7 days a week
The Grill at Amora Hotel Wellington is a multi award winning restaurant serving a la carte
lunch and dinner with a full buffet breakfast service daily. The Grill passionately provides a fusion of contemporary New Zealand and International cuisine in a five star setting.
Our seasonal menu is structured from the best of New Zealand and regional produce to create an alchemy of flavor, colour and texture. Crisp, linen clad tables, a smart wine list and the aroma of bread baking on the premises compliment this sophisticated yet intimate restaurant.
A rare find in Wellington is our Private Dining Room which is available for exclusive gatherings. This separate space allows dining and entertaining amongst a New Zealand inspired art collection with city views and warm natural timber paneling .
The Lobby Bar located on the mezzanine floor is Wellington’s consummate place to meet and greet from cappuccino to chardonnay, pre show entertaining to last drinks. Try casual dining from the signature bar menu, a classic cocktail or a regional wine from the cellar selection.
Feeling like we needed some posher nosh we headed off to The Grill at the Amora Hotel. It was a very cold night in Wellington and perhaps because it is on a mezzanine floor the restaurant was cold. We started by sharing the Tasting Plate which comprised three different canapés. The first was a pretty ordinary small piece of camembert with meat wrapped around it and a berry jam on top. The second a piece of toasted baguette with an aubergine and mushroom mix on top – we had thought this would be warm but it was cold. The third was a prawn on top of a mussel fritter. The platter was okay but it was nothing special. He then had the
Grilled Three Rib Lamb Rack, which included braised leg pie, sweet potato rösti,
minted green pea purée and a cabernet reduction. The lamb was pronounced fabulous, tender, succulent, melt in the mouth lamb with great rich flavours. I had the Slow Roasted Pork Belly Roulade which came with truffled potato purée, glazed baby carrots, pear and sage compote and quince jus. The accompaniments were lovely but the pork itself was not. The outside of the roulade was cooked beautifully but as you ate toward the centre of the roulade it became drier and chewier until it was quite unpleasant. Added to this the expected layer of fat was very thick and as it cooled glutinous and unpleasant. We finished with the Chocolate Mocha Tart with tiramisu semi freddo and Sicilian oranges which was beautiful – different combinations of chocolate and coffee flavours with varying degrees of depth of flavour.
Perhaps because the restaurant was quite we ended up with two waiters taking our orders, delivering food, and checking on the quality. We then had a helicopter maître-de hovering around refilling water and asking about the meals. Two was a bit of a pain but three got to be quite annoying. Then another person on the till again asking about the meal. I did mention my disappointment with the pork but with him raving about the lamb and so many people asking I was concerned I was starting to sound like a moaning Minnie plus my concerns were not readily accepted or discussed further.
As we used our Entertainment card the Pork dished ended up being free but I would rather have paid for a beautiful mean than got a disappointing one for free. We would probably try other Hotel restaurants before returning to the Grill at the Amora.
Response from The Grill at Amora Hotel Wellington Hi Mccidnas,
Thank you for taking the time to place a review on your recent visit to The Grill at Amora. We really appreciate receiving feedback from our customers so that we can make improvements where needed. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the lamb and dessert dishes. I have taken your comments on-board and will be investigating the issues. I hope that you will return to the restaurant in the near future.
I came here with a friend for the Wellington on a Plate promotion. Two courses and a glass of wine for $25 (lunch) - wow! I started with the delicious chestnut and sage soup - I don't usually try soup but this was great. For the main we both had the Tuatara beer-battered market fish (terakihi) with spiced wedges and tartare sauce (and salad). Very nice. A lovely glass of Te Kairanga sauvignon blanc. My friend picked up the tab - does lunch get any better?
Response from The Grill at Amora Hotel Wellington Hi Eric,
Thank you for your feedback, it's great to hear about our guest's experience. It's great that you took the opportunity to enjoy our Wellington on a Plate promotion for lunch. I am very pleased to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed the menu and the experience overall. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Grill sometime soon.
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We were expecting a 'fine dining' experience - certainly the prices indicated that this is what we should have expected ...
but the table was wobbly (we fixed it ourselves),
the rib eye steak was cooked just fine but was quite dry (as if it had been left under lights too long while my partner's paella was being prepared),
the paella wasn't a paella, it was a risotto (my partner is spanish, so we do know the difference very well)
it took the staff ages to clear our table after we'd finished mains (no it wasn't at all busy, nothing worse than trying to have a romantic conversation over dirty plates for 10 minutes),
the waitress couldn't talk about the cheeses on offer (I think she was just a student),
the brie was really dry
but apart from that it was quite good - not great, but good.
Response from The Grill at Amora Hotel Wellington Hi NOELALAN,
Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate your time in giving us an indication of how we are doing. I have taken your comments onboard and I will address the concerns you have raised with our F&B Manager. My sincere apologies for your experience and I do hope you will give us the opportunity to welcome you back in the future and to experience The Grill as how it should be.
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We came here with a voucher. We were taken aback when we were told that we cannot choose a main from the grill menu (although prices are similar to that of the other mains). It is a Grill restaurant - that's what you come here for. How is that for putting customers of instead of enticing them to dine there regularly? It certainly does not make any business sense.
To add insult to injury, I had the worst beef ever at the Amora Grill. I ordered it medium rare, it arrived overly well-done, quite long after others had their food. It was dense as a shoe sole. The accompanying vegetable mousse etc. tasted very old (pre-cooked a while back although we were dining quite early).
Others were luckier with their mains. The veal was cooked well.
The chocolate platter disappointed as well and I am lost as to why anyone would offer that bad quality to a paying customer.
Response from The Grill at Amora Hotel Wellington Thanks for the feedback,we are sorry the meal didnt work out as well as expected.Perhaps if you email us on firstname.lastname@example.org where I would be delighted to help out further?
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What a nice change ... New management equals new focus. The staff appeared to be mostly of Indian provenance and their attention to services was excellent. One very minor thing up front: it would pay to teach the staff that red wines should be opened at the table then left opened to breathe. Even better would be to automatically provide a wine decanter for every bottle of red wine served... But that's not really part of our culture yet. Also, the staff should practice pouring red wine, so they are familiar with the way it drips; if they aren't prepared, they'll end up with horrible great red stains on the immaculate white linen tablecloths.
The food was truly exceptional. My wife had the pan-roasted beef tenderloin, which was absolute top quality meat cooked perfectly. The rest of the dish (sauce, veggies) complemented the meat wonderfully. I had the lamb rack. Again, a perfectly chosen and cooked dish, with the amazingly inventive accompaniment of a zucchini-wrapped lamb confit. The last time I had a rack of lamb at a restaurant, the chef (supposedly one of the best in Wellington) didn't even remove the silver before cooking, and left it barely cooked. This time around, I was most pleased.
The desserts were stunning in looks and flavour, and were were pleased with the whole experience.
It was a special occasion so we chose to dine "silver service".
We were given a good table by the window and enjoyed the view across Wakefield Street with a glimse of the harbour. We both chose our mains cooked from the grill - I had the lamb and my companion steak and both were cooked to perfection. The sides of steam veg and melon salad were very nicely presented, good size portions and delicious. The staff were very friendly and welcoming but the service was disappointing. We had to ask several times for our water glasses to be re-filled and took about 15 mins to catch the eye of someone to ask for dessert menu. But my chocolate moose was worth the wait. Then when settling the bill we were given the wrong table's a/c. We will probably return some time in the future and just hope they improve the service between now and then.........
It was the 70th birthday of one of our family, and a number of relatives and friends gathered at this well established restaurant in the newly named Amora Hotel (previously the Duxton) to celebrate over dinner. The Grill is set in spacious and comfortable surroundings on the mezzanine floor of the hotel, with a small view of Te Papa and the harbour between it and the Circa Theatre. This aspect on a clear night also gives a glimpse of the Petone foreshore lights in the distance, and all this creates an attractive scene after dark from the restaurant windows.
After drinks at the adjacent bar, we were seated at two tables of 15 each, and ordered individually from the 'Express' menu, with a choice of three entrees and three mains. Most popular of the entrees at our table was the 'soup of the day', a spicy flavoursome carrot soup. Whilst my wife settled for this and thoroughly enjoyed her choice, I decided on the chicken pansoti, which came as a kind of soup in a bowl of rather clear liquid with small pices of chicken, pasta and ribbon zuchini, this not being made at all clear from the description on the menu. Moreover, it was not served anywhere near hot enough, and I found it on ther whole quite disappointing.
My wife, as again did most others, selected as a main the 'fresh market fish of the day', which was a nicely cooked and presented fillet of pan-fried groper, and she was again very satisfied with her choice. However, I settled for the almost as popular grilled pork scotch fillet, and found it very tender and tasty with its accompaniments. Side serves of vegetables were also provided in the centre of the table. Slices of birthday cake and a rich chocolate cake were served for dessert, in lieu of options on the menu.
Service, as one would expect from a 'fine dining' establishment in a top hotel, was formal and efficient, but rather unsmiling and impersonal. All dishes were attractively presented. We noted that prices overall are very much on the high side, but the Express Menu is ideal for special occasions such as this, offering a lower all-inclusive cost for two dishes than a-la-carte individually.
This is the first time I have bothered to write a review, but the poor service and food has compelled me to do so.
We were greeted by a totally unenthusiastic young lady, who showed us to our very wobbly table which we needed to move from once the glasses started falling over.
We had to remind her about the drinks order, and water glasses were not toped up.
Entrees were nice, although pricey for the standard and doubt the scallop size was legal, was tiny scallops wrapped in bacon.
Lamb for main was nice although quite rare for lamb, medium steak was well done, but medium rare was fine.
We didnt bother with desert and coffee.
All staff seem far too young and bored with the whole thing and should move one. The entire service and food culture needs to change to be successful, bring on Gordon Ramsey, .... we wont be back....
WORST CHRISTMAS LUNCH!
We went on Christmas Day 2008 and like everyone else there had paid $130 per head to indulge in a relaxing dishes-free Christmas. Unfortunately you don't always get what you pay for. Entrees and main were table service. Dessert was buffet.
ENTREE No bread rolls on our plates for the entrees. We had to ask. No apologies or evn response was made.
We had to ask for water and when it arrived ONE OF THE GLASSES HAD LIPSTICK ON IT. Again we mentioned it but no apology or verbal response was made. It appeared the staff were unprepared and possible didn't speak English very well.
After our entrees our soup bowls and bread plates were left.
Soup was bland and not very much.
Being vegetarian for the main we ordered the vege ravioli which was literally just two large ravioli with an unappetising sauce.
The side vegtables and sald were a joke and looked like something you would get in a bag of frozen veges from the supermarket. The salad was like a low-end fast food joint salad. We were shocked! Not one roast vege on Chrissy day!
PLEASE NOTE: AT NO POINT IN OUR ENTIRE VISIT WERE ANY OF OUR DISHES CLEARED FROM OUR TABLE!!! Entree and main dishes were left there while we ate dessert!
DESSERT We were all starving by dessert and luckily the dessert buffet was averagely good so we could fill up on that.
SERVICE When staff not once ask you how your meal is or take your dishes or smile you start wondering why not just be at home or at a cheaper restaurant!
The strange thing is when we booked it the staff were lovely , polite and charming but on the actual day they were neglectful!
AMBIENCE There were so many of us crammed together that it was incredibly noisy and they wasn't even live music!
The one saving grace was the Duxton chocolates we received in a gold box. They were delicious but definitely not enought to entice us back.
How disappointint after spending such a lot for not much!
This was one of my favourite places to come for something special. I felt a bit let down after my latest visit for my daughter's birthday. The service was certainly not what we'd had before and the food seemed lacking in something. It was a fairly ordinary event, which was disappointing. The food was ok, but we left feeling that they have let standards slip a little. For what you pay, I would prefer to go somewhere else now.
I went with a party of 8. The food was incredible. I had Beef Ribeye (200grams)with potatoes, onion rings and salad. Whe the plate first arrived, I thought "Gee I'm still going to be hungry after this!"
Well I was WRONG!!! I could hardly finish it. It was absolutely beautiful and the baked potatoes were presented in a way that they towered up. Very impressive. I had no room for dessert, but finished the meal with a pot of tea which had 2 biscuits to the side of the cup.
I can't wait to go back and try a dessert from their menu to see what I missed out on.
We had great entrees, tasty and very well presented. They deserve a rating of 7, but the mains dragged the score down. I had the eggplant ravioli as a main, which while ok was quite bland and a touch undercooked, so quite disappointing for $30. I'd call it acceptable if it was $15, but at $30 it was unacceptable. I'm told the pork belly was very good. The desserts were both fantastic.
We stayed after a work conference to dine here and were bitterly dissappointed at how the food has become so average average average for primo prices....how they justify this as fine dining I cannot understand...there is no ambience, no staff knowledgeable about food wine matches and if you cannot do an eye fillet medium rare to blue.....well Iwe will not be returning
This place has no soul! It's a big question how the staff can look so enthusiastic.
We went for the yearly chocolate buffet, which I absolutely enjoyed 4 years ago!
This time it didn't meet my expectations and I had the feeling that a lot of it were left-overs.
Instead of real butter, salted butter was used a lot of times, which doesn't always mix well with sweet desserts. And some of the dishes were soooo rich, that there is no way to have a tasting of all of it.
Sorry, there are much nicer places to go for desserts in Wellington and still feel ok when finishing!
Dined here for a 21st, The drink service was slow, we were the only ones in the restaurant and there seemed to be enough staff. Some of the meals were excellent (kangaroo) but were let down by others that were terrible (You could squeeze oil out gnocchi, the chicken was covered in butter!). Toilets were not clean and could do with a bit of maintenance. For the price we wouldn't rush back.
Had dinner here last night. The mushroom soup was nice and the partner enjoyed the scallops/prawn with tamarind/date sauce. For mains, I didn't like the kangaroo but partner thought it was alright. The chips that went with it were lovely though. Mushroom canneloni was tasty although quite oily. Steamed vegies were nicely done as well.
That was impressive ! Dinner I mean. Mmmmmm, great views from the restaurant too. Not sure that I'd want to pay the bill though, luckily it was dad's shout. The waitress could have been a little more knowledgable about the menu but friendly enough. I'd probably frequent this place once every 5 years ! (I don't go out as much as I used to).
I was staying in Wellington on a business trip and decided to dine in at the hotel restaurant. As it was a Monday night there were not very many diners in the dining room. I chose the Braised bbq pork belly with spare ribs and roasted potatoes and waited with anticipation. Unfortunately I was somewhat disappointed when it arrived. The pork was not soft and tender and I felt a little like one of the flintstones when tackling the spare ribs, with a dish like this the meat should have been tender and falling off the bone. As for the roast potatoes these were greasy and did not taste anything like potato. The wait staff and surroundings were pleasant enough but couldn't erally make up for the disappointment of the food.
My teenaged son requested that we come here again for his birthday. Again, it met all our expectations and maintains its high standard of service and food.
The "dine and dash" menu is excellent value and we opted for this. Service was very good from the maitre d' to the waitress. Attentive but not overpowering.
We enjoyed a range from the soup to fish, lamb and chicken all beautifully presented and oh so delicious!
...and then dessert! The Grill presents their work with flair and again plates licked clean.
Nice touches were the sorbet presented to everyone before the mains although only one enjoyed the entree, and the wine glass "tree" with each courses selection.
Well done guys, we'll be back again.
We booked a post-concert dinner for 8.30pm. We were welcomed on arrival, assured that we had all the time we wanted (and that was true) and enjoyed first class service and excellent food. Ten of us challenged the menu with a wide range of selections from the mains - all arrived at the same time, faultessly cooked and presented. The same for the desserts. The featured steaks were cooked as ordered from carefully selected meat. Side orders showed the same care in preparation as the mains they accompanied. The waiter contributed to a great evening, even perceiving a birthday as the reason for the dinner (perhaps the presents gave it away!) and mustered a staff chorus and an impromptu cake and candle to mark the occasion. A memorable evening.
I have been here twice now and both times found the food delicious, the service professional and friendly and the environment suits my taste. Some people could call it sterile, but I like the calm, professional feel of the place, even the kitchen staff looked calm which adds to the good feeling for me. Last time I had a seafood entree and a steak with a glass of bubbly, my husband just the steak (with a great sauce) and a juice. Whenever I have a special occasion coming up I seem to want a restaurant with seafood and a good steak and I always think the Duxton would be a great place to go, it is a treat place for me.
Having dined here previously on special occasions and received excellent service and special attention I decided to celebrate another milestone in my life here with a party of friends. Unfortunately my party had to stand around and wait whist the table was set, the wine was not offered for tasting nor poured for my guests. Certainly not what I was expecting from a fine dining restaurant. Once seated (which did take valuable time out of our evening) the food was extremely good and the service improved.
I really like the Duxton, have been there a number of times and have always had a positive experience. Yes, it is often quiet but this I see as a postive as it is nice to get away from the busy restaurants. The staff always make you feel special and welcomed and the standards are high.
I'm always wary of hotel restaurants and on this occasion the reserve was justified. At first I was excited by the attractive sounding menu. I soon wondered however, if the kichenhand was cooking as the food was awful! The meal was bland - the beef unseasoned and the vegetables soggy and tasteless. My partner's salmon dish was average at best. Nightmares I experienced for weeks after a revolting Cobb & Co meal I was forced to imbibe a few years ago, resurfaced with evey bite. (and the bill was much higher here) Would definitely NOT recommend.
Nice restaurant, but is never very full. Feels a bit 'cold' with the wooden floors, and atmosphere could be described as sterile.
I don't see the appeal of the view out the window (all you can see is the BP station), and so would have thought it more logical to put the restaurant on the top floor (where the club lounge is).
Food was good, and service what you would expect in a hotel restaurant.
Would recommend it if you are staying in the hotel as it is convenient (and its a bit of a mission finding anywhere else in that part of town).
Was taken to the The Grill for my birthday. When booking my partner must of told them it was my birthday as the various waiting staff wished me a happy birthday throughout the night. The food was lovey and the prices were reasonable for the quality of food and the portion size - fine dining restaurants often give you tiny servings, but not at The Grill. The sides were yummy and well priced too. For dessert they presented me with a mixture of desserts (for free!!) with "Happy Birthday' written in chocolate sauce - a lovely touch. To top it all off i was given a birthday card which all the staff had signed and a box of chocolates!!
Was an awesome dining experience. Professional staff, lovely food, and they went the extra mile to make sure that I had a special birhtday dinner. Even as we left the restaurant staff I never saw all night werre wishing me a happy birthday!! - will be back!
One of the challenges for hotel restaurants is that many guests may arrive at any time, without a booking, and expecting first class service. How a hotel copes can tell you a lot about them. We had just 50 minutes to eat and get back to the Town Hall, at an early hour. They accepted the challenge, recommended menu items, took the orders - and service collapsed into confusion. With prompting from us (we could see orders come out from the kitchen that staff did not seem to notice) we finally received our single course mains. They were surprisingly good. The seafood pot au feu may not have the right name (its not a true pot au feu in the French tradition) but the selection of fish and overall flavours was excellent. Pork and beef mains were reported equally good. Before these arrived we would not have come back; when they did, we agreed the food would bring us back any time.
I've been here twice now, was so impressed by my first visit, we then sampled the "early bird' special as well. The standard of food and presentation makes this a special place, well worth a visit for a special occasion, or pre-show/early evening treat.
Was a rather interesting evening for my wife and I; twas our anniversary and the staff presented us with not only a chocolate plate, but wonderful service as well!
The dessert was simply divine, as was the coffee afterwards.