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Northern Steamship Co. - Mac's Brewbar

4 star rating 19 reviews

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09 3743952

Britomart, Northern Steamship Company Building, 122 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland

Cuisine:
  European, Finger Food
Hours:
12 Noon to 10 PM (Mon-Thu), 11:30 AM to 12 Midnight (Fri-Sun)

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Reviews for Northern Steamship Co. - Mac's Brewbar

5 star rating
by Ralph Greeff
16 days ago

We had a really great meal here - the free range pork loin was awesome. Staff were friendly and polite and the music was at a nice level. My colleague had the gnocchi and we both had the beer matches which were a great compliment to the food. Not a cheap lunch but there were "small" plates on the menu that we noticed going out to other tables and they would be a more economical option. We didn't have dessert but I'll be back to try the baked-to-order apple tart!

3 star rating
by Katie Stone
21 days ago

Okay, so there are lamps stuck to the ceiling. Other than that, the place is a sub-standard pub with up-market prices. I have been  underwhelmed by the meals both times I've been here.  The steak sandwich I had two nights ago was more gristle than steak, and my companions had equally disappointing fish and chips. 
Will not dine here again.

5 star rating
by Nikki Bould
one month ago

Wow - we love this place!! Staff are friendly and efficient - very attentive without being overbearing. We came in before an event so were limited on time but (even though it was very busy) they managed to get us our dinner with time to have dessert. Loved the decor, music was great and the menu items all looked delicious. With one of our group being vegetarian and one gluten free it was great to see some choice on the menu for diners with special requirements and our waitress was happy to spend the time talking us through our options. I had the sirloin and it was cooked to perfection. The wine match was a Cab Sav which I don't tend to drink so I was steered towards the Brookfields Syrah and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was great to have someone go the extra mile to make sure we had a fantastic experience.

3 star rating
by Chch Chick
3 months ago

Great ambience, ok service, food over-priced and not hot enough. We ordered two duck breasts ($35), extremely overpriced. Just four small strips of meat. Would go back but only for a drink and snack, a bit disappointed...

2 star rating
by Eli A
4 months ago

Went here yesterday with a friend using a voucher and am I glad that i had the voucher!!! Otherwise would have been outraged at the quantity and quality we got for the price. Average overpriced pub grub, that's what it was. Nothing outstanding. I have to say they tired to be fancier by giving you smaller portions and trying to add fancy ingredients and flavour combinations, but the attempt fell extrememly short as the fancy flavour combinations didnt work. Example: Had the white chocolate mousse with peppers and mango. White chocolate doesnt go with pepper and mango was flavourless and scanty. The green salad I ordered was supposed to have goat's cheese, but I could only see flecks of it and couldnt taste it at all. Service was average, and the restroom was extremelt messy for a 'fine' establishment. Will not be going back here and will not recommend to anyone.

4 star rating
by Emma Wilson
7 months ago

This place produced the best salad I have ever had. Staff were attentive but not overbearing and the food came without my group noticing the wait.

Everyone enjoyed their meals and I would have happily eaten any of them but my chicken, mesclun and Israeli couscous salad was fantastic.

Will definitely be back next time I am in the central city.

4 star rating
by Stan Stewart
9 months ago

This place has a nice atmosphere and is great for a casual dinner. Menu is a bit limited but the food is always of a good standard. Every time I've been here I've had a good experience.

5 star rating
by Where's The Food?
Oct 29, 2013

The snug leather chairs placed around a warm fireplace are very inviting on a cold winter evening. The staff are friendly and the modestly priced jugs ensure I visit very often.

5 star rating
by Disha Bose
Jul 18, 2013

OHMYGOD! That was the most appropriate thought that came to mind when I first entered this pub. We sat there for so long that I saw how pretty it looks in daylight as well as at night. The most obvious reason for this would be the floor lamps hanging upside down from the ceiling. Any photograph of the restaurant will have an ambience shot of this for you to stare at. Yes, very literally there are floor lamps hanging from the ceiling right above you while you eat your food and drink yourself silly. And yes, in an inebriated sate this does seem to give you an illusion of the world having turned upside down; just don't cut off your ear because you think you're going crazy.

Apart from this gorgeous accent for the ambience, there are hundreds of Encyclopedias which adorn the seating area in columns which make for awesome makeshift libraries (again, lovely lovely lovely!). With their fireplaces and comfy leather chairs, you may feel as though you are at home with your friends enjoying a big plate of fish and chips.

Other than the funky decor, the food is pretty good too. They serve the standard pub food which is available across Auckland and quite a wide variety of beer. Nothing much to talk about where the food is concerned, nothing really special served here. If you are however in Auckland for a few days, don't forget to walk down the Waterfront and stumble upon this pub for an enlivening experience.
Tip: They serve great beer tasting platters on occasions which shouldn't be missed!

3 star rating
by Anthony
Jun 13, 2013

Want somewhere where the atmosphere is quirky and a little different - then this is a good option. The staff are very friendly and the food is good and reasonably priced. I had the steak sandwhich, which was nice but the wedges that came with it were not really to my taste. For desert there is only three choices plus a mix of the three. The pecan pie sounded great but was smaller than expected for $12 with only one small scoop of icecream. Overall, we enjoyed our evening here.

3 star rating
by Leigh Beattie
Apr 23, 2013

Love the decor the upside down lamps, the place has a nice atmosphere, the staff were friendly and professional. The food was the average. We went last Thursday night and 2 had the fish and chips, the chips were a hit cut thick and with the skins on giving them a homemade feel, the fish was ok not bad not great. My fish pie was very odd, not the normal, it comes in a cute little casserole dish (small) it is layered and the bottom layer is like a caramalised onion so the fish taste was lost I could only taste the sweetness of the onions, so a bit dissappointing. The pavolva was very nice and a nice finish to the meal. Would come back for a drink anytime, and maybe a snack instead of a meal.

5 star rating
by Yvonne Choo
Mar 15, 2013

the best dinning experience we have had in Auckland, I and my partner just moved to Auckland, had few bad dinning experiences, but this place is absolutely great, nice atmosphere, nice music, nice food, most important extremely friendly service, we were served by Stacey,she made our weekend, she is amazing. will definitely go back their again, not just for the yummy food, but great service.

5 star rating
by Sandy Reid
Feb 07, 2013

This place is great, well priced with fantastic friendly staff and the best food which is just so fresh. Shared three snack plates, bruschetta, chicken pita pockets and the most amazingly tender calamari, wish we had room for more, but it gives us an excuse to go back - not that one is needed.

Quirky decor which is a visual delight with so much to take in. Loved the eclectic mixed of furniture.

Highly recommended!

5 star rating
by Leah
Oct 04, 2012

Came here on a rainy Saturday with a friend for lunch and we ordered off the snacks menu and shared. We had the grilled chicken pita, the calamari, the hand cut chips and the jalapeño poppers. All of it was so delicious and the portions were perfect. We actually struggled to leave room for dessert. Glad we did though.

We ordered the dessert platter and that was just amazing. The sticky date pudding was a favourite.

Service was great! Really friendly. We had a few different people serve us, all of them had some humour on board while we were asking questions and made some good suggestions.

Awesome atmosphere welcoming a real variety of people from families to blokey blokes watching rugby. Beautiful interiors, and of course the amazing food. I hope to be back soon.

5 star rating
by Jesse James .
Sep 30, 2012

Had a good night here last night. Great drinks, and the staff continually ensured that we had water on the table which I thought was very good hospitality.
Some of the art we thought was a bit weird (the "sholphin") but the big bookshelves and the upside down lamps were really cool!

4 star rating
by Sandy Richards
Jul 15, 2012

Nice place for a drink and the philly steak lunch dish....very tasty

5 star rating
by Food Voyeur
Apr 12, 2012

Wow. What an incredible look and feel this place has. It just had a great feeling from the moment we walked in.

From the circular, ceiling high book shelves, to the amazing split photographs framed behind the bar... and the upside down lamps stuck to the ceiling!

The food was excellent. The salted chilli calamari was the best calamari I can remember having, and made me realise that calamari is not supposed to be chewy at all. When you bit down into it, it was all flavour, and no effort.

Tempura prawn cones were also amazing - though when we first saw them, we thought they'd done them 'wrong' - as they looked to us like they'd been done in normal-old Kiwi fish & chips batter. But that was only until we actually tasted them. They were delicious. Loved the dips with them too.

We were practically forced (well heavily encouraged) into ordering the fries because it was Good Friday, and, they were strict on 'no substantial meal, no drinks'. Fair enough. But we wished we'd ordered more calamari instead. The chunky chips were tasty in their potato skins though - just a little too filling for us.

The favourite hit wine of the night was the Te Whare Ra Tonu (I think), which apparently is a blend, including their famous Gewurtz (my personal favourite wine ever). Really really beautiful.

Excellent service. We had to ask twice for them to bring my second wine... But when we went to pay at the end, (and without us complaining at all), they didn't charge us for our 3 scoops of delicious icecream (which they had put together for me specially, as there was no icecream on the menu). Hence were REALLY impressed by the service.

2 star rating
by Nicki
Feb 09, 2012

Overpriced meals - $15 for summer rolls which were tiny and not very rich in taste, and a horrible dipping sauce. I would have preferred to go to a restaurant to pay that kind of price. Our chips were very undercooked, despite waiting almost an hour for our meals. I won't be going back to eat, a nice place to have a drink though.

4 star rating
by Mathew Michaels
Aug 18, 2010

We came here for my Friends 30th Birthday last weekend and had such an amazing time. Thanks to the bar person that for the beer tastings. Well worth a visit.