closer to 4 came here with a group of friends, the place was fully packed and the decor nice taste and presentation were to be expected (slightly above average) though one of my friends was disappointed by the tiny food portion, while another was amazed by the quality of the fish, he swears it is the best he has taste from outside restaurant which is a big claim, i did try a little of the fish my friend had and i have to agree that it was tasty fish is not my favourite and i was not particularly impressed with one of their special coffee
On the arrival, no one acknowledged me and my husband. The staff was unwelcoming and showed no interest to accomodate us. She had a negative attitude and did not make any attempt to make us feel comfortable. We asked for a table for two and were waiting for her to replay. She looked at other staff member who gave her signals not to take us which was rude and awkward. The couple at the table offered to sit next to them as there was space at the long table. The menu was misleading as it said they can cater for gluten free but it was not for celiacs. I would not go back even for a coffee.
Was around at Ponsonby, decided to give this place a try as I have seen the high quality reviews. We went as a group and I ordered the kumara tortilla and the line caught fish with the kiwifruit hot sauce. It came out looking very appetising, so I will give a description to each individual component. The salad/sauerkraut portion was delicious with a perfect amount of spice from hot sauce. However a little let down was the kumara tortilla, this was a bit dry and dull. But I guess it was a good thing, because the fish was absolutely perfect. It is not easy to cook fish and to not accidently overcook it or pick a fish that is too dry. It had the perfect tenderness and seasoning. I honestly cannot say anything bad about this except for not having enough of it. I also tried a little bit of the crumpet, burnt butter with roof honey. The crumpet was very well prepared and the honey was not too sweet either but not lack in flavour. I also quite enjoyed it. The wagyu brisket with the kumara hash was a bit too messy I find. The brisket flavouring is nice but the texture was soft and mushy. I feel that there is definitely room for improvement by maybe separating the ingredients in a way that we can enjoy each of the component individually or combined. It was definitely not lack in flavour in anyway. Overall the experience was amazing. I would definitely come back to try their other menu items. Taste - 4/5 Service - 3.5/5 Ambiance - 4/5