District Dining – CLOSED
(Charter Customs Building, Britomart)
Auckland City 09 368-5315
Look out for something new in March 2013!Announced 4 months ago
- Mon-Thur noon-3pm, 6pm – 11pm
- Fri noon – 11pm
- Sat noon-3pm, 6pm – 11pm
- Business Dining
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Pay, Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
NZ-born chef Warren Turnbull is duplicating his highly successful Sydney restaurant “District Dining” (which opened there Oct 2010), right here in the Auckland CBD. Now open in Britomart, Turnbull says of District Dining: “I wanted to create something where I wanted to go and eat all the time. This is sort of a present to myself.”
14 Reviews for District Dining – CLOSED
We started with the Pigs Ears after everyone raving about them – but couldn’t even finish them – waaaay too salty. Not even my friend could, and she is a salt fiend!
The mains were tasty – 12 hour lamb was delish and the kingfish with wasabi was…interesting. But plate sizes were quite small – definitely need at least 2 ‘shared’ plates per person.
We ordered a bruschetta style dish off the menu without the bread, but asked for the bread as extra. Loved the waiter – funny guy. “yeah I love it, you and your free styling…” haha. The waiter was quite attentive, so thumbs up for service.
Dessert was the best bit. We shared the banana, chocolate parfait. YUM!
The meal cost was overpriced in my opinion. $170 (with a cheaper bottle of wine however) for 2 people was a bit steep for the amount of food we got.
Bottom line, won’t go back for a meal but would go back for dessert.
The staff were very friendly, very stylish and modern place but not over the top. Staff made us feel really welcomed even with the children.
We each ordered a dish and shared portions. Started with the Crispy pig’s ears (kids thought this was fun as we feed pigs ears to the dog!!). Very crispy and delicious, better than crackling.
The Pan-fried snapper dish was abit small but again very tasty.
Spiced 12-hour lamb shoulder definately recommend, great size, moist and the best.
Prawn and scallop raviolo & Skirt steak, scorched corn etc was also very nice.
With 1 starter shared and 4 dishes & drinks (mostly non alcoholic) the bill was $130, very good value for a fine dining, sophisticated restaurant.
LOVED setting, simple decor and our waiter was so on to it.
For a restaurant that’s only been open a week they’ve got it nailed and I’m extremely pleased with my choice to take family there.
We started off with bread and oils, olives and as strange as it sounds, pigs ears and it was delicious. Warm sourdough, huge olives, and the pigs ears were just outstanding.
The mains was mushroom risotto, which was very creamy without being too rich and it had plump portobello mushrooms through out it. The others had the spatchcock and Lamb, both were great portions, nicely presented and cooked perfectly.
Dessert was the sticky date pudding and it was the perfect size topped off with caramel and whiskey ice cream which wasn’t an overpowering flavour.
The whole meal was $180 including 5 glasses of Chardonnay and three non alcoholic drinks so we were pleasantly suprised with the bill.
The atmosphere was great, very stylish and the service just fantastic. We were personally met by the Restaurant Manager and he was charming without being over bearing.
Extremely happy and will definitely be going back again soon.