422 Mt Eden Road,
(09) 638 7236
Molten Restaurant Information
Molten Restaurant in Mt Eden, Auckland, is a small and intimate restaurant owned by the ever amiable and incredibly talented chef Michael van de Elzen.
Molten Restaurant has become a hit with its ever changing contemporary European menu, unique array of boutique listed wines and fabulous cocktails.
Tue - Sat: 12.00 till late
Mon - Sat: 18.00 till late
Essential on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Avg Food Spend
$$$$ per person
Set Lunch Menu, A La Carte Menu
Wine from $10.00 per bottle
Cocktail List available
Children welcome - Kids welcome
Private outdoor area
Metro Top 50 - 2012
Best Neighbourhood Restaurant 2009 - Cuisine
Best New Restaurant of the Year 2005 - Metro
MagazineMost Innovative Chef 2005 - Lewisham Awards - Chef Michael Van de Elzen
We were directed upstairs to our own private dining room looking over the street.
Molten's founder, chef Michael Van de Elzen, is no longer in the kitchen but aboard the Food Truck but has left behind a restaurant thats still worth visiting.
To start we had some bread with oil which was neither here nor there. For my starter I enjoyed immensley the Potato thyme gnocchi with lamb shank ragu. The gnocchi was fluffy and light – just perfect and the ragu tasty and wholsesome.
For my main I chose the Pan fried snapper, gnocchi, cray bisque, southern shellfish & their juices. At first I didn't know what the black sponge like pieces were in the dish and guessed it was squid ink infused gnnochi and I was correct, so the waiter said. I felt mine was salted enough but then I am not a salt fan and my friends who ordered it were adding salt saying it wasn't seasoned at all so maybe there was some inconsistency in the dishes. I loved mine but was not fussed on the slightly overcooked mussels. One friend said he was dissappointed in the bisque but then for me I had only had bisque one time before so was not such a critic on the subject. The steak and spatchcock was good I heard . The side vege dish of Roast crown pumpkin, radicchio, mint, feta, lemon & chilli was beautiful.
For dessert we could have either Caramel Bosc pear, meyer lemon curd, shortbread, earl grey & prune ice cream or Silken Valrhona chocolate cremeux, saffron milk wafer & hazelnut gelato which is what I had. I was not a fan of the saffron milk wafer. I tried a bit of the pear and ice cream and loved the flavours.
I think over all the menu was lovely and for the set price of $68 it was fantastic value, the waiter was friendly and tentative. Paying the bill was effortless and there was nothing left over for me to have to front up which I think owes brownee points to the girl on the till. I would go back and partake in the regular menu in a more intimate group and see how that is.
Service and food was great. We had lunch there and the wine match was exceptional. The food had that 'wow' quality which means that we will be returning soon for dinner. Thanks for a great lunch and will be back for more. Dessert was not your usual affair which was great.
This is a trendy and upmarket restaurant. I was left a little underwhelmed - when we were paying $30+ for mains I expected better service - we dined realy in the evening and the wait staff seemed more interested in chatting in the corner. It's ok if you like 'cutting edge' food, like tobacco syrup in the dessert.
Real nice...pleasant enough surroundings... great place to dine for those who enjoy good food... not cheap but fair value for your money. Highly recommend
Great to see Molten getting the recognition this restaurant deserves! I read today that it won one of the Cuisine awards for restaurant of the year - only down side is now I'm going to have to share my local with a whole host of other people!
I was lucky enough to go to Molten for a work function. We started off in the small bar downstairs, then moved to the private room upstairs. The food was devine!! I started with the squid, followed by the fish served with a crayfish sauce - to die for, along with fennel croquettes - divine. My neighbour enjoyed a 12-day aged steak, with crispy potatoes which he raved about.
The presentation was excellent - especially the dessert. Both the pineapple and coconut sorbet and chocolate brulee looked spectacular. The service was great and the wine list excellent. The night was fantastic and everyone raved about the food - especially the men size portions!!
Great food and excellent service.
A bit noisy with large parties in a small space, but the tastes certainly made up for that. Especially recommend the ducks' livers - divine!
Great place for dinner - the service was impeccable, the food was top notch and the wine was served cold and frequently.
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