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[Pictures: Todd Eyre]

We were greeted with a cocktail menu, a good one. There was a Rhubarb Sour and a Mellow Yellow, a delicious fuzzy confection with tequila and limoncello and gin. The Engine Room is light and bright and airy. There are no table cloths, the service is relaxed but responsive. In fact, the staff seem to know what you want just as you think of it, and there they are, quietly at your elbow. Drink? Yes please.

The menu is ever changing, but certain dishes remain – the steak frites with hotel butter, which is excellent: a big, bloody slab of gorgeous meat cooked precisely to medium rare (which, is quite rare, actually, getting your steak done just right). A great smear of hotel butter sits atop it, melting nicely into a salty puddle. The wine list is short and to the point; advice is sound. The schnitzel was impressive too, simultaneously tender and crisp, served atop a potato rosti with coleslaw and caper butter. Stray from the classics and find dishes that are equally pleasing but a little more inventive – a saffron pannacotta with rhubarb and rosewater; snapper on burgul pilar with fennel, currants and  bhaba ghanoush. Is it expensive?  A little – mains are all above $30, perhaps because it’s in the suburban enclave of Northcote Point. We suggest you venture across the bridge – it’s a trip worth making. NS

HOURS Tuesday to Saturday, dinner from 6pm. Friday, lunch from 12:30.

ADDRESS 115 Queen Street, Northcote Point, ph 480-9502.


  1. Mel wrote:

    Great site – I will be able to use your recommendations for my next trip up to Auckland!

    Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Permalink
  2. Eat Here Now wrote:

    Thanks Mel, glad we could help – keep checking back for new reviews!

    Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Permalink
  3. Michelle wrote:

    I’ve heard great things about this place. Been trying to go for the last 2 years…only problem is they say you need to call at least a few weeks in advance for a booking. Looking forward to eventually scoring a table!

    Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink
  4. SFG wrote:

    In our experience it’s really only if you want to go at 7pm on a Saturday night – other times things are a bit easier. We went recently and it’s still worth the wait.

    Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

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