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Eight - The Langham Hotel

4 star rating 66 reviews

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09 3002924, 09 3795132

The Langham Hotel, 83 Symonds Street, Grafton, Auckland

Cuisine:
  European
Hours:
6 AM to 11 AM, 12 Noon to 2:30 PM, 6 PM to 10 PM

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Reviews for Eight - The Langham Hotel

4 star rating
by Sonam Kumar
yesterday

Stayed at the Langham and had dinner and breakfast at the Eight, the dinner was good experience the food was fresh and you could tell the meat and seafood was high quality products. The only downside we found was food was running out quite fast but wasnt replaced as frequently as it should have been. Especially the creme brulee, there is a range of food for everyone so it is worth experiencing. The price was the downside. For 2 people it was $190 I would recommend spending that money elsewhere on a really worthwile 3 course meal instead. The breakfast was complimentary for us as we stayed at the Langham but viewing the price now I would not recommend it. The eggs benedict seemed to be mass made the sauce was bitter and the eggs had cooked in the warmer it was terrible, the bacon was rubbery and tough and the eggs were mass made also.

3 star rating
by Miso Peckish
3 days ago

Great if you like buffets, offering a selection of 8 different cuisines, hence the name 'Eight'which includes:
 The Grill, Indian, Seafood, Breads/Cheese, Salad, Sushi and Sashimi, Dumplings and Dim Sum, Desserts. 
Food service can be a little slow especially the grill meat station as the meats are grilled on demand to your liking.  So expect a little wait.  The Japanese section which consisted of a small range of sushi was average.  It took them a long time if that to replenish the sushi.  Sometimes I would return and nothing was there for the taking.  the Indian section I had asked for a banana roti they told me they were not making roti's today - a bit disappointed.  Seafood section had a good selection of prawns, oysters, fish and shellfish.    The salad bar looked great and freshing.  There is a mix of premade salads or you can select what you wanted and the chefs will mix it up for you.  Good selection of desserts, they looked good, but some tasted better than others. 

If you wanted to sum it up, it would be an up market Valentines.  I am not a huge fan of buffets as you tend to over eat trying everything out and you're left feeling extremely bloated.

3 star rating
by M Hamadeh
4 days ago

Mixed bag. Kitchen staff can be rude. Breakfast not worth the effort and money. Nice for a change.

5 star rating
by Celeste H
13 days ago

Have been here 3 times now and loooovved it every time! Never a let down with such a large spread of quality all you can eat buffet food I'm sure it would cater to anyone's needs, nice staff, good vibe restaurant, lovely bathrooms for ladies. Great place for group dining or a romantic 2 depending on where you sit :)

5 star rating
by My Dining Journey
20 days ago

No words to describe, simply the best. Full of selections!

4 star rating
by Zelda
20 days ago

I've been here twice for the all you can eat menu. It's definitely a spenny dine out, but so worth doing. Just being able to try everything you usually wouldn't and create your own meal how you like it. Just remember to save some room in your tummy before you come here because you'll want to try everything.

4 star rating
by Leilani
22 days ago

I've read mixed reviews about this place but I saw a few comments raving about this restaurant so I was very excited to try it considering I have love & appreciation for all sorts of foods from European to Cultural foods.

Firstly I disliked the layout of the restaurant it was all formatted wrong & it hardly looked like a 5 star hotel dining area. The decor is very old & vintage to some it may be right up their alley but I personally thought it was dull & boring & lacked a sense of comfort & vibrance.

Moving on to the food. Before going to
Eight I understood that there were eight different food stations so when arriving there I was expecting eight separate food areas but was surprised when all the stations were joined together. Not that big of a deal but it was kind of difficult telling which station was which at times & often had to ask. Going in knowing that I wanted to try everything I started at the Sushi bar. The Sushi was so good. It was all so fresh & the chef was making fresh sushi the whole time. The salmon sashimi was delicious as well as the crunchy chicken sushi.

The Grill wasn't great but it wasn't bad either. I wish there were more meat selection or at least different kinds of meat selections instead of the ones they had. They were very catering though which was good. My dad wanted a burger so he picked his cut of meat & they were more than happy to make him an open grilled burger. The Indian food was disappointing. I had butter chicken, rice & naan. The butter chicken lacked seasoning & flavor. The seafood section is probably where you'll get your money's worth. The oysters were yum & fresh. Small to medium in size & the red wine vinegar with shallots was the perfect dressing for the oysters. The dessert selection was impressive & delicious. The chocolate fountain was definatly the highlight to the dessert area & the kids love it. I didn't get a chance to try the cheese, dim sum & salad bar but I was satisfied with what I had.

A few tips if you're considering trying Eight
1) If going for lunch eat a very light breakfast or no breakfast at all
2) Don't order any drinks until nearing the end of your sitting. Not only are the drinks quite expensive but also drinking with your meal will fill you up faster so I advise to not drink at all until nearing the end
3) Start with the light stuff then work your way to the heavy things. For example starting with the salad, sushi, seafood, cheese & crackers or dim sum before moving on to the Indian & the Grill.
4) the best times are during the weekdays. We went Friday 29th August at lunch time
& there were a few people but it wasn't over crowded so definitely the weekdays are the days to go.

Overall my experience was quite fulfilling & satisfying. Would go back again but only for a special occasion considering the price per person. I forgot to take photos of everything so apologies in advance.

4 star rating
by Mira
23 days ago

service 4/5environment 5/5food(quality) 5/5cost performance (quantity) 4/5presentation 4/5My favorites: oyster, lamb steak, dessert

3 star rating
by Riley Rose Mercy
28 days ago

When it first started it was fantastic, they actually had a variety of options wonderfully created...with reasonable quality produce...however as the years gone by ... it did not maintain and definitely did not improve...

5 star rating
by Kaushikc_32
one month ago

Excellent food, Great variety, duck eggs were awesome so was the desert section. The dimsums were amazing and cooked to perfection. The salad options were great and to top it all a great ambience. A truly wonderful experience.

4 star rating
by Will
one month ago

The Eight has great variety and lots of high quality tasty food. Whatever you might feel like there is a good chance they have serve it. I would highly recommend trying The Eight. Make sure you are super hungry because to really experience this restaurant to the full does require making a bit of a glutton out of yourself. One tip though there is virtually no point in trying to eat here on the weekends because the buffet area is completely over run. Come here at 6 o'clock on a weekend and you are likely to experience a feeding frenzy that resembles a mass shark attack, so if you are not in the mood to be involved in a rugby scrum just to get one of the chefs to cook you a steak, you may want to come here on a week night at an hour when all the sharks have already been fed.

4 star rating
by CC
one month ago

Great fun, and loads of food choices at their high-end buffet.

Much of the food is cooked while you wait, and the staff are efficient, pleasant and skilled chefs. The seafood is fresh, the oysters are all in shell, and the meat selection was plentiful. The chef making fresh naan to go with the curry selection and the salad chef were a wonderful surprises, and the chocolate fountain was impressive.

The wait staff were also friendly and accomodating, and we didn't feel at all rushed or neglected.

All in all a lovely Sunday lunch that suited the whole family - from 4 year olds through to 74 year olds.

I've removed one star as it was a bit crowded and chaotic at times - the kitchen/buffet space doesn't appear to be big enough for all the people at the restaurant. Also, there was a queue for the restrooms.

Lots of fun overall, and money well spent!

5 star rating
by Eat Pray Love
one month ago

I have been to Eight a couple of times now and it has never disappointed. In fact it gets better every time!

As the name suggests they offer 8 different types of cuisines/categories of food. These are:
1. The Grill
2. Indian
3. Seafood
4. Breads/Cheese
5. Salad
6. Sushi and Sashimi
7. Dumplings and Dim Sum
8. Desserts

My favourite stations are the grill and dessert!

The grill is where you can get really creative with your meal. You can pick any type and cut of meat and get it cooked to your preference. Here at the grill I got my first opportunity to try Kangaroo meat, but I decided against it because come on! You just cannot eat Skippy. I went with lamb cooked medium rare and it was done perfectly each time. You can then choose sides to accompany your meal like potatoes etc or you could go to the other stations like bread, salad etc if you prefer that.

The dessert station is my favourite station and is absolute heaven. The creme brûlée is hands down the best creme brûlée I've tried ever!! They have a selection of different pastries and cakes, cheesecakes and soufflés. The desserts change up which I noticed every time I went. They also have this glorious fountain (picture attached) and the times I went it was strawberry. So delicious! You get marshmallow or strawberry skewers to dip into the fountain. But really you can dip anything, even ladle some into your bowl and go to town!

Love the set up of Eight and all the different stations! Everyone will find something that appeals to them here, and since it's all you can eat I find the price very reasonable! The staff are very attentive and helpful for first timers and the ambience is excellent as well. Would recommend 100%!

5 star rating
by Georgie Bayly
one month ago

I have been to the buffet at Eight three times now. Each time has been excellent! My most recent visit was three weeks ago when I took my older sister for lunch for her birthday. Once I had explained to her the 'Eight' different themed kitchens and how it works, she was super excited.

You basically take your seat (definitely recommend booking a table and arriving early), then when the kitchen opens, you can eat as much as you wish from any of the following Eight stations:

1. Seafood & Oyster Bar - think prawns, oysters, mussels and fish (orange roughy, snapper, tarakihi, salmon and many more).

2. Sushi & Sashimi Bar - my absolute favourite station with endless amounts of freshly made sashimi, sushi, miso soup and you can have as much ginger and soy sauce as you like!

3. Indian Tandoori & Curry Kitchen - we tried the paneer curry, beef vindaloo, butter chicken and homemade naan bread.

4. Wok & dim sum corner - they serve steamed buns, dumplings and noodles.

5. New York Style Grill - this is the fun part. You choose anything from the meat cabinet (for example eye fillet, lamb steak, chicken skewer or maybe kangaroo as they once had on the menu), you tell the chef how you like it cooked and it's done! Sizzling hot on your plate and you can add sides to accompany it like roasted vegetables, mashed potato or a variety of sauces.

6. Salad bar - is either 'help yourself' or let the chef toss it up for you. There is such a range of salads, I would say at least 20 different ones!

7. Fresh breads and pastries - I have never paid much attention to this station, because bread fills me up! They do however have a good selection of cheeses to go with the bread if you fancy that.

8. Last but not least, the dessert station. I have slowly learnt that if you want to eat at least three of the desserts, you must try a little bit of everything else, and that way you can save room for dessert because you will definitely not want to pass up the chocolate fountain! And all the delectable desserts of course! I dipped melon and marshmallows into the chocolate fountain and then had a crème brulee and panacotta to finish off, while my sister could only fit in a chocolate dipped Movenpick ice cream in a cone!

As for the service, it is great. Water glasses are always been topped up, plates replenished every time you finish a meal and new cutlery for your next course. Below are a few things I recommend before coming to Eight:

- Sign up to their Langham Supper Club card, you'll get 15% off every time you visit the buffet (or any of their other restaurants and cafes)!

- The restaurant fills up really quick, so best to always make a reservation- If you are going for lunch, have a light breakfast and try not to eat anything else until the buffet.

- No point ordering drinks - adds to the bill and also eating all that food plus say, drinking a diet coke, really makes you feel bloated! (Happened the first time I went...)

Overall, always a great experience. I recommend it to everyone, even if you just try it once!

4 star rating
by Fleur Peps
2 months ago

This was a pretty epic evening of eating far more than I should have. Had the feeling of what I can only describe as a "food hangover" for about 2-3 days afterwards.

Made the point of eating at every station and doing our best to sample everything (even if only a bite)

Most of it was pretty amazing. The steaks certainly were my highlight i'd say, the dim sum and soup was awesome. Deserts were really nice, along with that chocolate fountain. I almost just put the whole plate under that thing.

The only things I can say I disliked were

1: Drink prices. Really expensive.
2: The chicken sausages, quite dry.
3: the Vege selection in the carvery - everything was quite shrivilled looking, unapetising
4: the turkey, tough and bland

Aside from that, can't say much else really. The staff were very polite and the service was simply perfect.

The acid reflux was worth it.

5 star rating
by Jasjeet Singh
3 months ago

Different cuisines
N number of types
Great ambience
Good to go on week days because it's little cheaper
Unlimited food just in 50$ lunch
Loved it ...!!

5 star rating
by Christian
3 months ago

Wow!!!!!
Believe me this is probably one of the best restaurants in New Zealand !!! Excellent service, and amazing food ! Very fresh seafood made to order and a huge selection of your choice of meats cooked to order plus the Indian section is to die for .
Worth the price especially for lunch since the selection is almost the same so your not missing out on much.
Be sure to make a reservation!
There is also $3 parking right next to the hotel at Wilson's public car park.
Also if you sign up for their langham hotel club card (free!!!) you get 15% off your next vist.
The manager and staff worked very hard and gave exceptional service !
A must place to go! A++++++ will be back very soon!!!

4 star rating
by Jessica
3 months ago

Dining experience is what Eight Restaurant is all about. Unlike a normal buffet, where everything is lay out for you, Eight is like this really upmarket gourmet food show, where there are eight different kitchens/stalls for diners to choose from. I love the seafood kitchen, so any different types of seafood to try and cooked the way you like it. Japanese kitchen is also one of my favourites, beautiful, delicate types of sushi and sashimi on offer. The only cuisine I didn't try was the Indian, as it might fill me up too quickly. We stayed there for 3 hours. Though it's a buffet restaurant, you won't find people rushing and fighting over food. The seating area is beautiful and classy. We weren't rushed to finish and leave, which is nice. Most of the waiters are lovely.

The only complaint I have is that in the kitchen area they don't seem to replenish plates, bowls and cutlery. There were times when we would walk around the place looking for one clean plate or knife/fork, or in other case, looking for a dessert bowl but just couldn't find it. That was a bit frustrating.

Overall, I really enjoyed the experience, and would go back again.

5 star rating
by Lawrence Powell
3 months ago

I took my best friends to table for eight restaurant for lunch and we were all very impressed and we found it the best food that we have experienced eating out anywhere. Staff were really pleasant and the children with us were very relaxed and happy. Most enjoyable, we were not rushed and found the overall experience delightful. We would recommend the restaurant to all of our friends, well done Langham

4 star rating
by Francesca De Jong
4 months ago

To fill your over indulgence and gluttony void, go to Eight at The Langham. This upmarket eatery features 8 restaurants all squeezed into one.

With a made to order buffet setting, Eight offers a seafood & oyster bar, Indian tandoori & curry kitchen, fresh breads & pastries, New York style grill, freshly made sushi and sashimi, desserts & sweets, wok & dim sum corner and a number of salad selections. Make sure you go hungry.

While everything is executed excellently, Eight is not focused on being innovative with their offerings, but rather wants to offer you the best of what you know. So if you're wanting to play it safe and have a true feast of a meal, then Eight is a wonderful setting.

4 star rating
by Madicattt
4 months ago

I have a circle of friends who adore food, so it makes sense that when one of their birthdays came around that eating would be on the menu. Eight was suggested and just as quickly the idea was leapt upon - eight kitchens, all you can eat, made to order, fancccaaaayyy, sounds like us.

It turned out to be a pretty overwhelming experience.

When you walk into the kitchen of Eight you find yourself surrounded by food, there’s cheeses and bread, a salad bar, meat bar, noodles and dim sum, seafood, sushi, Indian, pancakes and mini dessert station complete with chocolate fountain. The impact of all of these options creates a frenzy – how will you finish it all? how will you get the full experience? We intended to try as much as we could but regardless I found myself both giddy and panicking with every trip to the kitchen.

With so much food ahead of us, this was not the time to be pigging out on individual plates. We kept them small, tasting sized, starting off with cheeses and a personalised caesar salad.

We ate a lot - a plate from each table but the stand out for me was the seafood selection. If you're looking to get your money's worth, you'll get it in seafood. (It would be silly to go there for Indian or Sushi though - they do a good job, but you can get much better elsewhere.)

We also decided to try one of each and every dessert option on offer. This decision broke the camel's back. It was delicious, sure, but boy oh boy did my stomach hate me afterwards.

Eight was grand and impressive and all sorts of wonderful but on reflection, not for me. I enjoyed myself immensely but I'd rather spend $85 on a small number of dishes that truly astound me rather than gorge myself. The food was all delicious, but nothing blew my mind. Furthermore, the all you can eat factor made me feel frantic and like I had to do it justice. Then there was the realisation of how much food must be wasted for their kitchen to look so ostentatious, all the time.

Eight is a pretty fun experience, and if you like a buffet it's one of the best. But it's not for me.

For more photos and a look at what I ate in more detail - head over to my blog! madicattt.com

4 star rating
by Mina Ross
6 months ago

I went to Eight a couple of years ago for lunch when it was something like $50 pp for the buffet. The quality is really examplary, as is the service of the multiples chefs and food preparation staff waiting for your order behind the counters,

As in the name, there are eight different food stations to visit: sushi, salad, bread, fish bar, grilled meats, Indian, dessert, and cheeses.

The bread, salad, and cheese stations aren't exactly something to write home about, but the grilled meat bar is delightful - you chose your cut of meat and tell the chef how you'd like it done! I don't know, I just really felt charmed by it.

The Indian food section was another station I really enjoyed. I am endlessly boring, and just had some butter chicken (very buttery, but a little too sweet for my tastes) and had a cheese and garlic naan made on the spot. The chef offered to make me a chocolate chip naan, but I wasn't keen! My friend took up the challenge instead!

There was a crepe section when I visited, which may have been part of the desserts bar, but I was so overwhelmed with meat and naan and breads that I ended up just going for some NZ natural ice cream. There was also a slightly terrifying chocolate fountain (the germ factor always worries me), and a couple of unsupervised children making a total mess of the ice cream.

Downsides: unsupervised children, meh dessert selection, long walk back to the table.

I wouldn't say that it is worth $65, or even the $50 I paid. I'd probably settle at $40 max. Great food, great location, typical hotel problems.

4 star rating
by Jane K
6 months ago

Eight is a brilliant dining experience. The range of food is amazing. I find it perfect for lunch or dinner with a group because it's got something to satisfy everyone's taste.

The atmosphere and setting are beautiful and the staff are friendly and attentive.

It's everything you'd expert from a restaurant at the Langham.

5 star rating
by Danny Wong
7 months ago

8 Restaurant is incredible and I have been on many occasions, the range of food is extensive and delicious. Although not on par with buffets overseas, it is the best in new Zealand.

The seafood was fresh and never ending. I especially enjoyed the grill station, so much kinds of meat to choose from!

4 star rating
by Michelle
7 months ago

This restaurant was recommended to me so I took my partner there for his birthday. We were lucky because he got in for free because of a special birthday promotion they were doing in January. Overall, we loved it; the service from the waiters was brilliant and the setting itself was great. The dinner mains we tried were delicious and you were welcome to have as much as you liked. The dessert section though, was nice but not 'oh my gosh' as I was hoping for. Despite this, I agree that this is the best smorgasbord restaurant in Auckland at the moment.

5 star rating
by Pauline
8 months ago

What I can say~The NO1 buffet in Auckland. Fantastic place for important special occasion. Food is in top quality. If you dont care about price, then go there. This buffet won't let you down.

Service: 5/5
Wait time: 4/5
Environment: 5/5
Food Quality: 5/5
Food Quantity: 5/5

4 star rating
by Deena Youssef
8 months ago

We've been here three or four times, my partner loves it, he is a big eater and can really get his money back. We have tried both the lunch and dinner service - I would recommend the lunch service if you're looking for value for money, there's not much extra added to the dinner service as I had hoped e.g. no crayfish.

If you consider the selection of food they have available it is actually great value. If you just went to eat oysters you could get your money's worth, but of course they have a huge selection of food to try, including movenpick icecream. And unlike a lot of western establishments, this place has really good indian curries and naan!

P.S. The drinks are disproportionately expensive, I think this is how they try to make their money back..but water, tea and coffee is all included.

5 star rating
by Rosa
8 months ago

I love Eight. I stayed in the Langham with my mum and found it delicious. the great thing is if you don't want buffet food you can order from a 5 star menu. they had a lot to chose from including lots of different cuisine. And a lot of desert choices. all the food was freshly made.

good service!

good food!

good atmosphere!

good setting!

amazing EVERYTHING!!!

3 star rating
by Adeline
9 months ago

Went there for my birthday as I heard lots of good reviews about it. Unfortunately, I would say it was a slightly above average experience... the winning points being the choice of fresh seafood and meat (kangaroo, venison, ostrich - you name it, they have it).

...and that's about it.

Other stations were so-so... I must agree with some of the reviewers below. The choice of breads looked really hard and stale... some of the cheeses on the cheeseboard was melting (making it hard to slice) ... etc. to be honest, some of the dishes offered would be your typical standard hotel food fare. I'm sorry, I'm a pretty harsh food critic when it comes to hotel buffets - having eaten at various 5 to 6 star hotel buffets throughout Asia.

One of my strongest gripes was the sushi food station, which only offered tiny slivers of sashimi, sushi pieces and bottomless miso soup. Where is my tempura? My freshly-made udon noodle soups? So I wouldn't say Eight offers you a complete culinary journey ... maybe just 30% of each international culinary cuisine.

Having said that, the service was excellent - friendly waiters, waitresses, maitre ds, and even chefs.

4 star rating
by NomNomPanda
9 months ago

Went to this upmarket buffet for Christmas lunch organised by my company. This is definitely the best buffet I have ever been to, with food freshly cooked (or assembled in the case of sushi) to order. However, the bread seemed stale and there was no butter handy (and I couldn't be bothered asking for any because there was so much other food to eat). Also, it was very pricey at $75 (it was normally $50 but there was a surcharge for the pre-Christmas period, which was not made clear when booking). You would only be able to eat that value in food if you were a big eater and went for the seafood options rather than the starchy/sugary ones. Having said that, the chocolate fountain was fun, and you can scoop your own ice cream too. If you are happy with spending that amount of money, this would make a fun eating experience that would suit a wide range of people, including vegetarians (though they definitely wouldn't get their money's worth!)

Note: there may be naan bread or sushi left out already, but if you are not in a hurry, you should make the chef make you a fresh batch! After all, you have more than paid for it!

5 star rating
by Edz
10 months ago

This has to be my favourite place to eat in Auckland. Have the best of A la carte in a buffet setting. The price is reasonable for the food on offer, and the service is excellent. It has become more popular over the years, however, the quality has remained the same. I have recommended and hosted lunch and dinner parties here several times and it continues to amaze me.

Food Quality - 9/10
Service - 10/10
Atmosphere - 10/10

4 star rating
by Kate W
10 months ago

For sheer quantity, this cannot be beaten! And for a buffet in a hotel, the quality is pretty high up there too. We went on a Saturday lunchtime and we one of the first to arrive. It was lovely and quiet and we were given a tour of the kitchen and what was on offer. Sushi, salad bar, bread bar, fish bar, grilled meats bar, indian bar, dessert bar and cheese bar. Amazing choice. But then the hoards arrived and there were kids running around and screaming as well as guys in football shirts, shorts and trainers which wasn't what we were expecting at all from such a high-end place. didn't spoil the food but the ambience wasn't what we were hoping for. Still a great experience and go with an empty belly!

3 star rating
by Peter Lawson
10 months ago

Having read the reviews we decided this would be an interesting & suitable restaurant to take our daughter for her birthday ( 40th ). What a disappointment. This is a large buffet with a difference, in that your food choices are endless & cooked as wanted, when wanted. Quality excellent - but atmosphere is zero. We expected a reasonably up-market dining experience ( @ $80 a head ) & we got no pleasure from the surroundings - good god, they even had people wearing shorts, t-shirts & jandals - no dress code at all.
Don't go here for a fine dining experience. Just go for a pig- out meal. at least the food is a hell of a lot better than most buffets.

5 star rating
by Jo & Lionel Tapelu
Sep 08, 2013

what can i say it has been a long time coming been wanting to come here and finally did with my partner and his mum and aunt the service was great the waiter we had was really awesome and the food was amazing the best buffet restaurant i have ever been to. and it is fresh. good quality and tasty. The Indian section was my only dislike i did not try the bread though but i was more amazed by the seafood all you can eat. i like that your table is well maintained by the waiters always clear. well worth the price $80pp. + free parking

4 star rating
by Mazhar
Sep 04, 2013

Good food. good quality. nice variety. Bit too expensive. But considering 5 star cuisine. May be worth it.

Desserts are not always the best. Chocolate brownies like a rock, better take your hammer if you plan to have it.

Otherwise I love everything about it.

3 star rating
by Tammy Bunt
Aug 16, 2013

Went here for a family celebration. We were really impressed with the service (especially at the Bar outside the restaurant!), but when it came to the food and atmosphere it was very disappointing. I felt that for $90 pp there was not enough variety, and the Indian curries had obviously been sitting there a while. I was pregnant and so could not eat any of the chicken as it wasn't freshly cooked. Was not expecting that as it said everything was made for you on the website.

The bread was incredibly stale, I couldn't even get one of the bread rolls open, and they don't give you butter easily so it was pretty much not edible. My husband really enjoyed all the meat and seafood so I don't think there are any complaints there. The deserts looked lovely, but was disappointed to find out that some of the dishes use the can ready caramel from the supermarket.

We found the atmosphere was not that of a nice restaurant with babies and children running everywhere. Not something we expected. There was a nice romantic section that was filled with families with kids and all the couples seemed to be seated in a family setting.

Overall, we wouldn't return. They did end up giving us 15% off the total bill, but that's only because she read my feedback form at the till and then wanted to confront me about it. I felt really uncomfortable!

5 star rating
by Anita Mann
Jun 14, 2013

This place is amazing and definitely one of my favorite restaurants. Service is excellent and food is amazing!! Very hard to stop eating as everything is soo good. It is a lil pricey but totally worth it!!

4 star rating
by Yum O
May 14, 2013

Had breakfast at Eight a few days ago, it was excellent, the cooked breakfast was perfect, the crepes delicious, pastries excellent. The coffee was a bit average.
Attentive wait staff, and comfortable seating, defiantly worth the hype.

5 star rating
by Shima Mozafarian
Apr 09, 2013

The best restaurant we have ever been!

Excellent food with good variety, excellent customer service, a bit expensive but worth every penny.

My husband and I went for our 10th year wedding anniversary and at the end they gave us a heart-shaped biscuit as a gift which was nice personal touch.

Will recommend it to everyone :)

5 star rating
by Reina Alani
Mar 04, 2013

Their lunch is amazing, worth every penny, it's one of those places I love taking anyone who's visiting the country to and I've never met anybody who hasn't loved it. Keep up the good work and the high quality of food. The food is exceptional with so much variety it's hard to stop eating even if you're full. The customer service is top notch, you are never ignored and they will always clear your plate and refill your water while you are the buffet getting more food. Hands down best buffet in Auckland.

5 star rating
by Samantha Truter
Feb 16, 2013

Having been there for both lunch and dinner I must give this place a 5/5.

I love the variety of foods and the high quality of everything. All eight sections was unique and of a high standard. My favorite section was the Indian cuisine which was terrific! I esp liked their naan bread. So so so tasty!! Their desert section is pretty impressive too.

Amazing!

5 star rating
by Aiooda12
Jan 16, 2013

Amazing!

I only went for dessert and i died when i saw the chocolate fountain. I made my own fruit kebabs with chocolate coating, and had some sweet waffles and everything else OMG!

And the next day I was so over-deliciously-dessert-eaten-stomach-filled, that i couldn't do a handstand!

3 star rating
by Sara Vui
Dec 19, 2012

Bit disappointed at their dinner service. I have been to this place for lunch with friends on several occasions, PRIMO. But then my family and I went for dinner and surprisingly it wasn't as good as the lunch although you pay considerably more. The service was so so, butter chicken wasn't so nice, the meat cooked wasn't what I asked for (it was rare...I asked for medium rare) so the food got left on the plate. And at the end of that, I got short-changed when paying hundreds of dollars when I left. Not good. Will go elsewhere for dinner in future.

4 star rating
by Marie
Nov 26, 2012

Absolutely loved this place! I had heard about this place from a friend and decided to go along with my partner to see if it would live up to the hype.

Parking was good, $10 for 2hours on Liverpool Street which leads straight through the hotel to the restaurant. We were taken on a tour of the place since it was our first time. Staff were amazingly attentive, friendly and fast. Food was even better, I started at the roasted section-lamb stew was delicious, I then worked my way around to the grill where my steak, beef, chicken & veges were cooked to perfection! I'm not a real seafood person but I did eat the prawns & my partner had everything else and enjoyed it. I had desserts after, chocolate creme brûlée & heaps of other sweet treats. What i had tried was good but I didn't try as much as I would have liked to make a comparison to other desserts I have had in other places.

My highlight was the Indian section, butter chicken and naan bread I ordered my naan with garlic & cheese-divine
The let down was the lack of communication and phone manner when I made my reservation which ultimately lead to my reservation not being confirmed, so therefore the long queue was held up for 5 or so minutes trying to look for it and then just being seated anyway. Despite that, I would highly recommend and will be going back for 2nds, 3rds etc :)

3 star rating
by Nadine Hay
Nov 18, 2012

My husband and I went there for dinner and breakfast nov 2012. Food is excellent but some areas need improving. The chefs as earlier mentioned by others, still tend to either overcook or undercook your meat/steaks. We were really disappointed. And there still is a long wait to get your food cooked. Breakfast time, they are still having problems with waffle making. You end up taking a waffle with big holes in it. So unappealing..! Service is great at the table but the buffet side is quite the opposite. They just don't smile and sometimes make u feel awkward if you are right in front of them waiting for your food. And also as you exit, they are so busy talking among themselves at the door making you feel uncomfortable when they try really hard to ask how it all went.

5 star rating
by Auckland Based Critic
Oct 19, 2012

Service: 5/5
Wait time: 4/5
Environment: 5/5
Food Quality and taste: 5/5
Price range: $100+ pp (with wine)
[By far still the best buffet in Auckland, something there for everyone's appetite, Would be a dream to live there]

4 star rating
by Annabelle Lys
Oct 16, 2012

Service was amazing! I really liked the little tour they give you if you have never been before because it makes you feel more comfortable with what they have available. The food is amazing! The seafood is always fresh and delicious. I really loved the meat cabinet with the blue cheese sausage but my boyfriend did hate it but he doesn't like blue cheese. The curries are really lovely and the salad bar is surprisingly good. I was a little disappointed with the desserts, it wasn't bad... It just wasn't great which is why only 4 stars. Still amazing though!

4 star rating
by Jo W
May 28, 2012

Great buffet with some cons and pros. The sashimi section is to die for, sometimes having rare items like una, lobster, hamachi etc. Delicious sushi, great dessert display but adequate in taste. Great seafood selection as well! the meat section is average since the chefs lack adequate technique and tend to overcook meat many times since i ve been there, i ve since learnt to avoid that section. The indian section is very fresh and great flavorful curries. The apetizer dish they serve is quite bare sometimes...unoriginal and bland tasting. But other than that the service is phenomenal

5 star rating
by David
Apr 27, 2012

Truly fantastic experience. Went there a couple of times, me and my mates enjoyed it on every single occasion. It's not cheap but definitely worth the money. When I went last week it was quieter than normal (it's usually at least 80% full) meaning that we didn't need to line up for the food. Wonderful service and great food. One thing that we didn't like about was the steak, where the chef often overcook them, even when there are very little customers (when I asked for rare he gave me med-rare, and when my friend asked for med-rare the steak was a little over medium!). I will still go back though.

5 star rating
by Felicity
Apr 22, 2012

Have dined at Eight a few times now and always fully satisfied, food is so fantastic, and waiting staff is very good. Drinks are pricey but too be expected being at the Langham. Only one thing I'd mention is that the grill/BBQ station is usually qued up a lot and takes a while to get your meat cooked, also same deal with the waffles.
We'll be back in future :-)

5 star rating
by Nack D
Mar 22, 2012

Went there on a Thursday night last month (February 2012) and my girlfriend and were completely impressed.
Didn't eat much from the Indian or Dim Sum station as we often go out for Indian and Yum Char - also found the Dim sum a wee bit underwhelming because of that but was amazed and completely happy with the Grill, Seafood, Sushi, Salad and Dessert stations. The seafood was my favourite and I kept on topping up from there but I also couldn't resist the bell peppers stuffed with feta at the salad station.
Would definitely come back!

2 star rating
by Alex
Dec 13, 2011

To start it off, the Indian food was the saviour of the night. The rotti, naan and gravy were well-cooked and delicious. The Japanese station was quite satisfactory as the selection was fresh.

But that would be the extent of my good words for Eight Restaurant.

The barbeque station was chaotic when busy; the crepes tasted plain and the waffles looked disappointing with holes. Food at the dessert station did not taste as good as it looked. We even saw other tables leaving the desserts after one bite.

Having dined at similar hotel buffets overseas, my partner and I were disappointed with our whole dining experience.

5 star rating
by BennyB
Dec 09, 2011

It was just perfect. Nice service and great food. Actually you can eat different style food there. Indian food was so delicious, grilled steak was just my taste. With the lunch special price, it is definitely the place I recommend to all you guys.

5 star rating
by Aben9912
Nov 05, 2011

On reading some of the reviews left on here we were a little hesitant on going but glad we did! Sure shows how different peoples opinions can be.

The best buffet i’ve tried so far in NZ, even the price is quite high.

Basically they have eight different stations with either a chef serving you or self-serviced. The Sushi was great, Indian food was great aswell and deserts was excellent. Everything was perfect as I can say. Recommanded!!!!!

5 star rating
by Maxani
Sep 08, 2011

Its really perfect food and services comparing with the special price on lunch ,I found the quality is great and I like the huge variety and for sure I will give them another visit soon :) thank you and wish you the best

4 star rating
by Troy Norrie
Sep 02, 2011

We went there on 31 July 2011 for a romantic lunch. The food was excellent and the service was superb.

We tried all of the kitchens and were impressed.

The Sushi was great, Indian great and deserts excellent. The American grill was the busiest so get someone to stand there and get food for everyone.

We'll be going back again.

3 star rating
by G Y
Aug 26, 2011

Sunday buffet is interesting but dont expect relaxed, it's like a feeding frenzy.....guess that's what happens but not much fun.

Watch the 2.5% credit card surcharge they try and ping you with no warning, wasn't happy about that.

Not sure I could be bothered doing it again.

4 star rating
by Dine In
Aug 19, 2011

It was pricey but it is worth it! You can have different type of food here, they cook/prepare for you fresh when you order. It is really nice and fancy. Good for the special occasion, could not afford to go back very often though. Service is good and everything is clean and tidy. Would go back for sure for special time.

5 star rating
by Grape Escape Ltd
Aug 14, 2011

I recently stayed at the Langham Hotel Auckland and was pleasantly surprised by their concept restaurant Eight. Basically they have eight different stations with either a chef serving you or self-help i.e. desserts station. First I visited the meat section where you could choose the cut of meat you wanted and the chef would cook it there and then. The same process happened at the seafood section. A friend who I invited for dinner took advantage of the all you can eat menu and consumed in total 40 oysters. That’s all he had by the way. Me on the other hand well I tried a bit of everything from the meat and seafood to the salad bar, curry station equipped with a tandoori oven and the dessert station. By the end of the meal we were both stuffed to the gunnels and had to retire. This style of dining can be dangerous especially if your eyes are bigger than your belly. I was very happy with the food and service and will dine there again. Oh by the way the Langham is a great Hotel in the heart of downtown Auckland.

4 star rating
by Jus_Cruzn
Jul 27, 2011

One of a kind experience, eight different kitchens in one restaurant.

I thought the food was delicious & service was great. My 2 boys were blown away by the selection as we were given a tour, they thought the were in heaven when they saw the chocolate fountain.

The only downside was the coffee favoured creme brulee that was in this metal shallow ashtray looking thing - I didn't know it had coffee in it til I tasted it.

5 star rating
by Richard Wong
Jul 04, 2011

Absolutely the best buffet i've tried so far in NZ!

Food choice is awesome, food quality is awesome, service is very good.

I really enjoy the steak, sushi, prawns, and butter chicken and even though the price is not cheap, and i didn't really eat a lot i think it's very good value for money because of the quality of the food.

We will definitely go back again!

4 star rating
by Gay Thomson
Mar 28, 2011

We stayed at the Langha & decided to try out the restaurant. I only wish I could have eaten more. It was absolutely amazing. Will definately come again.

5 star rating
by David Visser
Feb 25, 2011

Sushi/Sashimi was absolutely amazing, it was certainly very good value for money considering I had loads of seafood and all sorts of different things. Unique dining experience, definitely worth it. We'll be back! Try the Sushi, Indian, Steak and the freshly baked breads! A real new and unique dining experience for Auckland!

4 star rating
by David Boshier
Feb 15, 2011

It is great concept and the food is magic. The range of dishes available is far more extensive than you would imagine with each dish prepared to the highest standard. Standouts for us were the Soft Shell Crab, John Dory, Duck Liver and steak.

The only small issue for me is I hate sitting in a hotel dinning room that is also used for breakfast. Re-fitting this would add more wow.

We will take others for the experience.

5 star rating
by SIA TULIA
Feb 14, 2011

Wow have been to many restaurants in my time and I must say it would have be one of the best if not the best. The array of food is superb, you feel like you are in heaven, at $67 for dinner you have to go very hungry to get your moneys worth, interacting with the various chefs at their stations makes it even more enjoyable...as they so happily cook your sumptuous meal. The quality of food with the best cuts of meat, seafood etc. Highly recommended our group of 16 thoroughly enjoyed it and will be returning.

5 star rating
by Michael
Feb 03, 2011

Amazing food.

For only $37 you get the *finest* cuts of meat and sausage, a varied selection of fish, sushi bar with sushimi, an Indian buffet with freshly made Naan bread (a great plus), a cheese-crackers-and-bread selection, not to mention a massive range of desserts.

Staff were so respectful, pleasant and attentive. I can't give them enough props.

I ate here twice while staying at the Langham and highly recommend it, even to people who aren't actually staying at the hotel. Even for Aucklanders looking to dine out it's relatively cheap for such a high-quality smorgasbord, and is a truly unique dining experience.

One of the best restaurants in the country surely. I can't wait to return.