Liz W. said: "I think this is a great place for a family meal out. The eating area is totally separated from the bar area, with a nice big window with a view across the back of Ponsonby. The staff were really excellent – warm and…" read more »
- Pizzas, Restaurants, Bar & Brasseries, Bistros
- Price Range:
- Spendy, $25 - $35
- Smart casual
- Good For Groups:
- No BYO
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- Takes Reservations:
- Dietary Restrictions:
- Vegetarian, Gluten-free
- Meals Served:
- Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
- Payment Types:
- EFTPOS, Visa
- Seating For:
- Outdoor Seating:
Reviews for Et tu Bistro
by David B.
26th April 2014
I have eaten there a number of times now and have really enjoyed it. The staff are great and the food divine. I especially loved the potato cakes that I had for Brunch a couple of weeks ago and the lamb rack I had last week for dinner. There are obviously a few minor decorative items still to be completed but that by no means takes anything away from the great ambiance in my opinion. I note the previous comment about the tables being Formica I hope the guy (or girl) who made them doesn’t read that as they are obviously hand crafted solid timber tops and look like there was a lot of hard work went into them, like the rest of the timber joinery they have. Its so nice these days to see real timber and craftsmanship
by RM Y.
21st April 2014
Service was good. Meals were nice. Lamb rack ( no broccoli or cauli in sight said my husband thank goodness) & 1 fish & chips & 1 veal pappardelle &1 seafood pappardelle which were pronounced as delicious. They don’t start cooking your main til you have finished your entree.
Don’t sit down the back as the staff go in and out the door to the kitchen constantly and it is very drafty. We asked to be moved.
Felt the ambiance could be improved by table cloths and a candle perhaps and some softer light bulbs or even coloured ones to detract from the basic Formica tables.
Would give 3 and 1/2 star if I could. Check your bill- we had items on there that were a mistake but they were removed without a hassle.
13th April 2014
Great meal and service and the quality was good value.
We were advised the meals might take a while but they were well worth the wait and a couple of samples from their good drinks menu meant it wasn’t a problem!
My wife’s lamb was the best she’s ever had and my steak meal was great… and big. I should have been more restrained with the bread we had to start but that was also delicious.
Will definitely be back regularly.
by Amy T.
14th January 2014
A great edition to the Peninsula. The wood fired pizzas were some of the best we have tried, and the hand cut chips were exceptional. Loooking forward to the outdoor area being opened up. Service was friendly and efficient.
by Lindsey W.
10th January 2014
The service was slow but not unbearable, we were there for just under two hours. The food was excellent, anyone who thinks the portion size was too small is a piggy. We had the market fish, salmon and hapuka, both cooked perfectly with gorgeous sauce. Staff were very friendly, but should probably keep an eye on customers’ empty glasses that need filling. Overall, great, we will be back. Probably the best dinner we had out west.
by Kylie B.
4th January 2014
My partner and I went to Et Tu for dinner a few weeks ago and we will definitely be back.
To start we had a caramelised onion pizza bread which was lovely. For mains my partner had the gnocchi which he loved, and I had the vegetarian pizza, which was delicious apart from needing a dash of salt. For dessert we had the cheesecake and sticky date pudding, both of which were delicious. I also had a Berry Sling cocktail, which was the only thing I was disappointed in as it didn’t have much flavour.
The staff were lovely and attentive, and made us feel very welcome.
I look forward to going back, and may actually do so tonight!
by Jeff A.
26th December 2013
Too expensive for the overall experience. Food was average…our mains were undersized and bland. Got charged extra for a couple of items that are not extras. Had to send a drink back. Nothing to wipe my hands on in the bathroom. Staff were nice enough. We found the menu ok with sufficient choice. Could do with a merlot on the wine list. Some work to do here to bring the food and service up to where the prices are.
21st December 2013
Et Tu is a great addition to the peninsula, and I’m looking forward to going back to try more of the menu. We visited on a Thursday night and it was quite busy, with a mix of couples, families and larger groups. The service was friendly and efficient and the meals arrived in good time. We started with the antipasto platter which was lovely, only let down by not enough bread to put the yummy pâté on. The mains were also great, and I have to say my gnocchi were the best I’ve ever had, light and fluffy and just perfect. The lamb ragú was also pronounced very nice and my daughter enjoyed her customised Hawaiian pizza with nothing but ham (they will be introducing a children’s menu soon). They also do takeaway pizzas. The menu is still a work in progress at this stage, and they are actively soliciting suggestions and criticisms which is a great sign and I think Et Tu will quickly become a popular place to eat, and not just for the locals.
by Rod K.
6th December 2013
Well how exiting, was really looking forward to dining here…
A cosy family style bistro with a modern twist. Very nice atmosphere – clean and new (obviously). But how good is the food…? here it goes:
To start my partner and I ordered the prosciutto with meat balls. This wasn’t so good, the bread was rock hard and almost cut my gums. The meat balls were small, dry and over spiced – hard to swallow when matched with the sun-dried tomato which needed water to aid finishing the dish.
For the mains, my partner ordered the seafood fettuccine – this was simply divine and melted in the mouth. The seafood was fresh and the dish worked very well.
For myself – I ordered the medium rare aged Angus beef. It was presented very nicely but didn’t taste as good as it looked. It was overcooked and more medium than medium rare with only a pink tint through the beef. The crispy hand cut fries were more like half cooked potato briefly dipped in a under heated frier.
I asked the waiter if they were supposed to be like this and he confirmed after asking the chef that they were supposed to be crispy and offered me a discount which was nice of them.
To conclude, this little bistro has a lot of potential and admittedly is still in early days, we will definitely be back and look forward to trying ET TU again to see how they have progressed.
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