Longroom

Our rating 

User rating 

11 reviews
Venue Image
114 Ponsonby Road,
Ponsonby
Auckland,
1011

(09) 360 8803

The ViewAuckland Review

StarStarStarStarNo Star
Review byBrett Atkinson13/09/2009

Is it a bar or restaurant? Well, in the case of the newly opened Long Room in Ponsonby, it’s actually a bit of both. And if the hustle and bustle of an almost standing-room only Thursday night is any indicator, it’s a pretty clever formula in these recessionary times. Most other places along Ponsonby Rd would kill for this kind of traffic. The half-price menu on offer until 7pm has obviously dragged in some punters, but the majority are just here for a few after-work drinks.

Long Room occupies the space that was formerly the Safari Lounge, a venue that was looking more than a little tired across recent times. The new owners have totally made-over the expansive space with lots of separate areas for conversation or for dining. A whole raft of gas fires warms the elegantly furnished interior, and when Spring finally takes hold in a few weeks, the huge courtyard will be the place to be along Ponsonby Rd.

We snaffle the last outside seats – conveniently beside a big gas heater – and order drinks to see us through the essential task of getting our food order in before the 50% discount expires at 7pm. Beers on tap include Asahi, Pure Blonde and Kronenbourg, and the winelist has a good mix of Kiwi classics like Church Rd Chardonnay and a few European varietals like Spanish Tempranillo.

Although the energy of Long Room is definitely bar-like, the experienced owners, apparently with more than 30 years hospitality experience between them, have also focused on what matters in a restaurant. Service from the mainly international staff is relaxed and knowledgeable – our Irish waiter Tim has a great knowledge of the menu – and our shared bar snacks are a big step up from other bar menus around town. There is a concise menu of mains, but Long Room seems best suited as a place to while away a few hours over drinks and a few shared plates.

Our sharing includes thinly-sliced pork belly cured in miso and served on an Asian-inspired salad, salt and pepper squid with the added zing of cumin, and dukkah-crusted lamp chops. It’s all superb, and only a trio of slightly innocuous paella-rice balls drop standards slightly. This is the kind of bar food I could really get used to, and our acceptance of tonight’s 50% discount almost seems like a criminal act.

Look forward to Long Room being a new favourite bar, but just make sure you come along hungry.

Longroom has been reviewed by 11 users
 
Nearest

What's near Longroom?

Below are the nearest 5 venues within 500 metres of Longroom.
Cinemas near Longroom (0)

Most Read Today

image
01 At The Flicks - February 2016 Film Highlights

View's guide to what's hitting the big screen this...

image
02 At The Flicks - January 2016 Film Highlights

View's guide to what's hitting the big screen this...

image
03 At The Flicks - December 2015 Film Highlights

View's guide to what's hitting the big screen this...

image
04 At The Flicks - November 2015 Film Highlights

View's guide to what's hitting the big screen this...

image
05 Auckland's Best Rooftop Bars

When Auckland's weather allows, enjoy a few coldie...

Content updated: 13/02/2016 15:33

Add Review

Latest Pubs & Bars User Reviews

  • Moas Nest
    Worst coffee EVER! I ordered a chai latte and received a chai tha...

    Kirstyc on 2/01/2016 @ 5:06 p.m.
  • Freeman & Grey
    Freeman and Grey is one of my go-to spots when I'm in Ponsonby. D...

    Olivia Duncan on 2/01/2016 @ 3:34 p.m.
  • My Bar
    I was looking for a place to host my sisters hens night - My Bar ...

    j_31 on 25/11/2015 @ 7:12 p.m.
  • Aria Restaurant & Bar
    Had fantastic food from this restaurant but very rude and upsetti...

    anony on 26/10/2015 @ 5:04 p.m.
  • Madam Woo Takapuna
    Have been to Madam Woo in Takapuna twice now and I have to say th...

    LisaS_LocalHero on 1/10/2015 @ 12:08 p.m.
Hitwise Award Winner