Reviews for STK Restaurant & Lounge Bar - Rydges Hotel
by Donna Bray
8 months ago
Though we often stay at Rydges we have not eaten at STK. Threats regarding cyclone Lusi kept us in on Friday the 12th March.... YaY.
The scallops on pork belly entree...... 5 star plus! Scallops beautifully caramelized, pork belly melt in the mouth, and the sauce - WOW! My husband said his risotto was great (i wouldn't know - not a rice fan) but the sides of cauliflower and blue cheese and then the creamed spinach with truffle oil - delicious. We finished with a dessert called a little bit of everything. 5 delicate portions of sweet heaven. The wine list is disappointing (if you like aromatics) but the serve staff are exceptional, and even brought the bartender out to me so that i could have the perfect coffee with my dessert.
It is exceptional dining. We will be baaack!
PS - dont use spell check if you use slang, its painful
Jul 28, 2013
Second time we have eaten here. Seriously good food! I had the Prawns as an entree and cornfed chicken as the main and my husband had the steak.. so good! Wine recommendation from the Maitre D was also spot on. We will definitely be back.
by Tom Larsen
Jun 17, 2013
Amazing food, awesome wait staff and a surprise birthday desert. STK was amazing, best restaurant eye fillet I have ever had the pleasure of eating and the tiger prawns were to die for. Very much recommended.
by Liz Winstone
May 24, 2013
This was a superb place to meet a friend for after-work drinks in the STK lounge bar. Managed to get a pay & display park right outside the door for $2 an hour - bonus (as it was pouring rain)!
The barman was really welcoming, and hinted to us that we might want to try the 'Chateaubriand' which he said was amazing (sliced at your table and charged by the gram(!). However, we weren't up for a full meal, but appreciated his warm banter & recommendations.
Instead, we simply enjoyed a lovely glass of wine, and the "NZ Cheese Selection, with honeycomb, fig chutney, swiss cheese & truffle aioli". Very tasty - especially the fig chutney.
Plus, the complimentary snacks of salted peanuts and pretzels were a nice touch to start.
It's a cosy, comfortable yet highly stylish space. Not many people were about where we were seated, so we could have great hilarious uncensored conversation as we supped on our Friday night indulgence.
Conclusion: the lounge bar at STK is a classy, relaxing space, with good wine choices, really good staff, and a great selection of casual small eats for chilling out. Next time this flexitarian might be brave and head for the restaurant end to try the chateaubriand?
by Sacha Glen
Jan 19, 2013
We ate at this restaurant because it was conveniently located downstairs from the hotel we were staying at.
The reason I only gave it 2 stars was because of the following reasons.
1. The food took about 1 hour to come out and their excuse was because we ordered our steak/lamb medium well, that it needed more cooking time! It ended up coming out Well done anyway so we didn't even get what we asked for.
2. The portion sizes were tiny! The steak comes alone on a plate with a dab of caramelised onions, 1 cherry tomato & a few pieces of rocket. You have to order any sides you want e.g., potatoes, greens, on top of the meal which they charge an extra $9 for.
3. The price! It cost us $85 for the smallest meal of my life.
The service was okay. They were apologetic but only after complaining about the wait time. I would have expected a discount for the inconvenience but wasn't offered it.
Won't be eating at this restaurant again sorry.
by Cathy Yu
Jan 15, 2013
Good service + fantastic food = perfect
by Trevor Cotter
Jan 14, 2013
We used our deal voucher - it was more than worth it. Seafood chowder was to die for, Kai moana for him - YUMMY, STK steak - cooked to perfection and a STK burger - WOW. Food was awesome, service was attentive, venue very clean, and decor subtle. Restaurant manager - Great. Didn't know this place existed. Overall an excellent place to dine. Would dine there again without a voucher!!!
Would recommend. Trev & Mary
by Philip Lee
Jan 13, 2013
We were given a voucher for a 3 course dinner for four, for a Xmas prezzy. Initially we were a bit worried about what this place would be like, but we were all pleasantly surprised - the food was fantastic, and our waitress, a lovely French lady, was attentive without being 'in your face'. We were given a fresh hot bread roll with butter to start, a really nice touch (and delicious!). Our entrees were 2x scallops with pork belly, 1x seafood chowder, and 1x baby back ribs - all were cooked so well - the portion size of the baby back ribs was very generous, so I ended up sharing some of this with the rest of our group. The mains were the lamb rump, seafood risotto, wagyu burger & I had the Wakanui beef scotch, and it was just perfectly cooked. We ordered sides, but they were not necessary....we were quite full and trying to find room for dessert. We had 3x banana pies and I ordered the vanilla bean creme brulee with poached pear. My brulee was lovely, but the surprise of the night was everyone's banana pie! It was AMAZING...just so delicious. It was topped with a huge dollop of mascarpone/cream and had a layer of banana & caramel on a biscuit base, with bits of caramel & pistachio on the plate. Just divine. All in all, a really great night and we will definitely return. Thanks guys!
by Christine Munro
Jan 12, 2013
The food was amazing. Comp bread to start - hot & fresh. Entree - seared scallops for me and the ribs for him - both cooked to perfection! Mains - we both had beautiful steaks, purchased sides for extra; the potatoes and heirloom carrots. These sublime mains had us 'mmmming' and saying 'this is so good'. Dessert for me was the artistic looking choc trio and creme brulee for him, again perfect. The staff were professional and friendly. I tried the Toblerone cocktail and was so pleased I did...heaven. This was a great night, will def come again for a special occasion.
by Skye Macfarlane
Dec 17, 2012
Great restaurant with extensive menu and really great service and staff.
Staff made sure we had everything we needed were helpful with recommendations and provided awesome service.
The food was amazing, lots of choice.
Had a lovely three course meal - definitely recommend!
by Jade Lim
Dec 05, 2012
Had an early surprise dinner for my partner. It was a great place for our 3-course dinner. My partner did not utter a single word over dinner and suddenly he went, "This is why nations fight...This is why some men leave their wives for...The food here is so soooo good!"
Tiger Prawns & Seared Scallops
Eye Fillet - Savannah Fine Marbled Angus
Sapper - Daily Market Fish
Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlèe
And guess what? The next day - my partner booked a table for 6 and wanted his family to enjoy the fine quality food which STK offers.
It was an amazing dining experience. Thank you.
by Hara Kang
Dec 03, 2012
I bought a voucher deal for my sister's graduation dinner. I felt so sorry for my sister to choose this restaurant for a special day. Tuna was not available on that day so our family tried steak for main. But all the steaks were burnt and very bittered/salty. Also service was not good. Even the waitress often dropped knifes and fork and did not say sorry or any apologies. I will not choose this restaurant in the future and disappointed with service and taste! I wasted my money and time today.
Sep 07, 2012
I decided to celebrate my b'day there as they have a very nice private dining room at the back if you don't want to be in the restaurant. They had a $38 menu promo but after reading their a la carte menu we couldn't say no to that huge selection.
The meal was absolutely superb and arrived super fast! (we were 16 people dining) and the staff was lovely and attentive.
My tips are:
Try the artichoke dip and lamb sweetbreads as entrees and choose any steak because they are fabulous!
by Tracey Moerkerk
Mar 01, 2012
My husband and I dined here recently and we were really impressed. The lovely refurbishment matched the perfectly cooked & presented food. Our steaks were succulent and the sides and wine complimented the steaks. Staff were really friendly and attentive. We've already recommended it to friends who also tried and loved Stk and we'll be back again ourselves.
by Sophia Nolan
Jan 26, 2012
I always buy vouchers from websites in order to try different places at a good price and this is my second time in this restaurant as they had a deal promo last year.
This time the deal is so much better than last year and I had the best meal ever!!!!
Steaks are awesome!!!! Perfectly cooked and they also brand them with the STK logo, I think it's a good touch :)
Staff was very attentive the whole time considering they were very busy!
I will come back, oh yes!!!!!!!!
by Leanne Taylor
Dec 30, 2011
Nice atmosphere and food OK, but despite mentioning 3 times that we weren't in a hurry, ended up with food in front of us at a speed that Burger King would envy (about 30 seconds gap between entree and main), so what started out as a special night out was over in a flash and a bout of indigestion from being forced to eat so quickly.
Apr 08, 2011
Food, was great'ish
Service, was bad
While the food was tasty the entree was cold when it arrived, the main (steak) was well cooked but the condiments were quite bland and let the meal down as a whole.
The service, OMG... After three choices of wine not available we had to have a house wine.. Ordered a bottle of wine was delivered a Glass. Entree delivered without cutlery and had to ask twice for this..
When these concerns were raised with the floor manager service did improve, so good on them for taking the concerns seriously
by Sammy V
Apr 08, 2011
SPK Rydges Hotel Restaurant.
Terrific service from an Irish young lady indeed. Seafood chowder a good meal yes but brown bread could have included a side of butter or something to rid the taste of brown bread and the chowder ...lol!
Wasnt happy with my steak dish from new spk menu, Asked for med'rare but found it to be rare in the very middle.. this is something that chef's bugger up apart from visiting Tony's steak house Mmmmmm! Anyway the mushroom drenched in oil and as for the "GPK" Style halved garlic clove was wayy too oily! Hardly touched the large flat mushroom.. I'd go to GPK for the halved garlic additive for any meal.
by Vin Santoro
Sep 03, 2010
Absolutely Awesome, Finally!, Auckland has a decent place for excellent steaks, cool setting..And wow...the chateaubriand served at the table is to die for..
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