We walked by this restaurant when we were walking down the pier one morning and thought it looked nice and so after reading a few online reviews decided to give it a try.
As I now look at their website I see thy have won lots of awards, and quite rightly so, in my opinion.
There was a little wait for a table - I don't think they take reservations, so we waited at the bar and enjoyed a glass of wine. In about 30 mins we were sitting at our table and ready to order.
The restaurant was full, even mid week and off season. The atmosphere was buzzy and despite being full the noise level was still quite low.
Our waitress was very pleasant, explaining which things were home made, and how big the dishes would be etc. We decided on a platter of meats to share, which was quiet substantial, so I'm glad we didn't order more.
Service was excellent, relaxed but efficient. There were always people around to answer questions or bring more wine.
All the dishes we tried were cooked perfectly. The pasta was deliciously al dente and the sauces very tasty. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meal. They have daily specials alongside the daily menu, which in fairness offers enough choice for most people.
All the food was well presented and the portion size was good. Not so big that you feel wasteful when you can't eat everything, but enough that you are not hungry even if you don't order 3 courses.
Desserts, as you can see from the photos were a feast not only for the taste buds but also for the eyes.
Baduzzi is owned by the same people who own The Grove, and our experience there didn't even come close to experience we had at Baduzzi.
At The Grove the service was sloppy, superior and slow. It took ages to get a drink upon arrival and although we ordered the degustation menu with wine paring, the wines hardly ever arrived with the food..... maybe they need to switch some of the staff here to show them how good service can be achieved.....
Baduzzi 22 Jellicoe St, Auckland, New Zealand +64 9 3099339 Website
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