Basalt, Howick

Recent reviews

I always enjoy the rooftop basalt bar. The staff are really great - always making sure they’re clearing empties & refilling glasses. They play sport upstairs without the sound, & are happy to change it if requested. During the day it’s a really chill spot, which can be closed off from the weather or fully opened up. There is a designated smoking area which is relatively closed off from the bar area, & a combination of lower & higher bar leaner type seats. The food is pretty simple, but not bad at all. I always have had a good experience. The staff upstairs on the bar really make the difference - you’re great!!

Delightful service with delicious food, Basalt is the place to go in Howick if you are looking for a nice European restaurant. Definitely recommending booking as it is always busy.

Were upstairs on wednesday for lunch and drinks, and the atmosphere was great! Was pretty busy for a wednesday day i thought and the bartender/waitress upstairs, i think her name was nicole, was one of the most impressive servers i have ever come across! She should get a raise, my wife was so impressed with her bubbliness with it being so busy because sometimes when its busy service slips through the cracks. So very appreciative of her service!! The salt and pepper squid is also divine! A must see venue especially with such terrific service :)

Only went there for the dessert and drinks! 10/10 for their drinks! Loved their plating for their dessert and it actually taste better than I expected!!

Haven’t been to Basalt in years - what a lovely surprise. We went to the fantastic upstairs bar and were served by the lovely Grace - what a superstar and what an asset to this venue !

Thanks Ashleigh for looking after us :) Food was on point ✌🏻👌🏻 Both my parents enjoyed their food and my lil brother liked his pizza! It was a good birthday treat for my dad today too 🎉

Coffee was great, food was average at best, and service was meh! I ordered the breakfast bake.. which was nothing like its description, and more like a boiled egg in a tomato sauce base with too much feta cheese, no dukkah and not enough bread. My friends had eggs Benedict with salmon and the other with mushrooms and that looked, tasted and was cooked much better than the bake i ordered, as in the eggs were poached properly, hollandaise was tangy and balanced and the salmon was a good quality feathered fillet. Garlic bread and bruschetta were good as sides, but a bit too salty. I'd go back, but not in a hurry!!

Have been coming to basalt for the last few weekends and have received impeccable service from Natasha. Will defiantly be returning for more golden towers 🙏🏼🔥

Came in for lunch and received excellent service from Natasha, food was great, service was great, the upstairs area is nice, will definitely be back again 😏😏😏😏

Such a nice sunny today sitting upstairs Tash and Ash both had amazing service.Very lovely two ladies will definitely be back again, great food.

Flippen love this place!! Staff are lovely and chatty and always very attentive, and the food caters to everyone and anyone! My favourite recently is the duck breast! I tried the lychee bomb just last week whilst In with a few girlfriends and what a drink!! Always my go to venue for a great night! Definitely reccomend

Date night for hubby and I which was dinner and a movie in Howick. This took us to one of our favourite places - Basalt. Since we arrived early we had a nice leisurely drink before our meal. Nicole, who served us our drinks on arrival, had a great bubbly attitude and even talked me into trying a new cocktail. Coconut Cloud. OMG. If we weren't going to the movies I would have had another! Hubby had the mixed stone grill which he loved. All the serving sizes were perfect for him. I had the sous vide chicken breast. Yummmm!! Stuffing was great and we shared a side of veggies. Ashleigh took great care of us during our meal. Again nice bubbly chatter which was great. Another enjoyable meal and relaxing time had by us both.

Amazing place for dining out! Great service and excellent food. Ash and Nicole were super friendly and gave top notch service. Nicole gave great food recommendations and I thoroughly enjoyed the ribs she suggested. Definitely would dine there again

After a surprise birthday visit to Basalt in Howick I was treated to a most delicious sharing platter. Succulent ribs that fell off the bone, a awesome beef tataki and epic salt and pepper calamari. Thanks to the crew at Basalt for an awesome meal and great friendly service with our drinks.

My favourite go to! Shout out to the staff for making the atmosphere warm and social and to the chefs for cooking the eye fillet so well I can always see the effort and precision every meal I get. The girls know a lot of different cocktails and nice drinks and help you pick whatever suits your taste. Would definitely recommend the tacos to a friend.

Waited 50 minutes for our drinks and entrees too arrive. We ordered a few garlic breads as entrees and they were disgusting. Dry, hard to eat, not nice at all and to be honest didn't even taste like garlic bread. Then after all that our mains took an hour to arrive. They were all good, not amazing but just good. We all said we won't be back! Quite disappointing since it seemed like it would be a good place.

Food was good, I ordered the duck, it was cooked beautifully! Also really enjoyed the coconut cloud. Customer service was very slack, we ordered our drinks and they brought out the entree (garlic bread which did not taste like garlic at all) before the drinks. She said they will bring them out at once (cocktails and beers) then they were literally bringing one by one. Not even on a tray it was just one after the other so that was 45 mins after the ordering. But apart from that food was nice.

We've been here twice and each time have not been impressed by the food or service.  The Eggs Benedict I ordered had a really unpleasant vinegary hollandaise sauce and the other meal I ate was pretty average.  We also found the place very noisy and the staff weren't very interested or attentive - there was no cutlery on the tableand we had to go up and get it for ourselves, as the staff just stood there chatting.  Not impressed and won't be returning.

I wish a rating of 1 wasn't the minimum cause they don't deserve this. Ordered probably the most expensive thing on the menu being the mixed grill for $37 and I got two of the smallest skewers I've ever seen maybe 50g of meat and then one minute piece of pork belly and another tiny portion of duck, both bland and flavourless. All up maybe 140g of meat in total which I finished in about 3 minutes. Chips both normal and kumera were cold and crap. Wouldn't come back if you paid me $1000. If you're considering it... DONT

Best place in Howic for a beer on their roof top bar. Good selection of food and drink only down side was price of food to what you actually receive.

Lovely staff and lovely atmosphere. The food here is always on point. I've ordered the lamb and pork belly from here which are both to die for. The meat is always cooked and seasoned to perfection. Definitely recommend this place

Basically come here to get absolutely rinsed on a Thursday night, but on my rinse free weeks we enjoy coming for the bar snacks and the lunch menu - salads are a must try 👣

Went there for a family members birthday drinks great place,atmosphere and staff! Awesome Sunday afternoon solo singer playing upstairs, Definitely be going back. The food platters are a winner!!

The restaurant was very clean the staff are polite and very quick the food was very delicious I ordered a salad which is not my first choice in any establishment but this one was amazing, my only complaint would be the price seemed a little expensive for what it is.

Have visited twice now for dinner with different groups and each time everyone complimented the menu, food and quality of service. Definitely a place I can recommend and will visit again.

Great place in Howick village. Lovely terrace seating. Sunday lunch with beer was blissful. All 5 of us enjoyed our meal. Highly recommended.

Had a lovely meal here with a friend of mine, just ordered some entrees and desserts! love the garlic bread with the added nuts and seeds. Service is great, had Shania has my waitress and she was super friendly and welcoming as they always are! Basalt is one of the best local restaurants! :)

Lunch date on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Salt and pepper squid for entrée, home made 200g beef burger and soft shell tacos with house slaw to share. Entrée - squid was freshly friend and went really went with the toasted coconut, almond, carrot and chill and lime dressing. However there was a lack in pepper taste for the squid and the dish came a little too cold. 5/10 Beef burger - nothing special to shout about, the beef lived up to its name but that's about it. Over fried egg and not-so-fresh lettuce made the whole burger a little bitter. 3/10 Soft shell tacos - this dish came with chicken, prawn, and fish options and we chose fish. Playing on the safe side for the dressing we found it just average. 5/10 Overall experience - 5/10 Basalt has been a favourite for the locals and I can see why. Well located restaurant, pretty ambiance and good service. Plus side is the refreshing water that came with ice cube and infused with mint leaves and orange slices!

Went and had dinner with a couple of friends yesterday. We sat upstairs in the rooftop garden and the ambience is amazing. However we had to get the menus ourselves and and to walk up to the register to order which was quite awkward. I ordered the pulled pork salad and my friends ordered the panini and the squid/calamari salad and all three dishes were divine! Will definitely be back!

Took the wife and kids to Basalt last night for dinner. Wife ordered the power salad. She said it was pretty good. My daughter had the kiddy pizza. It was not very nice and she never finished it. But she did love the fries. Kids right? My son had the kids burger and he throughly enjoyed it. I had the adult burger. It was distinctly mediocre. Firstly the burger was too large so it was impossible to eat with hands. This meant that you had to eat it in layers. So you sort of miss the combined flavours of everything. The egg was slightly charred underneath so it left a lingering burnt taste in the mouth. The patty was rather bland. The bun was good and the onion rings were fantastic. The burger definitely needs some refinement. On a super positive note the service was fantastic and our waitress was really nice.

The food and service were good but for some reason I was expecting it to be better. The menu items were quite different like the zucchini spaghetti with smoked tomatoes and it was all presented nicely. The lamb was good but felt like it was missing something. Food was nice and the service was good so might try it again.

My boyfriend and I live locally but have never ventured to Howick for a meal. Decided to come to basalt for a nice meal on new years eve. Such a pleasant ambience here! We were attended too quickly and the night was quite busy however, the staff were lovely and attentive. I had the pork belly and that was tasty and the portion was satisfying too and not too big or small. My boyfriend had the Burger and that too was tasty. We finished off with the coconut crème brûlée and that was so yummy! Creamy texture with the coconut, not too sweet either. The flavours were just right. Big ups to your staff too for making us feel welcoming and so attentive of our needs throughout the evening. Will definitely be coming back.

Nice Pub food, burgers generously served which they were a bit overcooked to our taste, beer selection is always good with choices such as Velvet stout difficult to get in other places. Atmosphere is really good especially if for drinks only, the stone cooked steaks are steep in price for what you get, hence I will say a great choice for drinks and snacks and so so for dinner

Went here for dinner the mains were great but God damn that bread. Ordered some bread and it took over an hour and a half for it to come out. I'm all for waiting but I don't expect you to fly to east India to reap the wheat then export to Italy for milling. Were you guys stomping on tomatoes for sauce back there too? If tip top can make bread in under 30 so can you. Don't get me wrong, the bread was good but not worth the wait.

Came here on short notice for Father's dat lunch but staff was very nice and accommodated us. Ordered the calamari for starters and mixed stone grill for mains. The calamari was a winner and so was the kangaroplo steak. Happy to come back!

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127 Picton Street, Howick, Auckland
09 5330081
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