The Refreshment Room

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233 Scenic Drive,

(09) 551 1705

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The Refreshment Room is a warm, casual and inviting restaurant located on Scenic Drive in Titirangi. Serving rustic Italian cuisine, The Refreshment Room offers expansive views of the Waitakere bush - a view which can be enjoyed alfresco in the summer months.

Opening Hours
Wed-Fri 17.00-21.00
Sat, Sun 12.00-21.00
Avg Food Spend
$$$ per person
Outdoor Area
Large deck with expansive views
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Reviewer captainT
The Refreshment room is the best dining establishment the West has to offer. It’s décor is unassuming yet elegant. While being uncomplicated in it’s flavours the food is still delicious. The chickpea and mozzarella chips were tasty even if the texture is slightly odd. I had the fillet and it was cooked perfectly. The accompanying herb and caper salsa was a nice accompaniment that didn’t overpower the steak. The waitress was prompt and friendly and actually wanted to engage in conversation rather than displaying the pretentiousness seen in so many city eateries. I highly recommend.
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Reviewer oldtimer
Came here for dinner on the recommendation from a friend on Saturday 19th January 2013.

The restaurant itself is quite small and the tables are extremely close together with not much room in between, you can hear everyone else’s conversation around you.

We ordered the Chickpea and mozzarella chips with tomato sauce for $10 and the Cured meats and cheese with bread and pickles for $24. We couldn’t believe it when the meat plate came out. It was a small white dinner plate with 2 pieces of cured ham, 4 pieces of sourdough, 3 olives, a tablespoon of pickle and 1 piece of cheese the size of a match box. For $24 it was extremely poor and for the price you’d expect more. The Chickpea chips were large, starchy and extremely bland. Unfortunately the salsa which accompanied it didn’t make any difference.

For our mains we ordered the Risotto and the Orecchiette with Angus meatballs and roasted vine tomatoes. We again were extremely disappointed with our meals, so much so that we sent the Risotto back. It was bitter, hard, and the mushrooms were quite slimey and didn’t taste right. The Orecchiette was rubbery and the vine tomatoes were obviously not fresh.

We ordered the Scotch Fillet instead. Unfortunately the waitress didn’t ask how I wanted the steak cooked so I had to follow her with a request for medium rare. Thank goodness this was cooked right. It came with a few spinach leaves obviously from a bag and no dressing.

When we went to pay for the meal ($108 in total) the woman on the counter who was acting as the maitre d’ was exceptionally rude and questioned why we sent back the Risotto. I told her it wasn’t enjoyable and wasn’t how Risotto was supposed to be cooked. She fought with us and told us the Chef was ‘from London’ and knew how to cook. Unfortunately being from London doesn’t mean a lot really and we were most annoyed that she was so rude. Hospitality 101 you do not try and fight with your customers, you take feedback graciously and try and do bette
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I love The Refreshment Room. The place is really warm with wood panelling. It's really a no-fuss place. Doors open up to a really sunny deck which is great for summer.

We went on a Sunday afternoon. Service was relaxed and friendly. The lady who attended to us wasn't necessarily the best in explaining things, but she did try her best and came back to clarify things.

What I love about it is its concept, the simplicity of food which just explodes with flavour. Perfect place to wind down on the way back to town after a long exhausting walk.

Our mains did take a bit long to come out even though there weren't busy. But the food was worth the wait... unless their plan was to make us starve and then serve us... mm..

I'd also give the Hakanoa ginger beer a go. It's brewed on the premises apparently. It is really light on the sugar, but tastes sweeter as you drink it. Definitely very different from the commercial stuff. I've fallen in love with it.

What they might need to improve on? Maybe the hand-writing on the menus...

Otherwise, a nice relaxing place with good food.
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Reviewer Anonymous
Just back from a wonderful meal at the Refreshment Room in Titirangi.
I had the pork fillet stuffed with spinach and gorgonzola...I'm going to be dreaming of this dish for quite some time yet!
My dining companion had the scotch fillet which by all accounts was fantastic....I think that settles it - another trip to The Refreshment Room MUST be on the cards!
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