Reviews for Two Fifteen
20 days ago
My friend and I went there on a Tuesday night for a four course dinner. Well, I had great expectation for the restaurant. But the service was slow...I am not sure if it was a busy night or it is their normal pace,but I didn't get a menu till 15 minutes after I sat down.
So, we had Wild Rabbit Terrine and Trio of Scallops as Entree, so far so good.
For main, we had Medium-rare eye fillet and Roasted Honey Soy chicken. The fillet was perfect,ruby red in the centre, but the chicken was overcooked...tough to chew. I was fairly disappointed.
However, the Chocolate Dream and Deep-fried Apple Pie were great, which was comforting.
Oh one more thing, Two Fifteen definitely have to soften their butter before serving them with the bread......
by Richard Martin
one month ago
After reading a few reviews by others I was staggered that two fifteen had a voucher system to attract diners. Very sad commentary for a restaurant that dishes up such wonderfully inventive food unless of course they wanted to unleash their full potential. I was one of 4 guests seated for dinner on a week night for an intimate birthday celebration.
We arrived about 7pm to a place that had 2 customers. Two more arrived about 7.30pm so that made 3 tables with 8 covers for the evening. Not sure how two fifteen could survive considering this was a Thursday night. So the general atmosphere and ambiance was somewhat lacking especially if you were in for a real happy & lively evening. But the businesslike critique in me soon waned when we were presented with the food. Because the menu had some nice choices I opted for 2 starters, 1 main & 1 dessert. The starters of pacific raw fish & the trio of scallops were both startlingly good. The main of fish was as good as it gets and the dessert was a unique combination with of course a pacific twist. I'm gluten free and this no problem with deliverance of bread and slight variations to the plates to accommodate this allergy. The sommelier was well versed in his craft and offered knowledgeable input. At the end of proceedings the chef and other staff appeared at the table to seek our comments and thanked us for coming. The only other time something like that happened to us was after we dined at Musashi in New Lynn when the maitre d and some of the waiting staff followed us out to the footpath and waved us off - hopefully for the right reasons! You need to support two fifteen and share their beaut food, you won't be disappointed.
Visited March 2015
by Kate Dekker
one month ago
We (family aged from 13 to 52) went out for a meal to celebrate a birthday and had a lovely, special evening. Really good food, service, the whole evening was delight.
one month ago
Enjoyed a lovely meal for our wedding anniversary recently. The scallops entree just outstanding then soy chicken was a wonderful main slightly dry. My husband had calamari entree and fettuccine main both he thoroughly enjoyed. We had a carafe of craggy range merlot, cool way to have wine more than a glass and less than a bottle. We were both too full for dessert. Service was great and surroundings pleasant. We enjoyed ourselves!
by Leigh Donaldson
2 months ago
Recently went there on a groupon voucher for two. The service was excellent , food was nice , simple, small portions...nothing to rave about. I'd been about 5 years ago...so I could tell it wasnt as I remembered. Pleasant all the same...Actually my steak was cooked to perfection. Rare.
by Sam Nicholson
2 months ago
The food is outstanding and the service fabulous. I can't fault the scallops entree or the fish main....and the desserts are divine. Everything is fresh and tasty and looks and tastes great.
by Penelope Chua
3 months ago
Lucky enough to get to try two fifteen and I'd have to say it's gone straight up to my list of favourite restaurants. The breads were fresh, with the entrees, my scallops were perfectly seared and the wild rabbit terrine was well balanced. The mains, we had the lamb and rice fillet. The lamb had a very summery taste, the rib eye was cooked to perfection and melted in my mouth. I love the smoked greens, definitely complimented the steak. Wine recommended was For desserts I love both their banana and chocolate dessert. Keith and Prahm were both lovely and would love to definitely come back. The only thing that held me back from giving a five is that I would love to see more desserts. Just wow! Spot on, guys!
by Amanda Yim
3 months ago
Lovely place for our valentines dinner !! Entree seared lamb and steak main was so yummy !! Desert was nice but we think this could have been a little better !! Service overall was outstanding we will be back !
5 months ago
Pretty underwhelming considering the price. All four of us got the degustation menu. They just couldn't get the flavours right - lots of flavours overpowering the actual food. The food wasn't bad, just not great.To start there was a free aperitif pea "puree" - it wasn't too pleasant - it had a mousse texture that felt strange.The venison carpaccio wasn't pleasant for me - there was too much crème fraiche and the topping was way too salty - sometimes this would work - but not with this. (My husband loves anything salty or creamy but even he didn't like it.)The seared scallops were nice except that the curry was a bit too strong, so still had the taste when the next course came. The fish and king prawn was OK - fish was over cooked - it was just squishy. The prawn still had the shell on it, so had to remove it with fingers (knife and fork couldn't do it), but not provided with a water bowl to wash fingers. The eye fillet sous-vide itself had no flavour. The potato galette was nice.The chocolate delice was very nice.It was surprisingly quiet for xmas season, but the service wasn't great. Although wait staff weren't looking too busy, it took ages to have the plates cleared away after finishing and the staff weren't very on to it with seeing empty glasses, then forgot about our request for more water.We left disappointed in the food and service. Wouldn't recommend it.
by Sue Morton
5 months ago
I recently had my 50th birthday celebration in the upstairs function rooms which catered for 23 guests. I sent this email to the restaurant:
"Thank you for a really special night. I could not be happier with the Evening. Jenny and Keith were fantastic and very attentive and did an excellent job.
I was impressed with the professionalism and delivery of the meals and the way they accommodated all of my wishes. Everything was set up as I had specified and the whole evening far exceeded my expectations.
This function was a credit to you and your staff and I would certainly recommend ‘Two Fifteen’ as a great venue.
Thank you again for making my 50th birthday so memorable."
by Gail Ledger
7 months ago
Dined at Two Fifteen tonight after having heard some good reviews. Also managed to score a four course menu for two for $99, which made it the more worthwhile.
From start to finish everything was delicious, probably the best lamb rump I have had in some time. Finished off the meal with lovely apple and berry crumble, nothing fancy, but the taste and texture was just as it should be.
The service was excellent, just enough 'checking in' without being too in your face.
My husband and I left having enjoyed every mouthful, and quite looking forward to our next visit.
by Jaclyn Bonnici
7 months ago
We went to Two Fifteen to mark two special family events and were well taken care of. We enjoyed the charcuterie to start, along with wam bread and smoked butter which was all delicious. For mains we had the confit duck, fish of the day (on an excellent herby risotto), pork belly and one of the day's specials, a sous vide eye-fillet. We were very happy diners and can see why the fish is such a popular signature. We'd love to see the sous vide eye-fillet join the regular offerings as it was stand-out good. We had fabulous handmade chocolates to finish, with coffees, and a perfect sticky date pudding with a sublime toffee sauce. The service was attentive, informed and professional. For conversation's sake it would have been nice to be able to all see each other more easily but because of the interesting system of being able to move tables up and down a steel panel, we couldn't have anyone sitting at the 'head' of the table. I've shaved off a point for atmosphere which was a little reserved and decor which isn't to my taste. Overall it was a great evening of high-quality food and service to match so we'll be back!
by Sonia Singh
7 months ago
Went here for a friend's birthday on Saturday.. atmosphere was very nice.. the staff very attentive. There was 7 of us, enjoying ourselves.. food was yum, portion a bit small for the price.. would go again.
by Kelly Wu
7 months ago
Just above average for the so claimed metro top 50
The food is over priced, the service is ok, but I wouldn't say the taste is impressive. The medium beef is actually medium raw in this restaurant. we don't really like any raw meat with blood...
9 months ago
Great food, great service! My 7 year old daughter said its like a MKR dining experience, her score 9/10!
by Rebecca MacDonald
9 months ago
I had heard good things about Two Fifteen and it is local to me so I had been keen to try it for awhile, so when my brother was in town I decided it was time to check it out for a cheeky mid week dinner. We made a booking but being a Tuesday night it probably wasn't necessary as it was only 75% full and there were only two of us.
They had an a la carte menu which had some fantastic sounding dishes on it, but they had another special menu which had less options, but for $65 two people could order either entree and main or main and dessert. What a bargain! We decided to go with the special and my brother had the terraine to start and duck as a main. I had the mushroom risotto for main and sticky date pudding for dessert. We also ordered a side of brussel sprouts with pancetta to share. All the food was delicious and the total including a drink each was just under $100 total, so good value for the quality of food. I will definitely visit again!
by John O\' Brien
10 months ago
Wow! What a find this place is!! Check it out guys; you won't be disappointed. Friendly professional service. An uncluttered menu with some very different flavours. eg There's only 4 choices on the entrees..took me about 20mins to decide upon which one, such was the appeal of them all. Settled on the scallops..yummy yummy. Had the duck as a main..cooked to perfection..flesh just fell off the bone. And who would have thought to have rhubarb with poultry. Struggled with the choice of dessert; finally, with a little nudge from Anthony (our waiter) had the 'sticky date pudding'. Yeah yeah, it's been around for ages, I know. But, not the ways these guys do it. Just go there..it's an absolute gem.
PS. Best & cleanest toilets I've ever come across in a restaurant.
10 months ago
Had a wonderful evening in the private dining room as part of a group of 16.
Delicious food and attentive staff made for a very plesant night out. We had one of the set menus and every dish was lovely, all meals were served together and a perfect amount of time between courses.
Thank you for a great evening!
by Lisa Edgar
11 months ago
Two fifteen has been on my wish list for quite some time now, mainly because of it's mysterious blacked out glass windows camouflaging this fine dining restaurant among neighbouring, less formal eateries such as Pizza hut, Wendy's, Burger fuel and now Murder Burger)
I took a good friend to Two Fifteen for a belated birthday dinner. We went on a weeknight and even at 8pm, the restaurant was buzzing and full of people. The decor is simple and elegant, accommodating for not only dinner but an intimate drink.
We started with crispy calamari tangled in rocket salad on a bed of coriander aioli. The calamari was delicious and just the right amount of chewiness. It needed the aioli to balance out the dryness of the batter and to add a nice twist to an otherwise traditional dish. I got the pork/venison/rabbit terrine with brioche toast, quenelle of apple chutney and a brushstroke of portwine gel. I wondered whether they had changed the menu as the portwine gel tasted more like a berry sauce, nevertheless it went down nicely. It was a rather big slab of terrine and towards the end, I did find the dish a bit sweet but overall - thumbs up! Special mention to the side of smoked butter and bread - whoa - the smokiness of the butter punches straight through and drowns the palate. Great with a glass of red wine.
For our mains I had lamb rump on barley with beans and kale. They were generous with the portion size (3 slices of rump) and by the time I got through that the barley had soaked up the broth and was full of flavour. I am a big fan of seaweed so the kale was a nice ornament to the dish. My friend ordered the confit duck which looked just as good. I loved the dollops of parsnip cream but didn't see the point of the awkwardly placed rhubarbs. The duck was cooked to perfection.
Lastly, we shared 2 desserts. The chocolate delice (O-M-G) and the very cute looking pot plant apple/berry crumble. The presentation was amazing and tasted even better. I loved the smoothness of the mousse - so dense and potent, but it really needed the cream(s) to diffuse the richness. The crumble was divine. The coolness of the ice cream contrasted nicely with the crunchy warm crumble. I tasted more apple than the berry but it worked well with the cinnamon crumble.
I really enjoyed our meal here but the downside of the night was the slow service we received. Call me snobby, but I do expect the waiters at high end restaurants to be dressed smartly. (not in jeans and sneakers)
Nb: saw on the blackboard special that they do a entree/main or main/dessert for 2 at $65 on Tuesday and Wednesday night. I might have to come back for this!
by Hannah Dyson
11 months ago
This place is a hidden gem. The food was incredible, definitely recommend the risotto and the cured meats. The waiter was wonderful. Since it was my friends birthday, they gave her a lovely little chocolate. We couldn't have been more happy with our evening there.
by Charmaine Batt
11 months ago
My Husband & I took my sisters here last week when we bought a voucher for a three course meal. The food was wonderful. Everything was delicious, even my Sister agreed & she is VERY hard to please. The service was also great & the owner was very accomodating as we booked before the special was in place but he let us go anyway. I am a small eater & have never ordered 3 courses but I ate everything (well I did take a bit of my John Dory & risotto home as it was too good to waste) Thank you for a wonderful meal, we will certainly be back.
11 months ago
Me and my partner had a 3 course meal which was fantastic.So fresh and full of flavour and the waiter (who was very friendly and welcoming with good banter) was a pleasure to be served by.
I went well out of my food comfort zone and tried rabbit and veal as an entree - delish!
I also had the market day fish with prawn risotto for my main - perfectly cooked and full of flavour.
To finish off I had the sticky date pudding, amazing, but a bit too much as I was so full from the previous dishes.
Definately a great place to dine. Highly recommended.
May 05, 2014
We had wanted to try two fifteen for ages. Finally got a chance to go for our first wedding anniversary. Booking was easy on line with a quick confirmation by email. It was quiet when we arrived and we were seated quickly by a very pleasant waiter. We had a hard time choosing because everything sounded great. Started with scallops and charcuterie for my hubby. Beautiful. Prompt service but not intrusive. The mains were perfect and the fillet steak was cooked as requested. A lovely experience. The only tiny grizzle was where we were seated smelled damp under the heat pump. We will go back and highly recommend two fifteen.
Jan 30, 2014
We got a three course deal voucher for two (breads, entree, main, dessert!) and went here for the first time last night. It was FANTASTIC. One of the nicest meals I've had out for a long time. The food was superb, and the only trouble I had was what to choose! So will definitely be going back to try a few other things off the menu! The staff were great and helpful and the dining room lovely. On Tuesday and Wednesday nights they have a special deal - do check it out.
Jan 28, 2014
Two fifteen on Dominion Road has been around for 5 or so years having recently-ish been taken over last May by a lovely couple who now work the floor, it has won some accolades in the past the most recent being Metro top 50 Restaurants in Auckland.
The food was simple, tasty, un complicated, generously portioned,yet under seasoned and at times trying a bit too hard.
I would go again if just for the bread to start served warm, very chewy with a wonderful crust and the smokiest smoked butter I have ever tried- it was amazing and a lovely way to start the meal.
Mr Lid and I had a hard time choosing starters- we opted for the scallops minus the pork belly which came with a lovely pickled fennel and celeriac puree, and the air dried beef which while plentiful was weird served with mash and a poached egg? Somewhat lacking in texture and well ummm finesse.
Mr Lid had the Beef main which was Huge, a real mans meal, again a large portion of mash and lacking texture it was gone in a flash and Mr Lid seemed rather happy with his choice, I had the snapper fillet with a herb and prawn risotto- the fish was moist and delicate (served with the skin on which I like but it was soggy not crisp which I find a waste of time) the risotto was a tad firmer than I like yet tasty and again a pinch of salt during the cooking would have made all the difference.
Dessert was decadent the chocolate dolice was rich dense and oh so moorish served with the classic vanilla ice cream and some dry pointless sponge and raspberry coulis, and Mr Lids Apple and Blackberry crumble was HUGE, nothing special although tasty in a nanna kind of way.
by Maggie G
Jan 09, 2014
Another classy little gem hidden amongst unremarkable and even shabby buildings and shop fronts on Dominion Rd. But step inside and immediately there's a sense of casual elegance and a friendly reception.
215 pride themselves on their own range of dried and cured meats, and you can sample some as appetisers with bread and butter. We didn't - as after looking through the small but interesting menu we wouldn't have tummy room! The squid wS the popular entree at our table, pan fried it was very tender and tasty and the coriander aioli was a little different touch. The terrine was delicious but the scallops were sublime! Served with a cauliflower purée they just melted in my mouth!
Lamb rump on polenta, Pork belly and eye fillet enjoyed by my friends were all delicious and my duck with kumara mash though it sounded almost boring, was tender tasty and very filling
The sticky date pudding shared wS great- very "datey" but not too heavy
One couple dining with us have been here often and said it's consistently good and we"ll definitely be back
by Austin Parker
Dec 18, 2013
We've dined at Two Fifteen a number of times now and always had a great time with wonderful food. This review though is for our staff Christmas Party which we held at Two Fifteen last weekend.
It was a fantastic night. Having the 2 private rooms upstairs is wonderful since you can have drinks and time to mingle in one room before moving through to the dining room where a beautiful large table is set up.
We had our own waitress who was looking after us and she did a great job (Thanks Hannah). She kept on top of drinks for everyone beforehand and throughout the meal.
The food was great and everyone loved it. The table doesn't feel cramped and there is plenty of room to move around. The main thing was that they made everyone feel very special and there was no rush - I was surprised when we came downstairs to pay that the restaurant was all closed up and I realized how late it was - but for them it wasn't a problem and there was no pressure to leave.
Thanks for a great night
by Chadryn Stewart
Dec 16, 2013
We had been to Two Fifteen" for a mid-winter Christmas staff function a couple of years back and even though we like to go to something different each year, the majority request was to go to "Two Fifteen" again as it was so good the last time. And, once again they proved us correct! We booked very last minute - but that was no problem - relief! We liaised through email and we were kept informed at all times of menus and arrangements. The service from the moment we arrived and throughout the evening was excellent and the meals were delicious. We have several staff with special dietary requirements - but this was no problem. We highly recommend "Two fifteen" and thank the owners and staff for a very successful and enjoyable evening. We will be back!
by Alistair Ross
Dec 15, 2013
Two Fifteen is situated in an assuming spot on Dominion Road right by Wendy's. The restaurant itself seems a bit unsure whether it is fine dining or bistro eating, but the owner-chef Jeremy Schmid of "Little Boys" charcuterie fame will serve you up a good feed nonetheless.
With his meat curing background, you can expect to see a selection of delicious deli meats available on the menu. You can also buy his sausages and other prepared meats to takeaway from the restaurant.
We had a great three course meal at Two Fifteen, with all dishes well done but not outstanding. With the prices they charge, this would be a pricey regular local dining spot, but for a special occasion, it's worth a visit.
by Robin Hickman
Dec 06, 2013
Seasonal offering of a turkey filet with bacon and roast kumara is delicious. Lemon brulee was also a hit with us, as were the Criollo chocolates. Fantastic staff, and a lovely dining room.
by Cheryl Crook
Oct 16, 2013
We had been regular visitors to 215 Bistro when Jeremy had the restaurant but had not been for a while. On receiving notification of a Tuesday night 'special' of $65 for two courses we decided to go back. Outside was the special board - good so far. We were given a menu, we chose our two courses but what happened when we went to pay??? We were charged full price! On questioning the manager we were told we had not asked for the special menu. Surely we should have been offered it in the first place or the special pricing should have been explained?? Secondly, we asked for a bottle of wine but they only had 2/3 of it left. That's OK, we thought, the manager offered it at a discounted price. Silly me, I should have asked what we were going to be charged for it! The cost did not mirror the amount of wine remaining in the bottle. The food was generally good ( the same chef so that's good) and not too different, but the French fries are no longer hand cut, they used to be the best fries ever! We were happy with the food, the manager was friendly but the lack of communication left us with a feeling of being ripped off.
by Geoff & Ange
Aug 12, 2013
What a wonderful surprise it was going into this restaurant early on a Saturday night and managing to get a table because after we had eaten there it is clear that this place should be packed every night. The speciality charcuterie was a great way to start along with the homemade bread and smoked butter. The entree of scallops and chorizo had my wife swooning over the cauliflower puree (something she doesn't normally like) let alone the perfectly cooked scallops. I had the duck and porcini sausages which I liked so much i have already been back for. Then the mains, snapper on herb risotto for my wife and the pork belly for me. Drooling just writing this! The host Prahllad could not have been nicer, his wine suggestions hit the mark and his openness about the menu once he understood us topped off a great evening. Since the first visit in early July I have hosted a large customer dinner in the private room and am still getting comments and thanks from attendees. We will most definitely be going back as it earnt every one of its stars and was extremely reasonably priced :-D
by Sue Dockery
Jul 09, 2013
Our first visit to this restaurant. We pass by every day enroute to our Mt Eden climb.
AWESOME food and service! The lamb shanks were "melt in the mouth." My husband wants to visit regularly!!
Staff went the extra mile to make our son's partner's 30th very special!!
We will be back!!
PS You can purchase their hand made sausages etc as take away. Love the duck especially.
by Jane Forester
Jun 20, 2013
It was a great experience to visit Two Fifteen Bistro this weekend!!! The flesh fried squid was delicious, I could have eaten dozen of those!!! The service was very good too, polite and professional!
by Tina Knight
Jun 12, 2013
I wouldn't normally leave a review but was quite disappointed after wanting to find the time to come in here for ages and really looking forward to it. Entrees were great, snapper was AMAZING, the duck however was pretty average and not something I'd order again.
Our waiter seemed friendly enough but the only other person working seemed to be more interested in chatting on the phone and to a guy who had come in for a beer than in actually doing anything and so with only 1 waitperson working in the whole restaurant the service to our table suffered. They also overcharged us on our bill (which we pointed out and they corrected) which was a shame.
by Maheen Mudannayake
Mar 14, 2013
Not the most intimate location. What lacks in location make up for in food and service.
Was there for dinner. Great quality food and great value for money. Attentive and courteous staff. Very unpretentious. Ticks all the boxes.
Well worth the visit.
by Judy Hayter
Jan 23, 2013
Good food, ambiguous wine list. Don't get caught out like we did by the 500ml price. They need to sort that out, not only for the patrons but for frontline staff too. We won't be back as the wine was more expensive than the food, took the gloss right off!
by Jo Joiner
Jan 11, 2013
Love this restaurant! We recently moved to Mt Eden from Parnell and were thrilled to find this fantastic bistro within walking distance. The smoked butter is to die for, as is the duck and pretty much everything else on the menu.
by John Hawke
Dec 16, 2012
I thought that it was a BYO and told all my group that it was.
I think that the guy who looked after our table was Jaque. He was brilliant.
Food was amazing
by Helen Slater
Nov 28, 2012
Jeremy and his team produce consistently good food. I've become a regular at twofifteen and there's only once where I found the creme brulee a little 'gritty' in texture.
The flash-fried squid is lovely, and of course, the snapper with risotto isn't a local favourite without reason. Pork belly? Divine.
I see others have noted noise problems. This isn't something I've ever noticed, nor my guests. I've brought many people to twofifteen and all have really enjoyed their dining experience.
In fact, one guest was so conflicted over which dessert to choose, she ordered the lot! Five desserts between two of us was a struggle. Pannacotta and creme brulee are, for me, the best of the great offerings.
And Jeremy, you're a star!
by Trevor Cole
Oct 22, 2012
Excellent food - staff attentive but not overbearing, pleasant atmosphere, quiet background music appreciated, so one can hear conversation across the table.
Big plus having door opened on entering and leaving.
by Neil Bridgens
Oct 05, 2012
The service was good non pretentious and real. The food was excellent. Very tasty and beautifully presented. Portion sizes were very generous and I was happily stuffed leaving about 1/3 the two side lovely dishes to go back. The quality of the food was top notch. I would thoroughly recommend 215 as an excellent place to go for a great memorable meal. I think for the quality of service and the fantastic food you are getting that the price also represents very good value. We each had three courses and two glasses of great wine for $91 per head.
Our second time there and we'll definitely be back.
Oct 03, 2012
Wow! took my mother here last night for her birthday dinner as a friend had recommended on the basis it was her favourite restaurant in Auckland. I have to say it is now MY favourite restaurant in Auckland. From the moment we walked in our waitress was amazing, she was attentive and friendly and very knowledgeable. The food was DELICIOUS! Not too pricey either - worth every cent. The atmosphere was just right - not too quiet and not too noisy! I will definitely be back - thank you Two Fifteen!
by Maureen Titchener
Sep 27, 2012
Thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Two Fifteen Bistro. Great menu and an impressive selection of wines. Very professional and welcoming staff. Will be back....
by Jo Wood
Sep 17, 2012
We have dined at Two Fifteen on numerous occasions and have never failed to be impressed. The food is sublime especially the squid entree and seafood risotto- yum! The service is attentive without being overbearing. I love how the chef Jeremy comes out to see people at the end of the night- nice touch! I would recommend it to anyone wanting a quality meal at a reasonable price.
Jan 19, 2012
I went last night in a group of 7 friends. Really enjoyed this place - the service was great. We rang 10 mins before the booking to push it back an hour and they were happy to do this (but on a Wed night I'm not surprised).
Service was polished and in the background, as not to interfere with a group of 7 people talking. Most didnt eat entrees as we wanted desserts. Wine was lovely, we were drinking Otago pinot noir. Small but good wine list.
The mains were fantastic and quite large. I had the pork belly which was delicious and tender - I couldnt finish mine and even though I shouldnt have I still ate dessert. Pannacotta was lovely.
The only gripe is that the atmosphere for me personally is a little boring, I think it needs a bit more 'spark' - perhaps a more casual feel? I've read that its also quite noisy but as a group of 7 I suspect we were making the noise....
Overall very good and would certainly recommend.
by Geoff Butler
Dec 03, 2011
Let's start on a good note: great welcome, attentive staff and pretty good food. I say "pretty good" because my wife's food tasted excellent but my veal was a little exercise for the jaw muscles.
We very rarely eat out (but should do this more often!) but wedding anniversaries are special occasions and you should do something different on days like this.
My wife had been constantly leaving out reveiws of this place for me to find, so I took the hint like a good husband...
The noise that we had been warned about made itself evident as the night wore on (bare boards plus noisy chairs plus alcohol = Noise)
This wasn't too bad but I can tell you a lot about the diner next door (job, relationships,etc.) as we were separated by just a bookshelf and I'm not given to eaves-dropping.
The major "peeve" was paying the bill ($116 odd) to find that inflation had struck (even 1923 Weimar Germany would be hard put to top this...) and it had become $166 odd!
When this was commented on, the comment was "I've never done this before". A major discussion then ensued about the process for a refund. Minimal apology.
I'm pretty tolerant so I'll accept this but urge you all to check your accounts and take your ear-muffs if you dislike noise.
Again let's say some excellent service and good food.
Aug 28, 2011
We went in a group for a birthday and had a superb meal.
Couldn't fault the food. The restaurant lacked a little in atmosphere, probably due to being only a third full. Service was very good until a change in waiter after the main course. The second maitre'd was somewhat condescending & stiffer than the previous one. We would have taken half a star off for this if Menumania did fractions.
by Alison Byrnes
Jul 30, 2011
I wish Menumania had a half star option because I would give this restaurant 4.5 stars..... Five of us dined for my husbands birthday. The service was great and the restaurant had a pleasant atmosphere. The entrees and mains were all excellent, too many to list but, I had the squid for my entree and the confit of duck leg for my main. They managed to do these gluten free and seemed to have a good many options I could choose from (although it was not a large menu). The meals were reasonable size portions. The desserts while nice were nothing exciting so I wouldnt bother with dessert if I went back. We were seated under some sort of Air Con? unit which caused a draft on our necks all night and I noticed many diners kept their coats on so a little more attention to the temperature wouldnt go a miss (it was a very cold night). Also, No BYO otherwise I would be tempted to give this 5 stars for the entrees and mains and service.
by David Hardgrave
Jan 20, 2011
Last night was our 20th wedding anniversary and we wanted everything to be 'just right' We took out a group of 20 of our closest friends. We had a number of contacts with the restaurant in organising the occasion, and we really felt we had picked the right place. They have two large upstairs rooms, where we started with cocktails, then we moved to the other room which was set up for the meal. We could not fault the service or the attitude of the staff. The food came out hot,(something that Cin Cin on Quay could learn from) and we all got our mains within five minutes of each other. Whether it was the duck, fish or steak it was all done perfectly. The desserts were no different. It really was food to die for. If it was possible I would give this restaurant a 10 star rating.
Jan 17, 2011
my husband and i have been here twice for dinner once for valentines then for our wedding anniversary and we both absolutely love it food was outstanding and the service was exceptional..as i am also in hospo i fully recommend 215 as one of the best dinning places in Auckland...well done guys
Sep 20, 2010
Two Fifteen Bistro is a wonderful addition to the neighbourhood.
The food is delicious and obviously lovingly prepared. I had the confit duck leg and it was a treat. My friend had the snapper, which was melt in your mouth and full of subtle flavours.
The service was excellent, a lovely mix of friendly, attentive and professional.
A perfect night out!
Using free range meats and local produce as the norm is fantastic.
Sep 10, 2010
Took a couple of Wellingtonian foodie friends to Two Fifteen last night and got blown away by the quality and ambience.
Excellent food, excellent service would be the watchwords.
Starters were excellent - the squid sublime, the sausage succulent and scallops scintillating. Our vegetarisn had the colourful beetroot salad, which was much more complicated than the other simple preparations and showed it.
Mains were equally good, flawless execution of classic dishes such as lamb rump and pork belly, and the greek cheese ravioli was pronounced "best ever" by the veggie.
Desserts world class too - melt in the mouth panna cotta, good fritoles which were made great by the citrus curd accompaniment, and the chef's new chocolate dish (coming soon to the menu - get it!).
If we had one gripe about the evening it's that two of the three veggie options were heavy on carbohydrates (ravioli / risotto).
Wine list - excellent too.
Service - top notch, neighbourhood friendly, fun, knowledgeable and just right. I'm not a tipper normally but felt compelled to change my habit last night!
Thanks Jeremy and all staff - we'll be back.
Sep 08, 2010
Had our wedding anniversary dinner here with 10 family and friends. Was a very special evening and we were a bit worried that with a large number food would be served while others waited for there to arrive. This didnt happen and everything was just lovely. Food was beautiful and the wait staff a pleasure. Thankyou for giving us a wonderful night.
Jul 17, 2010
We have been to Two-Fifteen on a number of occasions and even chose to have our wedding dinner there. Each time the food was delicious and the service was exceptional. At our reception we had 42 guests, all of whom loved the food and commented on the attentive nature of the staff. Indeed, we have never experienced better service than at Two-Fifteen.
We also love that free-range chicken, eggs and pork are used. A restaurant with great food, great service and a conscience. Thank you and well done!
by Graeme Vette
Mar 06, 2010
We went for a wedding reception. Food and service was perfect. Crew is constantly willing to please and are friendly. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to any body who likes good food. I had the eye fillet which would have to be in my top three meals ever.
by Brigid Connor
Dec 14, 2009
Have eaten here several times, and unreservedly recommend it. Desperately hard to go past the salt and pepper squid, and the fish of the day (the herb risotto is to die for), but well worth exploring the rest of the menu.
The service is the perfect blend of friendly but professional.
Just go - you won't regret it.
by Susanne Brighouse
Dec 13, 2009
Four old old friends met here for a special occasion. We were treated superbly well from the moment we entered to the moment we left. The waitress was extremely helpful but not in your face every minute. The wine waiter was great and coped well with four middle aged (or are we old now) women who can no longer maintain their cool dignity after one, let alone two glasses of wine. Despite our flamboyant and noisy exuberance he remained polite and friendly and added to our evening's entertainment with his good humour.
We chose four different dishes which were all voted as yummy and extremely good value. The desserts were as good as we hoped and again very reasonably priced.
It was fun chatting to Chef Jeremy at the end of the meal. As someone has said a good restaurant is one you would return to and we will all be back, soon we hope, to two fifteen.
Dec 08, 2009
We had our staff Christmas party at this restaurant. We loved the food the Executive Chef Jeremy Schmid and his team prepared for us. The food was superb, great choice on the menu and well put together. The service was also fantastic, attentive without being in your face. This restaurant is also exceptional value for money.
by Love Food
Nov 29, 2009
Recently ate at Two Fifteen, which turned out to be a great local Bistro serving food and wine at affordable prices together with service that was well beyond what one might expect at a local bistro.
Regarding the experience I had the home made sausage which I have to say is worth a return visit any time. My wife a vegetarian was well looked after.
The ultimate answer to any restaurant visit is "Would I go back" Answer - We are going again next week!
Nov 27, 2009
I am quite a tolerant restaurant goer, having worked in the trade a few years back whilst going thru college. But have had a few meals here now. The staff were great as was the decor etc. Pretty disappointed with the food though. The food was boring and amateurish.
by Food Voyeur
Sep 17, 2009
Service was flawless, food divine. The highlight for me was the combination of stunning melt-in-your-mouth "Rosemary, cardamom & apricot spiced lamb shank" paired beautifully with my Torlesse Gewürztraminer, as recommended by our very warm and helpful waiter. He offered a tasting of two recommendations before I committed, which was a great touch.
My partner and I left feeling relaxed, replete and really rather pampered after our wonderful 3 course meal. The sticky date pudding also a highlight for me.
This is an essential dining experience for anyone in Auckland!
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