Reviews for Everybody's
by Tami T
14 days ago
I really enjoyed the atmosphere here. Such a comfortable and relaxing environment with very amiable staff! However, the food isn't all that great. Definitely not bland or distasteful, but not something to 'rave' about. I would to probably go here for a good drink with good vibes - but for the food? Not so much :-)
one month ago
So.... I am not sure if it was because I had a set menu, but I wouldn't say I was a fan of half the things I was served.
For our set menu, we had the baked olives - I'm not a fan of olives so when I saw so many in a bowl in front of me, it was kind of scary. For oluve fans though, it would be a dream! I think we also had the house baked bread - the bread was very nice and soft (yum) bt the stuff we had to spread was not (beirre noisette butter).
Next came the cured wakanui beef - that was very tasty! The little bits of anchovy and chilli complimented it very well as well. For our mains, we had the roasted snapper with sweetcorn, fennel and semi dried tomatoes - this was my favourite of the night! Snapper cooked perfectly and each mouthful was a burst of different but extremely tasty flavours!
To end, we had the cheese selection board and the earl grey creme brulee - second favourite of the night (and probably worth visiting again just to order this).
Overall, the set menu had its ups and downs, but judging from the selection on the rest of the menu, there are quite a few dishes I would not mind returning to try.
The environment was lovely and the restaurant was really well decorated, bar downstairs and dinner upstairs - perfect separation. The service, excellent.
by Kelly S
2 months ago
We do not have a satisfactory experience here. We had the voucher for 4 course dining experience, then the waiter told us that there is not a menu for this, just eat what chef prepared, 'do you have anything you are not able to eat?' Not to the top of my head. Then what comes is olives for a shared first course! Second course for both is good, then third course is soufflé? Really, for the main course, as you can see from the picture, is it a decent main? No meat, a few vegetables and a dessert like soufflé yes it is savory but I don't think I will ever see it in a menu. Then bread and cheese? We had too many gluten and flour this night than any of the night! But no meat? Really? The only meat we can see from the dining experience is the raw beef? This is a weird mixture of the courses and overall it makes us not feel satisfied, although full stomach of flour. Not having too much choice is ok, but not even let customers see the menu and not having any choice for customers with varied needs and wants is not acceptable, may be offensive too.
by Iwi Concept
2 months ago
I booked a table there few days ago, friends came from overseas so we want to find a nice place for dinner. But when we arrived tonight, the staffs told us that they have a private function suddenly and couldn't manage to tell everyone who had made reservation, WTF! Its Friday night and we were so looking forward to have dinner there before we came, took us an hour to find another restaurant in CBD! Thank you so much for the surprise!!!
by Chris Boyce
2 months ago
I ate at Everybody’s last night and would like to say that the décor was outstanding and the food generally very good. Letting the side down was a few little things that could easily be sorted out by an attentive manager and a more diligent attitude from the waitresses. There were crumbs on the seat in our booth, I have to chase the staff to get more water/wine and the toilets were messy. One dish was served with slightly burnt toast which spoilt the delicious and delicate flavours of the dish. We asked for it to be replaced and the new toast was delivered with the comment ‘here is you extra toast’. A bit of a shame as this could easily be one of the best restaurants in town.
by Villa Yan
6 months ago
Reason to go there: My bf bought a voucher for a 4 course dinner at Everybody's. The restaurant is located inside a building on Queen Street, without the voucher or recommendation, I don't think I would ever walk inside.
Decoration: To my surprise, the whole journey leading to the restaurant was very nicely designed, and we were really impressed by the decorations in the restaurant and the vibe.
Service: The service was brilliant.
Food(1): house-baked rye bread, aged malt butter- very good (complementary??)
Food(2): appetizer Wagyu skirt steak, smoked onion, nettle, horseradish- very good
Food(3): calamari- extremely delicious
Food (4): pork and apple source, roasted potato - the poke was a bit fatty, but the potatos were the best potato I have ever had. i dont think this dish is on the menu...
Food(5): Vanilla cream and shaved ice??? I'm not sure, its not on the menu, refer to picture...still its very delicious.
Drink: Margerito cocktail, a cross over of margarita and mojito.
Overall Experience: Very satisfied, especially the decoration and the double height space, but it would be very expansive without a voucher. Will definitely recommend and return.
by Peifen Chua
6 months ago
Had something something raw, one of them was a beef wagyu, another was a beetroot dish, steak and potato. Couldn't remember and couldn't see cause it was too dark. But I love how spacious this place is, so much room to cater for big groups or if you're on a date. The atmosphere and ambience was very relaxing and destressing, especially after a long hard day of work. Haha. There was also live music it was really good. We ended up staying for 5 hours when we only anticipated to drop by for a dinner. Service was top notch. Will definitely come back again.
6 months ago
Came here for lunch during a weekday and had the chicken and fish. Definitely recommend it. The sauce was delicious! Mixture of almonds, yoghurt and sultanas works really well.
The big guy at the counter was awesome, very friendly. The guy who took our orders was friendly. The only reason i have given a poor rating is because of customer service by one of the ladies who work here, she served the food out to us. I don't know if she is a waitress or the store manager but she should not be working there. She has a way of offending people and 'Everybody's' will lose customers if she continues working there! She definitely needs some customer service training.
by Fee D
6 months ago
This is the first review I have ever taken the time to write, even though I eat out ALOT. I went there for dinner last night and I have to say it was one of the best dining experiences I have had in ages. We sat in a booth in the upper mezzanine level. The ambience was fantastic, the lighting just right (muted but not in darkness), and the service was exceptional (attentive but not cloying). The most important thing though was the incredible food. We ended up having 4 courses each (gluttonous I know) and we rolled out of the place. Every course was outstanding and I am salivating thing about the pork dish I had. I can't recommend this place more highly. Put Everybody's on your must visit list. A big thank you to the service staff and especially the chefs. Yum!
6 months ago
Unfortunately the delicious Japanese food is gone! It was not a good night at all!
Firstly we made a booking for 7pm for 7 people a week in advance. When we arrived we were told we couldn't go upstairs to eat as they were too busy and had to stay and have a drink. Not acceptable. The man who was telling us this was extremely rude. After the manager came over at 720 we went upstairs to find it was empty. Load of crap they just wanted us to spend even more money.
Once we were seated we were told we had to have a set menu and that we couldn't choose it and that all 7 of us have to eat the same thing. Well in our group was a gluten free eater and an eater who cannot eat certain proteins due to religion. How can you expect 7 people to have all the same tastes?!
We decided to leave straight away and went to ebisu for the best Japanese in auckland and some friendly service!! Highly disappointed as I used to be a regular here. Will not be back.
by Cynthia Vanisha Paul
7 months ago
I was very skeptical as I walked along this dark entrance. Didn't know what I was getting to till I walked up a flight of stairs to this hidden jewel!
The lighting and ambiance is jaw-dropping!
I recommend the bbq ribs and their finest selection of wines.
For a good fine dining experience or just a drink or 2 to catch up with mates, Everybody's caters to food and drink enthusiasts with the highest quality one could ask for!
7 months ago
My friend and I dined at Everybody's one Friday night earlier this year. We have only ever ordered drinks here, but because I had won a dinner voucher, we thought it would be a good opportunity to try as many dishes as possible on their menu!
Upon walking in, the first thing we noticed (and loved) was the decor. Think hanging plants, pretty chandeliers and various seating areas (with very comfortable chairs) to cater to all. There is also an open-air courtyard outside, which would be great for dining/having a drink in the summertime!
We first started with cocktails. I cannot recall what they were but mine came served with a pretty red flower on top (see picture). They were delicious!
We then shared many of the dishes. The menu was all small plates, either raw or cooked. Our favourites were the Venison Carpaccio and the Tuna Sashimi, which I am certain came topped with cubes of watermelon!
For dessert, we shared the Soy-Milk Custard with plum-wine jelly and Yuzu sorbet. We had never heard of 'Yuzu' but were told it is a citrus fruit originating from East Asia - something crossed between a lemon, mandarin and grapefruit. The Yuzu sorbet was divine and overall, it was definitely the highlight of the night! Lastly, we had coffees. My mochacino was strong and extra hot, just how I like it!
Our waiter for the night was knowledgeable and friendly. I cannot say much about the general service because the whole time we were there, we were the only ones dining - everyone else was having drinks only. I thought this was very unusual, considering it was a Friday night!
Overall, the food was nice, but I would probably not go back to pay their prices for the dishes. We ate a lot of food because of the voucher, but otherwise it would have been very expensive!
by Rach Croft
9 months ago
Loved the decor and the service was really good. Friendly wait staff. I had the Tokyo Chicken as an entree, which looked amazing but was very very salty. Even my dad, who puts salt on everything usually, commented on this.
For a main I had the Wagyu skirt steak, which to my surprise was almost completely raw. The menu said nothing about the steak being seared or anything like that. It was also chewy. So be warned if you are not a fan of raw steak like me, don't order this main! I wish the menu had been more descriptive about this as some people like raw steak but many people don't.
The duck fat chips and the Agria roasted potatoes were delicious, and the Pork Cheek main that a couple of people on my table had was amazing. The roasted monkfish was also very tasty.
by Keshni Rasanayagam
Dec 30, 2013
Everybody's Izakaya was a fantastic dining experience! Would highly recommend it to anyone who loves Japanese food and is looking for a place a little less loud and crowded than other Japanese restaurants along the lines of Sake Bar in Epsom!
The decor was amazing, the service was faultless, and the menu was interesting! And of course, the food lived up to and exceeded all expectations!
It's a great way for people to try out new things together without running the risk of wastage; a great concept!
Will definitely return with numerous family and friends in tow!
by Mary Young
Dec 13, 2013
The food and drinks were great, especially the sake cocktail with blueberries. However I had a concern about the water provided.
When we sat down the waiter said "Can I offer you some water" which we accepted. It was sparkling, which was a nice touch. It wasn't until we went up to pay at the end of the meal that we found out we had been charged $11 for four glasses of water. When he offered us water we automatically assumed that it was complimentary.
It was very disappointing to find out that it wasn't and we left feeling slightly deceived. However, the sake really was the best I've had so I would like to go back.
by Ben Mcdowall
Nov 20, 2013
Went their for dinner with partner and aunty. Food was tasty but portion sizes were very small and left still feeling hungry. It was quite expensive too. Decor is amazing but I think the price and quantity of food let it down. Its not Izakaya at all to be honest, dishes have a slight japanese twist.
Izakay: An izakaya is a type of Japanese drinking establishment which also serves food to accompany the drinks. They are casual places for after-work drinking. - Not really this place at all..
by Cathy Lam
Nov 17, 2013
We went to Everybody's as a small group on Saturday night.
Was excited to be there as I had been meaning to try it out for awhile now and love Japanese food.
Loved the decor and style of the building, however, food was definitely below expectations and service was okay.
I have read all the other reviews and food seemed to be good so we might have lucked out on a bad chief for the night.
We had numerous dishes to share. A few were good but the rest were definitely disappointing. Tuna sashimi was really fresh and chicken wings were nice. But the oysters that came were overpowered by seaweed and didn't have the Yuzu or soy sauce dressing as promised.
Beef ribs looked amazing but was dry.
Sashimi with noodles was bland and over dosed in seaweed. The hotpot was pretty forgettable. Seafood was cooked well but lacked depth of flavour that you would expect from a place of this calibre.
A good place to grab a drink but definitely will be having dinner elsewhere next time
by Rachael Mooney
Oct 07, 2013
We went as a group of people on Saturday night after reading some good reviews. The food was amazing. We ordered lots of small dishes for us all to share which is such a fun way to eat in a group. Beautiful flavours, fresh ingredients, lots of variety, including some good vegetarian options.
The restaurant setting upstairs is also nice with good lighting, comfy seating and decent sized tables. It is quite loud but perfect for a group dinner.
However in our experience the service did in no way match the food. I don't think we got a smile out of either of the waitresses the entire evening. They gave the distinct impression they were doing us a favour by being there at all.
And there were errors - we never received the ordered miso, the drinks took forever to arrive, we had a number of drink mis-orders including cider rather than sake, cheap gin rather than the brand ordered (I forgot to check what we got charged for!) and we were told they "weren't doing" cocktails - on a Saturday night!
And then the final disappointment was we were moved out of the restaurant to make way for "VIP" guests. Apparently the $1000 we spent there that evening didn't make us worthy of staying in our seats till we had finished. When we booked we were not told there was any event that would mean we had to move. Certainly marred the evening for us.
So in summary a place to be seen and food that was amazing. But a little bit too much attitude from the staff for it to be taken seriously.
Aug 21, 2013
Went for lunch and had the salmon bento box. Fantastic taste, great service, cool and modern atmosphere. Would highly recommend.
A little tricky to find, walk through the ground level hot dog restaurant, all the way at the back and take the spiral staircase up. I think there's also a lift.
Jul 12, 2013
My partner and I went to Everybody's for the first time last week and it was simply divine. Received excellent service from our waitress Pip, very friendly and helpful. We will be definitely be back again for the lamb ribs and spiced duck!
by Lucia Goode
Jun 18, 2013
Had a beautiful night here dining with my boyfriend, our service was prompt and professional. My duck main was delicious, but even better was dessert! We really enjoyed our experience, it was probably a bit too loud for a romantic setting but we didn't mind. Cocktails were lovely as well. Would come again!
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