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What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Bookings & call-ahead seating only
Updated 20-10-23 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-10-23 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
Starting from Wednesday 21st October, Number 5 will be called ‘Mela’. Led by Executive Chef Jack Crosti, Mela will be a more genuine representation of our food philosophy. The majority of our menu will continue to offer the same exceptional quality and creativity that we have delivered over the past year, but we will be making a stronger focus towards curating products to include on our menu. This will include items such as cheeses, charcuterie and other products that will be made in-house. We will emphasise sourcing the best New Zealand raw ingredients and working closely with local suppliers as the foundation for our products.
PRICE RANGE
US$18 - US$32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
European, New Zealand, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The 7 course meal was amazing. Had a great time for my anniversary and we both loved it. I would definitely recommend people who are looking for a special fine dining at a special day.

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Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a beautiful dinner. The food was perfectly cooked and presented. Beautiful romantic feel to the restaurant with white tablecloths and candles around the restaurant. Our waiter was brilliant and did an amazing job. Only improvements we could recommend would be slightly warmer and...a better variety of cocktails.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 20, 2021

The duck with liquorish sauce, and the goat milk and sorrel desert were especially exquisite and memorable. But, as others have observed, the potions are pretty small for the price. But a lot of care, thought and time had gone into the very original, unusual...and beautifully presented dishes so we decided it was a bit like supporting artists. The service was polite and nice and the atmosphere was quiet and constrained. The menu was in such pale print i could barely read it in low lightMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed April 15, 2021

We had dinner at Mela. We ordered Venison tartar as entree, duck breast and lamb rump as main and goat icecream as dessert. Food was above average tasty but the portion were so small that don't justify the price of $32 entree, $48 main and...$22 dessert. The restaurant, although very good, is well overpriced and cannot justify these prices with such small portions. We shall not return there for that reason.More

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Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 10, 2021

I went down there with my firend last Thursday. It was quite on Thursday and the environment was good. We tried with degustation menu with wine pairing. The amout of food is a bit excessive but the taste is nice.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed March 11, 2021

Food was nice, but it was unlucky that we got served by an inexperienced waitress who spilled water on our phone and seemed unfamiliar with our meals, yet had to repeat the ingredients. It was slow and painful for us as we just wanted to...get on with our meals and carry on with our chat.More

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Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed February 26, 2021

Food could’ve been outstanding but unfortunately they don’t seem to cater for any dietary requirements even though I had advised them prior. The service was ok but they had to go back three times with my order to check with the chef on my choice...of main course to then only be offered the duck dish as they would not need to change any of the components. All the food was perfectly cooked. Entrees and desserts were outstanding.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 20, 2021

Very much enjoyed everything about this lovely little restaurant. Food was beautifully presented and tasty. A special treat.

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Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed December 5, 2020 via mobile

Excellent choice for a special dinner. Lovely setting with a well curated menu and exceptional service.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Mela, Owner at Mela - Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2020

Thanks for the kind words, we are glad you enjoyed your dinner with us.

Reviewed December 4, 2020

This was a very pleasant surprise. Close by our hotel it far exceeded our expectations. Beautifully prepared food with great flavour. We ate a la carte which was fabulous but I wished we’d had the 5 course degustation menu. Original combinations followed by home made...cheeses which stood out. We would be regulars of this gem if we lived in Auckland. The owner should be really proud of what he has achieved. Service was excellent, relaxed but on point. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.More

Review collected in partnership with www.restauranthub.co.nz
Date of visit: December 2020
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Mela, Owner at Mela - Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2020

Thank you so much for the lovely review and for your visit. I really enjoyed the chat with you both. I hope to see you again soon in New Zealand.

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Yes, Mela - Restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Mela - Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5