147 Quay Street,
(09) 309 9866
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I haven't dined at Euro for a good 18 months or so and remember thinking the last time that the restaurant was resting on its legacy a bit and certainly not in the top 10 Auckland had to offer especially with the surge in new restaurants opening up in Auckland.
Had the good fortune of a business lunch here during the week and although the decor seemed to be the same, what was really pleasing to see was the diversity of the menu (and although we weren't paying), I didn't think the prices were over the top in the slightest. Huge selection of specials of the day that sounded tempting, but my option of the sashimi as a starter and the steak of the day really was a good one. If you haven't been in a while, check it out for yourself and I think you'll be impressed.
Actually has a vegetarian menu aswell as the normal, very good meat and fish menu. Should be in the top 3 of any top 50, still can't understand why Metro leaves it out!
I found it very difficult to order given the number of yummy choices on the menu. All mains were priced much the same. The waiting staff were happy to help and even the most difficult question I could think of was answered immediately in a way I understood. Loved the Truffle and Parmesan fries and my only disappointment was that I was too full for desert!
We went to Euro to celebrate my wife's birthday. The thing I noticed was the attention to detail in the service. The duty manager and our waiter both wished her a happy birthday and when our dessert came out they had written 'happy birthday' in chocolate.
The staff really know the menu inside-out. We were given a run-down of where in the country each component came from and how it was cooked. It made eating dinner a whole experience.
We were on a bit of a time constraint as we had to be at a show. We made the waiter aware and he got our dishes out to us very promptly.
All-in-all it was a great experience. The food is expensive, but I think you have to consider the evening as a whole culinary journey rather than just the price per portion. It is a great way to celebrate a special occasion.
lovely setting, great food, however was slow on service.
Sorry - but Euro is definately not what it used to be and that is unfortunate news.
Tiny, overpriced portions and atmosphere that is outdated. I'd call myself a Euro regular (probably have been 6-8 times in the last 3 years and have taken advantage of a daily deal twice but on our last visit, paid full price and don't consider it to be anywhere near the 'must visit' that it was a few years back. Most mains are $40 + (unless you're going for steak - expect to take out a second mortgage) but the portions are ridiculously small so you'll need to order sides as well.
Can't fault the service staff though - on our most recent visit they were very good.
If you can grab a daily deal worth it, but at full price, sadly not.
Our group of six were greeted by a leggy waitress wearing shorts and stockings with very high heels. We were seated down the right end by a good looking very humerous waiter. As we were dining on a voucher for a 5 course degustation we also received a glass of bubbles and then ordered our following beverages.
For our first course we had a mini Tuna Taco with wasabi dressing which was nicely balanced.
Then for 2nd course a Ribollita Soup with a sous vide egg. The egg was the best bit and very tasty however the soup was like a sparcely filled minestrone I could have made at home.
For our main we had Pork Belly which was dissapointing to not have a crispy top and it was in a very salty sauce that we all found hard to eat.
We then received a 4th course which was just a Palette cleanser of orange sorbet with freeze dried orange. Very sweet and tart!
For dessert we had Roasted white chocolate with Guava jelly, cashew praline & banana ice cream. The nuts tasted old and rancid. The big thick smear on the plate was balsamic vinegar. The flavours I guess worked together but ½ of us didn't like it.
Overall a definte voucher meal, I still felt a little hungary after and whilst the dishes were presented nicely the food was not as top notch as you expected Euro or as this restaurant used to be once upon a time. The waiter however was worth tipping a well and hence the 3 stars. None of us would go back.
Came to Euro on a Saturday night early with my son in tow, the staff were great and accepting of my son the food was well priced and was absolutely amazing!
I had the whitebait fritter, salmon and green tea sorbet, my son had the crab risotto and chocolate icecream and his uncle had the oysters and duck and tiramisu, just 100% perfect, could not have been better.
everything was perfectly cooked and balanced and all in a reasonable time and cost. I recommend to all. :-)
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