Kate said: "What an experience!! Me and a group of my friends went there last Friday night for dinner, the restaurant was fully booked, but the guy who greeted us told us that we could sit in the bar and order off the same menu. It was…" read more »
My husband and I found James on the Internet. We were wanting a causal dinner on the way to a function. Wow we were so pleased to find this. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was awesome. The way the menu works was explained very well and suggestions were made that we spot on. We will certainly be back and recommend this to friends and family.
James offers a range of deliciously eclectic dishes that hark from a fusion of different contemporary European cuisine. I myself had the Lamb shoulder with a Kawakawa parsnip puree. It was lovingly prepared and thoroughly enjoyable.
And for desert the Apple tart served with syrup and ice cream left me hankering for seconds although upon completion of my meal i was full and left totally satisfied, unable to fit another spoonful. 10 points James thanks you very much for the fabulous evening.
Loved it! great food, good people and an absolutely charming atmosphere. James is an excellent place to go for a romantic evening out. It was a night to be remembered. MY fiancée and i will with out a doubt be back for more.
I had the absolute delight of dinning in the majestic surrounds at James this Friday just past. The whole family loved the experience. The winner on the night for me was with out a doubt the seared tuna dish, cooked to perfection, ambrosial and melt in the mouth. unequivocally an excellent place to take the family for a night out.
This was the third time Ive dined at James and i have to say its one my fav places to go to. Dinner was amazing and then the girls and i hung out at the bar. That’s one of the cool things about this place its really friendly, intimate and stylish and they have a fantastic classy bar area
James is my favourite go-to for a beautiful relaxed atmosphere and delicious food.
I have visited a few times and have always been well impressed by the service.
The wine list also deserves a mention! As well as a bar man whom knows cocktails.
On my last visit, I noticed a few new items on the menu and have the blue corn duck taco a go. Wow!
Went to James last night and had a wonderful experience. The decor is stunning, service was attentive (especially for my vegetarian partner) and the FOOD! The menu has wonderful options and the plates to share were the perfect amount. The lamb and pork belly dishes are amazing.
I dined at James last night with my family, the service was exquisite, it looks like they have new staff in who are really helpful and well mannered.
I had the beef cheek which was succulent and delicious, possibly the tastiest thing I’ve eaten all year.
I also tied the pork belly which was beautiful.
You can tell these guys really love their food.
Thanks James for the wonderful evening out. I’m definitely recommending to my friends.
This really is a very disappointing restaurant. The decor is very modern and chic but food and staff attitude was very poor. We also were overcharged on our bill and it was only after we left that we realized
We came here with a large group and were greeted by a somewhat boisterous waiter who was extremely eager to explain to us his life story or something. I was okay with that. I think.
Then he gave us all a menu which I didn’t really get, so we just spurted out some random things we liked the sound of and 20 minutes later, we figured out that it was pretty much like a tapas style setup. Okay awesome.
Pork belly was good and the chorizo was great. Heck, everything is good when you’re drunk on $15 a glass wine. Woo.
So, upon sobering up, I realized that I had eaten some kind of duck paté and calamari sandwich, which were amazing. Contrary to the figure keeping females at my table, I ordered the creme brulee and THIS was the highlight of the evening. I wished I had skipped all the mains and just ordered this.
All in all, the food was great, the wine was great, the decor is pretty “ooh look rich and hipstery”, but the dessert was to die for.
tl;dr: Go to James, skip the mains, get dessert.
This place will become a destination for food lover.The setting is amazing. The owner is so cool and loves to chat. The mushrooms are just so amazing and I love mushrooms. Awesome place for casual or formal night out. Friendly staff. I will put this in my top 5 list. Thanks James it was a pleasure.
I went to James for dinner last week and had a truly splendid time.
My partner and I found the atmosphere magic, it wasn’t too busy and the servive was faultless. We had a waiter named Chris who was educational, charming and slightly cheeky. The food was superb and the menu was frankly refreshing. Well done James! Auckland really needs more places like this.
Myself and my fiance ate in James on Friday night and found the entire experience off putting. We found one of our waiters very strange, trying a mix of personalities between faux connoisseur and aloof metro foody. His attention was uncomfortable and intrusive. He was more salesman then waiter and was quite pushy with his suggestions of dishes to order. Also despite clarifying order quantities for each of our plates, an extra medium plate arrived which we returned. After which the friendliness of the service changed.
The food was decidedly average in spite of the menu looked very interesting. The restaurant’s dining concept is excellent however the cold, over-designed dining room betrayed its manifesto.
After a couple of mix-ups with the bill and with what was actually ordered vs. Received we left with a very unpleasant experience of James.
In my opinion this restaurant is best reserved for those who are more interested in the “cool” factor to which food and service are secondary. I am loath to leave such an honest account of our experience as there really aren’t any positives here. Sorry James
The mood and setting of this place is amazing and would be great for a romantic candlelit dinner with a special someone – however the food and service from staff is not so impressive. We went here on a Tuesday night with a group of about 8 people. We ordered drinks and chatted around the bar for a while and when we asked to be seated at a table it took them quite a while to set up for us even though they were not that busy. The waiter was quite stand offish and not very friendly at all – in fact at times he was quite rude – he walked away in the middle of taking our orders! The food was very average and although the shared platters are meant to be for 2 people (as stated by the waiter) the chicken skewers dish only had one skewer!
The restaurant looks absolutely amazing but they really need to make some improvements on service and food. Probably wouldn’t go back or recommend it to any of my friends.
we live just 5 minutes walk from this one month old restaurant and tried it for the first time tonight. Very impressive. The restaurant is graced by fabulous crystal chandeliers and swathes of red silk set off by soaring concrete walls and floors. Quite dramatic. The fledgling restaurant would definitely benefit from a neon sign out front to advertise their presence. The staff are still getting to grips with a new menu, new computers and new kitchen but the idea and execution are pretty good. “James” is a Spanish inspired tapas bar/restaurant. The food would not be too out of place in Barcelona but has a NZ flair. The croquettes (croquetas) are made from smoked kahawai instead of salt cod and are excellent. Sardines and basteya are all worth trying. Paella for groups of 4 looks tempting for another visit.On the downside, the main dining area is VERY loud and echoey because of all that concrete. Perhaps a wooden floor or some kind of acoustic material on the ceiling would help. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed it and we’ll be back!!
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