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“Bravo for bracu”
Review of Bracu

Bracu
Ranked #1 of 6 Restaurants in Bombay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$27
Cuisines: European, New Zealand, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Simunovich Olive Estate is home to a unique restaurant, Bracu, which takes its name from the Adriatic island of Brac, the place where our olive growing tradition began.Nestled amid the stunning olive grove of the Simunovich Olive Estate, Bracu Restaurant offers elegant and contemporary fine dining in a truly exceptional setting. Experience the exquisite dishes prepared by talented Head Chef Mikey Newlands with seasonal offerings from the Estate's own gardens and passionate local producers while you relax on the all-weather veranda or inside the magnificently restyled Kauri villa.Just 35 minutes from central Auckland, with breathtaking views across the vast olive grove and the rolling pastures of the Bombay Hills, Bracu is Auckland's finest country restaurant.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
“Bravo for bracu”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

What a gorgeous place to dine. The young German head waiter is an absolute credit to the establishment as are the rest of the staff. We sampled the degustation menu and we were very pleased, although the portions were quite small compared to other degustation menus we have had the standard was impeccable with great attention to the tiny details on the plate. The wine was fabulous, but I do expect that from a list where the cheapest wine by the glass is $18 per glass.
Definitely a place to try if you like superb quality food, don't mind smaller portions or paying a slightly elevated price for the experience. We would definitely return!

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Bellamarco26
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English first
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36 reviews
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“Amazing food!”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

My husband and I were looking to visit an olive grove, and was surprised to find Bracu restaurant on the Simunovich Olive Estate located in Bombay Auckland, NZ. I emailed Michael W the restaurant manager and informed him of our travel plans from the United States. He was able to arrange for a ride from the airport and had a table outside with a view of the olive trees waiting for us. My husband and I ordered the degustation and enjoyed a wonderful lunch. The staff was professional and described the dishes for us. Our driver was was from the area and shared history about the area and New Zealand. I highly recommend a trip to this restaurant . Don't forget to try the olive oil which is served with meal and enjoy the grounds.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank tobim31
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8 reviews
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“Well worth the trek.”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

We had heard good things about Bracu & had meant to try them out but distance from the city counted against them. We finally made the trip on the last weekend of autumn & had the degustation for lunch (it looked best value for money). It was a superb experience from starting with snacks & appetizers to finishing with passionfruit souffle. The food is inventive, using seasonal produce, but the cleverness is focussed on showing off the food. The courses were quite varied, all excellent, but my favourite was the groper cheek with paua, & peppered pork, a delightful harmonious dish.

The service was friendly & welcoming. We were seated at one of the outside tables on the verandah in the welcome sun (it was a cold day) but halfway through lunch it got too hot so they moved us to a more shaded table without fuss.

Bracu is not cheap but if you are going to make the trip there, take the opportunity to make the most of it and do the the degustation which is great value for money.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Soon L
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Hamilton / Cambridge, New Zealand
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“The Simunovich Olive Estate”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

A wonderful experience awaits in the Bombay Hills ,South of Auckland City.
The arrangement of dining established within the olive estate makes this place a great visit for all.
The fine dining is to be recommended, the setting equally so.
There is shop to purchase the many products sourced from their own olives.
Well worthy of a nice luncheon at any time.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank AllanF369
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Disappointing Experience”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

We went to Bracu for Brunch as advertised on their website. $20 for Brunch from 10am. When we were seated at 1pm the host gave us the lunch menu. We explained that we wanted the Brunch Menu as advertised. Brunch finished at 12 pm we were told. Not according to the website we said.
A great disappointment, especially for my sister-in-law from Dorset England. The staff.tried to be helpful but did say that not putting a finishing time on the Brunch Menu was an oversight on their part. Another disappointing outing at Bracu. Last time I had lunch there the meal was so tiny it wouldn't have been enough to feed my 5 yr old grand daughter . Needless to say we didn't stay for lunch.

  • Visited March 2014
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