Reviews for The Dominion
by Paul Ballard
So, time for an updated review. Our last visit back in 2012 was a cracking 4/5, so we decided to continue our great Sunday Roast tour for this year and dropped into the Dom for some fare.
We booked in advance as we were unable to get a table the previous week. Even though we had asked for a window table we ended up tucked away in the (slightly too bright) main dining area which has no street-level windows. This was a shame as we like watching the traffic from the comfort of the warm surroundings, but we weren't going to let that spoil things.
Our waitress was cheerful and very bubbly, and took our order promptly once we had finally got our menus – 5 roasts please. Apparently we were the 'easiest table she had served that evening' - which was good to hear... she probably jinxed it. The food (roast beef) came in an orderly fashion and was well prepared, plenty of horse-radish sauce (hoorah) but the veges were slightly under and lacked a bit of love, which was a shame as the meat was spot on – plenty of it too.
Unfortunately, that is kind of where it ended. We sat with dirty plates in front of us for a good 20mins after finishing - almost to the point where it got embarrassing. There seemed to be plenty of horseplay from the staff behind the bar – but it would appear our 'naughty corner' positioning was a bit of a stretch and we had been forgotten about. We wouldn't mind, but there was only two other tables of people in the place. Our waitress was finally prompted, when we (loudly) stacked the plates ourselves and placed them onto one of the other empty tables.
With apologies our waitress offered us desserts. We ordered another round of drinks and I ordered the apple crumble. Probably the worst crumble I have ever had the honour of being presented with. Dry sawdust-like crumb laying on top of sliced luke-warm apples with no liquid to speak of – in fact I am not actually sure it had been cooked at all. At least the ice-cream was good.
After one uncomfortable spoonful, I politely let the waitress know and in their defense they were more than happy to leave it off the bill for me. For that I am very appreciative and it definitely made a difference to what was a disappointing end to the visit.
Not quite reaching the heady heights of 2012 for us I am afraid, but the staff (the one we saw) were cheerful, if not slightly pre-ocuppied.
by Genie @ BunnyEatsDesign
10 days ago
My friend told us about Dominion’s $7 dessert and $7 cocktail special on Fridays so three of us made a visit there last week.
The decor is warm and inviting, a nice change from the arctic weather outside. There were a few diners having dinner and some having drinks. Steady but not too busy on this Friday evening.
The specials are not advertised on the premises, but once we told them we were interested in dessert and cocktails, the staff advised us of their $7 specials.
We tried the Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee with shortbread; Chocolate Brownie with vanilla ice cream, berry compote, pistachio and brandy snap; and the Apple Crumble with pistachio ice cream. My favourite was the chocolate brownie which was very moist.
Their cocktail menu is unusual as it doesn’t feature any common cocktails but for $7 we were happy to try some new concoctions. The cocktails come in large mason jars, though the flavours are of candy and not too much booze.
A dessert and cocktail combo for $14. A bargain.
by Keith Beh
21 days ago
Came here on a saturday with a few friends and had the special $10 chicken & beef burgers, the beef and prawn salads. It was really nice food and the place was fairly quiet and relaxed and we could hang around as long as we wanted which was great for a mellow catch up with friends. The booth table corner seats were handy too as we have a baby and there was space for him to crawl/stand to entertain himself for a while! Service was great too.
by Callum Tasker
one month ago
I went on a quiet Wednesday night with my family. I ordered the spare ribs - I love spare ribs and they're not easy to get perfect. The spare ribs themselves were quite good and the barbecue sauce was rather nice as well. The coleslaw wasn't the greatest but my biggest gripe was the crisscut fries, which I usually love. The fries came out lukewarm to cold. Overall my dining experience wasn't bad by a long shot but it's not a restaurant I would enthuse about.
by Claudia Serra
2 months ago
Had my 21st birthday at The Dominion last weekend. Could not be happier with how everything turned out!The catering food menu was extensive and delicious. The staff were fantastic, very helpful and friendly. On the whole everything ran smoothly and I didn't have to worry about anything all night. The indoor and outdoor space is great and there is plenty of opportunity to decorate the place how you like.I would recommend this venue in a heartbeat. :)
by Emma Luxie
3 months ago
Great place!! I was here for a 30th Birthday and didn't know there was a private function room upstairs before the event. Awesome nibbles and great outdoor space.
by Javier Yebenes
11 months ago
This place is cool to go for one of their daily specials and the atmosphere is not bad either. The food quality is not the greatest but you can have a good time on their Trivia Night.
Apr 10, 2014
1.5 star. I came here with 3 other friends this Monday, it was my partners last night in NZ before he went overseas so we were looking forward to some good steak/kiwi grub. We were seated and adv by a friendly redhead staff that they were really short staffed tonight so apologised if we needed to get their attention for anything. All 3 of my friends had been here before apart from me. We ordered our mains, drinks and a starter of garlic pizza at 6:14 or 6.24pm. Basically what happened was the drinks and starter came, but the mains never did. I went up twice to ask staff how far the mains were to coming and both times were adv soon, 2nd time she said 8 min away and that was at 7.05pm. 8 min went and we decided to leave as it was almost an hour since we had ordered and we were starving. The redhead staff and (possibly the) GM at the counter both said that they do not start cooking the main until the starter plate has literally come back to the kitchen and that this is what all places in Auckland do. This made no sense to me as shouldn’t they make some kind of start to the main while we are having the starter so there is not such a long wait time in between starter and main? I have no experience in hospo but my partner and I eat out frequently, commonly with a starter too and there is not usually such a big wait time in between. My friend who was with us has worked in hospo for 7 years and she said that is absolutely not true, that that is not the way it works. Plus there were other customers around us who had come or ordered later than us who were already eating their main. Anyway we refused to pay the mains and just paid for drinks and starter, we didn't get ugly about it and I believe we were within reasonable grounds to not pay. I thought the way they handled it could've been more professional, the waitress serving us just avoided us and the GM looked annoyed. I feel bad we didn't pay but it was for good reason and we obviously had to go out of our way to look for another place to have dinner which isn't exactly convenient. They could have at least said sorry about it and acknowledged the feedback we gave. Will not be going back there or recommending it.
by Kali Windmill
May 27, 2013
My partner and I arrived just before the kitchen closed the staff were very helpful the food was excellent, excellent all round love the decor such a relaxing place to dine will be back with friends next time.
by Grace Mackinnon
Nov 17, 2012
A horrible experience at this bar/restaurant. The staff were horrendous. I have never met a staff so unwilling to practice polite and helpful customer service. I felt uncomfortable and unwanted, perhaps because we came in late and they were wishing to close. One barmaid with a short bob, in particular was quite rude. I will definitely not be returning and will urge anyone else to stay away.
Nov 21, 2011
Tried the chicken korma and got 3 pieces of chicken in a small bowl filled with mostly sauce/flavoring along with the nann bread and rice. Very disappointed at $25 for the dish - if I got this at a food court (for $8) I'd be taking it back. Other dishes served the rest of the table looked OK so maybe I just chose wrong. Why don't you have prices for the beers on the drinks menu BTW? Drinks seemed inordinately expensive when the bill was viewed.
Good, friendly service and atmosphere.
Mar 25, 2011
We have been here four of five times now - twice for the valentines day special. The food has always been delicious and the service has always been great. I highly recommend the steak!!
by Lauren Simpson
Aug 17, 2010
I really enjoy going to the Dominion for a light meal (pizza) to something more substantial. The chicken pizza (with cashew nuts) is truly delicious as is the steak with creamed potatoes - my piece was juicy and massive! Have also tried the scallop entree (perfectly cooked) and the Akaroa salmon entree as well which had really good flavours and was a nice light starter. I'm yet to try a dessert but I'll be back for sure. Good work guys!
Feb 14, 2010
Order the pizza's if your in for a quick drink and a bite to eat. Sadly the $30 Combination Platter wasn't up to par, was more like 3 small bowls of cat food served with very dry overcooked bread. Otherwise Great local bar, eatery. nice setting, bit noisy if you sitting outside undercover, but otherwise a good atmosphere, service was friendly and prompt.
Jun 30, 2008
I have been to the Dominion a number of times now and each time has been pleasant.
The service is excellent and the food is delicious. We ordered a few pizzas, Dominion works (meatlovers) Tandoori Chicken and BBQ chicken. I give all 3 10/10, all bursting with mouth watering flavour.
Half way through our meal our waitress came back to see if everything was o.k, which it was, she then asked us for another round of drinks as we were low.
The bar staff are very friendly and always make an effort in conversation.
Very prompt and friendly service.
I recommend the Dominion.
5 stars for me.
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