The Tasting Room
Wellington City 04-384 1159
- Mon – Fri 11am – Late
- Sat – Sun 10am – Late
- Business Dining
- Romantic Dining
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 60
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- 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: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
The Tasting Room is a modern interpretation of the traditional public house, what we like to call a gastropub; offering the best in food and drink. It incorporates elements of the West Coast past brought together in a sophisticated contemporary environment of leather, oak and stone.
From the team that has brought your Brava, Felix and The Flying Burrito Brothers we are proud to bring you another fine establishment. The Tasting Room is the ideal spot for lunch, dinner, afterwork socializing, pre-theatre dining, lunch in the weekend or just pop in anytime and enjoy a delicious Monteith’s beer matched with some tantalizing food.
19 Reviews for The Tasting Room
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If you’re a beef eater you can’t go wrong with the Beef Wellington – after trying it on his first visit my husband has never ventured any further. I’ve worked my way through the menu and have always had good meals – though the gnocchi is overpriced at $27 for what is effectively some pasta with some tomato sauce and ricotta.
The hands down winner on the dessert front is the chocolate fondant which is cooked to order and absolutely divine. Someone from The Cornerstore in Brooklyn should visit for a lesson in what a fondant is supposed to be! However the creme brulee and apple tart tatin are also scrumptious.
As someone else has mentioned – if you want to hear the person you’re with ask for the a table on the left hand side. On my last visit we got seated on right (same side as the bar) and it was so insanely loud we literally had to yell and each other to be heard.
The service every time I’ve been there has always been efficient and friendly.
My husband and I returned recently again for a meal. Having recently had a baby, our nights out are few a far between and we knew the Tasting Room would be a sure bet.
Cheese fondue to start, you just know your arteries are dying inside but it’s too good to stop. He, as always, had the Beef Wellington, which was as usual incredible. I had the Venison, which was also gorgeous.
The service was attentive, until dessert. When my chocolate fondant landed in front of me, I knew with a glance it was overcooked. With the speed the waitress left, I wasn’t the only one. Sure enough, not even a glimmer of the usual gooey chocolate goodness. Oh well, even warm chocolate mudcake is okay, unfortunately it had travelled way past that. It was dry, tough, chewy and inedible. I tried to flag our waitress down a number of times, but she was studiously avoiding our table. MoreAfter 20 minutes we gave up and went to pay.
At the til the guy asked how I meals were. After complimenting the mains I said that my fondant wasn’t up to its usual greatness and way over cooked. He shrugged his shoulders and said it was a busy night. Up until that point I was feeling pretty c’est la vie about it, but honestly, if you don’t want to know how someone’s meal is, don’t ask.
Having said that, it’s still a great place for dinner. And in the two years we’ve been eating there, that’s the first time I’ve been really disappointed.
We both had the Beef Wellington and it was really delicious.
The sauce was awesome and the onion and potato on the side were really nice. We also had a side dish of garlicy green beans and they were delicious. The only 2 minor faults were: some of the beans had those stringy bits on them and my partners beef was not as rare as mine – but they were very minor things.
Service was awesome – very attentive and there are lots of botique beers to choose from. Ordering a jug is reasonably cheap and if you are there between 7-9pm even cheaper.
We used an entertainment card which I always feel embarassed to use but this has to be the first time we were treated equally and not made to feel stink when using it.
Also have to mention the atmosphere of the place is really nice to.
Would definitely go back.
The food was excellent and you got the feeling they wanted to make things right not so that I would complain, but that it’s what you should always do for your customers.
We had the lamb rump and beef wellington. Both were cooked well and were very succulent cuts. The side vegetables were green beans and were nice and firm, not soggy.
The dessert was superb..the chocolate mousse was rich without being over the top. All-in-all, one of the best overall dining experiences I have had in Wellington.
What first brought us in was the menu outside, particularly for my fiancee who does not eat much red meat. However, the chicken dish on the display menu was different in the menus we were given. So one disappointment and minus one star already (although to be fair the dish did turn out to be tasty). For us three, we were keen to take up on the Sunday roast offer. Surprised that it was $35 each (much pricier than others around town), but this seemed fair enough when it was Chateaubriand.
So we ordered our drinks…and waited…and waited. It got to the point where it was 45 minutes before our food got to the table and I was having no luck getting staff’s attention – our waitress almost seemed to be studiously avoiding us. When the Chateaubriand did arrive, what do you know? One of them was well done. It was bad enough having to wait this long, but when it’s then over-cooked this is not acceptable. The waitress did come to ask how the meals were and I pointed out that we weren’t happy about the wait, the meat and the decidedly middling (and not cheap) Syrah I’d drunk. She did apologise and then come back saying our glasses of wine were complimentary.
I appreciate that they did acknowledge this was not up to standard and did do something to rectify it. Heck, we were even able to use our Entertainment card which made for a cheap night out in the end. However, when the maitre d’ at the end said “I hope you’ll be brave enough (??) to come back again” then I’m thinking that we won’t.
The service was fantastic we were seated and ordered really fast and they checked regularly on how we were
Would definitely go back but think there could be some improvement with the wellington
I was having trouble deciding on my main, to the waiter suggested he take the menus away while we had the starter, and would bring them back afterwards. However the starter plate was cleared and no menus were returned, I had to go and ask for them.
My sister absolutely loved the pork dish and was still talking about it the next day. I had the Beef Wellington and asked if they would swap the potatoes for the vegetable of the day (beans and broccoli). They did this at no extra charge. However the serving of broccoli was one piece. The dish included a large pile of confit onions – tasty but too much. The Wellington was really really good, the beef was flavoursome and tender. The waitress said it would come out medium and it was.
Overall an enjoyable dining experience but perhaps a little too noisy, as we seemed to be seated in the bar area. I will return.
Took the partner here for his birthday, nice atmosphere. He got the pork belly and I got the calamari to start with – they were nicely cooked, but we both felt they could have been seasoned more. I had the beef wellington for my main, the pastry and gravy were delicious, however the beef was a little overcooked for my taste and abit dry. Desserts were fantastic. Great service, and a good all round experience.
I had the Beef Wellington and my partner had Venison – both were good sized portions and tasted amazing.
The waiting staff were very pleasant and the whole experience was an enjoyable one.
Food was quite pricey for quality & substance. After reviewing others comments went for the Beef, it was cooked but not to the degree requested. Good flavours though.
Good range of Beverage available. Quite noisy with drinkers getting a lot louder the more they imbibed (Newtons law I suppose;-)
My mum and cousin ordered steak meals which they thoroughly enjoyed – so yes, if you’re a meat eater, it’s a good place to go for a $35 steak meal. However, their seafood chowder was the worst I’ve ever had in my life. The fish was strong smelling, and yet very bland. I couldn’t even finish the small bowl of chowder because the smell of the fish was so overwhelming. For a restaurant that gets supposedly good reviews, I was highly disappointed they could get such an easy dish (that my mum can make perfectly with her eyes shut) so horribly wrong.