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“Fantastic”
Review of Clooney Restaurant

Clooney Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 2,359 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$60 - US$110
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Opened in 2006 by owner Tony Stewart, award-winning Clooney offers a unique dining experience in the heart of Auckland’s central city. Located in a once-derelict warehouse, redesigned to create an atmosphere of contemporary opulence, Clooney’s design aesthetic is matched only by its fearlessly inventive cuisine. Chef Jacob Kear has rewritten the narrative for New Zealand food with a progressive menu that gives familiar local ingredients a distinctive, international twist. The accent is on impeccably sourced ingredients, clean and precise flavours, and dishes that evolve to reflect the changing seasons. Chef Jacob Kear draws on an international career in some of the world’s most respected kitchens to give direction to a thought provoking dining experience. Clooney’s menu reflects his passion for foraging, his commitment to locally sourced ingredients and his mastery of both classic and contemporary techniques. Kear’s ambitious tasting menu of over thirteen courses will take guests on a culinary tour of New Zealand. From the lush rainforests of the North to the expansive coastal wilderness of Fiordland, the striking geography of New Zealand’s regions is brought to life on the plate. Clooney’s wine list is curated by sommelier Jarod Santana with wines chosen to perfectly complement our distinctive menu. The list spans over 300 labels, striking a perfect balance between the Old and New Worlds while showcasing the very best of New Zealand. Our cocktail and sake programs, under the direction of Jarod and bar manager Yusuke Sakabe, are designed to be enjoyed with food or simply to be enjoyed.
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Me and my girlfriend went here on Saturday evening to try their famed 7 course Degustation menu. We started with a few cocktails at the bar which were fantastic - in particular ''Mr President" and the espresso martini.
The decor in the restaurant is the first thing that catches your eye - its welcoming and very elegant.
Service was exceptional and each course was delivered with a detailed description of the course and accompanying wine.
Each one of the seven courses was fantastic and my favorite had to have been the Lamb which was perfect.
Me and my girlfriend are both not fond on Licorice but we thought we would embrace it as this was a key ingredient in the desert course. It changed our perspective completely and was amazing.
So many elements, so much detail and a lot of care in cooking and presentation. Definately a 5 star restaurant and worthy of its recent awards. We are looking forward to coming back soon.

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3  Thank IDavies2014
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Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

The food was great as were the wine pairings. The wine pours were quite small for the pairings. The staff were informative though could have been more attentive. The ambience was nice though we found it to be a bit chilly. Overall it was a great experience, though not an unforgettable one like what we have experienced at other restaurants in the same league such as SidArt.

2  Thank Rorie B
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

My boyfriend and I dined here as a treat while we holidayed in NZ. What an awesome room! Had the 7-course with a bottle of craggy range Chardonnay. Standout courses were the salmon entree and the crispy pork belly. A couple of misses in terms taste, but made up hugely by the attentive maître de who had the kitchen replace a course, taking us up to 8-courses! Highly recommend as a destination dining spot.

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2  Thank Sheeda C
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

We had a six course degustation, the food, service, atmosphere and wine match were excellent! If you are looking for a great night out then Clooney Restaurant is the place in Auckland to go

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4  Thank Brendonford
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

We had an amazing 7 course dinner, with very good service and Clooney was on its way to a perfect rating...

But then we told the waitress that my wife doesn't like sweet wine and we had the guts to ask whether she could get another type of wine for her wine pairing. The waitress couldn't believe someone wouldn't like sweet wine and from her behaviour it was very clear she thought my wife must be stupid -- comments like "this wine is not going to do very much for you" when she threw another wine on the table.

Let's hope it was a one-time flaw, but it certainly ruined an otherwise perfect night.

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3  Thank RogerChengdu
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