Reviews for Wellington's Restaurant & Bar - Waipuna Hotel
by Geve Narielwalla
4 months ago
A nice place besides the Mt Wellington lagoon. The same cannot be said about the food. ..... Very bland to say the least, tasteless to be honest. The prawns were almost raw. Fortunately for them, the choice of desserts good, compensating for the mains.
The seating is ample but quite crowdy.
One visit fairly one visit.
by Sweet Mama M
4 months ago
When my father made plans for his 60th birthday at this buffet restaurant, I had to admit I was a little skeptical. My memory of buffet food was very early 90's, highly processed food with the highlight being all-you-can-eat ice cream for dessert. Still, his birthday and his choice so off we went.
Parking is plentiful and the restaurant signage is clear; not always the case with hotel restaurants. Tables are well-positioned in the restaurant to make the most of the view of the Panmure Basin and the decor, while simplistic, is in fantastic condition. Waitstaff were very fast to bring out a high-chair - they have the kind that secures to the chair - and this was also clean and in good repair.
The dinner buffet options were fairly standard although my husband was a particular fan of the Thai green curry they had on offer. The roasted vegetables were nicely seasoned and a hit with our nine-month-old. The one disappointment here was that the stations seemed to be short staffed; more than once the carvery assistant had to leave her post and this is simply not ideal when you have a restaurant filled to capacity. Other popular items such as the cold cuts and the sushi platters were also slow to restock.
The dessert offerings, however, were exceptional. No self-serve ice cream machine in sight! Instead there were a range of hot and cold desserts, including adorable petit fours. My favourite, however, had to be the Tiramisu shot that came with a pipette of espresso. Our table mates also agreed that dessert was the highlight.
Things you should know? Beverage service (at least for large parties) was via the bar, just outside the door of the main dining room. Baby change facilities are available in the women's bathroom and again, this is in the foyer area.
Recommendations? Definitely a restaurant to consider if you have a large family occasion (we would have been about 40 in total) and you are looking for a place in which children can be comfortable and find food they like to eat. Try and get up to the buffet first for dinner to ensure you aren't left waiting for your favourites but most of all, save room for dessert!
by Pat Dugan
Jun 06, 2013
Good start, Light beer on tap and friendly bar staff.
Lunch. Good selection of bread rolls and butter just easy to spread.Soup proved very popular with diners and there was a good selection of seafood.Variety of foods for main with a very nice ham carved not too thin or thick.As usual a large selection of desserts with a very good trifle,pavlova with lots of cream , and of course the restaurants steam pudding and lots of custard. Did not try the selection of cheeses, but it look good.
At $25 I consider to be excellent value
by Leigh Beattie
Jun 08, 2012
Went for Dinner Sunday 3rd June, good value, the buffet food was all cooked well and very tasty, the plates cleared promptly, the only thing was we never got asked if we needed bar service so we ending up going to the bar ourselves, just a minor point, still overall everyone was happy and would all go back.
by Sara Vui
Jun 03, 2012
Nice value for money Sunday buffet lunch, good selection of salads and hot foods & desserts. Just a wee bit loud & noisy today with a 95th birthday behind us and a 70th birthday on the other side, but apart from that hard to fault really. Service good too, dirty plates cleared off the table quickly and water carafe refilled promptly. Would definitely go back again.
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