The Grove

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  • Saint Patrick's Square
    33 Wyndham Street
    Auckland Central, Auckland

  • International Fine Dining
  • Award Winning Celebrity Chefs RANZ Vouchers Cuisine 2016 awards
    • $$$$ - Avg Main $40+

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The Grove

  • Saint Patrick's Square
    33 Wyndham Street
    Auckland Central, Auckland
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Restaurant review: The Grove, Auckland CBD

5.0 Kim Knight for New Zealand Herald 12 May 2018

There was no apple tree in the Garden of Eden.

This startling news comes courtesy of a BBC Radio 4 podcast interview with Pete Brown, author of The Apple Orchard. Last week, on the bus to work, everything I thought I knew about the Old Testament (spoiler: not much) was turned on its head. According to Brown, the only fruit mentioned by name in the Book of Genesis, is the fig.

In the beginning, there were figs. Soft, ripe, sexy, luscious, forbidden figs.

Fast-forward a few millennia. Six courses into the seven course degustation at The Grove and I, too, was going to hell in a lustful handbasket.

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Restaurant Review: The Grove, City

5.0 Jesse Mulligan for Viva 18 April 2018

The last time I had dinner at The Grove, my wife was nine months pregnant, and we ate out on her due date. The staff were sweet and wonderful, the food was immaculate and the whole experience was so perfectly accommodating that if she’d gone into labour I wouldn’t have been surprised to see the chef emerge from the kitchen with a pair of forceps and his sleeves rolled up.

The secret of great fine-dining restaurants is that they are at their best with customers who aren’t the usual. A birthdaying student should be able to go in for an entree with a nice glass of wine and leave feeling just as appreciated as the Japanese ambassador one table over.

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Restaurant review: The Grove, Auckland CBD

New Zealand Herald 3 April 2016

I was about to use the phrase "fine dining", but that conjures up stuffy waiters who roll their eyes if you ask the meaning of "chiffonade" or "macedoine" or sigh if you say the tap water will be fine.

You don't get that at The Grove. The service is calm but snappy and superbly well-informed but you don't feel like they're doing you a favour letting you eat there.

The food makes sense, too, by which I mean you recognise the ingredients, and the dishes, for all that their inventiveness piques the curiosity, have a coherence and intelligibility that makes you feel right at home.

To say the food was superb is to understate matters, but it was the little grace notes - a crisp-fried shiso leaf or flecks of a succulent samphire - that made it a meal to remember.

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Viva Review - Oct 25, 2014

5.0 Viva 15 October 2014

The Grove, owned by Michael and Annette Dearth, is 10 years old and right now, it's shining brighter than ever as a beacon of the best of dining in our city.

Sophisticated and elegant it may be, but it also manages to feel charmingly casual and diners have discovered there's no reason to save this restaurant for special occasions - we were there on a Monday night and it was humming. Perhaps the refurbishment has freshened it up - love that white spindle furniture and pastel linen - but it feels more like a coming of age to me.

This is a kitchen that has had nothing but stellar chefs through it and Ben Bayly, who has been there for five years now, is proving an absolute superstar. His flair for flavour and form combined with the Dearths' penchant for amassing a wine list of stunning New Zealand and international wines, has seen the restaurant pick up award after award. Their collective focus is on providing the relaxed, yet highly proficient, level of service often seen in more tip-driven dining cultures.

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