We flew into Auckland on a clear Thrusday evening recently. After checking into our hotel we were eager to step outside and explore what the neighborhood looks like. We were in the central CBD district. Kermadec restaurant was recommended to us at the hotel. Having no other recommendations we proceeded to the waterfront to for sightseeing and for some good food.
The entrance to the restaurant is on the opposite side of the street to the restaurant and there is a street bridge to get you to the door. We could not figure out why it was this way. We were asked if we had reservations (which we didn't). Our server Jurgen was awesome. He obviously has experience in how to treat his guests.
He could explain each dish in detail and provide specific suggestions. On my request for a buttery fish, he suggested the Hapuka. It turned out to be amazingly soft and very tasty, beautifully prepared.
The bread was wonderful as was the Seafood Chowder and the salads. Pure culinary delight. Need I to say that the restaurant has a view of the marina.
With some wine and interesting conversation this proved to be an amazing evening. To top it off we chose a few petit fours and decaf coffee, both very pleasant of course. It was an unhurried evening.The decor is marine with interesting carvings. Wood dominates the main room.
Seemed like everyone was enjoying their time. For the entire experience, the check did not exceed $70USD. Having in mind that we had such excellent service, ambiance, salad, soups, entrees, desert, wine and coffee this is a great deal.
Too bad we cannot get this kind of experience in the US for such a price. If you are in Auckland, go there now ..Michael Philip is one of the editors and contributors for the SeeTheGlobe.com web site. SeeTheGlobe.
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By: Michael Philip