21 Hurstmere Road,
(09) 929 2791
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Easily one of the best restaurants on the Shore, my most recent visit to the Commons (my third) just reinforced this sentiment. Spectacular venue with an elevated position over the central courtyard with more intimate dining upstairs and casual bar/bistro down make The Commons a venue for all occasions.
The menu is pretty concise (actually, really concise) but don't let that detract from what is a really good offering overall. A strong focus on seafood but when you're this ocean why the hell not! The smoked fish salad was terrific and just right for one of those typically Auckland, muggy days...although my dining companion opted for the vegetable tart which she was seriously smitten by!
The wind list is good with quite a few reasonably priced options by variety, although I would say that the beer list could do with a bit of wow factor! Takapuna was in serious need of something like this and glad (very glad) to see The Commons take up residence in the area.
The Commons is a great place to have lunch in Takapuna. The atmosphere is great and the staff are welcoming. We had a GrabOne voucher and we were impressed with both the food we ordered and they friendly way in which it was delivered. Calamari was crisp and tasty (although a wee bit fatty towards the bottom of the bowl), fries delicious and the chicken liver mousse exceptional. It is served with a yummy toasted brioche, which is great if you love the mousse but don't want to eat heaps of bread. Will definitely return for an after-work drink in the near future.
Nice location, Nice atmosphere and amazing food!!! Would definately recommend the Commons to all you foodies out there
The Commons is truly an exquisite dining experience. From the doorman opening the door for us, to the maitre d’ that greeted us inside. It was tempting to stay downstairs in the upbeat, classy environment to try the tapas menu, but we opted to dine upstairs and feast on the chefs tantalizing menu offered by the maitre d’. Upstairs we thoroughly enjoyed an evening of fine dining experience. All the staff are gave world class service, they were friendly, well informed of the menu and extensive wine list, and made us feel completely pampered and looked after us for the evening. The atmosphere is warm, classy, creative and vibey with really great background music. The food is INCREDIBLE!! Colourful, fresh, creative that made my taste buds dance with joy. So many different flavours, textures and tastes! Looking forward to going back and trying out the tapas menu. I’m sure The Commons will be our new summer spot with the outside bar and lounge couches - bliss!!
three cheers (and five stars) for the commons - any place that serves up James Squire is off to a good start in my books. The settings it cool - that hurstmere corridor can get pretty cold but the courtyard area (and the heaters) does manage to keep the temperature decent.
Haven't eaten at the commons as yet but with Mexico opening soon, this might well be the destination to be once summer kicks in. Awesome guys - c u soon!
Amazing place, amazing service by amazing staff. The Commons will be the place to be I predict. Roll on summer.
Loved the environment at the Commons and the multitude of different spaces. I am sure that many aspects of this restaurant are fabulous, including the Menu and Bar List.
A couple of suggestions though ..
1. Please keep the kitchen open a little later for desserts. They looked very delicious and yet when we tried to order at 9.40pm we were told the kitchen was closed for everything other than 'tapas'. Downstairs would be a great place to have dessert and coffee later in the evening.
2. Because there was no dessert we opted for Hot Chocolates and these were luke warm and a little watery (and no marshmellows :-( ... Not a great way to introduce this new establishment.
can't help but rave about the Commons. I came here this afternoon for a few beers with my work mates. Loving the enclosed courtyard drinking space - really relaxing and even on a cold-ish day, get those heaters rarked up and it's a winner.The commons also has the best beer range of seen from a new bar in a while. Little creatures, James Squire and pacifico - good on them for doing things a bit differently.Once Mexico opens this whole space is going to be buzzing. Get in Takapuna!!!
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