Reviews for DeBretts Kitchen - Hotel DeBrett
by Rod K
2 months ago
Really surprised that such a heavenly place exists in the middle of the city.
Good service, good food and a fantastic atmosphere.
Ordered the fillet steak dishes which were good - but not amazing, fine cuts of beef that could possibly have been done with a little more "pizazz". Great selection of cocktails and overall a good dining experience.
Will go back.
by Genie @ BunnyEatsDesign
2 months ago
Hotel Debretts is one of those tucked away places that impresses as you enter. An expansive atrium that is brightly lit and surprisingly warm. A bit posh with bright coloured furniture and arty decor. What you might expect for an upmarket, inner city hotel restaurant. Tables are placed quite far apart so we felt that we had plenty of space to talk privately.
I invited a vegetarian friend to DeBretts Kitchen for an early Friday night dinner during Auckland Restaurant Month. DeBretts Kitchen have a short, elegant a la carte menu and there should be something for most appetites. Their set menus are very limited and for diners who are flexible on what they can and want to eat.
I was impressed that they asked about our dietary requirements when I made the booking. Unfortunately this was not backed up with their offerings on the night. Their online menu I had checked earlier did not match the menu we were presented and the new menu lacked vegetarian options. Neither the Auckland Restaurant Month menu or their pre-show set menu had any vegetarian mains. There was only 1 vegetarian option.
Luckily, my friend enjoyed her risotto which was filling and well seasoned. My duck was impressive with both pink breast and tender confit on a single plate. The artistic, thoughtful desserts were exquisite. We loved tasting each component of the dishes.
The service was wonderful. Friendly and approachable, not pretentious at all. We spent a good 2 hours dining and never felt rushed. Water was topped up regularly and the pacing of the meal was excellent. I would recommend DeBretts Kitchen for date night, special occasions, fine food and drink.
The set menus are great value: a 2 course set menu with glass of selected wine at $45, but unfortunately not an option if you have any dietary requirements. We just happened to order 2 courses each with a glass of wine but paid significantly more. Our bill came to about $150 for 2 mains, 2 desserts, a side and 2 glasses of wine. The food was good but their a la carte menu is a bit overpriced. Our meal was paid in part with a Zomato voucher.
by Amy @ My Dining Journey
2 months ago
This is my second time dining at DeBretts Kitchen, the in-house restaurant of the boutique Hotel De Brett on High Street. The first time was two years ago, so I’m glad that Zomato was kind enough to send me a $50 dining voucher and I decided to share the love and eat out with a friend. We went during Auckland Restaurant Month where the restaurant was offering a special promotional menu, but we opted to order from the a la carte instead
For entrée, my friend and I both wanted to start with fish. She enjoyed her kahawai salad with lettuce, bacon, green beans, caper berries and croutons while I happily polished off my seared kingfish served over a bed of vegetable barigoule. The fish was moist and had a great flaky texture.
For mains, my dining companion went with the market fish while I opted for a juicy steak. The Mahy farm beef fillet was over cooked to medium while I ordered rare, but because the beef was of such high quality, it still had a soft texture that melts in your mouth. This was paired with smoked brisket, leeks, spinach puree and potato foam. I’m not a fan of foam. I would have preferred a small side of potato puree rather than a thick tasteless foam. It was the only thing left on my plate when I finished.
Although there were certain aspects about my meal that I would have changed, the overall dining experience was very enjoyable. Big applause to our waiter for the night. He was courteous, helpful and just delightful, and the same can be said about the other servers who smiled their way through a busy night.
by Auckland Based Critic
2 months ago
Very nice little secret hideout kinda vibe
Awesome to bring your first date, however remember to wear a flash slick fitting suit to make yourself look rich.
Their monkfish was WOW! As it melts ever so slowly in your mouth, however I think it is seasonal.
Must try if you have never been, highly recommended for a Friday night before party to increase your self esteem and mood!
Chips are meh, since they weren't crunchy
Wait time: 3/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Food Quantity: 4/5
Price range: $60+ pp
by Eat Pray Love
3 months ago
Went to Debrett's Kitchen with my bestie today for Sunday brunch. It is located conveniently on high street and the restaurant is just up the staircase to the left when entering the boutique hotel.
I loved the decor of the restaurant. The waterfall and the glass roof was gorgeous and it was such a good day today which added to the overall ambiance.
We ordered coffees to start with, my friend ordered the mocha and I had the chai latte. My chai was creamy and hot, with a lot of spicy cinnamon flavour which I love.
For brunch we wanted something more filling than the usual eggs on toast, so we went with the confit duck and pork belly and decided to share it. We also ordered a side of hand cut chips.
The pork belly was cooked very well and pretty much melted in my mouth with a really tasty crispy skin! It came with a herb infused jus which added awesome flavour to the pork belly.
The confit duck was again cooked really well. It was falling of the bone and the skin was kept on giving it more texture and flavour. It came with soft cooked carrots and a lemon purée. When eaten all together, all the elements on the plate worked really well and it was a delicious meal.
The agria potato chips were thickly cut and fried golden and crisp. They lacked a bit of salt but there was a lot of sea salt at the table already so we were able to adjust it according to taste. The garlic aioli it came with also lacked salt but that too was easily taken care of!
Overall had a very enjoyable meal at Debrett Kitchen. Staff were also very friendly and welcoming. It definitely is a hidden gem in CBD. Would highly recommend it especially for it's gorgeous glass roof and delicious food!
by Shanzay Thakurdas
3 months ago
Weekend Brunch Main- I ordered the pork belly. There was an amazing herb infused sauce that complimented the pork very well. The ambiance of the restaurant and location was memorable, a luxurious secret in Auckland CBD.
by A Food Awakening
3 months ago
I have always wondered about DeBrett's Kitchen @ Hotel DeBrett. The idea of eating at a boutique hotel seamed strange, but after a very kind gesture of a dining voucher from Zomato, I thought this would be a good opportunity to step out of my comfort zone.
DeBretts is currently apart of Akl Restaurant Month, offering an entree and main for $55 - great deal. After looking at the options for restaurant month - only being 2, we decided we would opt for one of the deals and then choose another main meal from the normal menu. We were going to have dessert but I was actually quite full by the end. Complimentary bread was served with a fruity olive oil. Bread was nice but could have been better if served warm.
For the entree we chose the quail, which is something different. I tend to try items you wouldn't normally cook at home and may make you feel uncomfortable in order to be surprised. The quail was served with yogurt panna cotta. You would think it's weird, but it really works. Everything worked pleasantly although the sour cherries were a bit too spiked for my liking. I ordered the market fish which had an Asian influence. This was a really great dish. Beautiful flavours and textures - my only issue was that the fish was just far too salty, which was a shame because everything was cooked perfectly. The lamb rump was a bit disappointing as it just lacked flavour and was a tad chewy. However the braised lamb and olive tapenade was delicious and moorish and we could have just eaten a whole plate of that. It also lacked enough jus for the amount of meat on the plate, for which we actually asked for extra.
Overall the service was friendly and the atmosphere is amazing. The beautiful live jazz music and its warm decor just entrances you - as cheesy as that sounds without any sort of pretentious attitude. I would def recommend Debretts! Great food and service with just a few minor mishaps.
Value for Money: Good
2 High Street, Auckland
Breakfast lunch and dinner Mon-Sun
Weekend High Tea 3-5pm
by Rebecca MacDonald
3 months ago
I love the lounge and bar area here, it is really cosy to meet up with friends for a drink in front of the fire, but this weekend was the first time I had eaten there. We went for breakfast and although the food was fine I don't think I would go back there to eat as although the service was good the food wasn't anything special.
3 months ago
We were shopping on High St so decided to eat here. We were quickly seated and once we ordered were given free bread and oil (nice touch!).
We ordered mains and one side, and that was plenty. The flavours were amazing! Both of us loved our dishes (hapuka and beef eye fillet) and would recommend you try them!!
The service was prompt and courteous.
We both commented on the lovely setting as well - surprising since it is part of a hotel, but it has a nice romantic intimate feeling. The decor of the general hotel is also something to see if you are into Art Deco/retro.
8 months ago
The decor was cool but this place was so let down by our arrogant waitress, she successfully ruined our night with her rudeness. I felt regret that I picked this place to treat my best friend after our wedding. We would have spent our lovely night in another restaurant.
We made a reservation for 3 people at 7pm on a Wednesday night. We arrived on time the matre’d gave us a table facing the stairway, I asked can we change a table, even though there was clearly lots of table available, she said no. Later while I was having dinner, I noticed that some of guests were just walked in. We were made to feel very unwelcome!!!
About the food, my duck entree was yummy, my husband said his pork belly starter was alright. Unfortunately my main were barely lukewarm, I touched the bottom of my plate, and don't know why my plate was warmer than the steak. My friend and I both ordered eye fillet, we both agreed the eye fillet was very dry. However, my husband loved his lamb main.
To finish our meal we ordered panna cotta and cappuccino creme brulee as desserts. The creme brulee was more like a coffee flavoured chocolate mousse. My friend said her panna cotta was okay.
One thing that really pissed me off was my mouth felt really dry while I was having my creme brulee, I saw the waitress was filling up water glasses table by table so I was waiting for my turn to get my water glass filled, and she saw that I ran out of water; unexpectedly she ignored us and quickly walked past our table started filling glasses of the table next to us. At last I had to ask water from another waiter.
One thing I am pretty sure is I will never go there again. Their service was far below satisfactory. I suggest dine here if you don't mind the best day of your life is being ruined. They should treat their customers with a little more respect.
by Davao Mariner
10 months ago
The chefs now how to make lamb that pulls apart with only a fork. Had a great time with the live jazz music in the background.
by Ana Vukovik
11 months ago
This place does a lunch special. I am pretty sure its the best lunch special in Auckland.
I would definitively recommend this place to everyone who enjoys good food.
by Vanessa Hunt
Oct 17, 2013
We enjoyed our meal at kitchen debrett. It would have got a higher rating but we thought both our meals could have done with a little more seasoning especially my lamb and chicken skewers. My husband loved the muscle fritters and were definitely his highlight. My lamb main was great and so filling disappointed I didn't have room for dessert. Our waitress was fantastic and friendly. Would love to do set menu with friends for a party in the future.
by Robin Dowe
Jun 21, 2013
I note many comments on this site and other sites about the maitre d' - one below
However, the maitre d’ shocked us with his very snobby attitude.
The decor was awesome the food OK but slow, the maitre d' ruined the night with his attitude, I'm not sure who he thinks he is, unless of course he really is of royal descent because he certainly trys to act like he is from aristocracy, perhaps the carrot is too firmly wedged but he should try and treat people with a little more decorum and respect.
by Rachel Schuurman
Sep 25, 2012
We had a really great night at Hotel de Brett and the restaurant was fantastic. We felt royally treated - fantastic customer service - and the food was really great. The mains are a little odd but beautiful and interesting and overall was a really great foodie experience. The ambience is just incredible. A real funky artistic setting and very charming. A total top notch experience. Food is pricy but very unique and the overall experience was worth it.
by David Boshier
Jun 30, 2012
A fantastic place for a meal, snack or just a couple of drinks with Friends. There is no standouts on the menu as it is all great.
Once you get to the top of the stairs and through the bar, the open space is a surprise. Even during winter it feels like summer.
Well worth hunting this place out.
Mar 13, 2012
Walked up the stairs from the advertised address off O'Connell St and managed to walk past the entry doors. There is no sign so better to enter via High St, as it’s easier to find and decorated in beautiful art deco with a modern elegance.
Arrived and was seated near the high water feature toward the back. The restaurant has a high ceiling with windows in the walls high up. Reminds me of an alley way. As a result the acoustics were fantastic for the exceptional live music on the night. Toward the end of the night the audience of 20+ were mesmerised by the talented performing artist, moving and taking seats closer to the stage.
Ordered half dozen Bluff Oysters (natural) and char grilled hawkes bay lamb (medium) and a side of roasted gourmet potatoes.
Bluff oysters were not on the menu, just in season, but on the board as I walked in.
Bread was offered before I ordered and a selection was displayed by the waitress. I chose the wholemeal bread from a choice of three. There was a bottle of olive oil on the table which the waitress poured onto the bread plate. Bread was nice with the olive oil and warm but too salty.
Bluff oysters were shucked perfectly and arrived at an optimum temperature. They were firm, almost to the point of being crunchy, absolutely delicious.
The lamb was cooked perfectly, and the portions were exactly equal and proportional on the plate. The caramelised onions on top one of the lamb pieces was too sweet for my taste and unnecessary. The vegetables were beautifully presented, drenched in the flavoursome sauce, but still remaining crunchy.
The side of baked potatoes didn’t need seasoning being well cooked, firm but fluffy and at the right temperature.
Service was very professional, personal and efficient through the whole experience. Recommend this venue as a superior quality dining experience, in food, surroundings, service and entertainment. Ideal venue for a relaxed, romantic night out for two.
by Al Kumar
Feb 15, 2012
We had a lovely experience for Valentines at the Kitchen Restaurant. My wife and I arrived at 9pm. The place was stunning with dim lighting in the main area and lots of candles everywhere. We were quickly greeted by a kind waitress and taken to our reserved table. Our table was right in front of kitchen not a very comfortable seating for a romantic dining experience as this particular part the restaurant is REALLY bright. There are about 5 tables in a straight line right in front of the Kitchen. We thought, we didn't have much of a choice since it was reserved for us. Anyway after we were seated, our waiter for night kindly gave us a run down on the menu and fresh bread was then served to our table in no time. My wife asked me to asked our waiter if there was any chance to move to another table, I was a little hesitant at 1st, but then I did asked kindly when our waiter returned back with our wine we had ordered. In no more then 2 minutes he came back to us with a smile and asked us to follow him. We were relocated and seated right in front of the lovely 2 storey fountain with blue lights. Definitely WOW! The best seating location in the restaurant. They moved our wine for us and the table was ready for an awesome Valentine dining experience. For starters we ordered the "marinated pacific ocean kingfish" & my wife order "Cannelloni of waikanae crab" a must try dish, both pouring with lovely NZ flavours. For the mains we ordered "crisp skinned john dory" and "Pan seared Hapuka", we were advised the Hapuka had run out so it was replaced by Snapper, all the dishes arrived perfectly in a timely manner considering it was Valentines and the restaurant was quite full...Both dishes were absolutely mouth watering and we really enjoyed THE GREAT hospitality from the wait staff. The manager also approached our table and asked if everything was going well. To finish this beautiful night with a desert we ordered white chocolate and pistachio bombe alaska. WOW....loved it, the taste of the roasted white chocolate still remains...All in all a great dining experience with fantastic staff....Pricing! definitely yes did come with a price tag. $194...but there was no compromise for service and quality. Just a suggestion to the restaurant is to control and lower the ambiance of the lighting in front area of the Kitchen.
by Chris Ng
Oct 25, 2011
Had late dinner Friday night before RWC semis. No booking but they managed to find table after 15 mins despite being very busy.
Having a number of starters rather than mains was no problem to the staff.
Great food and awesome service equals great night!
Jul 17, 2011
We had booked a table and ordered the Pre-Theatre menu (a main course, plus a glass of wine and coffee) and the 2-course Star Grazing menu (including a matching glass of wine with each course). We finished off with desserts to share. The food was wonderful, the desserts divine. Understandibly they are finialist of Cuisine. Great location, beautiful ambience and very friendly and helpful staff, neither pushy nor arrogant. We will certainly come again to enjoy this food experience :)
Jul 04, 2011
To say that I was blown away by my meal at Kitchen would be an understatement. The service was friendly and efficient, the setting in the Hotel Debrett was wonderful.
And the food... wow. My pork belly starter was excellent, and my duck main was incredible. On the recommendation of head chef Mark (who personally visited our table after our mains), I had the white chocolate parfait to finish. I would go back again just for that dessert; it was one of the most unique and interesting desserts I've ever had.
All in all, an incredible experience. Highly recommended.
by Claire Parish
Jun 27, 2011
I made a reservation for 4 people at 8.30pm on a Saturday night, my friends and I arrived and had a drink in the bar before hand. At 8.45pm we decided we should get to our table but when we got to the matre'd he informed us that our table wasnt ready, even though there was clearly a table available. When I pressed him about this he told us that the kitchen would be under too much pressure and we wouldnt enjoy the experience!!! So off to the bar we went until our table 'was ready'. We heard another group complaining that they had been waiting since 8pm and that they would now be 'going elsewhere'. We were finally called to our table 30 minutes after we had booked it. To be fair the manager was very apologetic and gave us a bottle of wine to compensate but it did leave a sour taste in our mouths and wouldnt dine there again as it is a high end and pricey place you would expect more. Good food all the same!!!!!
Jun 22, 2011
The food and service were very good.
Both mains were excellent, I had the hapuka which was delicious; my partner had the lamb which was cooked to perfection and melted in the mouth.
The food was very well presented, extremely tasty, and the staff attentive without being in your face. Only comment was that maybe it is a little too hidden away as we were the only people in the restaurant that night.
A great venue with delicious food.
by Sarah Martin
Jun 02, 2011
After a recent birthday dinner at kitchen I am already planning my next visit. From beginning to end our experience was superb. The staff were attentive; our lovely waitress Scarlett was helpful with her food and wine suggestions and always one step ahead with topping up our wines and water. The food was brilliant, a great menu with locally sourced produce. The pork belly entree was a real standout, perfectly cooked and served with black pudding and creamy butternut squash. The desserts were truly inventive and included a basil sorbet, peanut butter ice-cream with salted caramels and a melt in the mouth white chocolate parfait. Kitchen offers something unique for central city dining, the fireplace surrounded by sofas, beautiful table settings and unique furniture makes you feel like you could be at a friend’s home, for a long evening with great food and wine I can’t think of a better place!
by Food Voyeur
May 09, 2011
Beautiful menu that we enjoyed last Friday. A nice environment for a business lunch. Helpful, efficient service.
I chose the rustichella linguini, as I was sold on the "candied jerusalem artichokes, preserved lemon, shitake, percorino" for $22.
It was very yummy. Though if the lemon was mixed throughout the dish to provide a more piquant flavour against the creamy linguini with every mouthful, I believe I would have called it 'exquisite'. As it was however, I didn't discover the lemon flavour until three concentrated bursts in my last three mouthfuls!! Still a flavoursome, interesting dish that I really enjoyed.
by Lynette Durrant
Jan 13, 2011
My husband and I stayed in the Hotel DeBrett in late December and enjoyed a "pre Show" dinner in the Kitchen Restaurant. This is excellent value for money at $35 and included a main from the menu along with a glass of wine and coffee. Both mains we had were excellent with the beef cooked to perfection and the slow cooked lamb melted in the mouth. We enjoyed it so much we returned to the bar area to listen to the live jazz on the Sunday evening and had two of the snack meals (lamb meatballs and haloumi with lemon and capers). Both were the same excellent standard. We will be back.
by Kerry Potter
Dec 20, 2010
We had our annual office Xmas dinner for 17 people at the Kitchen last week. The food was very well presented , extremely tasty, and the staff attentive without being in your face. The ambience in the Kitchen gives the place a nice atmosphere and the glass roof where where you start in daylight and finish in the nightime is something a bit different. Consensus in our office next day was that it was a good choice. Kerry P
by Graeme C
Dec 01, 2010
a wonderful lunch - I wanted to arrange lunch for ten so contacted the hotel. Michelle was extremely helpful, the table was in a separate part of the atrium so it felt like we had a private room.
The food and service were very good. The snapper was a highlight for many of us - perfectly cooked.
Ten happy people and ten converts to the kitchen, its people, food and wine
by Mychelle Hellmann
Oct 14, 2010
Last week I had lunch at the Kitchen and both the food and service were excellent.
I had the Salmon Salad and then the Poached Rhubarb for dessert and they were amazing. The lamb tagine looked great too! Portion sizes were perfect, not overly large but I was completely satisfied.
I was with a group of 10 people and all our meals were delivered promptly with friendly, helpful service.
The venue itself had sunlight pouring in and the tables were well spaced apart so we weren't on top of anyone which was a nice change for inner city lunching.
I would fully recommend the Kitchen and cannot wait to try out the dinner menu myself!
by Sarah Selwood
Oct 05, 2010
Table for four, our first time dining at Kitchen. Loved the $15 glass of Moet. The atmosphere and decor are great in the bar, lounge and restaurant.
The duck and beef were both excellent, beautifully cooked and with great flavours.
Good service, attentive without being intrusive, great food and to top it off such a beautiful room if you want to treat yourself to a night in a fabulous boutique hotel.
Aug 12, 2010
This was the second time my husband and I have had dinner at Kitchen. It was great when we went about a year ago and we wanted to go back.
Once again we very much enjoyed our experience. The dinner was delicious. My husband opted for an entree of seafood risotto. Very tasty. I had the roast hapuka which was melt in your mouth and my husband the duck which was very tender and aromatic. I was glad I'd left room for a dessert and found the rhubarb crumble to be great. We had a charming waiter and couldn't fault the service.
I love the decor, and the spacious, yet intimate area the restaurant is set in. It has a laid back ambiance. It is so cozy and feels like such a haven, especially as it was a cold and rainy winters night out.
A minor gripe for me was my flat white was a little too milky for my liking.
We ended up staying the night at Hotel DeBrett as we were having such a good time over dinner and wanted to sample some cocktails in the bar.
by Love Food
Jul 04, 2010
A friend and I enjoyed the $25 lunch incl a glass of wine so much this week, we went back again within a few days>
Pumpkin and chorizo risotto was deliciously moist, perfectly cooked and rather enjayable with a glass of pinot gris.
Service was friendly, relaxed and professional and you get to sit in one of the coolest places in the city.
Go with friends because price is important and luxury at these price is incredibly good value.
May 16, 2010
Saturday night and a table for five - we were dubious as had heard mixed reviews but had heard the decor impressive and it was. The service was great while they took our drinks orders and until our two bottles of wine were empty - then, it was hard to attract any attention at all. The food was fine although three of us ordered lamb so checked and were reassured it was not rare but medium rare. When it arrived, it was rare so one decide to make do and two to return it. When it finally arrived back, it was good but our friends had finished their mains and the sides we had ordered were cold and nothing warm offered. $80 pp for a main course and drink is top end so disappointing. We won't be back
May 07, 2010
I popped into Kitchen de Brett for a quick coffee and catch up with a couple of friends during lunchtime on a Wednesday because I was so wowed by the decor.
However, the maitre d’ shocked us with his very snobby attitude.
“Reservations?” he sniffed, looking down his nose at us. The place was less than half full.
When we told him we just wanted a coffee – “Oh. JUST a coffee.” he said, with another disdainful look at us.
WOW! What a rude, arrogant man! I will never go back (which is a shame, considering the beautiful design) and I hope this review will give everyone else fair warning.
Jul 15, 2009
Service was impeccable but the food is terribly disappointing. I could make better myself.
Vegetarians will suffer horribly - I suspect the vege food is kept under lights to fry itself to bits while the meat dishes are cooked.
No taste to speak of, the potato puree is just basic tasteless mashed potato. The green beans as a side dish were about the best thing we had.
Terribly overpriced, too.
by Paul Askew
Apr 13, 2009
The funky new interior and high atrium make this a gorgeous place to eat out. The food was excellent and service very friendly. Their current lunch special is great value as an introduction to this new restaurant.
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