaved my bread!!!!!!!!! Sorry I might look a bit rough but I expect better food than I can cook myself at home when I’m eating out. I am also a local been here for over 20 years. Never have returned and won’t be.
Despite being a local, I only recently discovered this restaurant..but oh what a gem. I enjoyed a lovely lunch there with family visiting from the UK. Food was innovative and tasty. The wines were very good and service superb. The setting is peaceful and you can easily imagine you are in the countryside. I definitely recommend!
My and the wife’s favourtie place. Staff always friendly and the food is excellent. Kinross the chef is clever and innovative with the produce from the farmers market (held every Saturday) and always delivers outstanding specials at the weekend to supplement the regular menu. Reasonably priced and a quality selection of a la maison wines (try the ’09 Sauvignon Blanc – classic) – cannot recommend highly enough. Giveit a try – you won’t be disappointed.
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