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Cafe Midnight Express

4 star rating 57 reviews

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09 3030312

59 CBD, Victoria Street West, Auckland

  Mediterranean, Turkish
12 Noon to 10 PM (Mon-Thu, Sun), 12 Noon to 11 PM (Fri-Sat)


Reviews for Cafe Midnight Express

5 star rating
by Marina
3 days ago

I've been here twice already. In both cases the food was really good. I had their medium rare steak that they have on deal and it was really well cooked. The prawn salad that I had for starter was small - only four prawns on the plate, but it was delicious. We ordered one deal for me and my partner and it was enough for two of us. I like the ambiance of the place and the staff which is really friendly and helpful. Will definitely come here one more time.

4 star rating
by Seriously Foodie
5 days ago

Great place....lovely ambience with good and clean flavors. Also the staff are very proactive. Tried their set menu which was reasonably priced and had good variety and taste. However would have loved to eat arabic bread........khuboos instead of slices of loaf. Was still a good experience and would definitely return.

4 star rating
by Arpita Mandal
one month ago

A great dine in Mediterranean restaurant right at the heart of the city (well situated).

Very thematic and beautiful restaurant. Great customer service everytime I visit. I fancy their cocktails and tapas/entree menu.

High recommended

4 star rating
by Tom Meads
2 months ago

Definitely one of the best customer service experiences I've ever had. The Midnight Mix platter is the easy choice for those of us that struggle to choose from such a great menu. Cool to see some belly dancing too, although don't make eye contact or you'll be hauled up to join in!

5 star rating
by Melissa
2 months ago

Came here for a quick catchup with friends today and it was surprisingly really good! 

We ordered the Grilled Chicken, Doner Kebab and the Chicken Salad + Garlic Bread. Was so surprised you get so much garlic bread for only $3! Unfortunately it wasn't very garlickey and was a bit hard to bite. 

The meals however were really good and filling! It was very afforable and you get a pretty big portion :) It was only $16.50 for my Doner Kebab meal that comes with rice, hummus, a garden salad, and 1 slice of garlic bread :) 

It will definitely fill you up!

5 star rating
by Leila Khan
2 months ago

What an absolute gem with traditional turkish food. Dream come true in Auckland City. Amazing food and excellent customer service. Thank you for taking such good care of us πŸ‘

5 star rating
by M_92
3 months ago

While its really hard to find a Turkish/Mediterranean restaurant in Auckland that tastes authentic, I believe this place makes the cut. I LOVE the food they serve here. It's almost as authentic as mums food ;) definitely worth a try if you're interested in delicious dips, naan bread, maklouba, falafel, etc.
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5 star rating
by Christopher Etienne
3 months ago

Bloody awesome food and affordable as well. Been there a few time would recommend to anyone. Good service as well and close to the casino so can be for a good night out afterwards

5 star rating
by Stacey
3 months ago

The food was absolutely delicious (there were multiple vegetarian options and the starters were amazing and best shared by two people) and we had awesome service. I will definitely be going back.

4 star rating
by Vanessa
3 months ago

I heard great things about this place and it didn't disappoint. Their dishes are very big (they will fill you up) and they're super delicious, I really liked their hummus and tzatziki dips. The meals are also affordable (so it won't break your bank) and the dessert we got was the Baklava, it was so good, not too sweet which was nice. I like the interior, it's very turkish themed and the atmosphere is lovely. The service was great and the waitresses were friendly.

4 star rating
by Zoe Huang
3 months ago

Nice enviroment with turkish decoration style. Not expensive, the size of dishes are big. The one that i ordered called Mezze,$26. The chicken was tender, and the beef was very yummy. Their waiters are very nice too, kept pouring water for us.

5 star rating
by P L
3 months ago

Great tasting flavorful food, good service and lovely atmosphere. The place was busy, however the starters and food both came out within 20 minutes of ordering. The portion size of the meal was large - left with a full stomach.

4 star rating
by Lennie L
4 months ago

This was a fortuitous Sunday night stumble-upon as we wandered the city for a late dinner. On Sunday and Monday nights, Midnight Express offers $25 for 2 courses. The waitress opened the door to ask if we had any questions and informed us of their promotion as we were outside reading their menu. She seemed genuinely helpful and we found this to be really nice and welcoming. After a turn around the block we came back and settled in for a meal.

It's not often I can stand double ordering at a table, but we both ordered the Midnight Mix for the main. Neither of us could get past the mix of meats and how hearty it sounded on the menu- and when it arrived we were satisfied with our choice. I tucked into it so quickly I forgot to take a photo! The kofte was really flavoursome with a present but pleasant spice. Chicken was nicely grilled and the meat was tender, and I could have eaten a whole plate of the spit roasted lamb. The side salad was a fresh accompaniment and my rice was well cooked and lightly seasoned to accompany the meats. My dining companion had their Mix with mash- no lumps and no complaints!

The crime was committed again as we both ordered the baklava- but who can pass up this delicious pastry? Flaky, sweet, nutty with caramelisation- the textures of the baklava were spot on and I just wanted more. The ice cream was a nice addition to bring more moisture and cut through the sweetness of the filling.

No doubt I'll be back again, it's a great price especially if you do the two-course deal! The service was really friendly, relaxed but really efficient- our waitress knew we needed more time to decide and she knew just when to bring out dessert!

5 star rating
by Chloe Smith
4 months ago

Had a fantastic meal here, Started with the mezze platter to share and was pretty much full before my main course even came. I had the vegetarian Moussaka for a main and it was really lovely, you could taste the vegetables and it wasn't overly smothered in Cheese, which a lot of people do with vegetarian meals. The service was great, they were really attentive, our water was filled up all the time and what topped it off was at 8pm on a Friday night they have a Belly Dancer which i thought was great fun and brilliant entertainment without being invasive! I would highly recommend going! I'll be back for certain!

4 star rating
by Heba Hilali
6 months ago

Nice food the mains were nice
Some of the appetisers were ready from tin
I'll come again for mains
Good for casual and quick feed :)
We will come back

4 star rating
by Karan G
6 months ago

I visited Café Midnight Express for lunch with a large group of work colleagues about a year ago, and it was my first experience of higher-class Turkish food in New Zealand. First of all, I loved the ambience - the red-brick walls covered in lamps, trinkets and beautiful paintings, and the decor in general gave the place a wonderful authentic atmosphere. We ordered bread and dips as a group, and I personally ordered the mousakka and a kahlúa from the drink menu. I thought that the food was quite good, although it was my very first time eating mousakka - it was very tasty and more filling than it looked!

The service was decent as well, although there was a miscommunication regarding the kahlúa - it was served neat, by a somewhat amused looking waitress, and I had to ask again separately for milk. And when our tables were joined together, they turned out to be at quite different levels, which was slightly annoying. Overall though, I was quite pleased with the meal, and I will definitely be bringing others here in the future.

5 star rating
by Michelle Huynh
6 months ago

I love love life be this place ! The interior is super beautiful !!

our waitress was so nice, she's the German one
She gave really good recommendations

I shared a mezze platter with a friend
somehow we got really full !! The portion sizes are perfect

delicious . Everything

would come here again

5 star rating
by Lisa
9 months ago

A place I had visited previously many years ago, I came back after the opportunity had arisen again and was not disappointed. The salads were fresh, the meat was tender, the service was impeccable and the atmosphere was welcoming. 10/10.

5 star rating
by Karen Chickering
9 months ago

Such a lucky find for us as we planned around a dusk visit to the Sky Tower.  It was one of the nights with the special pricing for an entree and main.  My husband and I shared the vegetarian mezze for our appetizer, and I had the vegetarian moussaka for my main.  As a long time vegetarian, I've never had moussaka. This version was fabulous, flavorful, and well worth the wait!  I have eaten falafel many many times before, and found theirs to be the best ever, and the rest of the mezze plate was of similar quality. Entree and mains were accompanied by a lovely serving of greens, nicely dressed.

We had the most delightful waitress, a young lady from Germany, who greeted us at the door with assurances that there were wonderful vegetarian options on the menu. She sold me on the moussaka, which obviously did not disappoint.  Both waitresses on duty that evening were attentive and worked well in tandem, so the water glasses stayed full, food was served hot, and the empty (very empty!) plates did not languish.

Do you ship to the US? :)

5 star rating
by Roaming Eater
9 months ago

We visited Cafe Midnight Express by chance, looking for dessert on Valentines night. We ordered the Chocolate Cake and the Sticky Date which were both to die for. 

The service and food was so good that we came back the next night to try their dinner options. They offer a deal on Sunday-Tuesday of a Main & Entree or Main & Dessert for $25.00.

We ordered a Midnight Mix each, one with rice and one with mash for our main and the Mezze Platter. Both were very generous portions and faultless. Perfect! And for that price it was a steal.

On both visits it has been quite busy but it doesn't have a cramped feel and the staff are very attentive and friendly and make you feel at home.

We will definitely be back! :-)

4 star rating
by Richard Matthews
11 months ago

First time back here in ages and it's still just as good as I remember. The wait staff were very attentive and the food is good value for money. My only complaint is that it's supposed to be Turkish and the picture on the wall is of Greece, but hey if that's the worst thing I can think of...

5 star rating
by Carole Baylis
11 months ago

Recently visited this cafe for a staff lunch. Very friendly staff. I ordered vegetarian moussaka which was very tasty and not too big a portion. Price wise was reasonable.

4 star rating
by SR
Nov 24, 2014

Great food. Great service.

5 star rating
by Brianna L
Nov 24, 2014

It was one of our Random pics, when I was out on Shopping spree in the city!!But it was absolute pleasure to dine there. Since it was my one of my meatless Sundays ;) I had vegetarian Moussaka which was amazing !! Staff is really nice an friendly!! Definitely worth every penny. Good size meal and reasonable pricing :) I will be definitely come back for more :)

5 star rating
by Amy Webb
Nov 02, 2014

With Christmas season coming up, it's been a fantastic excuse to have work dinners! Our team of 9 came to Cafe Midnight last Thursday and we were warmly welcomed.

I understand serving such a large table can be difficult, but the staff handled it with ease. One of the girls working there was new, but she did such an amazing job!

I ordered the vegetarian moussaka, which was the best I've ever had. The serving was generous, with a nice salad on the side. I was so excited to eat, I didn't think to take a photo (sorry!).

The moussaka was dense, with lots of layers and had just the right amount of mozzarella. For $20, I was very impressed. I also noticed they had $25 dinner deals on Sunday/Monday/Tuesday for an entree and main, so I will definitely be back for that.

The atmosphere was great and one of my party said they have belly dancers on the weekend. The decor was awesome, very authentic. A really great place for a satisfying meal!

5 star rating
by Sonya Apa Temata
Oct 14, 2014

Been coming here for years..food is authentic and amazing! the swarma made with lamb and homemade garlic yoghurt and chilli sauce is to die for!! absolute magnifique

4 star rating
by Lisa V
Jul 18, 2014

Really close to my work so really convenient for lunch. I came in for dinner tonight and had a really good meal. The prices are reasonable and the servings are quite big. I got the calamari starter and chicken shish as my main with a side of garlic Turkish bread and was too full for dessert. Service was standard, they were attentive and didn't get annoying. I would have given them a 4.5 but the downside was that out table was next to the wall in the corner and another table for two was seated right next to us so close that we may as well have been on the same table. When we were leaving we had to ask one of the lady's to get up so that we could actually get out because we had been blocked in.

4 star rating
by Neila
May 20, 2014

I loved eating it. Never really had Mediterranean. The midnight lunch was good and great variety. It's pricey but worth it, not for the lower middle class.

4 star rating
by Eman Nasser
Jan 04, 2014

We have recently dined at this place with a group of friends.
The atmosphere was lovely and the waitresses were very nice welcoming.
The food was delicious the only negative thing I could say about this place is the food abit pricy for the quantity provided. I say be generous please

4 star rating
by Prashant Gundani
Dec 22, 2013

Organised Christmas lunch and found very nice food, service and atmosphere. Worth for the price.

4 star rating
by Satish Pawa
Nov 14, 2013

Very good food and service
Manish is excellent on his job

5 star rating
by Jo
Nov 07, 2013

A friend & I had two delicious dinners on two consecutive nights at Cafe Midnight Express. Not only is the food delectable, the manager & wait staff are charming & were very welcoming to two North Americans desperately in need of great food at an affordable price.

4 star rating
by Alysha Bryan
Jul 29, 2013

Yum! I was very nicely surprised at midnight express. Great food and at a great price. I went twice in one week!

4 star rating
by BP
Jul 28, 2013

Really great authentic food and great service to match. Portion sizes are good and food is really fresh.. Will definitely be back again

5 star rating
by Beth
Jun 24, 2013

Midnight Express has to be one of my favourite restaurants in Auckland.
I love the authentic decor including the Turkish paintings on the wall, and although the place isn't big it is layed out well and I never feel squished. The food is amazing, especially the Midnight Mix which gives you a lot of beautiful food for a good price.
Also pleased to see Turkish apple tea on the menu, if you have a sweet tooth and love hot drinks this is delicious!
I always take friends here and will continue to return.

5 star rating
by Eydie Wikaira
Apr 18, 2013

I ate at this cafe with my sister & her husband. We had the set menu on starter & main. The selection was great the food tasted even better. The service was also very good, my sister & I enjoyed the wine recommended to us.
The atmosphere, decor background music awesome.
I am planning on visiting soon with my work colleagues as I have told them all about my experience. It was Excellent.

4 star rating
by Joe Bradley
Apr 04, 2013

Good food and service for a decent price. Portion sizes are good and it's just a nice place for dinner all over.

5 star rating
by Jann McMichael
Mar 09, 2013

Great host, very friendly staff; lovely food and tasty. Very happy to recommend this restaurant. The decor is cosy and with good Turkish theme as well as the music. I also recommended whether for lunch or dinner, the quality is as good for both. I had heard a lot about it, and it was as good as I had heard if not better. Well done Cafe Midnight Express.

4 star rating
by Keith Edson
Feb 10, 2013

After reading positive reviews decided to give Cafe Midnight Express a try. This area of Auckland city is not where I would seek places to eat normally but very glad that we did. The restaurant was busy but not crowded setting a good atmosphere. We were given a good table and always attended to very well. The waitress answered our questions on the menu items well and in a way that we were able to make a good selection. The starters came out in good time and were very tasty. The mains were large portions and well balanced with a variety of meats, vegetables and sauces. Unfortunately too full for desert but will be back to try them out soon. Price of both food and alcohol very reasonable.

4 star rating
by Jade Lim
Dec 05, 2012

I heard numerous good reviews of Midnight Express, and went to check out the place for myself.
YES...food and service was great! :)

A very strategic Mediterranean/Turkish restaurant in the heart of Auckland CBD and they serve authentic, delicious food. Cosy atmosphere as a plus point. :)

Will definitely go back there.

Photos: http://www.menumania.co.nz/restaurants/cafe-midnight-express/media/46851

4 star rating
by Meghan Wang
Oct 01, 2012

We were here a few months ago, we needed a place to eat before our movie that night. We wanted to sit further inside the restaurant and not by the door, however most of the tables further inside the restaurant were booked. To our delight, the lovely waitress said we could sit there, as we were there pretty early and the reservation wasn't for another few hours, great service!

The waiter who took our orders helped us choose our starters, which was really helpful because we weren't quite sure. We ordered bread with 3 different dips he recommended, delicious. Our mains were great too, great presentation on the plate. We were really impressed.

The only downside I would say is that the food is a wee bit expensive for what it is, and it is not the biggest portion. But otherwise it is a great restaurant, fantastic atmosphere with really friendly and helpful staff

5 star rating
by Amir
Aug 21, 2012

Service with a smile, fresh, flavorsome and healthy dishes in a super friendly atmosphere. Never been disappointed by the food and its got to be our favorite casual dinning hang out. They always remember us when we go there, the kebab is always of highest quality meat sorrounded by fresh salads and home made humus and chutney. Not to mention the beautiful belly dancer on friday nights...;) Highly recommend it.

5 star rating
by Lena Kodaira
May 31, 2012

Love this place!

I used to be a semi-regular fixture at Mexican Cafe and would always walk past this place, finally curiosity got the better of me and I decided to have a late lunch here with a friend. It was around 3pm after the lunch rush, so it was just us in the restaurant. I ordered a Spinach Borek (spinach filo pastry) and my friend ordered a dish of fried seafood and french fries (we go to a Turkish restaurant and he orders fish'n'chips, what a Kiwi!). My Spinach Borek was delicious, I love spinach dishes in general but this was amazing! My friend thoroughly enjoyed his dish and the interesting Mediterranean sauces that came with it too.

When a restaurant is empty, I find it's very easy for staff to often over-crowd diners in order to compensate for the lack of a crowd. Our waitress however was attentive without being pushy, coming around every now and then to fill up our water glasses and she always had a smile on her face! Service really makes all the difference, and we experienced fantastic service on this day. We both left feeling very satisfied and happy, and we will definitely be returning!

1 star rating
by David Meurant
May 14, 2012

Four of us made the mistake of going here last night (Sunday). We arrived at 6 and it wasn't THAT busy. We had a show to get to at 7 so decided to grab something quick.

Firstly when we arrived our greeting wasn't very welcoming - as though we were being a bother! We promptly ordered our drinks and our meals. Since my wife and I had just been to a large late mothers day lunch she just ordered the Turkish bread and I ordered the holumi starter. Our friends ordered mains.

When our drinks arrived the Mojito apparently tasted like they forgot to put any alcohol in it!

Half an hour later asked where our meals were (bear in mind 1 meal was bread and another was a starter) we were told 5 minutes. 15 minutes later our food arrived. One of our party didn't end up with the correct order! We couldn't do much as our show started in 15 minutes. The food was great, how ever when I took my last mouthful of beer as we went to to leave I felt something in my mouth - I spat out a plastic mint wrapper!!

When we went to pay my friend advised that she was given the wrong meal the waitress just said "so do you want to pay for the one you ordered, or the one you got?" considering what she ordered was a main and she ended up with a starter, what do you think?? When I put the wrapper on the counter and said this was in my beer glass, her response was "o that's not very good.... That will be $30...."

Will never be back again!

5 star rating
by Jason
Sep 02, 2011

I went to Mightnight Express with some workmates for lunch today and all I can say is WOW! These guys really have it down to a fine art. The surroundings are fitting for the cuisine and the service is great. As for the food, the portions are a very generous size and taste of the meals are absolutely wonderful! And to top it off, the price was fantastic at $14.50 for a spicy grilled chicken dish with salad, rice and a nice condiment on the side. Some supposed 5 star restuarants could learn a thing or two from these guys.

3 star rating
by Chelsea
Jan 28, 2011

Every time i come into this cafe i get a very nice vibe, the waitress is a beautiful Turkish lady ? perhaps? and is not intrusive when it comes to having time out with Lunch, the place is absolutely beautiful! one thing id have to say is that (seeing as my partner and i have been there so many times) the menu is some what the same, the food just sounds different but when you get it on the plate, its just mixed up. although i enjoy the atmosphere and the food, i would of liked a bit more variety, cheers

4 star rating
by Amy A
Aug 03, 2010

Food always comes pretty fast and hot and nice, and last time I went there was a very friendly waitress who was always smiling so that was nice. Would go again but would order something different.....ordered something exotic sounding only for it to come out as a kebab!

5 star rating
by Lisa
Mar 14, 2010

We had not planned to go here for dinner but as I hobbled down the road on my crutches, no steps looked very inviting! We had the set menu which we believe was absolutely fantastic value for money, food was outstanding and service could not be faulted. A little cramped but this did not affect our wonderful dining experience. Would definitely go back here.

3 star rating
by Ryan Judd
Mar 09, 2010

been here a number of times and aways came away happy. only bad thing is that its always too hot inside there.

5 star rating
Aug 07, 2009

Went to midnight express with a group of friends visiting from overseas,I have been to midnight express on a number of occasions and we have always enjoyed the great food and friendly atmosphere.
As usual it didnt disappoint we had a great night my friends were really impressed and I will definitely be back

1 star rating
by Laine. F
Jul 16, 2009

"Functions welcome": the friendly motto plastered in bold on their promising website was FAR from what we experienced last night. 18 of us went there for my best friend's intimate 21st dinner, but arrived to find the seating arrangements awkward as 6 of us were allocated seating separated from the rest of the party. We had hired a professional belly dancer as a birthday surprise BUT was then told by the manager that she's "not allowed to dance" because we didn’t order enough food. He unashamedly took out his calculator right after we placed our orders and accused us of being cheap and losing him business! And that if he let the belly dancer dance, other customers would get angry and complain. I do NOT see how other diners would object to a short ethnic dance as dinner side entertainment for free let alone make a complaint. We had to turn her away but pay her in full anyway. And as I walked her out, he stopped her to ask for her number and told her to "come dance for me some other day" right in front of us! Appalling! The waiters were far from friendly either, very distant and cold. When the rest of our party arrived we were told if they weren't ordering to give up the table when there were still plenty of big tables up front free. The food was so average; the restaurant is really just a kebab takeaway with good interior decorations. All in all, the dining experience was a nightmare; the birthday girl even had a tear up due to conflicts started by the manager. I have never experienced such rude service and will definitely never go there again!

4 star rating
by Anvi
Jun 05, 2009

The ambience and service is excellent. We were 6 of us and the mains arrived pretty quickly. The wine list is also nice and includes a good range of white and reds. I strongly recommend this place as good value for money.

4 star rating
by Melinda
Aug 29, 2008

I went with a group of 15 for my birthday, unfortunately the nice back room was booked out and we had to have two tables, something they told me when I booked. They also suggested the set menu, so I had a price ($30 for entree and main) to tell everyone beforehand - good for those counting their pennys.
We all swapped seats 3 times during the night so nobody would be left out on the ends or the smaller table the whole night, I'm sure this didn't make it easy for the waitresses, especially as we had vegetarians who had a seperate main, but they were very nice to us still. For a busy night the service was excellent.
The food was plentiful, tasty and what I expected from a trukish resturant.
I wanted a casual, friendly place where I could enjoy a shared meal with my friends and not break the bank doing so and I wasn't let down at all.
I would happily go back again.

5 star rating
by Sandip Ranchhod
Jun 23, 2008

absolutely my most favourite middle eastern eatery in the country. not boring and great value

5 star rating
by Fatty
Jan 25, 2008

I felt compelled to write a review after my boyfriend's birthday dinner at Cafe Midnight Express was such a success. Delicious food, great atmosphere and friendly staff, I highly recommend.

4 star rating
by Salene Armstrong
Jan 24, 2008

This is my very favourite restaurant in the city. The service is good, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is cosy. A great night out and the best turkish in the city!

4 star rating
by Beth Givens
Jun 09, 2007

Theres a reason we keep going back, the food is good! Can get a bit hectic on Friday nights, but you can book a table.