The Grove restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2018

by Metro / 21 June, 2018
The Grove's roasted pork cheek with parsnip and tonka-bean purée, black pudding and golden raisins.

The Grove's roasted pork cheek with parsnip and tonka-bean purée, black pudding and golden raisins.

The Grove restaurant review

Metro Top 50 2018 restaurant The Grove in the Auckland CBD is an inspiring fine dining establishment.

This is one of Auckland’s most consistent and inspiring fine-dining institutions: many of the city’s best chefs learned the ropes here. What’s exciting about The Grove in 2018, however, is that the experience feels unpredictable and a little daring. This is likely due to the arrival of new head chef Scott Denning, but the feeling is about a lot more than the fresh ideas of a new culinary chief – the service feels less formal, too; even the music is more eclectic. The Grove offers a four- or seven-course dégustation. It’s a journey inspired by global food trends that focus on provenance and sustainability but it’s also just incredibly flavourful and easy to like. There are elements of theatre: your night begins with a verbal tour of a menu you never set eyes on, and ends with a flaming Bombe Alaska, finished at the table. What’s most memorable is how seamlessly it all flows when you’re guided by efficient, attentive and, most importantly, charming staff.

What it offers Dégustation options / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Good for vegetarians / Takes large groups / Bar / Craft beer selection
A favourite dish Bombe Alaska
Awards Finalist, Best Service
Hours Lunch Thurs-Fri, Dinner Mon-Sat
Bookings Yes

Price $$$
Seats 38
Chef Scott Denning

thegroverestaurant.co.nz
St Patrick’s Square, Wyndham St, Auckland CBD
Ph 368-4129

See here for all of Metro's Top 50 Auckland restaurants for 2018

The Grove offers fine dining in the central city.

The Grove offers fine dining in the central city.

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