Venue Image
33 Drake Street,
Freemans Bay,
Freemans Bay
Auckland,
1010

(09) 379 8167

The ViewAuckland Review

StarStarStarStarNo Star
Review byJono Park6/07/2012

La Zeppa, Freemans Bay - Restaurant Review

We gave La Zeppa a 5 Star review in 2006. Since then it’s fair to say that it lost its mojo. Does the addition of a new outdoor area put some life back into this once great bar?

Food

It’s all about the small plates, with a fantastic selection of options covering every taste. We went for black olive and oregano polenta chip with blue cheese aioli. These were beautifully crispy and really quite something. The seared tuna with grapefruit, sesame and wasabi crème fraiche was fantastically done as well, and we devoured the lamb meatballs with roast tomato and tapenade. Only the calamari disappointed a little, more soggy than crispy.

Drinks

La Zeppa has a pretty standard wine list but with lots of popular favourites (The Ned Sav being a great affordable option). They have Kirin on tap as well, which is always a good sign.

Vibe

It’s the same old La Zeppa initially with the various segmented areas of wide open space. However, what used to be a tiny balcony is now a fantastic deck. I’ve been three times at different times of the day and night and it’s been super busy every time. A fantastic addition, and one which is sure to be a premium summer afternoon spot.

Service

Good in general, though as with some other bars ( BCC ) the staff can come across as a bit too cool for school. Smiles are nice, guys!

Highlights

Those polenta chips – A.DDIC.TIVE.

The Bottom Line

Happy to say that after a lull, La Zeppa has dusted itself down and is well on its way to returning to its former glory. The addition of the new deck has really perked this place up, and the food is fun, nicely varied and conducive to the social atmosphere. Can’t wait for summer.

La Zeppa has been reviewed by 17 users
 

Most Read Today

image
01 Auckland's Best Malls

Check out our picks of the top five malls in Auckl...

image
02 Auckland's Best Rooftop Bars

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

image
03 Scott Cooper Out of the Furnace Interview

The director of Out of the Furnace talks about wor...

image
04 Auckland's Best Outlet Shops

We check out the five best spots for outlet shoppi...

image
05 Auckland's Best Playgrounds

The kids have spoken and we are pleased to present...

Content updated: 24/05/2017 02:46

Restaurant Reviews

Get Onboard

Make It A Date

Connect

Latest Restaurants User Reviews

  • Bedford Soda and Liquor Takapuna
    First class service, great food and fantastically well priced - B...

    dreadlockrasta on 20/05/2017 @ 6:54 p.m.
  • Nosh
    If you ever feel tempted to eat at the cafe in Nosh, Glen Innes, ...

    marli on 20/05/2017 @ 12:55 p.m.
  • Pastrami & Rye
    After reading about it in the Kia Ora Magazine I espected great t...

    SarahK_LocalHero on 14/05/2017 @ 2:07 p.m.
  • Woodpecker Hill
    I loved Woodpecker Hill with it's amazing Asian street food flavo...

    SarahK_LocalHero on 14/05/2017 @ 2:01 p.m.
  • Izakaya Teppanyaki
    A great creative space at Izakaya that looks like a fair bit of m...

    Chiana_Local_Hero on 9/05/2017 @ 9:16 a.m.
Hitwise Award Winner