Bonz Cajun Kitchen

4 star rating 35 reviews

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09 3093025

Elliott Stables, M11, 39 Elliott Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland

Cuisine:
  American
Hours:
12 Noon to 9 PM

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Reviews for Bonz Cajun Kitchen

4 star rating
by Anna J
4 days ago

First time at Elliott Stables - Such a cool place.
Decided on Bonz as it had good reviews and the menu looked amaze!
firstly great value for money, really generous servings.
Started with the cheesy crab dip and corn chips - so tasty. I had the half ribs (which defs was plenty!) and mum had the southern fired chicken. Both were delicious and the accompanying salads/coleslaws ere so good. Unfortunately my ribs were only warm and colled very quickly. Happy that i got a finger bowl though :)
All up pretty good and service was nice and quick. limited drink options but thats the beauty of dining in a food court!

5 star rating
by Fowl Mouth
8 days ago

Went for lunch today. Super busy but food came out pretty quick. Not going to repeat the thread as my review is As per all previous reviews - place is pretty damn good. Full rack of ribs and fried chicken hit the spot.

5 star rating
by Phil Neill
one month ago

Went for an early dinner last night - food was excellent! To start we shared buffalo wings (awesome spicy tangy sauce) and the Cajun crab cake which was also very good. For mains we had the jambalaya; full of prawns, chicken and sausage - very tasty! And the Jamaican jerk chicken which was perfectly cooked and served with a generous portion of coleslaw! Washed down with their home made lemonade in the nice surroundings of the vibrant Elliot Stables food court made for a pretty perfect meal! Would definitely return if I was staying in the Auckland area longer!

4 star rating
by Rice & Kai
one month ago

We came here for lunch the other day and were pleased to see a lunch specials menu.  I had the chicken and chips which consisted of their Southern fried chicken served with curly fries.  The chicken was crispy and tasty, the dipping sauce was delicious and the serving was generous.  I did enjoy it, although would have liked to have something a bit fresh on the plate, as I personally found it a bit greasy.  Perhaps the chicken wrap would have been a better choice for me.  One of our group had this and liked it.  Another of our group had the jambalaya and skillet corn bread.  He thought it was good value (lots of prawns) and tasty.  The corn bread was light and sweet.
Overall, a decent meal at a decent price - I would like to go back and try some of their other dishes such as the buffalo wings and jerk chicken.

5 star rating
by Linny
2 months ago

When I first moved back from America years ago, the one thing that was lacking was the variety of Southern American and Mexican establishments available and I am always on the lookout for anything that might resemble the dishes that they have over there.  I had read a review on this place on the herald and thought 'yay!, I must check this out!'.  When I got around to it it was exactly what I had hoped for and more!

The jambalaya is by far the best I have ever tasted and the Buffalo wings are a bit on the small side but are packed full of flavour and the right flavours too (so many places get it wrong!).  I had a mix of 3 sliders of pulled pork and chicken, at the end of it I wanted more (but couldn't cause I was so full!).

It is a little pricey but when its that good I just don't care.  Between the two of us with sides and lemonade will set you back the same price as going to a normal restaurant.  

Its located in Elliot Stables which is just a fancy food court but has a great atmosphere.  If you want good Southern American food it honestly is the best place to go!

4 star rating
by Ma Taua
2 months ago

I had always wanted to try corn bread and jambalaya and finally got my chance at Bonz Cajun kitchen :) I got the lunch special which was only $12!! A great place to go for some great soul food.

5 star rating
by Adam Hiron
3 months ago

Most of the reviews here I would just be repeating. This is excellent Cajun food, the Gumbo , Ribs and Buffalo Wings are our favourites. The corn bread also, so moist and buttery and prepared fresh as you order it. Takes a few min but worth the wait. Buffalo wings are perfect - many try an fail at these in AKL, but these have the perfect twang.

5 star rating
by Keri
3 months ago

Whenever I'm in Elliot Stables, this is where I choose to eat. Everything I've tried there I have loved. My favorite would have to be their ribs and corn bread. Also get their homemade lemonade! Service has always been wonderful.

5 star rating
by Frank
4 months ago

Best southern fried chicken and coleslaw in town by far! This dish is always cooked perfectly, tastes amazing and never fails to amaze me...! Also healthy since it's low carb, but I would understand if you also ordered the curly fries ☺ and the home made lemonade which you can order by the glass or bottle! Bonz is my current favourite inside the Stables!

4 star rating
by Keith
4 months ago

I was really looking forward to eating here and so I ordered about half the available menu. Southern style cooking is about feasting right?
The chicken wings were fantastic with a sweet, spicy sauce. The Jerk chicken was juicy and flavorsome and of course curly fries, curly fries are always great. Best of all was the Southern fried chicken. So much flavour, that's how the Colonel should be making it!
The corn bread was a bit sweet for my taste especially when paired with the homemade lemonade but I think they're both worth a try.
Value for money was good, $65 for a lot of food between two people and you can't beat the atmosphere of Elliot street stables on a good night.

4 star rating
by Chris Baldock
5 months ago

I'm one of those annoying people who has spent some time in New Orleans and so holds any attempt at Louisianan fare to a high standard.

These guys nail it.

Excellent (and authentic) tasting gumbo, fantastic ribs, spicy jambalaya and delicious savoury-sweet slabs of cornbread. The curly fries, slaw and sliders are also all spot on.

To top things off, there is a pretty decent selection of beers to help wash all that comfort food down.

Try hitting Elliot Stables (where Bonz is located) early in the week so you don't have to fight your way through the crowds.

4 star rating
by Fleur Peps
5 months ago

RELEVANT TO MY NOMS.
This place is just fantastic. I will list the good vs. bad for you.

Good =
1. Homemade lemonade for $5? uh, yes please!
2. Chicken wings / buffalo wings that are actually spicy? YES!
3. Ribs are amazeballs
4. Curly fries in a mini bucket, so right.

Bad =
Nothing really, my only gripe is with Ellliot Stables being so blimmin loud and hard to get a table. Also, the cobblestones don't work so well after a coulple of wines. Aside from that - this place is a fave!

3 star rating
by Anna
6 months ago

Food was great. Would have appreciated being informed there was a 1/2 hour wait when we ordered. We ordered blackened fish + 3 fish sliders & curly fries. When the meals came, there were only 2 fish sliders. We mentioned this to the waitress (the same person who took our order). Her response - ‘I’m pretty sure you only ordered 2 but I'll check.’ She returned to tell us we had indeed ordered 3 & that she’d be straight back with the 3rd. Had to wait a further 8 minutes for it.

4 star rating
by David Parussini
6 months ago

Finally got to try this establishment after reading these positive reviews..I had an awesome gumbo and shared some very tasty chicken and pulled pork sliders plus the Ribs with the kids...food wasn't overly spiced, possibly toned down for Kiwi palets?
If I had to be picky, the only let down was the initial service from one of the girls..the place opened 15 mins late, not a major, however how she informed me - no apology, smile, etc and like we were a hindrance - was disappointing..the positive, however was the great service received later from a young guy there.
Will definitely head back here to try other items on the menu.

5 star rating
by Jesse James .
6 months ago

The crispy chicken wraps advertised on the board out the front are just amazing. Often my workmates and I will go there and all order the same thing. It is a bit on the expensive side, but its a complete meal and just delicious. They also sell a home made lemonade which is wonderful

5 star rating
by Kiri
8 months ago

I probably go here too much, but the food is addictive. My goal is to try everything on the menu and I'm half way there. To sum up this place in one word "Amazing" love love love the Jambalaya. Just go and try it out, you won't regret it.

5 star rating
by Jas Liekens
Jul 22, 2013

Absolutely delicious Cajun style food! We tried the Cornbread which was really flavorsome, crisp on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside, the Gumbo- tasty chicken & sausage stew with rice, packed full of veggies, the beautiful Hot Crab Dip- really creamy with big chunks of crab, with corn chips on the side, the Jerk Chicken which had a great blend of spices and was really juicy, and the best bit- 2 Pulled Pork Sliders which were served on a soft rich bun and sweet sticky sauce.

Well worth the visit, we will definitely be back!

5 star rating
by Mandy
Jul 11, 2013

I went to Elliot Stables for the first time tonight and couldn't decide on what to eat. There was so many choices! I finally picked Bonz Cajun Kitchen as their southern fried chicken sounded so good and I was definitely not disappointed! The chicken was tender and the sauce was really nice! I also ordered the kumara wedges which was so large and tasty. The food looked exactly like they were displayed on the tv screen too. :D The wait was quite a while but that's expected as it was really busy. The waiter also apologised for the wait and was really nice.

4 star rating
by T Pritchard
May 13, 2013

I've eaten here a couple of times and I really love the fried chicken. It's boneless but so tender, crunchy and tasty. The ribs are great also and the prices are really reasonable. Look forward to my next visit.

5 star rating
by Marshall Lewis
Apr 05, 2013

I recently celebrated my 50th birthday and decided that I wanted my special meal to be from Bonz. I had been there a couple of times previously for ribs, which are amazingly good. This time I wanted to sample their other mains. When I explained situation, they offered to prepare me a sampler of their menu -- some of almost everything. I call that great customer service. Everything was absolutely delicious, and the prices are quite reasonable. The two styles of chicken were wonderful (actually, three styles counting the wings). My only disappointment was that the crab cakes were not available - I'll be back to try that. All of the sides are tasty as well. I cannot recommend Bonz enough -- it's a real treat.

1 star rating
by Sachiv Mehra
Jan 14, 2013

Had the $15 slider lunch special.

Food took ages and we were there before the main lunch rush.

Worst part is let's say a slider is $5 each for what I considered to be a really small slider, there isn't $5 worth of chips on the plate.

For $15 other shops in stables will feed you far better..
Service was OK but value for money on their lunch special it ain't. The sliders about 1/3 the size of a cheeseburger from mcD

5 star rating
by Alex Whisman
Dec 31, 2012

I work near the Stables and often enjoy eating here. Bonz is one of my 2 favorite places to eat when I go to the Stables. The service is always top-notch and friendly, ready with suggestions and eager to answer questions. The food is the tastiest and freshest I've had in a long time when eating out. I was worried everything would be spicy, but this is not the case (although they will spice it up for you if you want heat). The Southern Fried Chicken pieces are tender, juicey and flavourful.

I had the bbq crispy chicken sliders today and washed it down with a root beer float made with Kapiti ice cream--Excellent for an end-of-year lunch treat!

1 star rating
by Tony
Dec 18, 2012

I arrived there as part of a group, they misplaced my order and when I queried them about the order, the incredibly rude staff blamed me. No apology, just asked to leave or order something else. I felt like I was in a Fawlty Towers episode, verbally abused by none other than Basil Fawlty himself.

Please stay away and spare yourself poor service and abuse from the staff.

My response to Robert A's version of events:

I did not ask for a free meal or "rant and rave". Why would I as in your own words state "One person in the group your supervisor as he was paying for everyone ..." so I didn't need to pay for the meal anyway. I was expecting an apology but was instead met with an arrogant altitude and rudeness from your staff. Readers, please refer to the review from Ashley M. below who also experienced rudeness from one of the staff.

5 star rating
by Gary Hill
Nov 27, 2012

It's always busy at the Elliott Stables because it's so good. Our favourite is the Cajun Kitchen. Genuine baby back ribs. Simply fall of the bone and the best Gumbo chicken in the World! Bar none!
The price is great and you can get an ice cold beer at any of the other cafes inside. We finished it all of with Apple pie and ice cream from the dessert shop. thoroughly recommend.

3 star rating
by Ashley McClain
Nov 24, 2012

I thought the food was great but the service was terrible. The woman at the counter was rude and made me feel uncomfortable ordering! She also told my friend that he ordered something he didn't and sat it down in front of him twice expecting him to eat it and not receive what he actually ordered.
What a shame because the food was great but now I don't think I will ever go back!

5 star rating
by Trina Michaela Dunne
Nov 03, 2012

Went to Elliott Stables for the first time last night with my partner for dinner- we had a deal voucher to use. The whole place was packed and we were SO GLAD the waitress who served us told us there would be a 30 min wait for our food and also informed us that they were out of quite a few items on the menu. We left and decided to go back today for lunch. We had Jamaican jerk chicken, southern fried chicken, corn bread, curly fries and 1 Litre of lemonade. Easily the tastiest food I've had in a long time. Portion sizes were generous and pricing more than reasonable. We were both very impressed with both food and service. I'll be taking my sister down there for lunch next weekend. great stuff!!

5 star rating
by Amy A
Oct 16, 2012

Was looking for a place like this in Auckland after going to a Cajun restaurant in Wellington. Bonz had great food at a great price! Definitely recommend the curly fries, also the Gumbo and Jerk Chicken! Can't wait to go back and try the Jambalaya!

4 star rating
by Ed
Oct 15, 2012

It was our first time to Bonz and tried the Jambalaya which was tasty. But the best dish had to be the Jamaican Chicken which was very well marinated and tasted great. We would like to return and try other specialities like the ribs.

4 star rating
by Peter
Oct 03, 2012

Excellent food, been there twice.
Had the Ribs, crab cake and corn bread. Must say it was the best meal I have had for the reasonable price there.
I was served by the young chef and he doesn't deliver a quite friendly customer service, very cold. The girl that works there is very friendly though.

Overall, best meal in the area

5 star rating
by Susan Bromley
Oct 01, 2012

We haven't been to the Stables for ages - but popped in for a dose of welcoming atmosphere and saw this place had opened. Checked out the menu & our first impression was 'this sounds great food for an amazing price'. We had the Jerk Chicken (soo tasty) and the tuna salad with twistie fries - Yum! Yum! The tuna 'salad' is actually little tuna bread rolls - like tiny burgers - which may confuse some people (in the USA the things they mix in with the tuna is what they call a 'tuna salad'). We were so impressed we told the guys we would give them 11/10 for price, service, uniqueness of the food and definitely the taste!

It is so great to find a place that serves up immense value for money with the added bonus of unique flavours and delicious food! Excellent!!

5 star rating
by ElSizzling Chorizo
Sep 20, 2012

Two words Jerk Chicken, you have try it! Since spreading the word a out this great little spot it seems my friends love it too.

Can't wait to try the crab cake next time. I love the concise menu, what they do, they do well and they regularly change the sliders for a bit of variety.

If you are tired of all the pretentious places serving up the same stuff, go and get a taste sensation, which is completely different to anything else around town.

3 star rating
by Christy
Sep 02, 2012

I enjoyed the atmosphere of the stables but it closes too early.
Amazing food. Cornbread was sweet & hot. Baby back ribs were good but I have had better. Great prices - $34 for full rack of ribs with fries & slaw, cornbread & drink. Has great potential but needs a little more on the menu.
I will be going back :-D

5 star rating
by Andy Williams
Sep 02, 2012

I have been to the Bonz Cajun Kitchen 6 times now and wow I am never disappointed by both the price and the quality of their food. They are a great group of people and the service is great.

Can not give these wonderful people enough praise anyone interested in great food and a fantastic atmosphere should visit Bonz and enjoy :-)

Thanks guys will see you soon :-)))

5 star rating
by Jess
Sep 01, 2012

Wow this place was amazing and well priced we had 4 sides and 2 mains and 2 Drinks for $68 baby back ribs, southern fried chicken and corn bread a must !! Atmosphere of Elliot stables is awesome Will defiantly be coming back for more

5 star rating
by Meredeth Winder
Sep 01, 2012

I have been to Bonz 3 times now and I highly recommend it if you are looking for something different that's affordable and super tasty. I am slowly making my way through the menu, but its hard to get past the tastiness of the Ribs and the Jamaican jerk chicken. All I can say is if you are wanting a cool dinner out that won't kill your wallet this is it, Elliot Stables is a wonderful setting with a guitarist playing and fantastic BYO area making an atmosphere that will have you raving to your family and friends and no doubt dragging them to Bonz yourself!! Can't wait to go again :D