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St Patricks Square, Wyndham Street,
Auckland Central

(09) 368 4129

The ViewAuckland Review

Review byBrett Atkinson17/03/2014

The Grove, Auckland Central - Restaurant Review


One of Auckland’s most elegant and understated dining rooms plays host to a relaxed and very special dining experience. The ambience is refined, but definitely not stuffy, and a spacious interior and high ceilings means conversation is much easier than in many other restaurants around Auckland. Yes, we’re looking at you Ponsonby Rd.


Exemplary throughout the night with succinct and knowledgeable descriptions of all courses of the tasting menu. Timing across the evening was also perfect with the eight courses spread over a leisurely three and a half hours.

Drinks List

Look forward to one of Auckland’s finest winelists, classy cocktails – The Grove also doubles a cosmopolitan urban bar – and Peroni Italian lager on tap. The beer selection is adequate without being stellar, and it would be good to see a few more New Zealand craft beers joining brews from Galbraith’s, Tuatara and Hallertau.


Across a perfectly-paced three hours, the eight courses of The Grove’s Tasting Menu ($145) provided multiple surprises and culinary innovation. Highlights included Tahitian yellow fin tuna, Coromandel crayfish cannelloni, and a brilliant duo of crispy duck breast and leg with delicate heritage beets, blood orange and buffalo yoghurt. The Grove’s Tasting Menu is a significant investment, but for a special occasion we consider the eight courses packed with flavour to be a very good deal. For a la carte diners, entrees are $28 and mains $45.

The Bottom Line

Despite now also owning Baduzzi, Michael Dearth’s original Auckland restaurant is still one of the finest in the city, and should be an essential and regular destination for curious foodies looking for an exemplary dining experience.

A Reason To Return

To experience The Grove’s next seasonal Tasting Menu for an upcoming significant birthday. Roll on July.
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