Black Salt Bar
(Corner of Totara Ave & Great North Rd)
Waitakere City 09 826 0060
- Tue – Sun 11.30am – Late
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Conference Facilities
- Live Music
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 80
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
Recently Black Salt Bar has undergone some renovations to re-establish ourselves in the market as a Gastro Pub.
Due to the customer confusion with Black Salt’s identity it has undergone a minor make over to emphasise that they are a Bar that serves Pub Grub.
The feel of the venue is definitely that of a Gastro pub now, with wine barrels in the courtyard to drink around to the addition of Ottomans thought the upper level and some great artwork throughout the venue giving it a more relaxed feel.
Black Salt has a live band every Fri & Sat night.
Please don’t let any of the previous comments put you off coming here as the menu and venue have changed.
25 Reviews for Black Salt Bar
We have never been disappointed & recommend Black Salt to all our friends
Meals are poor to average. No Vegetarian food. Not a chance of the chef caring, couldn’t even be bothered not putting the bacon on a dish we requested with no bacon. Chicken burger; dry, boring and served in bread from a day or two ago, and not even toasted! Stone grill is decent if that’s your kinda thing.
When we complained about the chef being completely unaccommodating, the bartender blamed it on the fact that he is Indian, so he doesn’t care.
Nothing like ending the night with a touch of racism.
I’d like to thank the waitresses for genuinely caring that the chef is a dick and people stop enjoying themselves because of him hating his life, I’d like to thank the waitress also, for trying to tell him it was not supposed have bacon, even though all she got was an evil look and ushered to bring it over.
I have been twice, only because I want it to be our local, and go there weekly, but it’s been a let down twice in a row.
Would never go back and would advise friends not to eat there either.
This is our second disappointing visit, we wont be going back
The staff are always pleasant and polite and even when they’re run off their feet they always take their time to see if there is anything else that we need.
Obviously my experience is in complete contrast to the one star ones I have just read and I do not believe those ratings are justified however I would just like to come in on a positive note to say that Black salt deserve 5 stars from me. I have dined here on more than one occasion and each time the food and the service has been perfection for me.
I would just like to note that my daughters partner chose to have a beef burger for dinner, which was just under $20, and he himself had difficulty finishing it. So in his and in my opinion, it was anything but small.
I highly recommend this place to all in West Auckland, go and check it out for yourself and make your own mind up.
Went in for a late lunch during the weekend and had possibly the worst service at an eating establishment in Auckland ever, and probably should have taken note from the lack of people eating there as an early warning sign.
Overpaid for a below average burger that took half an hour to make because of a “technical issue between the bar and the kitchen”, and a “seafood” basket that was simply batter, prawn heads, overcooked something else, and some mussels, served over some soggy chips.
Will just walk down to Burgerfuel or Lone Star next time.
Those who have given it 5 stars must have been paid to do so, cos this place is an absolute joke.
One star, because at least the beer was cold… just.
Also the Foreshore and Seabed meal was NOT as discribed, and was very very dissapointing; on the menu it is discribed as haveing PrawnS and Scallops .. well, yes it did come with both, but only ONE Prawn, and 2 – 3 barely legal sized Scallops, so a bit of false advertising on their menu, and rather disapointing to get served that especially for the price paid!
Waiters there are fairly friendly though, however we were there with another large group, and I dont think the staff know how to handle having large groups there, as to about 30 people, there was only ONE waiter taking all their orders, which lead to, by the time one half of the group had eaten all their meals, the other half was only just being brought out theirs, which we thought was silly, one would think with a large grouping the staff would allocate at least 2 waiters to them? and it was not as if the place had many of us patrons in it (besides that large group) so there were extra staff available, and I am sure they would have known in fair amount of time how many were turning up that night due to having to book for dinners.
All in all, I dont think we will be back in a hurry, as it just doesnt seem to have the same atmosphere it once had, and the food grading has really gone downhill in the past year or so, not to mention alot of their Stones for the Stone Grills are cracked, and I noticed with our meals, we had some ‘grit’ on the meats from the cracks on the stones, which was not very pleasent to say the least.
If you want exclususive cuisine go somewhere else but if you like to do stonegrilling wich is great with just 2 people but also with groups or some nice pub food this is the place to go.
The atmosphere and service is always great and on saturday they have live music. Whitout a doubt a 5 star rating.
Why is Black Salt in New Lynn the worst restaurant in Auckland?
Reservations – It took us 3 attempts to eat here. The first time they booked on the wrong day and said we would have to wait ‘a long time’ before they could accommodate us. The second time they had just seated a large table and it was going to be about 1 1/2 hrs to serve us. The third time they had us booked for the wrong day again, but this time the restaurant was so empty it wasn’t a problem.
Noise – the music was so loud we couldn’t hold a conversation or hear the waitress recite the menu specials. When we asked the waitress to move us further away from the singer it was a ‘difficult’ request, despite the restaurant being empty – they had positioned the truly awful singer in the restaurant area right next to the patrons! When the singer thankfully stopped they cranked up the sound system to an equally inappropriate volume.
Food – I left the restaurant hungry. My steak was served on a hot stone accompanied by some very small side panels for the rest of the meal. The menu is very limited and most the meals you have to cook at the table using the ridiculous hot stone concept they have – if I wanted to cook my own food I could stay at home.
Staff – everything was a hassle for the staff. I asked for my steak to be cooked rare after struggling with raw meat on a hot stone but I was told they couldn’t do it despite having a kitchen and a bored chef within my vision. When the 12 year old manager asked me if I enjoyed my meal at the end I made the mistake of answering politely but truthfully and she ended up arguing with me and I had to insist on just being able to pay my bill and leave.
Do not eat here, it is absolutely awful.
If you are thinking of setting up a restaurant in New Lynn keep an eye on this place as I doubt they will be in business for long, you’ll get a good building at a cheap priceMore and there’s no decent competition in the area.
The menu has a nice selection of dishes. We ordered two mains – the chicken and market fish. Whilst the dishes were presented and cooked perfectly, we were disappointed that they just had the potato and no greens which would have complimented the dish.
For $27 we thought the mains were over-priced and left us wanting desert.
The service was RUDE and the food was disgusting!
Food was overpriced slop, under cooked meat and the side salad was a few bits of lettuce!
The desert was a joke! The chocolate fondue tasted like Budget No Frills hot chocolate with a few tiny bits of fruit to dip with.
The waiter would stand arm crossed and staring down at tables as if he wanted to close shop early, he hastily grabbed an ashtray at another table and the ash went all over a woman. She looked shocked but he continued on without apologising.
An absolute shocker!!! Of a bar and restaurant.
No redeeming qualities at all…..except for the exit door!
The worst place ever!! If you like terrible service and overpriced rubbish food this is the place for you. The steak wasn’t cooked properly, the seafood chowder was watery and hardly had any seafood inside, the drinks were watered down too plus the service was horrible! Very rude waiter that acted like he couldn’t wait for everyone to leave. Very snappy and impatient. highly recommend to enemies!
We’ve had almost everything on the menu, portions are generous and the flavours are amazing.
The staff take their time out to answer our questions, offer us suggestions and socialise with us when they can.
Can’t wait for summer again, to sit outside in the last of the afternoon sun
One coffee was dismal, the other was pretty good so it seems it depends on who you have making your coffee.
Service was friendly on both visits.
Even waitress said it was wrong.
When I told him this was wrong he tried to say he thought it was the same as the Entertainment book.where cheapest meal was taken off price….good try. Surely he has had loads of these vouchers!!!!! He was then rude. Also my meal was uncooked and my daughters kids meal was bigger!!! What a joke my lamb consisted of an uncooked piece of tough meat with a tiny bit of cabbage and 10 or so pinenuts..Worst dining experience We have ever had. Would never go there again. Manager was a joke!!!!!!!!Unprofessional. Never asked how meal was or anything. Prices way over the top for slop!!!!!!
How hard is it to have a side of vegetables on the menu?
Very overpriced – food was atrocious.
I had lamb shank – very over cooked & dried out (very small shank – must have been a very young lamb).
Service was equally atrocious.