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Market Kitchen & Bar

4 star rating 21 reviews

Telephone 09-524 8997

19 Davis Crescent
Cnr Davis Cres & Carlton Gore Rd
Newmarket
Auckland City

Cuisine:
Bistro, New Zealand
Hours:
Mon - Tue 2pm - 10pm
Wed - Fri 11am - 10pm
Sat 5:30pm - 10pm
Provided by business

Overview

Sitting in the absolute heart of Newmarket with glorious morning & afternoon sun at the corner of Carlton Gore Rd and Davis Crescent, MKB enjoys company amongst a ‘cluster row’ of many varied eating & drinking establishments. We offer two interior rooms incorporating a small engaging boutique bar that is very casual & relaxed and an upper dining room for more serious but still informal dining. Then in addition, the courtyard (enclosed and heated in winter then opened up in summer) and footpath seating area allow splendid al fresco dining. Modern European décor with leather banquettes, art deco lighting and wooden floors help create an urban, sophisticated yet relaxed ambience. MARKET showcases Head Chef Conor Merten’s creativity, delivering signature selections in an intimate and relaxed dining experience. We pride ourselves on using the finest, freshest local ingredients. The menus are uncomplicated with classic, simple yet elegant cuisine, rooted in the fresh tastes of the Mediterranean. On offer are innovative lunch dishes Wednesday to Friday and dinner Monday to Saturday with simple bistro fare of largely French, English and Italian origin, partnered up with sumptuous desserts, antipasti & terrific cheeses. An innovative comprehensive wine selection compliments the menu.

Photos

Photo of Market Kitchen & Bar
Crispy skinned fresh South Island Salmon fillet on potato gnocchi w fennel slaw and saffron aioli
Beef Carpaccio w salted capers & gherkins, truffled Jerusalem Artichoke chips, rocket and EVO (gf)
eggplant parmigiana ...
Seared Kingfish on avocado puree, tempura vegetables & a chilli jelly

More Information

Categories:
Restaurants, Bar & Brasseries, Bistros
Parking:
Pay & Display, Free On-Street
Price Range:
Spendy, $25 - $35
Attire:
Casual
Good For Groups:
Yes
WI-FI:
Free
Alcohol:
Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Spirits
BYO/Corkage:
BYO, Corkage Charge
Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes
Takes Reservations:
Yes
Dietary Restrictions:
Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free
Meals Served:
Dinner, Lunch, Dessert
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Seating For:
65
Outdoor Seating:
Yes

Reviews for Market Kitchen & Bar

4 star rating
by Mimi Y.
10th March 2014

My boyfriend and I came here on a Saturday night for dinner and Market Kitchen hosted us graciously, even at very short notice. We had a very pleasant dinner with entree and mains. The hospitality was friendly and welcoming, attentive but not overbearing. The food was quite yummy too, the fish of the day was fresh and I’ve never enjoyed brussel sprouts so much before; the steak was well cooked and juicy. Ambiance was very nice too, tables are well spaced out and good noise level for conversing.

5 star rating
by Darrin S.
28th October 2013

On a return trip to New Zealand in July of this year, Market Kitchen & Bar was highly recommended by a good friend. After 7 years away – this was a perfect return to local cuisine and unrivalled Kiwi hospitality! A stylish and comfortable interior, soon felt like I was visiting a friend at home, with service and a wine selection that left me spoiled for choices. MK&B made the reunion with friends an even more memorable event, with delicious meals that left the entire table of 8 extremely satisfied, but envious of others selections! The entire evening was perfect – great venue, staff and cuisine! I can’t wait to get back to NZ & MK&B!

5 star rating
by Claire B.
27th October 2013

5 stars does NOT do this place justice!
We had dinner here for the second time, and it was just as good, if not better than the first. We shared the mushroom soup with blue cheese, and the breads and dips for starters and they were both delicious. MKB provide lots of bread with their dips, which some restaurants let themselves down on.
We had pork belly and the eye fillet for mains. Just divine…!!
We did ask for the eye fillet to be cooked medium, it came out more cooked, but still tasted awesome.
These guys are generous with the wine pours too..
We didn’t have dessert as we had no room left!
Service is just great, the girls are very professional and know their stuff!
Can’t wait to go back … (o:

5 star rating
by Sophie R.
27th October 2013

Had another beautiful meal at MKB last night – have been here several times previously for dinner or dessert with friends (the dessert platter is worth coming for on it’s own!) and the food is just gorgeous! I had the eye fillet with celeriac gratin, red wine jus and prosciutto and it was perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. We shared 2 desserts and they were divine with the jersey caramel cheesecake having a delectable complexity of flavours, and the coconut ice cream was the perfect balance to the kaffir lime creme brulee. The service was attentive and friendly but very professional. Thank you to the team at Market Kitchen and Bar!

5 star rating
by Olivia C.
24th August 2013

Have been to Market kitchen 5 or 6 times and it never fails to disappoint. The food is just divine, eye fillet and pork belly my favs, the soups equally delicious. Staff are fantastic. Would definitely recommend this restaurant & believe the food is among if not the top in Auckland!!! Keep it up MK&B

5 star rating
by Rod K.
23rd August 2013

10/10 ! Very happy!

Best steak I have ever had! perfectly cooked.

With service to match, well presented helpful staff. very professional and well trained!

Definitely will go back!!

You won’t be disappointed!

5 star rating
by Lois w.
10th July 2013

Dined here with a voucher and not a big enough appetite to do the menu justice:

We had the mushroom soup with blue cheese and truffle oil – quite simply the best mushroom soup I have ever had.

The chicken liver (entree size) was generous and delicious.

Looking forward to returning to check out the desserts.

Courtney provided great menu knowledge and attentive service.

It was a quiet nite at the restaurant, but the ambience was great and the music toe-tapping.

Mains are quite pricey but this is a very pleasant dining experience, and I will be back.

5 star rating
by Anna G.
5th March 2013

I chose Market Kitchen & Bar to catch up with a group of my friends on a recent return trip to Auckland. I’ve consistently experienced great service and wonderful food at MKB, but on this particular night, they simply knocked it out of the park! The waiting staff were relaxed and handled it with panache when our table booking for 8 turned into a table heaving with 14; the service was impeccable – attentive without being intrusive (no empty glasses all night!); and we were enjoying the balmy Auckland night in the Courtyard and lingered well after dinner service and close to midnight (clearly enjoying ourselves too much!) but weren’t rushed out or made to feel like we were holding anyone up. And I haven’t even started on the food?! The current Market Kitchen & Bar menu is just so, so good – several of my friends had intended to stay only for a glass of wine, but (having glimpsed dishes being delivered to adjoining tables) everyone ended up staying for dinner (most of us indulging in *ahem* three courses. And those deliciously evil *twice cooked* chips I couldn’t stop eating?!). Everyone commented on what a perfect evening it had been, and I know many of my friends will be returning for a repeat performance – THANK YOU Market Kitchen & Bar for helping facilitate the perfect evening and making ME look good for having chosen such a great venue for a get together!

4 star rating
by Monica C.
7th January 2013

Tried here for dinner. It’s a cozy little restaurant with a nice vibe and very friendly, helpful staff who explained the meals nicely and patiently. Got a blackboard special of market pie with hand made chips which was quite delicious and a good size, the entree was also good. Only thing is is that it is on the more expensive side, but if you don’t mind paying, it’s well worth it.

4 star rating
by Sharon
24th October 2012

Had a lovely lunch here today. While a quieter day for them, the staff were attentive (giving a good description of the daily offerings), friendly and only too pleased to wait till you made up your mind :) Thank you. The food was great. Highly recommend the fillet steak, flavours awesome, cooked & seasoned perfectly, hats off to your chef. There was no need for any extra S&P as those flavours were so good. Salads were lovely. Noticed the $12 lunch specials on another table and they looked pretty good too. I have no hesitation in recommending and would be happy to dine here in the future. Many thanks for the opportunity to try your restaurant, its a really cool place.

4 star rating
by leannex
4th October 2012

What a great place for a long lunch! The staff are super friendly and efficient and the food is delicious and very reasonable. We had lunch on Friday and they were turning diners away, it was so full, but I could see why when I saw the menu – they have $12 lunch specials and there is nothing on the menu over $26.50. We started with Homemade Flat Bread @ $8.50 – one of each Garlic & polenta and Caramelised onion & cheddar and they were very large portions – sharing one between 2 would have been ample. My only suggestion would be to put a brighter light in the bathroom – it’s too dark to do a make-up touch up!

5 star rating
by Alistair R.
11th August 2012

“Are you in for a treat tonight? Are you ready to squeal in your gumboots? Are you greasing your butter dish?” Excitable, ambitious, passionate and non-pretentious (well, almost!). Welcome to Market Kitchen: The exuberance of your new best friend, Maitre d’ Matthew McAlpine will present it’s self with a candid smile, whilst he sits with you at your table and tells you about today’s specials, and how the buttery goodness of the Chardonnays will blow you away.

See the rest of this review at the Kiwi Food Wonders http://kiwifoodwonders…

4 star rating
by Suzi M.
3rd April 2012

Just had the BEST venison I have ever had last week at Market Kitchen & bar. Southern venison on wilted spinach, potato puree, lavender marscarpone, dark cherry & pinot jus. It was busy with a great bustling atmosphere and the service was great. Candice our waitress looked after us so well. Will definitely be back to this little gem in Newmarket

3 star rating
by Jonjon
19th March 2012

I went here with a discount voucher.

The service here was excellent and the waitress was approachable. The food here though I felt a bit bland.

The Soup of the day was very excellent though, but the bread, although looked fresh, tasted a bit bland…actually it was one of the worst breads that I have ever eaten.

The food was creative, but i felt that the different flavors did not homogenize well with each other.

1 star rating
by Joey J.
25th January 2012

Failed to honour a special offer posted on this website for a $10 lunch. The waitress made a big scene and had to phone the manager to authorise a $2 discount which was denied. The owner said MenuMania posted the lunch offer without his permission.

This restaurant is running several concurrent promotions on daily deal sites etc. As a result, the service is very pushy on extras like sparkling water, sides and desserts. Expect a hassle when you pay.

Food was average, portions were small.

*****In response to the owner’s comments below*****
We purchased the $12 lunches on the regular menu, which we expected to get for $10 each. We NEVER expected a $36 meal for $10. That’s totally ridiculous, we thought it would be $32. We clearly said, “if it is this much hassle, we will just pay the $4 and go back to MenuMania about the offer.”

I think perhaps in light of my negative review, you realise you overreacted, and are now trying to turn this around by suggesting I was unreasonable.

I notice the offer was removed before I got back to my desk.
I checked with MenuMania, it is your responsibility to maintain the offers on your listing. Next time, use an expiry date, and when confronted with a customer complaint, don’t resolve it by suggesting that myself or MenuMania are to blame. Thanks for the apology, but you can keep your free lunch.

Comment from Matthew M. of Market Kitchen & Bar 25/01/2012   
Hi Joey. Firstly, my apologies for your experience with this…    More »
5 star rating
by Pia B.
23rd September 2011

A friend and I went for dinner here on Wednesday (Sept 2011) and the service (thanks Candace!) and the food were both top quality. Candace was exceedingly knowledgeable about the menu and wine choices and very friendly to boot! The food (lamb rump) was perfect and the wine list had a good price range to select from. Would definitely recommend and we will return!

5 star rating
by Jasmijn L.
24th May 2011

We went to Market K&B recently for our anniversary dinner, and had a wonderful evening. Beautiful cosy dining area with attentive staff and lovely atmosphere. We shared the scallops to start, beautifully presented, wrapped in prosciutto and with a delicious cream sauce. Eye fillet was perfectly cooked with a very nice red wine jus, portion size was perfect and even managed to squeeze in a side of creamy truffle mash.
Would definitely recommend Market K&B for a romantic dinner or with a small group of friends, we’ll be back!

3 star rating
by Michael W.
3rd February 2011

Great place for a few beers after work, though the bar snacks are a little pricey, wouldn’t mind if the serving size was a little more generous.

Lunch specials are the way to go, especially in summer.

Comment from Matthew M. of Market Kitchen & Bar 16/02/2011   
Hi Michael. Thanks for your comments. Chef Courtney is revamping…    More »
5 star rating
by Harriet
22nd May 2010

I have been a few times and the service is great, the food is lovely and well presented, there is always something new with the specials – i highly recommend it. There is courtyard seating which is lovely in the summer and good in the winter with the heating etc. Never had a bad meal.

1 star rating
by Philippa
30th November 2009

My experience with Market was extremely disappointing. I waited a considerably long time for my lunch which was priced way out of proportion to the actual portion – what was pitched as a lunch item could only be described as a side salad. Would go back for drinks because the atmosphere is lovely, but wont be going back for a meal.

Comment from Matthew M. of Market Kitchen & Bar 27/10/2010   
I do hope you try us again Philippa and give us another chance to…    More »
5 star rating
by Megan P.
11th November 2009

Could not recommend this restaurant highly enough.

I had the pleasure of enjoying every course at this restaurant.

Presentation of the food was elegant. Meal sizes were spot on. The atmosphere of the restaurant is lovely, upmarket yet relaxed. The staff are discretely vigilant in overseeing your dining experience with them.

I have to recommend the steak. A number of the diners I was with ordered medium rare Black Angus scotch fillet, spring onion champ, baby cress, romesco w roast garlic & red wine jus. This was cooked to perfection in every instance – a credit to the chef.

A restaurant I will definitely be returning to!

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