Went to Sidart on a Wednesday night. The atmosphere is lovely and the staff showed immaculate service. I was a bit disappointed with the food, we had the 5 course tasting menu, portions were what would be expected. Some of the dishes I didn’t think were that great such as the abalone and the pork cheek. I was a bit disappointed as I know they are related to Cassia. Cassia I could not fault any dish on their tasting menu.
Located through a shopping mall, which seems a little strange, but then you’ll understand when you see the Panoramic view of the city. The place has the feel of a converted home and is cozy yet enough space between tables. The service is great a wide variety of countries represented. The tasting menu gave a great showcase of what the kitchen were able to think up and all dishes had an experimental nature to them which meant for an exciting “what next” experience. On the whole flavours paired very well and dishes were well set in relation to each other. The menu was not too protein heavy which was good over so many courses not leaving you over full. Each dish constructed well with flavour, texture and colour showcasing NZ ingredients. The wine matching was interesting (in a good way), bringing the best NZ small wineries, with cameos from Aus and France. The wines were good examples of the applicable type, opposed to being those varieties with a twist, which might be an interesting way to go. Priced about right, if recommend a visit and I’ve given this 5 stars.
Sidart is known as one of Auckland's best fine dining restaurants and has been on my list to visit for a while. After trying Cassia last year (which was mind-blowing), we've finally booked a table at Sidart to dine and celebrate the new yea. We went on a Thursday night and had the full discovery menu of 7 courses with a bottle of Pinot noir. The service was impeccable and we actually had free appetizers and sweet bites to finish on top of the 7 courses. The degustation was executed to perfection with each dish tasting like summer (e.g. Refreshing and light flavours in the desserts, ice used in the entrees, and seasonal vegetables with the mains). My favourite was the fried scampi with strawberries, so tasty! The amuse-bouches were also very innovative with the buckwheat crackers coming out as a standout dish. Both of the desserts were also memorable, with the peach sorbet with stone fruits and passion fruit custard a wowser!! Although it was faultless, it wasn't very mind-blowing/innovative in general. As I've had degustation elsewhere, there wasn't anything that really surprised me- in terms of both presentation and combination of ingredients used in dishes. E.g. The lamb with crispy kale and pea purée had been a common combination in many restaurants. The execution was perfect but I just expected some more difference and unexpectedness for a "discovery" menu at $160 per person.
Best formal dining in Auckland. Excellent food,wine, service and ambience. Always made to feel very special. Every course is a beautiful art on a plate Thank you for making our dinning experience a pleasure.
I took my partner there just before Christmas , we had a superb evening . The food was spectacular the wine match perfect ( thank heavens for Uber ) it was a truly spectacular evening . The looks and taste are just so delicious the time seemed to fly by . If you have one meal one restaurant to treat yourself too it’s this one . Staff are exceptional and extremely pleasant . I actually proposed that evening to my partner ( luckily she said yes )