Reviews for Molten Restaurant
8 months ago
Had a great time at Molten last week. Started with a drink in their wine bar then moved into the restaurant. It was a bit quiet though good to be able to chat. The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. They recommended us each a really good wine match for our food which was generous and delicious. Sadly we had no room for dessert! Definitely plan on coming back, see what it's like on a weekend evening.
by Amy @ My Dining Journey
Jan 09, 2014
Molten has been on my Auckland restaurant bucket list for many years, but it was only until recently that I finally gave this place a go. A group of us had dinner here on a Friday night to farewell a friend that was leaving Auckland; and being a group of ten, we sat in the private dining room upstairs and were offered a set menu for an entree, main and dessert for $68.
For entrees, I selected the vegetarian option and opted for the crumbled Clevedon bocconcini cheese with tomatoes that was tossed with chardonnay vinegar and olive oil. The sweet and tangy tomoatoes made up for the fact that the crumbled cheese was slightly bland (which is what as you would expect for bocconcini cheese).
I chose the scotch fillet for my main and this was served with potatoes, a small parsley salad and a large dollop of pepper aioli. Although there is nothing wrong with the flavours and taste, the steak however, was overcooked considering I requested for rare. It was rather tough to chew and I left my steak unfinished. The set menu included salad for the table and the iceberg lettuce with feta, salted cucumber and radish can be summed up with one word, salty. The use of both salted cucumber and feta cheese together in the same salad was too much and I would have much preferred the use of regular cucumber.
I was very thankful that after the disappointing main, my dessert - Valrhona chocolate mousse served with a side of ice cream and crushed hazelnut - ended the meal on a happy note. Despite the chocolate being indulgently rich, the ice cream balanced the flavours and the roasted hazelnuts was a nice touch.
I have to admit, I'm overall disappointed with the meal and this is mostly because I had high expectations of Molten.
by Brent Scott
Dec 15, 2013
Sadly, things ‘ain’t what they used to be in the state of Molten. They now have two sittings in the evenings – 6.15 and 8.15. Our party of four booked for 8.15. Our table was still occupied when we arrived so we had a drink in the associated wine bar next door while we waited – and waited – and waited. The staff treated us exceptionally well, and a round of free drinks was supplied. But an hour and a half wait for a booked table is not acceptable. We were offered the opportunity to have entrees in the wine bar and then move into the restaurant, but the bar was noisy and moving defeats the purpose of a relaxed and leisurely dining experience – which is what Molten used to deliver.
I did not think the food was as good as it used to be. By the time we finished our mains it was so late and we were so over the whole experience that we did not have dessert. Service from wait staff cannot be faulted. We would never return.
Sep 26, 2013
Had a lovely meal last night. The atmosphere was cosy and not pretentious. Food was delicious and service was fast and friendly. We had the pulled Mozzarella and shared for entree, I had the duck and my wife the snapper for main, then finished with the chocolate dessert. Will definately be heading back soon
by Simone Watson
Jul 04, 2012
Very disappointing wasted one evening of our brief stay in Auckland, flat champagne, cold oysters kilpatrick, no cutlery when main arrived, or resetting between courses and meals that were average at best. Steak was cold. We booked in advance and made it clear we were coming from CHCH for a special occasion.....reception zero. Biggest let down, nobody asked us if our meals were ok, we could tell the staff knew things weren't up to scratch. The standard of food and service we have received elsewhere in Auckland has been faultless, lift your game guys. $200 lighter and feeling ripped off.
by Blitz Y
Apr 28, 2012
I used to always drive past this restaurant and look in and think 'I must try that place' but Mt Eden is such a random destination for dinner I never had.
Food: Nibbled on the eggplant tortellini for starters and had the snapper for main. Was good enough to write about - put it that way! Dessert was the Dutch Kiss - like a homemade Wagon Wheel biscuit - yum!
Service: Excellent. Attentive but not annoying. We arrived late, ate around 9pm and were the last to leave but no one hurried us up.
Cost: I was lucky enough not to see the bill, but it was worth every penny I did not pay :)
Stand out feature: The expansive wine list, and the many ways you could read it. If you love your wine, you will love Molten.
Will I go back? Most probably.
by Frances C
Apr 22, 2012
Visited for dinner last night and although food was excellent we felt we were rushed through and this spoilt the evening. Our reservation was for 7pm and by 8.30 had finished both entree and main and were being presented with dessert menu. Also very disappointed with table settings. We were 30cm from our neighbour on one side. I might add we didn't come in off the street either, we had booked 3 weeks in advance.
by Cam W
Dec 07, 2011
First time I have eaten at Molten last night and went due to the excellent reviews it was receiving.
The entrees are over priced ($25 for 1 buffalo mozzarella ball and a few bits of rocket, pretty bland) but the mains (I had the Broadbill, delicious) was well priced. Desserts (our table had a several from the menu) were well executed.
The only big let down of the evening was poor service. Slow with taking food orders and even slower to take our drinks order.
Great food but the evening slightly let down by inattentive service.
Aug 28, 2011
My absolute first choice when taking friends of all ages or business associates out to dinner. Fantastic food, totally reliable, always beautifully cooked and presented. I've never been disappointed and our guests have always raved over their meals. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed so that you can sit back and just enjoy the company and great food. A little pricey, but as I've never had any "duds" I believe it's well worth it. They also have a small private dining room upstairs which they let us use when we wanted a quieter area for a our party of six.
by Ben Sheehan
Aug 22, 2011
Went for a work lunch late last week. Absolutely blown away by the service - our waitress was quick, polite and attentive.
The beers were fantastic - I ordered the (read: three) Hawkes Bay Pilsner which went down a treat. Had the special for the day which was kingfish on a risotto - cooked to perfection. Beautiful and moist, a great meal. Would highly recommend.
by Joanne Mahon
Apr 25, 2011
Excellent food! great service in a relaxed, non-pretentious environment. Recommend the pork hock pie starter! I could taste it before it hit my tongue, it was so fragrant and the pastry was perfect. Not cheap but worth it.
Apr 16, 2011
Went to Molten for a weekend lunch. Very excited to see not one, but two vegetarian options which did not involve pumpkin, or spinach and feta, or mushroom risotto, which seem to be standard for many restaurants. Bypassed the artichocke gnocchi with stuffed courgette flower to order the mushroom and truffle pappadelle with cavalo nero, which tasted fantastic and gave us an opportunity to try a new vegetable. For a non-vegetarian dish we ordered the kingfish special, which sat on a bed of risotto with strands of meat stirred into it. Great flavours made us decide to try dessert, even though we were no longer hungry. Impressed again, not just by the taste, but by the presentation of the dish. Service was also attentive and friendly. Very enjoyable meal in a beautiful restaurant. Will definitely be back again!
Jan 06, 2011
What was good...the service! In fact the service was exceptional. We had an amazing waitress, Kylie. She was attentive and very professional! The food was a let down to be honest. I have eaten there twice before and remember my meals as being outstanding. Both mains were overcooked but in saying that the manager agreed and did not charge us for one main that was only half eaten. Our starters were ok but I would not say outstanding. I know that Molten is a favourite however maybe our visit which was over a public holiday meant they were having an off day?
by David Boshier
Oct 07, 2010
We took another couple along for a business dinner. As we had been there before and was impressed with the food and service. Again we were not disappointed, we started next door with wine before moving through to our table. The service was excellent, non-intrusive and there is an extensive wine list.
The food is fantastic and serviced in a semi-formal atmosphere.
Sep 08, 2010
This was our second visit, first time was with friends. Well informed staff, answered every question without drama, only needed to go to the kitchen once to confirm. Meal was spot on and could not fault it. Will be back again come summer for the new menu.
by Evan King
May 26, 2010
I went here for a lunch meeting and was extremely impressed. The food was excellent, the waitress (Sonia) was on the ball and attended all of our needs, and the overall experience was just first rate.
I totally recommend this venue. I have gone back since and was not disappointed. Neither will you be.
by Mandy Jackson
Apr 24, 2010
We are regulars here as the experience is always wonderful. Nice location, efficient and friendly staff and excellent food. Good value for money and well worth a visit.
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