Sid Sahrawat's crowning jewel in the 09 is Sidart. The plates are his canvas, the produce his plasticine, and we, the rowdy table of 10 were his guinea pigs on this Tuesday Test kitchen night. On Tuesday evenings Sid and the kitchen crew throw away what they know and what they're used to to produce a 9 course degustation for one night only. At $95.00 this is exceptional value. The portions are small, to be expected, however the range and contrast of textures. flavours and cooking techniques you experience is spectacular at that price. The 9 courses were as follows, as is the trend these days, the menu was written like a shopping list: 1. Artichoke, Pecorino, Beef 2. Shitake, Kaffir, Lime, White Soy 3. Ricotta, Ornage, Walnut 4. Onion, Chervil, Hazelnut, Apple 5. Scampi, Nasturtium, Lardo, Buckwheat 6. Market Fish, Macadamia, Brown Butter, Whitlof 7. Pork, Celeriac, Horseradish Dill 8. Lamb, Parsnip, Mushroom, Bone Marrow 9. Chocolate, Elderflower, Rasbberry, Licorice Each course was impeccable. You need to throw away the kiwi attitude of coming to Sidart for "a good feed". This is not the sort of place you come to for that. You come here to be in awe of the little pieces of art placed before you, to savour them, to roll your eyes in the back of your head and make child like giggles or adult like groans of appreciation. As you can imagine with a restaurant of such ambition and quality, the service was professional and seamless. Our staff for the evening taking great patience to explain each course to us and also helping us out with our wine selections. I'm very much looking forward to the day I sample Cassia, Sid's other venture in the CBD. It is high on the list.
Finally tried Sidart and ticked off the bucket list!! 🥂🎉🎉 The tables are on tight (borderline together) seating arrangements. It's an excellent display of maximising space, but would be nice for the diner if there was more room between tables. Our main waiter didn't come off very friendly and unfortunately we couldn't understand half of what he was saying as he spoke very fast. Ended up making it a challenge to spot the key words and left it down to our other senses 😄 Food itself was presented nicely, beautiful display of colours and textures. Standout for us was the first course after the amuse bouche, the vegetarian dish? Purée was delicious and all flavours complemented each other well. Least favourite: The goats curd killed the pork belly for me; two strong flavours that did not go well together. Found the fish very strong at first but it grew on me! Overall an experience of interesting flavours and combinations.
I have eaten out in all the best (and the rest) over the years and this was our first visit here (was treated by my lovely friend).... there is not a word in my vocabulary that could even sum up how amazing this evening was - the food was devine, the atmosphere sophisticated but nicely relaxed and the service (thank you Graham) was just superb... I have never had a degaustation that comes even remotely close to this (and have enjoyed a few) and to be fair would have to rate the meal as one of the best I have ever had.... My hat is off to Sid and his amazing team.... I THOROUGHLY recommend everyone make the time to visit... the entire evening couldn't have been bettered.
Venue was fantastic, the service was great. We did the wine matching and they were all delicious and we had more than enough, most glasses we struggled to drink the glass before the next one arrived. The food was very good. I found the snacks at the start very rich and some of them were a little odd. The entrees and mains were delicious. I thought the desserts were too complicated, there were too many flavours and I was a little disappointed with them.
Still checking out degustations around town so we had to try this place. Service/ambience is excellent and very fitting of the place. The staff are accommodating, they took really good care of us while the ambience is sophisticated with a great view. It is very "cosy" inside but they've done well with the space they have. Every dish was beautiful, well timed and exquisite. When we paid the bill they gave a small bite of a zero calorie toffee which was just melt in your mouth. Definitely one of the best dining experiences in Auckland.
My partner and I booked months in advance for the Tuesday Test Kitchen. We don't often go to fine dining restaurants so this was a big deal for us. It is a very nice setting but it all seemed a bit detached and impersonal. The food was creative but only a couple of the main courses were stand outs, which included lamb and pork. The two dessert courses were a disappointment as they were both sorbet based with lots of different textures but lacked flavour. The staff were competent but not friendly and our server was constantly changing, which was confusing. The restaurant was cold which meant we kept our coats on and couldn't feel 100% comfortable. If you like creative, fancy food then this is the place for you but we will be sticking to simpler fare in the future.
Great food, excellent serviceand great location with a beautiful view of the CBD. It's a shame the Tuesday Test Kitchen Degustation menu will increase in price soon from $80 to $95... So we thought we will go once more before that~~
Had dinner on a Tuesday for more exploratory degustation . such a nice spot and we got a great seat by the window looking over the city. And great friendly staff very knowledgeable and friendly to chat to throughout the meal which put me at ease as some fine dining places are a bit off putting for me. The menu was really varied great quality food we had some standout trials with great food and one or two not so great but I put this purely down to the Tuesday try it out kind of menu and would come back as the feedback was taken in and had great discussions with the waiter on things we liked and didnt ,we will be back again
This place truly makes my heart sing, I don't think I have enough positive words to explain how incredible it is!! Seriously highly recommended. You have to book in advance, but it's definitely worth the wait. The staff are highly knowledgeable and the chefs are really good at catering for dietary requirements. I'm dairy free and they were extremely catering, my mind was blown with every meal. We did the Tuesday night tasting menu and were so impressed, especially that we weren't actually hungry afterwards! My dad had a bit of plastic in one of his meals and the staff were recently apologetic and very professional. Really grateful that this place exists :)
One of the best fine dining restaurants in auckland. Food is just too good. Fresh, full of taste, stylish and yum! I love the place it feels very comfortable. Love the view can see the sky tower
Amazing. Not perfect, but still amazing. So let's start with the good things - great service and food wait was fast. The waiters/waitresses were all friendly and professional. We had a personal waiter who served our food and introduced each dish. We went on a Tuesday night so we had the testing menu, a six course with a few appetizers/snacks at the beginning for $80. If you compare the portion sizes with other restaurants and their prices then it's probably totally not worth it. But this is Sidart and it's different and you can't compare it so yes, it was totally absolutely worth it and I would definitely go again. I ordered a lemon lime and bitters to begin with, I've had better but it was still really good. Their first few snacks and appetizers were mostly delicious, except for one lychee one, but I personally don't really like lychee so that's not their fault. The first few courses also all cleverly had a hint of sourness to it, to leave you wanting more food. Then the main was a lamb shoulder with some kind of mushroom, coconut sprinkling and some other ingredients. That was probably the best lamb I've ever had in my entire life, not exaggerating. I've had a lot of lamb and it even beats lamb that have had in overseas places. It was soft, tender, texture perfect, flavour perfect with the authentic lamb flavour not being too strong or too little and the seasoning was perfect, and the combination with the side sauces and complimentary ingredients was almost perfect too (I didn't like the coconut but again, that's just a personal preference). I was really amazed at the weird and wonderful and absolutely delicious flavour combinations that they produced. Flavours that you would never think of. It's like you don't know what exactly you're eating, but it has all these hints of different tastes and together it's just one delicious explosion. However the last course was a tiny disappointment, they ended with an ice cream with caramel, pumpkin seeds and ice and some other ingredients. It kinda tasted like popcorn, not sure if that was their intention but it was a kind of strange way to end the meal. I would've liked maybe a hot dessert, like cake or something, as the previous one was a cold dessert too. I was also a little bit disappointed by the presentation. Don't get me wrong it was still superbly presented, but in a way that you would expect at any fine dining restaurant. I was recommended here by my mother who kept going on about how beautifully it was presented, I've seen images of the food designed with art to the next level, and plus the name of the restaurant kind of suggests this too. But I didn't quite get the wow factor of this artistic presentation. Still though, it was a marvelous experience, and I highly recommend going, at least once in your lifetime but I would definitely return.
Great service and food. Especially loved the chefs table. Quite expensive for the average person but it's wonderful. The wine is fantastic! Love it heaps. Do visit
Creative, refined and interesting degustation in a tucked away little restaurant down the alley & up the stairs, off trendy main st Ponsonby. Unexpectedly the back of the restaurant overlooks the Auckland city skyline too with large open French doors. Unexpected twists with textures and flavours in the courses makes the whole menu delicious. Great value for a degustation of this caliber.
I would say the food was pretty amazing. I can't really find many proper molecular gastronomy dining in Auckland. Sidart is one of the place that might be close enough to those Michelin restaurants. My favorite dish from Sidart was their parmesan Ice Cream and the coconut beef. Which reminds me a lot of Sumatran Food. I wish they can do more with the place. It's cozy but it doesn't really pair with the food.
Located humbly in Ponsonby, Sidart overlooks the city skyline. Once you step afoot into the restaurant, you simply forget everything. It is such a surreal feeling; forgetting where you are and that you just walked along some everyday, not so fancy street to a boastfully beautiful restaurant. In no ways is the interiors extensively lavish. Just simple and beautiful to match its three hatted appraisal , yet somewhat comforting too. There is a sense of closeness, and home. There is integrity; something that I had wondered would be lost at a high end restaurant. For drinks, Dad had a glass of red - Pinotage, while I decided to try the Herbalist - a perfect blend of Bombay Sapphire Gin, Benedictine, Cointreau and apple. The alcohol was subtle, and there were fresh nuances from citric flavours to waken the palette. Later in the evening, I had the Fresh Passion mocktail. The passionfruit provided played forte on the taste buds, while the mint combination was quite rejuvenating. The typical bread and butter was served before our courses began, but not with your average butter. From memory - a sourdough rye with butter using fig leaves. The butter was nice and smooth and spread easily on to the bread. The flavours were well balanced; the crust however a little too hard.
Science Art & Food. This contemporary dining type has been out for some time. But not many auckland restaurants can perfect it. Perfect location, amazing tasting food, decent size set course, friendly staff. Environment: 5/5 Food Quality: 5/5 Food Quantity: 5/5 Service: 5/5 Price: $80-$120pp
Came by for the Friday 5 course lunch menu for an end of year lunch. Although the room was very formal the atmosphere was very relaxed so it was really easy to just sit back and enjoy the up coming meal. The fantastic service was coupled with fantastic food. Each course had its own range of tastes and textures with each having their own unique flavours. My favourite plate was the cured salmon with the sorrel granita and squid ink bread. At $50 for the 5 courses it was well worth the price.
Very happy with this place, first time dining here with my family for a dinner. Ambiance is lovely and we were seated quickly (booking is recommended) staff were very attentive and provided us with wonderful service. Food wise very good and excellent quality and flavours.Keep the good work
Can't comprehend the fuss is all about. We've had 7 course meal with interesting range of food. Although the service was great as they took little time to explain(rushing), the food was absolute bland. We've had macadamia dish, there was neither hint of nutty flavor nor complexity. Duck dish - all we could taste was salt and a bit of gourmet cream and you would expect some kind of flavours swimming in your mouth, just cream. Beef fillet, medium rare was perfect and that's it, again bland no flavors infused. We had a shot of Kefir and mushroom soup, this was the best of all. Kale dried chips - not even close to Clooney's. Deserts were fine, 2/3 deserts were a citrus blast in the mouth. All in all visual presentation of food, staff reception were very good. Place was a bit compact with a nice view to skytower, although the room was smoky as we entered which was from the kitchen obviously. It was definitely an experience nonethless
This fine dining restaurant is just around the corner of ponsonby, it's listed as one of the best restaurant in Auckland. Our experience is great, foods and beverages are more than average, and price is not bad too.Service is so so, but wouldn't say bad. I would say it's a good restaurant to try.
Probably the most complex and ambitious degustation meal I've eaten. Sidart ramps the flavour combinations "up to 11" deliciously and successfully. The space is cosy and elegant with a wonderful view of the Auckland CBD. And the venison is a dish I'll never forget