Situated on Auckland’s North Shore, The Engine Room is a hidden gem that is well worth seeking out. This top-notch Auckland bistro serves up delicious modern cuisine with a focus on seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. With its impressive menu, cosy atmosphere, and attentive service, The Engine Room is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends.
Menus feature Kiwi classics made with locally sourced seasonal ingredients. A light-as-air goat’s cheese soufflé is served alongside pork belly with poached rhubarb and steak frites with house butter. There is a great selection of New Zealand wines at a very reasonable price. And don’t even think about skipping dessert – a delightful dessert — fried balls of doughy, cinnamony, sugary goodness dipped into thick chocolate is simply to die for!
The atmosphere at The Engine Room is cosy and inviting, with exposed brick walls, dark wood furnishings, and flickering candles at every table. There is also a lovely outdoor seating area that is perfect for al fresco dining on those rare warm evenings in Auckland.
The service at The Engine Room is attentive without being intrusive, and the friendly staff are more than happy to make recommendations from the menu or wine list. They are also happy to accommodate special dietary requirements – just let them know when you make your reservation.
- We ordered: 1) Twice baked goats cheese souffle- this was the dish of the night. I’m not usually a cheese fan but the lightness of the souffle balanced the richness of the cheese perfectly. Definitely a must try. 2) Steak frites- a classic steak with chips and salad. My scotch fillet was cooked perfect medium rare and seasoned well. Chips were crispy and salad well dressed. Portion size was also generous. 3) Duck confit- skin on the duck was crispy and meat tender but slightly over seasoned (too salty).
- They had me at oysters, natural, yes. King prawn salads won over my companions. Fresh, flavour, delicious. Main course I had the steak frites, perfectly medium rare, melting. Pork schnitzel and baked snapper were gratefully received, and demolished, on the other plates. So much goodness, lovely casual yet upmarket decor and ambience. If you haven’t been, just go. I wish I hadn’t waited so long.
Location: 115 Queen Street, Northcote Point, Auckland 0627, New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 480 9502
Opening times: Sunday & Monday: Closed, Tuesday – Saturday 5:30pm – 11:30pm
If you’re looking for a great Auckland bistro where you can enjoy delicious modern cuisine made with seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients, then look no further than The Engine Room. With its impressive menu, cosy atmosphere, and attentive service, you’re sure to enjoy your meal at The Engine Room.