Auckland City 09 361 5858
- Dinner: Tue – Sat from 6pm
- Lunch: Fri & Sat 12 noon – 4.30pm
- High Tea: Fri – Sun 12 noon – 4.30pm
- Business Dining
- Private Dining Room
- Romantic Dining
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Good For Children: No
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
An early 20th century historic restaurant. Nostalgia Restaurant is where the Bronze Goat Restaurant used to be for 25 years.
Old style provincial cuisine.
High Tea (Afternoon Tea) on weekends.
DRESS CODE: please help Nostalgia Restaurant to preserve the ambiance: sandals, sports shoes, t-shirts and shorts are not appropriate.
43 Reviews for Nostalgia Restaurant
The food was not sufficiently delicate for the occasion (or the price). I suggest Nostalgia staff take a trip down to the provinces and visit Zealong on the outskirts of Hamilton to learn about high tea food that delights. There we were, all dressed up to the nines, chomping into massive buns with stuff plonked on top! Pretty dresses deserve pretty food.
The layout of our private room was awkward and clunky. It was hard to talk to anyone except those seated really close by.
The washroom is quite something! Worth a visit to take a look at that.
Nearly there, but not quite, Nostalgia.
I thought the decor was fantastic and it made me feel like I had gone back in time.
The Low Tea along with the two cups of tea (one savory and one sweet which you had a choice of) was lovely and I thought well worth the $34 pp
The service unfortunately was the let down of the day.
We had to wait for nearly two hours before we got our first cup of tea and then our Low tea. There was no water on the tables for us to help ourselves to and we were never offered a glass of water upon arrival or throughout our service.
Due to this long wait some of our guest’s missed out on completing their Low Tea and Tea drinks as they had to go.
There was also no explanation as for why we were made to wait for 2 hours.
Would I come back here again……….. yes I will give it another go as I do think it is value for money for a nice girls day out, however if I have to wait for two hour service again, then I will be getting up and walking out.
I highly recommend this restaurant for all occasions. Magnificent experience.
Last night was my second visit within a month. The seats – what was that, a couch. The top of the table was at my chin. How could you expect to eat sitting on a bouncy couch? What were you thinking?
The food took nearly an hour to get to the table. I had to go outside & wait, till I was called in, when the food arrived.
Food was good but not enough. Had to pop in to McDonald’s to satisfy the hunger. Couldn’t wait to get out of the place. Sorry, but the truth hurts.
This is the first true ‘experience’ I have had in a restaurant in years. The restaurant felt refined and mature like no other restaurant I have seen. We left feeling like we had just stepped into another world for 2 hours and found ourselves immediately missing it.
The food was quite good, though it felt like it needed some thinking through. My dessert for example had 5 different things on one plate and I was left a little confused between all the different flavours.
For the experience though, with 3 separate dining areas and a very consistent and impressive decor, we have every intention of returning very soon.
FOOD: Starting from the top the fresh homemade scones were lovely. The downside was the middle tier. Cucumber on half a roll, shrimp thing on half a roll and chopped up ham with mustard on half a roll. The cucumbers really needed to be in a sandwhich to make it tastier. The ham bits would fall off onto the table whenever you took a bite. And the shrimp needed seasoning. What was missing was little sandwhiches or pastries. This would have been a great change from the rolls.
The real star was the desserts. Gorgeous. Fantastic range and beautifully done. Another star would have to be the teas. Having two teas each was lovely and they were very nice teas.
SERVICE: This was probably the let down. It’s often the little things that make the occasion work. I always feel that you should be offered water upon arrival. We had to ask for it. When our plates were cleared for the savoury courses they didn’t replace the shrimpy knives or give us other spoons for sweets. We were kind of ignored once seated and when we left there was noone around to see us off.
Overall really lovely and we will return to give it another shot and will hopefully try out the red room.
Make sure u check out the restrooms – very unique!
The menu has some interesting selections if you are feeling adventurous. If you aren’t the Seared Ostrich entree and Jerk Spiced Pork Belly mains are very good. We did try the Roquefort, Chocolate & Whisky dessert and for us it did not really work.
Extensive wine selection.
Worth making a booking.
It was more than just a night out and a meal. It was a totally fabulous experience. Ten out of ten to all the staff who made this a night to remember. As the rating states, it was as good as it gets………….And then some
I would like to explicitly and vehemently disagree with comments made in some other reviews that the portions were “too small”. We all went away feeling completely satisfied and very content.
The service was impeccable, the ambiance was wonderful, the food was to die for, and the band (female jazz singer, bass, and sax the night we went) was marvellous. I would come back to Prohibition just to hear that band, even if the food weren’t fantastic (which it was). Please don’t listen to the whingers in other reviews who complained about the music being too loud. They must have had their hearing aids turned up too high.
The salmon entree was pale and cold and it looked like the seaweed had come straight out of the packet.
I was still hungry after the $42 duck dish. It consisted of 6 slivers of beautifully cooked duck about 1/4 cup savoy, tiny carrots and the other stuff mentioned on the menu was so tiny it just made for garnishing. My friend’s fish dish consisted of very little and he was still hungry as well.
Another at our table had very nice steak dish.
Food waiter was not the greatest. We didn’t get told the fish until the time of ordering and no extra specials or information imparted.
We selected our desserts and when it came to ordering we were told that they didn’t have any of that particular dish tonight -
why they didn’t tell us first? We decided to go down the road for desserts and after dinner drinks.
The wine water was good.
This place has so much potential but I feel there was not much enthusiasm in the cooking and the mean servings let it down.
VERY good wine. Special occasion or out to impress? This is what you’re looking for. Thank you Prohibition!
Every dish had great flavours albeit sometimes extremely rich. The smoked beetroot has to be tasted to be believed!
OK, so they’re not huge servings so don’t go there with too much of an appetite but otherwise I don’t think you can fault this place.
The staff are very attentive, the menu selection very interesting, the blend of flavours amazing. The decor was amazing. Would highly recommend this place for a nice dinner out.
Judging from the other comments, of those who had an average experience, it was just two of us, so perhaps smaller parties is a good option.
The food, when we got it, was beautiful. Two in our group ordered entrees which was fine but due to that it took over an hour for the rest of us to get our mains. Two had pork, one had lamb & two had duck. I was one that had duck. Now the meal was divine, the flavours were amazing however compared to the other meals there was bugger all on the duck plate. We were left still feeling hungry.
The highlight for me was the chef’s selection dessert plate, this I would come back for again.
I’m happy to pay $40 for a main if I’m not waiting over an hour for it and it’s a decent portion.
very knowledgeable staff, though service could have bee better (sides were forgotten) there were 5 mains on the menu we ordered 4 of those(lamb,pork beef and vegetarian) all were so full of flavours nothing overpowering. i think my mouth was watering while i was having it, same can be said about the dessert, you could feel the passion and expertise of the Chef. highly recommended for excellent food and dining experience.
The food was an exquisite combination of flavours making every mouthful worth savouring. And just the right amount – no tiny artistic mains here.
The staff and service were professional, friendly, and approachable without hovering or being snobbish. I was so pleased I tipped which i almost never do.
Absolutely recommend Prohibition for an excellent dining experience.
We had to wait a very long time in between courses because there was 12 of us & we were over it by the time our mains came. That was a real shame because otherwise its a cool place to go just because its so different.
Completely fabulous service, fell in love with every waiter.
Only comment is please please please turn the music down, the live music was beautiful but with such a small room it was impossible to have a conversation, so ended up having a silent date.
Food is pretty good but not amazing considering the price. V nice coffee though.