Xacuti Restaurant, Howick

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Had a delicious meal at Xacuti (Shacuti) at their new address in the Uxbridge Centre last night, there were 8 of us we all agreed that the flavours and originality of the food were exceptional, especially for a suburban restaurant. Interesting wine list too. Edward Fenn 19/02/17

Xacuti has changed venue- now in the new Uxbridge Arts Centre. - Food is still fabulous - great menu. Fab entrees, mains and desserts - Service was very good - BYOW was great - nice new fresh white room with high ceilings, and nice outdoor area with umbrellas, etc -Owners are foodies and very passionate about their restaurant Only negative was it was a bit noisy  and open- not very intimate, and hard to get atmosphere, as large space in entry of the Gallery- wooden floors, high ceilings. Definitely worth visiting

It's the first visit to Xacuti - we were turned away months for not having booked in advance & it was full.  We started with chicken liver masala & soft shell crab koliwada. Both entrées were surprisingly good in taste. My wife had confit duck leg & I had prosciutto wrapped masala venison. We had mains perfectly picked; both were well-cooked & rich in flavour. And we couldn't resist trying the trifle, arroz doce, fig ice-cream & Turkish delight...  Next time, when my friends ask me for a fine-dining restaurant in Howick, I know which to recommend. (Food - 4.5/5; Service - 4/5; Ambience - 4/5)

This place is like Indian fine dining with a twist something which I never had before. The crab Po boys were really good and pretty well priced. The main chicken dish was the highlight for me, it was cooked so well and the sauce was amazing. Not much of a fan if the chicken 65 it was average. However would defiantly come back and try leave room for dessert.

Booked a birthday dinner here for 6 people on a Sunday night. I had heard good things about this place but was definitely sceptical about indian portuguese fusion. There was only one other couple dining when we entered the restaurant. The manager explained the menu to us in a clear and concise manner. The staff recognised it was a special occasion and gave the two birthday people complimentary sparkling wine, I have never experienced service like that anywhere before! Everyone's reservations went out the window when we were presented with the complimentary chefs special, a single bite for each person and every one of us were blown away by the amazing flavours. After a lot of back and forth we finally decided on chicken 65, chickpea tart and duck fat potatoes as our sharing entrees. Again, everyone raved about the chicken 65, the chickpea tart also had great flavour. For mains we ordered duck, venison, beef and fish. Once again we were all very impressed with the creativity of the dishes and the flavours. We ordered each dessert and while they were all good in their own way, they couldn't quite live up to the standard of the entrees and mains. I will recommend this restaurant to everyone I know because it deserves it and I want it to stick around for a long time so I can go back and try more of their creations. My only notes would be that the waitress was not as knowledgable as the manager and struggled to explain the menu.  It is also DIFFICULT to book here. One number I called said they are closed on Sunday's (not the case this winter), another number told me not to leave a message and to call a mobile. In the end I emailed to make the booking because my partner and I really wanted to try this place but I could just have easily called to book  somewhere else. Super glad I persevered with the booking but they need to sort it out before others are turned away.

We dined here having a five course degustation and it was fantastic! The cuisine was so interesting and absolutely faultless. Loved the Indian Portugese mix. Our waiter was absolutely brilliant giving us lots of information and culture and the chef was top class! The only downfall to the restaurant is that it's tucked away in a funny little back corner so lacks a bit of ambience. Cuisine this amazing deserves to be front and centre I reckon!

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35 Uxbridge Road, Howick, Auckland
09 5343051
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