Three Lamps Bar & Eatery – CLOSED
- Mon – Sun 11am – Late
- Business Dining
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Three Lamps Bar and Eatery is your Ponsonby local: a bar and restaurant with good food and a huge range of craft beers at great prices.
At Three Lamps discover and share some of the better things in life. Glasses, pitchers and bottles brimming with international and New Zealand craft beer and wine; plates, boards and bowls of delicious, locally sourced food; great times, laughter and stories enjoyed with friends. Expect to find all this and more in the truly unique atmosphere of Three Lamps Bar and Eatery – your local bar and restaurant in Ponsonby, Auckland.
17 Reviews for Three Lamps Bar & Eatery – CLOSED
Visited April 2014
I ordered the chili prawns as a starter and what I got was a generous plate of mesclun with a tasty dressing and 5 medium size prawns hiding underneath for $14. I commented to the waitress and she questioned me if I was sure only 5 were on the plate, my partner backed me up. She apparently talked to the kitchen, came back and offered us a free drink each.
Both ordered lamb three ways which was a huge disappointment but the other dishes coming out of the kitchen looked equally uninspiring. For the most expensive main at $30 you get two tiny, but tasty lamb cutlets, a tiny ramekin of overly rich shepherds pie and one slice of poor quality roast lamb floating in a pot of flavourless broth. Also, the baby vegetables turned out to be one tiny potato and two carrots, two extra slices of raw carrot were hiding under the lamb broth. They also smear cheese sauce across the board to fill up the empty space.
The steaks looked good but still not a generous portion and table next to us had the salmon sitting in what looked like lumpy sauce which was supposed to be risotto!
My partner enjoyed the donuts for dessert and the accompanying chocolate sauce was good but the sticky date pudding was another disappointment, no dates in sight and rubbery in texture.
Received one free drink for my earlier comment but it was no way near enough to make up for the successive letdowns of every dish, will not be back.
It you want average, overpriced, tiny, pretentious meals in a dull pub style setting then this might be the place for you.
The welcome was friendly – we were given a menu that had a good range of dishes to pick from as well as an extensive drinks menu.
We were not disappointed. My wife had the three lamb dish – she really enjoyed the food. The meal only had a few vegetables (and for lunch that was adequate – perhaps wouldn’t be said for an evening meal). I had the venison pie – tasty and delicious – very filling.
Dessert – Creme Brulee – “Yummy”. I had the sticky date pudding – it may have been heated in the microwave as some of the pudding was hard and dry. But – it was still enjoyable.
Presentation of the food was good, the surroundings relaxed, clean toilets, warm and friendly service – we will be going back again.
Drinks came relatively quickly.
The food is absolutely diabolical.
We ordered the sliders. At best they were ok.
The dumplings were sent back as they were all burnt black on the bottom. I’m amazed that a professional chef had the audacity to send out such a shocking dish. The replacement was dripping in oil and no one had more than one. The potato skins were also dripping with oil.
I would not return again.
UPDATE: The manager has contacted us and apologised for the food. We may return to re-try this place.
Amazing service-lovely mannered and attentive staff.
Yummy tasteful food- with a touch of difference, (try the lavendar brulee…most divine)
Great music and atmosphere in fact I enjoyed it so much that I have booked dinner for three next weekend…
Hint: Maybe a little more flair needed with watercress salad
We all shared entrees first and had some drinks in the bar area.
Once we sat we just continued to have more of the same. Very tasty food and super yummy doughnuts for dessert.
Very relaxed and friendly waiting staff who kept the drinks coming. Boys loved the beer list.
Would recommend for any one who likes something a little some more than the usual. Great looking out door area for drink.
- Menu was dirty with stains on it
- Waiter had dirty uniform and her finger nails dirty
- Ordered drinks and after they didn’t arrive – after about 15 minutes had to politely remind waiter
- Menu is tapas style and didn’t look that great but it is a pub so not expecting fine dining or anything with imagination
- Notices other customers getting frustrated with service eg delays in food arriving or slack service and several people questioning their bills
- Food arrived; had ordered 3 tapas for sharing / all arrived well apart and after going to and from wrong tables
- Actual food was only just edible, but just
- Had ordered some salmon. Had had salmon at a cafe the day before and the contrast with this place could be more extreme.
- The other tapas were just as bad – tasteless, stale and uninspiring.
This is a place to avoid, at least it you want good service and interesting food.
Typical of tapas, it was a case of quality over quantity. With each dish averaging around $14. And we also got some sweet green broccolini with garlic and almond as a side. And by the time we’d had 3 beautiful craft beers between us, we’d spent over $75… so it was definitely a splash out for us!
Our waitress was extremely good at her job. Also the venue is really stylish with a lovely wood interior, and we very much enjoyed our table in the sunshine.
After a couple of good tap ciders, we ordered our shares – crumbed chicken sliders, wild boar ribs and a side of hand-cut crinkle chips.
First came the crinkle chips, I was expecting fries, what we got were crisps. The wording on the menu might need reconsideration.
The waiter felt the need to tell us that the chips were freshly made, as apparently, other customers had asked if they came from a packet. To be honest, a pack of eta ripples would have been preferable. The chips were bland and all the condiments on offer didn’t make up for it.
The chicken sliders were just ok, nothing memorable or flavourful there.
Then came the ribs. This was the most disappointing dish we ordered. The meat was chewy and the smoky bourbon sauce didn’t deliver either of the flavours promised. In fact there wasn’t really any flavour to speak of.
Needless to say, we didn’t stay for dessert.
With such an extensive beer menu, this place might be fine for some after work drinks, but I recommend leaving before you get hungry.
Visited May 2013
The friend I went with knew it as the Belgium Cafe and raved about it, so wasn’t until we got there that we saw it had changed hands. Gave it a go anyway – first mistake.
There for dinner, we took an outside table in the lovely courtyard as it was quieter. The menu was all over the place, we weren’t sure where to start: “little shares” “Big shares” “Coasters”, you have to search the page, even the font is hard to read. One page for the restaurant menu, 10 pages for the beer menu! We should’ve known.
We ordered the steamed mussels for entree – second mistake. Mussels were small and tasted like they’d been microwaved. Half way through entree our main arrived – ‘big share’ meat board. The big board they serve it on can’t fit on the little table with the entree still there so we have to scoff the last few mussels so she can take the plate away and put down the main.
The meat board selection was varied which was great but not choice cuts or anything. The sliced beef was medium rare but had sinew through it so very chewy. The pork ribs barely had meat on them. The venison sausages were a nice change. The two gravies were ok.
Dessert – Friend ordered the bread and butter pudding and I had the Sugar Donuts with hot caramel & orange sauce – final mistake!. The donuts were hard, like they’d been deep fried twice (or 3 times!). I sent them back, and then shared the bread & butter pudding with my friend. It was big, and soft, but the only flavour came from the hot vanilla custard.
The best part of being at this establishment…. was leaving it.
Flavours were outstanding, as u can imagine. The salad was light and freshly prepared, it was a good hit of vitamin C and healthy goodness for a light lunch.
The Maitre de guy was excellent, I’d phoned first to warn of my speed visit, and he was very accommodating
3 lamps has a Groovy atmosphere – huge windows, so very light and airy. Plus there is lots of beautiful natural wood in decor.
Was tempted to try a cider – the beer list was huge. But lunchtime, y’ know.
Will definitely return.
The food came slowly. First was the agrias which was good, but when my husband asked for ketchup, he had to ask the staff three times until he got it.
And then it was my bagel. A waiter passed the bagel to me and said there were more bacons coming and “the chef IS MAKING THEM”. WTF? Dear Chef, If the meal is not complete, do not serve it! And when I tried the egg, it was plain, cold and near to well-done! So as the spinach. No salt at all. After a while, I got my another two strips of bacon coming. Appreciated your effort, chef!
Five minutes after my meal was served, the fish platter was finally there. I knew it was a big share and the price told me it wouldn’t be small portion. But dear waitress, was that hard to suggest the new customers that with all the things we ordered, we might get too many?
I used to be a waitress. I know the basic in a restaurant. We didn’t order any entree, we were expecting everything would come at the same time, so both of us can enjoy the meals together!
I wouldn’t go there again, it was certainly a huge disappointment.