Reviews for Revelry
by Alice Kemp
6 days ago
Wow - what a difference a new head chef makes! I had eaten here in the past and been horrified about the food, greasy, bland and poor selection
The difference is huge! I have been twice since the new menu was released; once for tapas with friends and once for lunch. The tapas were generous, tansy and imaginative - particularly the tomato salad with basil olive oil, balsamic jelly cubes and light cheese (ricotta?) wafers. Lunch was less inspired, but still tasty, beautifully presented and generous.
The cocktails are still amazing.
by Adline Shandil
24 days ago
I love everything about this place. The staff the food and the presentation. Some people may not like it here because it's always packed but oh well that just shows how good they are
5 months ago
We got the deal on grabone and decided to give this place a try. We reserved a place, but it was crowded, therefore we had to wait for about 5minutes before we were seated.
We ordered lamb rump and duck breast. I found both were ordinary albeit having a unique taste. The portions were rather small for sharing plates. We also got the chicken and calamari, they were ordinary as well. My friend got the mushroom and she said it was good, but I didn't get to try that dish.
I might return to try the drinks, but maybe not for dinner.
by Oisin O'Reilly
8 months ago
Not the most ideal place for dinner on a Friday night. I should have known better than to try doing so.It was packed, and we had to wait 5 minutes before any of the waitstaff attended to us and discovered that we had indeed booked a table.The sharing plates are really good, albeit with rather small portions. The duck breast was particularly great.I would hesitate coming back here for dinner, although it seems like a lovely place for drinks.
9 months ago
Updated review 3.5/5
Unfortunately, upon a second visit to Revelry, I have had to bring my rating down a point. Had the tuna as an entree again, noticed the pea count was fewer which was good. However, our other entree, the calamari, was very disappointing. It came fettucine style, which i actually found quite impressive, however, the sauce was not pleasant at all. It wasn't so bad as to not eat it, but it wasn't good. It was almost a curry sauce. I enjoyed the dash of chili but the sauce was gluggy and the overpowering curry flavour ruined the delicate flavour of the calamari. The main we shared was the salmon with quinoa. Can I just say, not happy with this new discovery. Tastes like cous cous gone terribly, terribly wrong. And let's face it, it's pretty hard for cous cous to go wrong. A lot of effort has gone in to making something this bland. I'm all for healthier options but ugh, never again. Dislike. The salmon itself was beautiful. It was cooked perfectly and the skin was crispy. The portion was generous and along with the two entrees, it was enough for two to share. The service was also brought down a notch which is such a shame as the service I received on my first visit was 5 star. The waiter on visit two was friendly but was very nervous and spoke very quietly. Perhaps he had been forced to eat a plate of quinoa and was still recovering from the experience. Sorry Revelry, but you haven't got the stamina to keep up a 4.5 score. Overall though, and to be fair, this place is still a bit above average in my books.
Previous review 4.5/5
Amazing food at great atmosphere. Went here on Saturday for lunch and used a Grab One voucher. My friend and I shared the tuna and the tomato tart for entrees and then shared the steak for the main. The tuna was seared beautifully and had a great mix of flavours. The peas over-crowded the dish a bit though. The tart was also very good but I think that it should have been served warm, it just didn’t quite work being served cold. The steak was phenomenal. Beautifully cooked and the amount of flavour that the chef got into the meat was exceptional. The potato and miniature ratatouille were also divine. The service was exceptional and the best I have received in a very long time. Great wine, great ambiance, I will be returning to Revelry as soon as possible!
9 months ago
Food is tasty and the interior very inviting. Overall good service. On the pricy side but expected from a location like Ponsonby.
by Eli A
10 months ago
Went there with a Grabone voucher. I had made a booking, but when we got there they were fully booked and asked if we wanted to sit outside on a cold winter evening or have our dinner sitting at a couch. I asked what happened with my booking, and they went away and managed to organise a table. The food was creative, but not WOW. We had four of the tapas style plates to share between the two of us, and this was enough because we are not big eaters. Dont think will go back here.
by Hugh Jorgon
Feb 28, 2014
First time eating at Revelry, we had a deal voucher and were expecting the bare minimum. Got awesome value for money, chose the squid and it was the best coating I've ever had. I hate going into the city for dinner because of parking and it being busy, but would never turn down going to Revelry Bar, we also had the ribs and dumplings, ribs fell off the bone and were divine.
by Daniel Wang
Dec 08, 2013
We passed by lots of times ,it looked so good,finally we grab a vouch and hit the door. It has dj in the weekend around 8 or 9,phone them to check out. The menu is not very comprehensive ,bar food such as burger ,rib beef in a very big plate. The revelry do has lots of beer listing in the menu, worthy hang out with friend in their beautiful designed room ,feeling very good.
by Lucia Goode
Jun 18, 2013
Gorgeous for dinner, or cocktails. It's lovely that they can actually transition from dinner to vibrant night scene! Some places fail to do so and it's usually the dinner service and food that underwhelms. The service is consistently fantastic.
by Keith Beh
May 15, 2013
Nice decor in this place and a neat little venue in Ponsonby. The food was delicious and a great mix of ethnic foods. Went with a voucher and service was friendly. Quite pricey without a voucher as the dishes are like tapas and very small. We had the pork belly, fried chicken, Indian rice and fish. Doesn't have an extensive menu so probably more suited for drinks and a snack rather than a full dinner.
In any case a nice upmarket place, would be good for a casual business drinks function after work.
Mar 15, 2013
Tried this out with deal voucher. The customer service is superb from the time I called to make reservation till the end. The vege burger that I ordered is one of the best I have tried if not the best. The deco is also really good and interesting. Would highly recommend this place to anyone and will surely go back for their yummy vege burger.
Feb 13, 2013
Nice "East meets West" decor. Great atmosphere and awesome music.
Food good, prices good. The service in particular was extremely friendly and efficient. The manager seems to be making an effort to encourage repeat business, unlike so many other places around town.
We tried this place with a deal voucher and will definitely be going back.
A great spot. I have no negative criticisms at all.
by Midori K
Jan 30, 2013
Such a relaxed and friendly environment...very fun and yummy cocktails! Desert Sanctuary is delish! Love the decor
by Andrew Jujnovich
Nov 19, 2012
I have started coming here over the last few months and it's started to become my Ponsonby local.
Decor it fun with great outdoor seating, extensive wine list and it's great to be able be offered a sample before purchasing a bottle if your looking to try something new.
Service is fast and friendly so I'll keep coming back .
by Rich Cave
Sep 23, 2012
Nice setting and décor but let down by miserable pours for the drinks. I got two glasses of house bubbly and when I mentioned to the barman that the tide seemed to be out he explained that I had received a generous pour. Not a good look when the bubbly only fills 2/3 of the glass.
Jul 25, 2012
Stumbled across this place a few weeks ago and ended having a great night. Ive been back a couple of times since and each time I've really enjoyed myself. Fast and friendly service. Keep up the good work Revelery!
by Michael Sim
Jul 22, 2012
Called in to Revelry last night to catch up with some friends who had been there the weekend before. Arrived around 10pm and the place was in full swing, music was great, and I loved the indoor/outdoor fireplace! We stood around a table on the balcony, it wasn't a cold night, but I was still thankful for the overhead heating! Service was snappy and the cocktails tasted great, the owner even came up to us and made sure we were enjoying ourselves. I like the personal touch, a welcoming surprise to the Ponsonby night scene!
9/10 at least
by Sarah Forsyth
Jul 21, 2012
After a hard day at the office we opted to stay in Ponsonby – heading to our usual spot this bar caught our eye so we decided to take a risk and try something new
We were greeted by a member of staff within seconds who sat us by the cozy fire and supplied us with menus. Our meals and wine (wine - that was suggested by staff as a match for our meals) arrived in a surprisingly short amount of time considering how busy the venue was.
After finishing our meals we ended up dancing until the small hours, every inch of the night wishing I had worn flat shoes
If you are after a quirky evening in a warm environment, where the staff go out of their way to get to know your name and on top of that go the extra mile to cater to your needs - Revelry is the place to be
We will definitely be back soon
by Danny Rawlins
Jul 10, 2012
It's a sad day when you feel that the best treatment received in an establishment is from the doorman. I was looking forward to finally having an alternate unpretentious watering hole on Ponsonby rd, but to no avail. The service was slow, the music (very bad as it was) too loud, the staff extremely rude and the managers/owners where behaving like they had had more than just cocktails.
All this before 10pm. I doubt I will be back as the 10 or so friends with me. The old idea of people spreading the word about service is true, enjoy yourself and you'll tell ten people, have a bad time and you'll tell 100.
1 out 10. (they sold beer0.
Jul 03, 2012
Chivalry may be dead but Revelry is not!
This bars decor hosts a mash up of lush oriental meets grandma's antiques closet goods.
The music is chilled and the wait staff are attentive without being over bearing.
We shared a small antipasto platter and the bean dip - delish! All washed down with a Gin.
Ponsonby road needs more bars like this one!!!
I'll definitely be back :)
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