Two Fifteen has been on my ‘must try’ list ever since they won the ‘Restaurant of the Year’ competition for the National Culinary Fare back in August. This bistro and wine bar is located on busy Dominion Road at number 215 (hence the name of the restaurant) and upon arrival, we were greeted by pleasant staff that didn’t seem to mind that our original booking of 10 people has shrunk to 6.
As we were celebrating a birthday that day, we decided to go all out and order entrees, mains and desserts as well as wine and beer. For entrees, we ordered the creamy mushroom risotto, seared scallops with polenta chips, air dried beef with truffle potato and poached egg, salad of smoked venison sausage and cold smoked salmon with apple infused cream cheese. There were no complaints from us regarding the entree as they were served pretty quickly and all tasted superb. The cheesy mushroom risotto was very flavorsome and the poached egg with the air dried beef was delicious and was the best entree out of them all.
As for the choices of mains, half of us chose the seared snapper with prawn and herb risotto, baby leaf salad and salsa while the other half ordered the beef eye fillet with hand cut chips, smoked onion puree, herb butter and jus. Although the snapper did not look as impressive as the steak but it was by far the better dish. The cheesy prawn and herb risotto was flavorsome and the salsa added a lovely balance to the fish. As for the steak, it was slightly overcooked and relatively dry due to the lack of sauce. However, the boys were still able to finish their dish while leaving room for the much anticipated desserts.
While we had some difficulty in decided which dessert to get as they all looked so good, many of us were convinced to order the dark chocolate delice after the waiter informed us that it was the dish that helped them won the ‘Restaurant of the Year’. The richness of the dark chocolate combined with the freshness of the strawberry sorbet was amazing and some of them have to be held back from licking the plate clean! As well as the delice, the birthday boy ordered the buttermilk panna cotta with poached rhubarb and crumble whereas I decided to get the Italian fritoles served with a tangy lemon curd and vanilla ice cream. The panna cotta was fairly average but the kitchen staff was lovely enough to add Happy Birthday to the plate. the fritoles were delicious and were piping hot which was a great contrast to the ice cream. Overall, the desserts were a great way to finish off this excellent dining experience.
All in all, Two Fifteen made a great impression to my friends and I. The service was quick with attentive and funny staff. The food was outstanding with the exception of the lack of jus on the steak. And overall, the dining experience was pleasant and enjoyable. I would definitely go back again and order the air dried beef as well as try their sticky date pudding!
Date: Saturday 13th November 2010 | Location: 215 Dominion Road, Mt Eden | Food: New Zealand Contemporary