Viaduct Harbour Avenue,
(09) 356 7249
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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!
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
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.
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.
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.
I was having 2 dinners and 1 lunch at Soul during the past few months and was never disappointed. The food was excellent, the staff friendly and attentive, though the portions were a bit small and of course the price tag could be less. That said I've had a great experience every time and would go back for the seafood chowder alone - one of the best I had anywhere.
Have eaten twice at soul and have been twice disappointed with the whole experience.
Slow and uninviting wait staff, raw and/or cold mains, no attempt to rectify or apologise when comments about meals were made to the wait staff.
Then the final blow came with the bill when there was a 15% holiday surcharge on top....
I would happily pay the additional 15% anytime if the food was up to par. However, it was severely lacking in flavours, temperature, portion size and presentation.
Should be renamed Soul-less.
Soul is the best restaurant and bar in Auckland. Situated right by the water in the viaduct, their seafood is second to none, with friendly bar and waiting staff and a fantastic selection of wines. I have booked a table at Soul for the day of the RWC Final? Why? Well there's nowhere I'd rather be.
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