Auckland City 09-623 3140
- Lunch: Fri 12noon – 3pm
- Dinner: Tue – Sat 6pm – 10:30pm
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Price Range: Splurge, Above $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits
- Seating for: 40
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free On-Street
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian
- Meals: Dinner, Dessert
Winner of the Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year Award.
Best New Restaurant in Metro/Audi Restaurant of the Year Awards.
Merediths Restaurant consistently receives glowing recommendations by professional food critics.
Bookings are essential.
On Friday and Saturday evenings you will be indulged with the nine course degustation menu, with wine matches if you choose. Other evenings and Friday lunch offer either a six or eight course tasting menu or the nine course degustation.
41 Reviews for Merediths Restaurant
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Meredith’s was amazing the staff and food was impeccable I can not find a fault with anything, had the best experience ever.
We had a group of 23 we travelled up from Tauranga to have this experience and are all chefs and it rocked I have been given not only and experience but also more passion for what I love to do most and that’s cook!!
Definitely check it out.
Will be back for more very soon.
I cannot give this restaurant enough praise, it was mind blowing!
We had a wonderful time, and enjoy the service of our waiters especially Danny. Chef Merediths has done a wonderful job and we will be looking forward to our next visit.
The food was very nice but not amazing. Most of the staff were wonderful. Except one waitress who reached across me twice to clear plates from the person next to me yet she could have gone around to the other side to clear the plates quite easily. She didn’t even say excuse me. That is basic requirement in any restaurant, she was also very unfriendly on the phone when I booked.
The other problem was it was far too hot in the restaurant, there doesn’t appear to be air conditioning, it was a very hot day so it became quite uncomfortable.
Ingredient quality had admittedly asserted itself as a definite merit- the onus now rested on brilliant cooking.
The ambience in this small restaurant is a cross betwixt cosy and corporate – black nuzzles and flows over white, and in the room where I sat, a wide window shows the chefs in smooth action .But half the tables there were positioned so close to each other that their arrangement has ripe potential to kill romance and privacy. A wall features a painting that showcases a big amber clam-shell-like shape,and the waitress enlightened me that it’s an African motif connoting the “release of illumination”.
The succeeding course auspiciously mirrored this – ‘chick peas,brick pastry and garden trimmings”. The flavour gap between a young sweet sexy red-wine reduction and an agreeably unctuous hummus jacketed in pastry, was briMoredged by an eggplant puree’s nuanced flavours.When the wittily named third component of the dish was annointed with these,it gave rise to a contrapuntal rippling current of taste that is the hallmark of an evolved salad – it was the best dish of the evening.
Then- Tender-crisp examples of pristine almond were topped with their subtle foam that in turn gave way to a sharp apricot reduction while cuts of carrot were again glazed with orange.The dish was completed by a superbly roasted haloumi – a pleasure to chew and savour as the other flavours danced around it.
The fifth dish presumably meant to be the heartiest of ‘em all possessed a paucity of soul and focus. Scrambled cauliflower, creamy tofu, peach slices, a yeast crumble’s textural contrast and little licks of apple glaze all still flattered to deceive, like Mitt Romney. Skyward progression was again arrested by the next presentation which was too earthy for its own good- pumpkin gnocchi was satisfyingly al dente but its depth of flavour was a phantom, while the textures of mushroom and flecks of black rice et al just didn’t unearth the required vibrancy.
Service (my hosts were Danny – a charming young man, and a young lady who also equal to the keen task though she needs to relax a bit more) was pleasantly competent, it is perspicacious in knowing dish ingredients and there was only one lapse of vigilant concern over the course of the entire evening.
Matters then revved up with a riff on a Samoan breakfast “Suafa’i “- An exquisite coconut sorbet crowned a mound of granulated aromatic delights with banana cream also jumping in. This inveigling blend was a cool tropical kiss. But in the meal-ending course I didn’t fully get what comes after a kiss. On request, the yoghurt had been removed but no innovative supplement was provided – raspberry sorbet was flavoured with beautiful restraint, paired with a selection of fine berries but there was little to cut the acidity.
Did I miss meat? No, rather I missed a wider selection of the same genre. Rice, noodles, pasta, savoury pancakes and dozens of other delicious fillers could also have been employed with inspiration-after all,a vegetarian doth not survive by vegetables alone. But at $75 for 8 courses, this is easily one of the best value-for-money experiences in the city’s fine-dining scene currently. Chef Meredith was kind and hospitable as I was allowed to personally thank him. Cavils aside,this meal provided sufficient evidence of fine orchestration of flavours and a culinary imagination that definitely merits further exploration. The restaurant’s 9 course degustion menu will hopefully gratify that curiosity
Had the 9 course degustation, and my wife had the wine match. The service was second to none, and our waiter for the evening was of the highest standard.
Great night, beautiful food. So many different tastes, we feel maybe there were just too many, and a fair bit of seafood in most of the dishes, with lamb at the very end of the savouries.
If you’re a fan of degustation, this is the place.
What a treat, my friends have been raving about this place – and with very good reason.
The food was delightful, but what really threw me was the service.
Our waitress looked after us better than I could have imagined, she was attentive, knowledgeable and just wonderful.
Congratulations to her for be so young, and yet so accomplished.
I felt like an absolute princess and she even made my ice queen friend crack a smile.
Well done Meredith’s, you have far surpassed my high expectations
The food was exquisite. We had the 5 course tasting menu. My favourite courses were the cerviche (beautifully presented, incredible flavours) and the dessert, a chocolate, peanut butter and banana sensation. I wanted to pick up my dessert plate and lick it clean!
My husband really enjoyed the salmon course and the beef fillet.
The service was impeccable with our waiter patiently explaining each of the wine matches and each course.
Love the decor, very subtle but elegant.
We are planning to visit again – I can’t recommend highly enough.
Our main gripe (all of us agreed) was that the food was patchy in quality – at degustation one expects perfection and it wasn’t on display here. Presentation wasn’t up to par, nor was taste; the (overly-represented) sous-vide dishes were especially inferior.
Worst for me was the staff. Our waitress patently did not want to be at work the night we were there, absent for long intervals, failing to top off glasses as necessary and rolling her eyes when she thought nobody was watching (we saw you!).
I’ll give Meredith another go in a year or so (I’m sure he’ll still be there) to see if this was a one-off, but can’t recommend based on our experience.
If you want to gobble your food down and “chuck” back a wine, I would suggest Cobb n Co for that once a year special occasion, but if you want to dine out and experiance, excellent Chef/food,staff, wine then this is the place for you. Keep up the the excellent work, I’ll be back ( only 20 sleeps to go)
The biggest problem was they didn’t have enough waiters in our area only one person. From the moment we sat down we had to wait sometime……. even to order a glass of champagne. We were seated next to group who were having the degustation with a wine match and the waiter needed to spend quite a bit of time with them. Hence the wait for us and others in this section (people next to us had to call out to the waiter to ask for the dessert menu etc etc). The food (the entree) was fabulous the only problem was the wait. We had to wait around 20 minutes for the waiter to even take our entree plates away, and I nearly popped them on the table next to us who had finished and left- as there is no room on the table and not nice having to share the table with dirty dishes for 20 minutes. Next our mains were completely forgotten. There was a table behind us that arrived sometime later than our booking (maybe 30 minutes after us) and were halfway through their main when we asked the waiter what had happened to our mains? It was obvious that the kitchen couldn’t find our docket and still hadn’t even started the meals at this point. We had got to the point when we were on an extra glass of wine as we were waiting and had passed the eating point.
Lastly when paying the bill this was stuffed up too. We were not asked if we needed a taxi etc etc simple things that you expect from a fine dining restaurant.
Sadly it did not live up to our expectations at all and the whole evening was a real disappointment.
Our big mistake on our first visit was to miss the desserts – learn from our lesson – do not skip desserts, we never have again. On par to Vue de Monde in Melbourne, without the theatrics and cost. Wait staff are wonderful and really make you welcome. Well done Michael.
6till eight. being vegetarians we are used to mains that are “deconstructed”, meaning the meat/poultry/fish is left out and the remainder served.not in this case.
the food certainly lived up to expectation, and then some!very stylish presentation,without being ostentatious.had entree,main,dessert and felt just right after devouring every little morsel of it.
$235 for two with 2 glasses of champagne, 2 glasses of wine and a tawny port was more than reasonable. highly recommended.
I’d recommend the degustation as it is pretty good value considering the range of incredible dishes prepared.
Do the wine degustation too for another $65 (I think) and you really are in for a superb night!!
Well worth the wait. Woke up the next day thinking wow. I found this to be the best place I have eaten at in Auckland. 8 dishes. Every one of them delightful. Matching wines, perfect.
Personally I think it tops “The F…ch Cafe”
Try this restaurant is really a must. Very few could be disappointed.
For a romantic dinner for two ask for the table next to the door. Sounds annoying but you’ll find out why.
My enthusiasm and admiration for Mr. Meredith’s talent has not waned – have eaten there twice since he has opened and am looking to book again soon for my birthday. Highly recommended would be an understatement…
Decor understated , restaurant small but what a great find , try it you won’t be disappointed , a true dining experience !!
8 courses and every one a picture – literally a work of art – and packed with taste sensations. Often a lot of flavours on the plate but each sympathetic to the others.
I haven’t tried a degustation menu before but I really enjoyed putting myself in the hands of a top chef. I can’t think of a thing we were served that wasn’t cooked – and presented – to perfection.
My wife found it too much food but she is a very small eater. I thought the size of each course was judged to perfection for size and content but I must admit I wouldn’t have felt deprived if it was one course less.
Service was impeccable, very friendly and knowledgable.
If you can afford it, try it, is an absolute treat. $95 a head for the food.
I just hope there are enough people who want to try this kind of eating to keep this restaurant going. In it’s favour is it’s very small, seating only 28, the man in the kitchen is a master and the service is faultless.