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“Amazing service & excellent food”

Gustavs Kitchen and Wine Bar
Ranked #634 of 976 Restaurants in Christchurch
Cuisines: Wine Bar
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Auckland, New Zealand
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141 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
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“Amazing service & excellent food”
Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

Hats off to our waiter Adam. He guided us through the dinner menu, explaining the cooking techniques, why Guastav's had the aga in the open kitchen and then wine matched our selected courses to perfection.

We started with a shared entree board - mini yorkshire puddings stuffed with tender beef & gravy, goats cheese soufflé with blueberry sauce and caramelised beetroot. All delicious.

I chose the duck, my friend the lamb neck. Both packed a flavour punch, were 'fall off the fork' tender and well matched with the Peregrine Saddleback Pinot Noir (lamb) and a lovely Gamay Noir (duck).

Lovely ambiance in the restaurant and with 200 wines on the wine list I will be back to test out the wine bar.

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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
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35 reviews
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“A swanky night out”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Booked a reservation a week in advance, and were told at the time that there were only a couple seatings lefts for the evening. Must be pretty popular.

Our waitress was warm, friendly, and informative, with great wine suggestions and helpful advice. She was somewhat scarce through the evening, we had to flag down other staff at various times to get another glass of wine/dessert menu, etc. We got the entree sampler, tried all four for $30. VERY small portions, but enough to get a good feel for the kitchen and whet our appetite without filling up too much. We had the lamb neck fillet and duck mains, both were delicious, though we felt we could accomplish the same standard of cuisine at home in our own kitchen. The lamb dish was served in a TV-tray with loads of tangy, savory sauce, which we lapped up with the yorkshire pudding side. The duck was different than we had anticipated, more like a stewed and shredded duck dish than roasted or pan-fried. Tasty, especially with the gnochi(sp?), but probably would have preferred a nicely roasted breast. We opted not to have any dessert as we aren't typically dessert people and the dishes to that point in the evening weren't sufficiently captivating. All-in-all, a good meal, a nice, sophisticated night out, decent value for the money. Many other places we would like to try first before returning here, though.

  • Visited August 2014
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South Island, New Zealand
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“Dire service”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Would like to rate the food but we did not get any. Waited for over 20 mins after ordering a refill of a glass of wine and some breads/dips/olives - tried to get the attention of the waiter - he was not busy and not interested so we left The first glass of wine was delicious - would have liked another.

  • Visited July 2014
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“Lovely Saturday lunch ”
Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

We had a great lunch here, delicious food. Wines we chose were delicious and affordable. Will definately return here for lunch! We went here by fluke as intended to eat at the restaurant next door, only to be met with bad customer service. Decided to try Gustav's instead and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Nice relaxed vintage atmosphere :) thanks Gustav's

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Outstanding”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Went here using a grabone voucher which entitled us to a tapas style starter each and a main from the day menu of the wine bar, so not the actual restaurant it-self. All I can say is, I look froward to going back and sampling the restaurant fare because the wine bar food was gorgeous.

Between us we had prawns and spicy lamb kebabs to start, no complaints for either. Very tasty and a great introduction!

Mains were ribeye steak with potato gratin and porcini risotto. Both absolutely gorgeous. The portions weren't huge, but we were using a grabone so am very pleased with what we got.

We also decided to have a tiramisu torte for dessert, which finished the whole thing off perfectly.

I definitely recommend Gustavs for a meal. It is on the pricey side, but the food is well worth it and I'll definitely be going back!

  • Visited July 2014
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