Venue Image
SKYCITY Grand Hotel,
90 Federal Street,
Auckland Central
Auckland,
1010

(09) 363 7067

The ViewAuckland Review

StarStarStarStarStar
Review byEd Reed7/01/2012

Vibe

The recently screened Under The Grill programme didn’t really convey just how well designed The Grill by Sean Connolly Restaurant is. A large, open plan setting with a direct eye-line to the kitchen and seafood bar is quite the talking point. Following on from its opening, the bevy of local media celebs continue to grace The Grill with their attendance.


Service

Knowledgeable and friendly with a bonus point for wine recommendations. Had we not been dining as a foursome however, the duration between courses may have been an issue. That said, despite being the last group to leave we never felt like we were being hurried along.


Drinks List

As impressive as the Dinner menu in terms of shear scale and variety, the recommended Nga Waka Pinot Noir ($79 per bottle) proved to be a very sound choice. For beer drinkers, the Mata Artesian and Stoke Amber Ale were two options that stood out.


Highlights

On any other day in any other restaurant, the Raw Seafood entree platter (Kingfish, Tuna, Snapper, Salmon) would have taken line honours, however the Wakanui grain-fed Eye Fillet with Chimichurri sauce, coupled with Duck-fat chips could quite easily be my last supper.


Most Surprising Dish

Actually - dishes. With Bluenose, Snapper, Crayfish and Clam options all on the mains list, it seems The Grill by Sean Connolly is just as adept in working with delicate kaimoana offerings as it is with the the traditional grilled staples.


The Bottom Line

SkyCity’s flagship restaurant, and for good reason. The Grill by Sean Connolly has got the formula right - great surroundings, knowledgeable and friendly service and simple, flavoursome (and local) food, comfortably one of Auckland’s top five dining experiences.


A Reason To Return

Armed with a larger expense account, and more carnivorous appetite, the “Study of Beef” (a selection of the Chef’s three favourite cuts) has already been added to my dining bucket-list.

The Grill by Sean Connolly has been reviewed by 22 users
 

Most Read Today

image
01 At The Flicks - February 2018 Film Highlights

View's guide to what's hitting the big screen this...

image
02 At The Flicks - May 2018 Film Highlights

View's guide to what's hitting the big screen this...

image
03 Auckland's Best Free Kids Activities

We check out the best five free kids activities in...

image
04 Auckland's Best Malls

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

image
05 At The Flicks - June 2018 Film Highlights

View's guide to what's hitting the big screen this...

Content updated: 23/06/2018 18:44

Restaurant Reviews

Get Onboard

Make It A Date

Connect

Latest Restaurants User Reviews

  • Manny Moo Cafe
    Great coffee, buzzy atmosphere and some really tasty counter food...

    dreadlockrasta on 31/05/2018 @ 8:59 a.m.
  • Candy Shop
    I'm a big fan of Camper Coffee, so when I heard Owner Woo Hyung L...

    LisaS_LocalHero on 17/05/2018 @ 5:05 p.m.
  • Honey Bones
    I love heading over to West Lynn shops to look at one of my favou...

    LisaS_LocalHero on 28/04/2018 @ 4:03 p.m.
  • Holy Shot
    Excellent Havana coffee and service with a smile at HolyShot, a p...

    LisaS_LocalHero on 21/03/2018 @ 3:37 p.m.
  • Dr Rudi's Rooftop Brewing Co
    Good place for catching up with group of friends and family, fant...

    Twins2502 on 8/02/2018 @ 5:02 p.m.
Hitwise Award Winner