(Bracu Olive Estate)
Franklin, Auckland 09 236 1030
- Seasonal Closure: Closed from 2nd July, reopen 1st August 2014.
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Conference Facilities
- Scenic View
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits
- Seating for: 100
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: None
Bracu is Auckland’s finest country estate restaurant set amongst the Mediterranean style olive groves of the Simunovich Olive Estate.
Experience the exquisite cuisine prepared by head chef Mikey Newlands who relishes a ‘garden to plate’ philosophy from the extensive organic gardens of the Estate and passionate local producers.
On the weekends from 10:30am, enjoy a delicious long lazy brunch on the veranda.
Fine food, tranquil surroundings and attentive service combine to make your experience at Bracu truly memorable.
We look forward to sharing the Bracu experience with you soon.
39 Reviews for Bracu Restaurant
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Visited March 2013
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The food was sensational. Elegant and utterly delicious.
We savoured every mouthful.
I had the macadamia cheese tart while my husband ate the beef.
Service was nicely paced and the setting is lovely.
Well worth the drive out from town.
The staff is awesome and the service is excellent.
We will definitely drive up the Bombay Hill again.
Bracu will continue to be a favourite of mine and my family – tucked out of the way in Bombay it is a beautiful wee spot with amazing food.
The staff are friendly without being overbearing and the degustation menu is to die for.
The new chef is doing an awesome job.
Visited March 2013
Very good service and we had our food explained to us which added to our enjoyment.
It was a lovely Indian summer day and overall an excellent experience and a further visit is definitely recommended. What a clever marketing ploy to give us each a generous sample pack of Olive skin products.
We recently moved to Auckland and had been looking for somewhere special that didn’t involve the long drive into the city from Franklin. Well, we found it. What an absolute treasure.
We intend to become regulars!
This time it was a Friday night with a table of four. We were drawn by the $85, 7 course degustation menu. Started as always with a Mojito and alas it was a poor imitation. They weren’t sure if they could make one (huh) and the soda water with a bit of mint was pretty hopeless. I would expect better from a fine dining restaurant. However that proved to be the low point. By and large we all enjoyed each presentation and left feeling very content. If they keep the degustation going and update it from time to time I’ll definitely be back on a more regular basis as I’m a local.
Service was good with a lovely local waitress with a sense of humour, balanced with an interesting character with German or Austrian heritage. The Bracu estate olive oil with bread was very moorish. Best experience I’ve had at Bracu and hopefully I’ll follow it up with an equally good experience in the near future.
Loved the way you can get really nice wines by the glass, so you can have a different wine for each course.
Our waiter very knowledgeable about wines and what to have with what.
The food comes in small portions, but incredible tastes in every mouth full.
It is worth saving room for desert.
Although this is pretty much my fave restaurant it would be so much better if the wait staff knew what they were doing a bit more and could describe the meals on the menu, however they are pleasant and not obtrusive. But given the standard of the place and food I think the service could be improved to give an overall exceptional experience!! Good work Bracu we will continue to come back
The food was average at best, the first course salmon was cold, and my vegetarian substitute soup was no warmer, have a congealed layer on the top of a liquid that tasted like it may have been used to wash the vegetables rather than include them. The rest of the course’s continued like this.. though some managed to actually make it out luke-warm. I was expecting some food that would make your mouth water but alas nothing materialised that offered my taste buds any comfort. Presented perfectly yet no substance, the only hope of redemption came with the desert…. however the tasteless oily (supposedly) lemon souffle accompanied by Olive Oil ice cream failed to set it off, though fitting perfectly with the other courses.
Maybe we caught them on an off day but I would not recommend to anyone. Maybe if you were looking for a stand out venue with great service and ambience then its for you, just dont get your hopes up on the food which is, after all, is the most important part.
PS having the waitress ask me on my way out “how did your soup turn out?” with a chortle followed by an explanation it was the first time it had been served does not lead to a great experiment. Don’t particularly like being a guinea pig.
The moment we walked in, we were warmly greeted by the maitre’d, Patrick, who introduced us to our waiter for the evening – Jim B. We were seated out on the verandah with most of the other couples. It was a lovely, warm night so the setting was fantastic for a romantic dinner.
We had the 6 Course Degustation Menu, which was great because we didn’t have to think about what to order!
I could break down the meals but there were so many! The most important thing is that every single meal that came out tasted exceptional. The flavours were excellent, the presentation was gorgeous and the serving portions were perfect.
The service we had throughout the night was faultless. We were never interrupted because our waiter just seemed to know when it was appropriate to top-up our wine/water glasses, ask questions, etc. Each course was well-timed, so we never felt like we were waiting – nor did we feel rushed.
They get extra points for having a bottle of their Olive moisturiser in the bathrooms and the only tiny thing I could pick on was that they ran out of handtowels in the women’s bathroom and I had to go out and request for more. This happened fairly early in the evening, so they must have missed replenishing before the dinner service.
Overall, our dining experience at Bracu was memorable for all the right reasons and we will definitely be back. It is well worth the trip out to the Bombays!
We booked a mid week lunch and were given a table on the verandah.
I enquired about a particular wine on the list – but the waitress was unable to tell me anything about it – also there was no wine waiter available to ask.
My ‘roast’ duck was crisp on one side, but raw and bleeding on my plate and I couldn’t cut it with a knife. I sent it back – it returned over-cooked but at least edible. (They deducted cost of coffees as a gesture).
Finally they mixed our bill up with that of the adjacent table.
Each meal starts with freshly made bread and extra virgin NZ Olive oil (NZ Olive oil is some of the best in the world and is no relation to the old, sometimes off, imported supermarket stuff).
The service matches the food which is exceptional.
A place for a long lazy lunch.
PS: They do really good coffee.
Setting is very nice. It would be nice to sit outside next time on a Summer’s day.
All the staff were very pleasant, cannot fault them for anything.
Bread and olive oil to begin was delicious. The only problem was there wasn’t enough of it!
The starters were also of a high quality.
Lamb for the main was also well-cooked and tasty. The salad to share had a nice dressing, but consisted solely of lettuce. A little bit of colour would have gone a long way. As our other side was a rather large bowl of broccoli, it was just a bit too much green.
The salty-peanut ice cream with dessert was excellent. The chocolate tart was also very generous.
Although not the cheapest, my experience at Bracu was definitely a good one, and I will be going back again in the future.
Best for special occasions where it doesn’t reall matter how much you spend.
I would love to know how the lamb was done
Patrick the maitre’d is OUTSTANDING. I had a ‘fussy moment’ – and he moved heaven and earth to sort everything out. Top top service. Highly recommended
We had the dog with us and we were able to let him lie under an olive tree while we had bruch. Following our meal the maitre’d invited us to take the dog for a walk around the estate – brilliant. This was a great morning – couldn’t recommend it enough.
The setting at Bracu is lovely, definitely worth the drive out to Bombay.
The food was much better than the last two times we attended. Perfectly seasoned, not generous portions but still comfortable after 3 courses.
Our waitress (Katie) was polite, friendly, and accommodating. She didn’t seem to have a lot of experience but made up for it by being totally charming & helpful.
Unfortunately, our other lasting memory was the clown of a maitre’d/ sommelier that was working (Saturday 11th, lunchtime).
I had come out for lunch to thank a friend for some brilliant work he had done for me. I did NOT come out to talk to an arrogant pompous overqualified waiter.
Aside from constantly pestering us (he knew my guest) he told us how much he disliked working there, how he had no respect for the staff, and was only waiting to get a cafe of his own and then get away as quickly as possible.
His persistence and interruptions spoiled an otherwise fine lunch.
Do go and try Bracu, but ask Katie to look after you!