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Gaslight Restaurant & Wine Bar

3_half star rating
39 reviews

Cuisine: A La Carte, French, Italian

73 St Andrew St
Dunedin Central
Dunedin City
03-552 0134
 

Hours:

  • Dinner: Tues – Sun 5:30 pm – Late
  • Lunch: Fri & Sat 11:30 am – 3 pm
  • Closed Monday
  • Facilities/Features:
    • Private Functions
    • Private Parties
    • Romantic Dining
    • Wedding Functions
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
  • Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
  • Dress Code: Smart casual
  • Alcohol: Beer, Wine
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert

At Gaslight our focus is on food and wine matching, We make all of our own fresh pasta and sauces. There is a great range of French and Italian mains to choose from, Not to mention the best wine list in town -With over 50 beautiful drops available by the glass.

Our restaurant is set in an amazing 1890′s brick building and offers a vintage retro atmosphere. We have a sunny sheltered courtyard and are available for functions, birthdays, graduation and weddings.
Come on down and check us out!!

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39 Reviews for Gaslight Restaurant & Wine Bar

dwill

1

1st July 2014
4 star rating
i have now eaten at gaslight several times and are yet to be disappointed, the service has always been amazing along with the food, but the best part would have to be the dessert, i would recommend this place to all! (amazeballs)

Visited June 2014

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Nic

3

30th June 2014
5 star rating
Perfect, absolutely perfect. We have been oh so lucky to have dined here many, many times and everytime is just great. Love the decor – the quirky old time piano and the collection of cameras contrast against the old brickwork so well. We have sampled our way through most of the menu, but the stand out(for me) is both the Funghi Fume and the Pate – amazing. Service is always spot on. Bonus is easy parking during the evenings – straight outside the door.

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1st June 2014
5 star rating
We dine here last night, it was fairly full, but that didn’t matter one bit, the service was swift and staff were very helpful and attentive and had a good knowledge of the menu. The food came out swiftly and was piping hot and was delicious, some restaurant could learn a lot from this place about service and food! We will defiantly be back.

Visited May 2014

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Nic J.

1

7th April 2014
1 star rating
Poor service, huge delays, no apology…….Never again!

My experience at Gaslight and that of the 13 other people that attended with me on a Sunday evening was nothing short of awful. When we had made a booking a month in advance to the evening it appeared the kitchen was very understaffed and this led to a large delay in our meals being served and left a very sour taste on the evening which was to be a celebration. Arriving at 6.30pm and making our order before 7, we did not expect we would be required to wait until 8.40pm to be fed. It appeared that only 4-5 other tables of 2 or 3 were there the whole evening and we ordered before most of them, but got served after.
Our table ordered 4 x Carbonara dishes and only 3 appeared, one then followed 10 minutes later and was completely different to all of the others, it was not very edible and appeared to be a cheese and pasta mess but by 8.50pm you were not going to wait until 10pm for it to return so she had a few bites and put it to one side. Luckily the event we were having required cake (which we had brought elsewhere to the venue) so she did get to fill her stomach with something.
The service was very poor, our table was never cleared of all the glasses, the drinks orders came twice within the first 30 minutes and never again, not once were they apologising for the delay despite numerous complaints and it appeared no manager working, unless the one waitress was and if so her customer service is very lacking. My poor diabetic Nana had thought she would not have to wait so long to be fed so she took her insulin so soon had to be rushed various sweets, bread (which surprised us that that came quick) as the hour ticked by to stop her having a bad attack.
The food can be good (once you get it), but the wait was totally unacceptable and they really need to work on there service, I would never recommend this as a restaurant to people I know.

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29th March 2014
5 star rating
Went to Gaslight Cafe last night and it was amazing, the food was incredible came out super fast and our waitress was incredibly lovely. The homemade pasta is delicious and I can say the same about the creme brûlée. Our waitress was incredibly helpful with the choosing of wine as well as desert.
What a great experience i will definitely be returning :)

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9th January 2014
5 star rating
Yum yum yum! I love the fresh, home made pasta. I ordered the bacon, mint and pea pasta and it was delicious. For dessert I had the creme brulee which was cooked to perfection and not overly sweet. My boyfriend got the cheesecake which tasted great and was generously portioned. Our waiter was helpful at matching the wine to our meal. The service was excellent. I fully recommend gaslight for a lovely meal out

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Sean R.

10

8th December 2013
5 star rating
Just back from an anniversary dinner at Gaslight. Absolutely could not fault anything about it. The meals were brilliant, delivering sophisticated and complex flavours. The more I ate the more I enjoyed it. The deserts had all the craftsmanship and talent we experienced with the mains (heavenly!). We will certainly be back again, a special place for sure.

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28th November 2013
5 star rating
I agree with the review below, these guys are just amazing. Best pasta in town, but even the other mains are equally as exceptional. Pate is to die for, and the service is second to none. It’s a wonderfully intimate space, and very reasonably priced.
It was my son’s 15th birthday and they did an amazing job at making him feel special.

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lmk

55

9th January 2014
5 star rating
Just returned home from the most amazing dinner at Gaslight Cafe, we are still talking about the food, just perfect. The pate is heaven on a plate and our mains were amazing. We had the duck, the rosemary crusted chicken, the steak and a amazing mushroom pasta. All were perfect, the staff were lovely and the bonus is easy parking right outside of a evening.

Please please ignore the “tryhard/stupid/trying to be funny” review below – this place is a gem.

Visited August 2013

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17th September 2013
2 star rating
I understand that Gaslight Cafe has a “thing” going on. To quote wikipedia, “Gaslighting is a form of mental abuse in which false information is presented with the intent of making a victim doubt his or her own memory, perception and sanity.”

But while it’s okay to have a bit of fun at the expense of patrons, Gaslight Cafe took the gaslighting too far. We distinctly remembered paying when we ordered, yet after our meal was complete, the staff insisted we hadn’t paid yet. I showed them my National Bank credit card, which I had charged the funds to, but they told me that bank didn’t exist any more! So we had to pay TWICE. We complained to the City Council, but they told us we’d made it all up. They must be in on it too. We left doubting our own sanity. On the plus side, the food was good – if it ever existed. Gaslight? We were well and truly gaslit.

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Matt

5

12th August 2013
4 star rating
Went here as a group with the set menu.
The atmosphere was great, lighting, music, mood, surroundings… brilliant! The male waiter knew his stuff, was competent and ran rings around the dreadful skanky looking girl behind the bar… Hospo is about looking good too, she needs to go (along with her poor attitude). Nonetheless, wine knowledge was good, and the food was pretty good, I had the risotto with lamb and thyme, was quite average…there was hardly any lamb in my risotto. Nonetheless, great experience, will be back to try the al a carte menu ASAP.

Visited July 2013

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Steph

4

17th June 2013
4 star rating
First time eating here, and it won’t be the last.
I checked out the menu before hand, though was still undecided when it came to order – so many options, and they all sounded delicious.

For a starter, my group of 5 shared the antipasto plate, which had plenty of variety, and was a great size for alleviating some hunger, but not filling us up before dinner came.
I ordered the Slowly braised Cardrona Merino lamb Fettuccini for my main, and the lamb was probably the best I’ve ever had – it was incredible. Sizes were generous – the four of us that ordered pasta agreed that medium size was more than enough.
For dessert I had the chocolate croissant pudding. This is where I take off a star: it was nice, but that’s about it. It was too chewy for the spoon it was served with, and was just pretty bland. The ice cream and presentation were lovely however, and those who ordered different desserts had better things to say.

The restaurant itself had a very relaxing ambiance, with candles, and plenty of space between tables. It was incredibly peaceful. I think I’d go again for that alone! A refreshing change.

Some previous reviews have spoken very critically about the staff, so I want to detail my experience, which was positive. The staff were attentive, but not plastic with that weird plastered on smile that so freaks me out.
Once seated, a man moved a heater near our area, and cheerfully told us that if we got too hot, we knew what to do. Our waitress answered all of our questions without skipping a beat – she made recommendations when we were querying sizes, and of drinks when what one of my party wanted was not available. I found her to be genuine, respectful, and just so knowledgeable.
Somehow staff was able to ascertain our needs, and constantly have our glasses full, without being overbearing. They were fantastic.

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19th March 2013
5 star rating
Dear Gaslight,
We came and had a wonderful dinner for my birthday thank you. We, my hubby and I, rarely eat out these days – have been overseas for several years and come back to find our favourite restaurants either gone, under new management and / or disappointing. It was a real treat to discover you and enjoy the best meal out we have had in ages. Not only the food but also the surrounds, and we were able to have a conversation and hear each other which was lovely. It’s a long time since I have had the ‘perfect steak’ with a good glass of red. The desserts were to die for!
Thank you!
We look forward to visiting again and exploring your menu.

P.S. The waitress was good and the waiter was on his first night and didn’t miss a beat.

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Emma

9

9th March 2013
2 star rating
Went here for lunch and food was beautiful, however the service was disgusting, some frumpy girl with red hair served us and was rude and barely said a word to us. It was awkward and uncomfortable and we didn’t feel welcome. Overall it ruined the whole experience. Place was far too dark too. Not impressed

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31st January 2013
5 star rating
Great place to sit back, relax and enjoy the amazing food. I ordered a pasta dish and it was perfect. The service was great as well as the high service. Price was reasonable. Bathroom was clean and tidy. The overall feel of the restaurant was inviting. Will defiantly dine here again when I’m back in town.

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23rd January 2013
5 star rating
My in-laws came over from Sweden, so I thought I’d show them a bit of the local fare. My father-in-law is notoriously fussy, and could also eat for his country in the Olympics, so I was a little nervous because I wanted to make a good impression.
We started with pâté, which impressed everyone with its texture and richness; and then went on to the mains.
While my father-in-law has had NZ lamb before, it was deemed “passable”. But he was brought to his knees by the tenderness and flavour of the meat served. Not only could he not eat everything on his plate the servings were so generous, but he said that it was the best food he’d ever tasted.
My mother-in-law had the duck, and not only was she impressed with the food, but she also loved the art on the walls and the camera collections. Also, the suggested French red was a hit as an accompaniment, and the service was fantastic.

All in all, this has probably been my favourite dining experience so far, and I’m glad I was able to show off NZ cuisine to my in-laws in such a spectacular fashion.

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13th January 2013
4 star rating
Visited Gaslight for the first time last week and came away satisfied. We were warned in advance that it would take a while for the food to arrive, given they cook everything from scratch. The quality of the cooking made it worthwhile and my fettucine was divine. A nice range of options on the menu too — from kiwi favourites, to more Italian- and French-inspired dishes. The waitress was refreshingly direct, even advising us not to pre-order dessert as we might get too full. Warm atmosphere too.

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Chris

1

18th October 2012
5 star rating
We booked a quiet birthday dinner for two, 7pm Saturday. Heating was pleasantly warm and the decor made for a relaxed atmosphere. Service started with a high standard and was consistent throughout; friendly and attentive, good timing between dishes, knowledgeable responses to our questions. Great to try a different wine from usual. We enjoyed the entrees though the souffle was quite filling. The rib-eye and lamb mains were fantastic-good portions, great flavours, perfectly cooked. For dessert, the tiramisu was a little sweet, the panna cotta was lovely. We’re heading back this weekend to try the pasta.

Visited September 2012

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Kate

2

22nd August 2012
1 star rating
Although the food was nice the service was disgusting. We called ahead to ask if we could come in even though it was after 7. As soon as we got there before we sat down the bar manager asked all of us for ID before we even sat down and looked at the menu!! After getting part way through our dinner other staff started wiping down other tables, the bar manager put on her coat and was standing by the door in order to hurry us up! We felt rushed and that the staff were very rude. We weren’t asked how our meal was and as we left, not one second after the door closed the outdoor light was switched off and we had to walk to our car in the dark!!!! That is not a good experience!

Visited September 2011

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Howard

17

15th August 2012
4 star rating
Went there as a group of 8. We ordered a variety of things but i had the chicken pasta. Unsure about how others enjoyed their meal but my pasta was very good. The ambiance matched their quality of food.
To sum up, the prices seem to offer good value (for the pasta at least). Nice atmosphere. Good pasta.

UPDATE (18th August 2012):
Went back again last night with my girlfriend for dinner. We ordered 3 different pastas so we can try different ones including, wild mushrooms, lamb ragu and chicken florentine. The lamb ragu and chicken florentine did not disappoint. Very creamy sauce, fresh pasta and a nice serving of meat in the pasta. The wild mushroom pasta was, however, a slight disappointment. The pasta was clumped up and the mushrooms lacked a bit of seasoning. The ambiance of the cafe is still second to none in its caliber.

Visited June 2012

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3rd August 2012
3 star rating
Visited in a group of six (including two children) for a Friday lunch, on the recommendation of one of the group who had visited for dinner previously and been impressed. All of us were happy with the food. In general the prices seemed to offer good value although having chosen a winter roast vegetable salad with a smoked salmon option that was offered for an $11 premium, I was aghast at the small portion of salmon that was added to the basic salad. Surely upwards of a 500% profit there – even at retail supermarket prices for smoked salmon. However the thing that really let Gaslight down in our estimation was the service. The waitress (only one on duty) didn’t seem to want to be there. I hope she was simply having a bad day because otherwise she would be better suited to an occupation not requiring people skills.

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Chris

2

9th June 2012
4 star rating
Been here for lunch and dinner, and have enjoyed it every time. Good value for the most part, but perhaps need to adjust the wine list to include some less expensive options. The pasta is delicious, the food is cooked wonderfully, and the staff are lovely and very friendly. Overall we really like this place and would recommend it.

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nathan

1

6th May 2012
4 star rating
My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to eat for her birthday, we were looking for something Italian. We thought this to be a best of the options available and having read mixed reviews about this restaurant, we were unsure what to expect.

Upon entry we stood at the counter waiting to be seated. It was a Sunday night and only a few tables had customers. It took a long time for us to be seen and seated. The meal arrived very quickly and it tasted amazing. My girlfriend is European and she proclaims its one of the best pasta dishes she’s ever eaten!

For the quality, amount of food and speed of preparation, was well worth the $17 per person and I would go back again!

Only thing which needs improvement is maybe 2 waitresses, or 1 waitress and counter person. They seemed a little under staffed.

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Paula

3

1st December 2011
3 star rating
Great looking place, which is why I went in. Unfortunately, service was not what I expected. The woman tried to brush me off as they wanted tables for the Elton John concert (I was on my own, and looking for dinner before I went to the Elton concert). After I got seated and given the cheap paper menu, I got asked if I wanted a drink, to which I ordered a wine, but the waitress then went and cleared and cleaned a couple of tables first. My water never got refilled, I never got asked if I wanted another wine, I never got asked if I wanted desert or anything other than the main I ordered.
I had to ask for another wine myself, and again, I had to wait 5 minutes or so. I noticed a few people having to get to the bar to ask for another drink also.
Food was okay, I got the olive etc gnocchi, which I was positive said sundried tomatoes, but had regular tomatoes in it. Good wine list. I didn’t find it expensive, but I am used to those prices being from Wellington, I actually thought the Gnocchi was quite cheap at $17 for a main.
I’m not from Dunedin so another visit if off the cards anyway, but I would find it hard to recommend the place.

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28th November 2011
3 star rating
Went here with my husband, atmosphere was very nice. There was a good range of prices on the menu, my husband had the risotto of the day (blue cheese) for $17 and I had the Duck Confit for $27. The risotto was delicious and quite large so very good value, the Duck Confit was disappointing. While the meat was nice the skin was slimy and although the menu said “with roast vegetables” all it came with were courgettes, eggplant and tomatoes simmered in tomato juice which were all really bland and not filling. Our desserts were $11 each and were nice, but we’ve had nicer for that price elsewhere. I don’t think we will go there again simply because the meal’s quality seemed to be so hit and miss. Service was good though.

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16th November 2011
5 star rating
I went to gaslight for a works dinner. I found the service was perfect and Being Italian i found the Italian food pretty good in comparison to what It is in Italy. Well priced and nice enviroment and the owner/Manager guy is really nice.

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Rosie

5

10th November 2011
4 star rating
Good food at a reasonable price. I ordered the pumpkin gnocchi which was delicious. Good selection of wines too. The interior and music made for a great atmosphere. Only thing I wasn’t so keen on were the paper menus which seemed very out of place in such a nice restaurant. The service was average.

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2nd November 2011
3 star rating
Such a mixed experience. I sincerely hope the owners read these reviews and take note, as I really want this restaurant to succeed.

The decor is really very creative and original. The menu is priced at the upper end (for Dunedin), as is the wine list, but the attempt at being high-end isn’t matched by the rest of the experience.

The menus are just printed white A4 paper, and they get re-used. This is just gross and so cheap looking. Even a good quality heavy paper would be better. Our waitress was a joke – she was totally unprofessional, hair in her face, facial piercings, and unkempt. I expect good restaurants to have immaculate staff who are clean and pressed, with aprons, and a professional demeanour. I also don’t like having my waitress change halfway through a meal; it should be the same one all the way through, although the second woman was quite a bit better.

The mains are ok, we didn’t think the portion sizes are that great, although maybe we should have had an entree. We didn’t though, because they are pricey too. A cheap bread or something would help. I was going to get a duck or pork main, but for some reason the waitress talked me into chicken parmigiana. The actual meat was perfect and tasty, but as a previous comment says, the sauce tasted like canned tomatoes and the cheese was plain. I could barely taste the chicken underneath it.

My guest’s steak had a huge vein of gristle, yuck, but tasty otherwise. He got it with pate – wow, that pate is amazing. Light and fluffy and so yummy.

We were shocked that the cheapest bottle of wine was $39, that’s a bit steep for some people.

The desserts saved the experience for us. The chocolate croissant pudding is incredible. I had balsamic strawberries, also so yummy.

All in all it was so mixed, I can’t understand how some parts of the business are so polished and well done, and then they let themselves down with the crappy paper menuMores etc. I would think twice about going back or recommending it to others for a main, but wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it for dessert and coffee/wine.

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Fiona

1

9th October 2011
1 star rating
I went here for a date and was very disappointed. Arriving for a reasonably late dinner we found practically no one else in the restaurant, and within 15 minutes of our arrival there was no one else there. We started with the antipasto which was pretty tasty, though nothing (even the bread) tasted homemade. Our mains arrived fairly promptly, but the points they gained in a prompt delivery were quickly lost. My main (the chicken parmigiana) was quite honestly one of the worst meals I have ever eaten at a “high-class” restaurant. The chicken was thin, overcooked and the sauce tasted like heated canned tomatoes. The pasta itself was nice and fresh, but the sauce still tasted like canned tomatoes. My date fared better with having the pork, which was deemed pretty good but the potato gratin was greasy and flavourless. The nicest part of the meal was the side of chips. I ended up eating more of that than my 30 dollar main.
The staff sat down for dinner before we had even finished our meals. Needless to say, we didn’t stay for dessert.

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Ruth

1

6th October 2011
5 star rating
We have eaten at Gaslight Cafe three times since it opened and have had delicious food and great service every time. The surroundings are beautiful and the food is really something special. You can watch your pasta being made by hand and drink stunning French wine. The desserts are yummy and the starters and the mains are generous servings and taste really really good. It is great value for money and is currently one of my favourite restaurants in Dunedin.

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3rd August 2011
4 star rating
Three of us went to Gaslight 02 August on the recommendation of Cuisine. We were reluctant to go in as no-one was there at 7pm, apparently that’s normal in Dunedin (we’re from Wellington). We’re so glad we gave it a go. Nice and cosy, lovely French music. The waitress was nice, friendly and helpful. We all tried a different wine each which was great and went straight for the mains. I love duck and this was divine as was the homemade carbonara and the fish with polenta. Prices fantastic and good value for money. I will definitely visit again and go for a steak or fresh pasta. Come on Dunedinites support this fantastic place on Tuesday. Wellington cafes are choccka Mon to Sunday :)

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phoebe

1

15th July 2011
1 star rating
Really bad service, it was not busy yet we waited for ages to be served, had to ask to see drink lists etc. We weren’t asked if we would like to see dessert list after our meal and felt very unwelcome. Food itself was ok, pasta was quite nice, although a lot of the meals seemed like things you could cook at home. Will not be going back. It was a shame.

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10th July 2011
5 star rating
Have enjoyed Italian food in many restaurants here and abroad, and its good to know that Dunedin has a restaurant that can serve some of the best Italian food I have ever tasted. My son enjoyed a steak that was cooked to perfection as well. Thoroughly enjoyed the Gaslight experience! Well done.

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Cam

2

31st May 2011
4 star rating
Lovely atmosphere, very helpful wait staff and the food was good.
Pleasant meal out =)
Will definitely return, so many other meals on the menu i want to try!

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22nd May 2011
1 star rating
I was incredibly disappointed by my experience here. We waited at least an hour and a half for our meal. I chose the steak frites after an in-depth discussion with the waitress about what I was able to eat (I can’t eat dairy). My meal arrived and (as I was starved by this point) I wolfed down half of my salad before realising it was full of cheese. She took away my meal and popped it on a new plate, meaning that I lost almost all the sauce from my now cold, disappointingly overcooked steak. My partner felt that his ratatouille was no better than something he could make himself, and his souffle average. Having said this, others we dined with enjoyed their meals, and my steak was a nice cut of meat so I was able to enjoy it despite its shortcomings. Not what I expected from the long wait and large bill (by the time I bought drinks to tide me over during the long wait).

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16th May 2011
4 star rating
We had a great meal at Gaslight, lovely food, amazing lamb ragu, reasonable prices, friendly staff, I love the way the place has been restyled. We are going again this week. It would be nice to see a children’s menu, however they were very accommodating in terms of adapting the menu to make a simple pasta dish for my son

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3rd May 2011
1 star rating
Went to Gaslight tonight with some friends for dessert, It was not the best experience. My friend had the chocolate croissant pudding which apparently was delicious. But I had the chocolate mousse pot – was a big disappointment. the mousse had not had long enough in the fridge and was runny, to the point where at the bottom the mixture was separating. My other friend had the tiramisu which, according to her was pretty average.
I don’t think I will be returning to this restaurant anytime soon.

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Jen a.

1

23rd April 2011
4 star rating
Just had the most amazing meal at Gaslight. The staff were friendly, the atmosphere is fantastic. There is so much to take in around the walls. Our pasta’s were wonderful, dessert’s were to die for (I would definitely recommend the chocolate pots if you are a choc-a-holic like me). Ended the meal with a coffee. Definitely going back, already made a second reservation. Entree, 2 mains, 2 desserts and 2 coffees = $66. Great value for money.

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Betty

5

8th April 2011
4 star rating
Have been reading the menu and knowing how good a Chef they have creating these dishes I can’t wait to try them.
It’s got to be soon.

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