Soul Bar & Bistro

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Viaduct Basin,
Viaduct Harbour Avenue,
Viaduct
Auckland,
1143

(09) 356 7249

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23/09/2014
Ladies lunches are a regular Saturday through September occasion now for Soul Bar and great value for money at $32 for 3 courses and a glass of wine.

For starters a smoked kahawai and chilli shrimp bruschetta with our glass of Nautilus Sauv and then for main a choice of snapper or duck. The duck was a little on the tiny stingy size and the snapper looked much better value. But the beetroot risotto the duck rested on was tasty.

For dessert we had a very interesting Chocolate and peanut butter mousse with puffed rice and banana ice cream presented nicely on a black plate.

The service at Soul is swift and efficient but would have been better if it were not for the waitress that pulled strange faces at various simple requests.

It may not be at the very forefront of innovative cuisine but it can be absolutely depended not to disappoint, as my last two visits demonstrated. I find it funny though that some simple dishes coming from this Chef’s kitchen, is from the very same Chef that judges some home cooks on MKR for making too simpler dishes for a competition. Go figure!
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Reviewer bobococo
28/08/2014
First of all, the venue is fantastic. Went for dinner, and ate in the outdoor section facing the waterfront!! Entrée of raw fish, ravioli, then seared snapper (main), and dessert of caramel parfait. I love seafood, so the entrée and main absolutely hit the spot. Finishing off with such a good dessert was the perfect end to a great evening.
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Reviewer Anonymous
10/03/2014
Great to be back at Soul on Friday afternoon after a few months away. Nothing has changed, and nothing needs to.The Bluffies were magnificent and the Kumeu River 2010 that accompanied them tasted like it had been made for the partnership.Upon recommendation from a new waitress (Id have recognised her if Id seen her before) I refrained from a second dozen of the Oysters Natural and took the Pork Belly. When exactly did Pork Belly become stable restaurant fare in Auckland? It should have been years ago, cause this offering was magnificent, so nice one had to underplay it so as one's dining colleague didn't want to try it.Well done Soul, good to back.
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Reviewer beap
11/02/2014
Absolutley amazing dinner at Soul a couple of nights ago. I don't usually write reviews but the meal was so outstanding.

Salt and pepper squid to start was one of the best I have ever had. Kingfish salad for my main was just as delicious and the portion size was extremely generous. Wines were recommended by the waitress and matched well.

Excellent service and a great atmosphere. Can't wait to go back!
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Reviewer globbo
4/12/2013
Went for Xmas do for out team.Entree was 3 mouthfuls of salmon with some uninspiring salad.Beef was lukewarm and extremely spicy-my lips tingled for half an hour.Side salad was bitter and had a few cubes of cucumber.Potatoes were nice.Asked if we wanted desert but gulped at the 17-18.50 price tag and had seen the small desserts go to other tables so passed.Very small portions...had to buy a burger on the way home.Hideously expensive.10.00 for a barely half filled glass of wine.Service was very good.Some of the staff looked miserable and sour.Will definately not be going back.Pricey,small meals and overrated
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17/08/2013
Soul Bar and Bistro is situated in the heart of the Viaduct harbour, a stone's throw from the water taxis and superyachts. Whether inside or out, Soul manages to create an atmosphere that feels expensive and flash.

My group of 13 were about to partake in the Restuarants Months 3 course set menu for a rather cheaper $45 than their usual cost. I ordered the 'Bees Cocktail' which was Vodka, Lemoncello, Thyme, infused honey and lemon juice. It had kick but was a very good start to the night.

Our waiter started out a little rusty and came across as short and useless but warmed through the night and we found he even had a sense of humour.

For my starter I chose the Salt & Pepper squid with a saffron mayo. I think the Chef over did it with the pepper and could have done with more mayo to balance the thick coating. My wine matching was a lovely glass of Nautilus Pinot Gris. Wished I'd had the great looking scampi tails with green gazpacho dressing and pickled cucumber.

The Lamb shoulder I had for my main with butternut squash and baby vegetables reminded me of an casserole I can make at home and the lamb pieces were of substandard quality. But I think the food was on par of the $45 we paid. My wine match for the main was a Vasse Felix Cabernet Merlot.

The best course of the night was the dessert – Valhona chocolate pudding with caramel parfait, vanilla ice cream, peanut crunch and salty caramel sauce. I thought this to be absolutely yummy and pretty on the plate. The pudding was a molten cake with a perfect gooey centre.

I have heard better things about Soul bar so maybe I need to go back on the regular menu. A shame because I thought the poiut was to highlight the restaurant for 'Restaurant Month.
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Reviewer Salby
30/05/2013
The salt & pepper squid was amazing and my seared tuna main even better and my dessert.. OMG! to die for and outstanding presentation. The service was fast, food & wine were excellent but I wouldn't recommend sitting outside unless you want leaves from the hanging plants to fall in your food and drink. I would definitely recommend Soul Bar & Bistro.
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23/08/2012
Is there a better place in downtown for a long lunch on a sunny Auckland day that Soul Bar and Restaurant? Last weekend I dined with my husband and a small group at Soul Bar and had a fantastic experience. The food was delicious, with interesting tastes in our shared entrees and and a perfect crab ravioli for my main. The wines were all great and we were ably assisted with our selection by Vicky. Vicky was one of those people with the perfect balance of friendliness and professionalism, and we found the service excellent. Soul Bar has been consistently good for a long time and the food is fresh, interesting and tasty - and the location speaks for itself.
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