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Topic # 70017 16-Oct-2010 17:14
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My wife and I have booked ourselves into the Rendezvous Hotel in Auckland (cnr Mayoral Drive and Vincent Street), and are looking for somewhere nice to go for dinner to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. We'd like something within comfortable walking distance, if possible. I quite like the fine dining experience, but my wife finds that all a little pretentious. So we're looking for somewhere that will be special enough for the occasion without making us feel like we are out of place there. If any fellow Geekzoners have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them. All styles and nationalities considered. :-)

For that matter, does anyone have any experience with the Pacific restaurant at the Rendevous? I couldn't find much info on it online, but did find a couple of less than flattering customer reviews on dining websites.

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  Reply # 392644 16-Oct-2010 17:18
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Little India.

www.littleindia.co.nz

ps - sorry just realized it's not really in walking distance to where you are staying.




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  Reply # 392664 16-Oct-2010 18:28
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catch a cab if you have to - I recommend Kermadec on the waterfront (spelling may be incorrect) or Dine by Peter Gordan at sky tower.





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  Reply # 392692 16-Oct-2010 19:17
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geekiegeek: catch a cab if you have to - I recommend Kermadec on the waterfront (spelling may be incorrect) or Dine by Peter Gordan at sky tower.



It's actually Dine by Peter Gordon on Sky City Grand (across the street from Sky Tower).





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  Reply # 392714 16-Oct-2010 20:14
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Hi there,

Enjoy you anniversary.

Tanukis Cave is very Japanese Yakitori... casual  and bohemian...but great food and an institution !
Peter Gordon is amazing.. formal and fusion cuisine.... nice room.
Merediths needs booking but great degustation at $100 per head... must be experienced and ex Grove cook.
SPQR, Prego and NSP are classic italian. SPQR more dark and rowdy if you like that...
Get out of the Viaduct and take a taxi....
French cafe is classic fine dining but stuffy.... or maybe  for formal classic....

Prsonally I'd go Merediths....

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  Reply # 392718 16-Oct-2010 20:37
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Taxi to the Viaduct and go to Euro

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  Reply # 392721 16-Oct-2010 20:44
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Iguacu in Parnell- Not within walking distance sorry. Quite relaxed but has won awards for best Auckland restaurant :)

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  Reply # 392791 17-Oct-2010 10:57
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freitasm:
geekiegeek: catch a cab if you have to - I recommend Kermadec on the waterfront (spelling may be incorrect) or Dine by Peter Gordan at sky tower.



It's actually Dine by Peter Gordon on Sky City Grand (across the street from Sky Tower).



I can also vouch for this.



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  Reply # 393156 18-Oct-2010 13:37
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Thanks for all the suggestions, guys. Unfortunately I obviously didn't make my original requirements very clear. I already knew about Euro, Dine by Peter Gordon, and Kermadec (been there myself and loved the food). But these establishments are precisely the kind of restaurants that my wife is not a big fan of (although I have a fondness for them). She finds the food to be too pretentious, and feels really out of place in such a formal setting (she's a country girl at heart, I guess :-)).

I'm really after something a little less formal, but yet still has a nice intimate atmosphere and great food. We are actually currently leaning towards just wandering down the street and picking a restaurant that way based on the look of the venue and its menu. Would this be a fools errand to run on a Saturday evening (approx 7pm), and booking in advance would be pretty much a requirement for most eateries?

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  Reply # 393164 18-Oct-2010 13:58
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dclegg: Thanks for all the suggestions, guys. Unfortunately I obviously didn't make my original requirements very clear. I already knew about Euro, Dine by Peter Gordon, and Kermadec (been there myself and loved the food). But these establishments are precisely the kind of restaurants that my wife is not a big fan of (although I have a fondness for them). She finds the food to be too pretentious, and feels really out of place in such a formal setting (she's a country girl at heart, I guess :-)).

I'm really after something a little less formal, but yet still has a nice intimate atmosphere and great food. We are actually currently leaning towards just wandering down the street and picking a restaurant that way based on the look of the venue and its menu. Would this be a fools errand to run on a Saturday evening (approx 7pm), and booking in advance would be pretty much a requirement for most eateries?

Not sure if this fits the bill, but Tony's on Wellesley is a bit of an institution.

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  Reply # 393172 18-Oct-2010 14:11
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>Not sure if this fits the bill, but Tony's on Wellesley is a bit of an institution.

yeah, great place with beer and awesome steaks!




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  Reply # 393173 18-Oct-2010 14:11
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Not sure if this fits the bill, but Tony's on Wellesley is a bit of an institution.


Yeah, we saw that. We both like a good steak, and was thinking that may be a good choice. Ironically though, considering my "anti-pretentious" leanings, I was wondering whether it is nice enough for a wedding anniversary celebratory dinner. :-)

Have you eaten there before? If so, how did you find the food and the atmosphere? 

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Reply # 393217 18-Oct-2010 16:01
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dclegg: Have you eaten there before? If so, how did you find the food and the atmosphere? 


I was introduced to this place by chris021 from here on the forums.  The last time I went back was with chiefie, johnk100 and cisconz (plus our respective partners).

It really is a nice place, good size portions, beautifully cooked steak plus not too badly priced.  It doesn't look to flash from the outside, but it really is nice on the inside.

My suggestion would be to try and get a table out the back (up the stairs at the back on the left).  I find the booths in the main part of the restaurant too small.

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  Reply # 393218 18-Oct-2010 16:05
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Is the O'Connell St Bistro still there and still good?

Proposed to the wife there, rather intimate little place - only issue with it was getting the Limo I'd organised down the street as it was pretty narrow street.




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  Reply # 393229 18-Oct-2010 16:25
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Tonys is very nice, enjoyed the food and prices. Atmosphere is always nice. regarding walking the streets in town on a sat night at 7pm is something me and the wife do often, always manage to find a table, most places will fit with what you want. Enjoy your night out :-)

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