Ella Cafe & Lounge – CLOSED
Auckland City 09 378 7979
Ella Cafe is delighted to be nominated again in the…Announced 1 year ago
- Tues – Fri 6pm – 10pm
- Sat 10am – 10pm
- Sun 10am – 10pm
- Business Dining
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Breakfast Meetings
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine
- Seating for: 40 downstairs, 6 outside, 20 in private dining room
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
On 118 Ponsonby Rd, Ella, cafe & lounge offers relaxed dining experience, excellent food, great service and definitely worth coming back to!
Ella has yet again been nominated for Restaurant of year by Metro Magazine for 2012.
“Ella, you’re a star, 8/10″ (Viva in NZ Herald on 03.02.2010)
Probably the prettiest and coziest cafe on Ponsonby Road
13 Reviews for Ella Cafe & Lounge – CLOSED
My omelette had all the right flavours going on, with asparagus, feta, caramelized onions, and a rather stunning mystery thin-mayo drizzled over the green lettuce salad accompaniment. A very small slice of extremely tasty sourdough was enough to leave me replete, but not too full to polish off my daugthers mouth-watering crepes. She was thrilled with her nutella-filled crepes with strawberries and icecream AND cream. (So was I! Yum, and she left the blackberries for me.)
Also excellent was the coffee.
A big shout out too to the manager/owner? who provided us with lots of brilliant childrens’ picture books, and some clever little toys, and gave my daughter a Christmas teddy bear as a treat. Thanks!
As soon as we entered the restaurant we were impressed by the ambience of the surroundings, candlelight tables, great background music and a buzz of the people enjoying their meals and the atmosphere of the restaurant.
On arrival the greeting was friendly and attentive and we were given a choice of tables to sit at. The pate and french onion soup as entrees were divine, followed by fish of the day and duck. The staff were very knowledgeable of the wine list and the matching of our wines with the food was superb.
The steward was friendly, attentive and had a good sense of humour and a wonderful smile.
Thank your for the wonderful experience and we look forwarding to coming back with friends.
I had heard that a new menu was coming out so went there on Friday evening to try it out with two of my girlfriends in tow.
The owner, Erwin, was charming and warm as always and service to our table was attentive, yet not intrusive.
I settled on the cured salmon as a starter – mmmm, melt in your mouth. Delicious! For my main I had the 10 hour lamb, which I had actually also tasted a couple of weeks ago at Ella, on National Roast Day. It did not disappoint – cooked to absolute perfection. I could have had lots more….
I tend to stick with the Wooing Tree Pinot Noir, but the waiter did tempt me to try another wine, which really complemented the lamb.
I didn’t have dessert on this occasion, but being a bit of a traditional girl, I always enjoy the rhubarb and apple crumble with vanilla ice cream. My mouth is watering just thinking about this meal – that, and I am hungry…. I might make my way to Ella’s Sunday roast – slow cooked pork shoulder with bacon fried sprouts and potato. Bon Appetit!
My main was disappointing and extremely average and not at all deserving of it’s pricing.
I found the desserts also overpriced at $15.90 and inferior in both size and taste.
Given the now numerous offerings of fine bistro style restaurants to choose from in Auckland I shan’t be returning to nor recommending Ella.
Thanks so much Ella! Astonishing!
Looking forward to trying the brunch menu with my wife this weekend.
The service was friendly and relaxed which made us feel right at home. Will definitely go again. I hear they do a fantastic Sunday roast!
Secondly the service was acceptable but nothing more no one was rude but neither was anyone attentive. When we asked for a recommendation for a big meaty red wine to go with our meal, the waiter first looked very very lost and then stammered a pinot noir, hmmmm, he needs some education in this arena. The red we finally chose came out in a white wine glass, basics you expect a restaurant to get right. In addition the pours were on the stingy side.
Overall the prices seemed to have gone up about 20% from our initial visit six months ago. From memory our mains were a touch over $30, desserts $15, and I can’t remember the starters. Note to everyone a bottle of water at Ella costs ten dollars, these little things can put you off.
Six months ago I would have given Ella three stars, but today only two. We did not feel that our patronage was that valued. I would probably eat here again if my dining companions really wanted to but would choose elsewhere if I was doing the choosing.