Cuisine: Barbeque, Mediterranean, Moroccan, Tapas/Small Plates, Turkish
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $25
Ranked: #6 of 90 restaurants in Auckland

Remember the days when you used to make concoctions in chemistry class at high school?

The Lab takes you right back there, serving phenomenal European food with a Mediterranean twist in a scientific environment!

Paying homage to the building’s previous occupants, The Auckland Laboratory, The Lab brings you drinks in beakers, mixing jugs, test tubes and much more.

Adventurous foodies can even try the chef’s ‘experiments’ which are a complete food adventure for the palate and their extensive tapas style menu will keep you munching away all night.

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The Lab Eatery
132 Hurstmere Road
Takapuna 0622

Open Hours:
Monday Closed
Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 11pm

Phone: 09 489 4496
Website: www.thelabeatery.co.nz

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Ranked: #6 of 90 restaurants in Auckland 6
The Lab Eatery
Location: Takapuna
Cuisine: Barbeque, Mediterranean, Moroccan, Tapas/Small Plates, Turkish
Mains: $15 - $25

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Very cool restaurant and enjoyed the quirky way they serve drinks in beakers.
The stuffed squid wasn't what we'd hoped for with the stuffing being lost a bit..may be better with a chunkier stuffing and more tender squid, but the mains and desserts were really good. Generous portions and great flavours. Waiting staff were awesome thanks. The experience was let down by the young Asian couple at the table next to us coming in and setting up laptops, books and phones and basically treating the place like an internet café..they seemed more interested in whether the waitress could set them up with free wifi than actually dining. Perhaps the management could have a think about whether they want to be a fine dining restaurant or a McDonalds. People pay a lot of money to relax and enjoy a good meal and that sort of thing really kills the mood. Really good staff and food but not sure we'll be back to splash out if the tone is just another internet café.

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Second time here using First Table, food was excellent and service was impeccable. Portion sizes were a little large for me but that’s just personal preference, I suppose. Definitely be coming back soon!!

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Tracy Nagel

Food was delicious and we enjoyed our evening at the Lab. Great vegetarian sharing platter.

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The food was tasty, healthy and balanced.
Portions were generous and the staff was friendly.
We had mango and white chocolate cheesecake for dessert and it was delicious.
We'll sure come back!

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Dawn Hutchison

Our 2nd visit. We had the charcoal chicken and lamb, salmon fillet which were delicious and very generous. What we came for was the mousse parfait with popcorn, brownie and caramel sauce in a beaker. Omg it is delicious if you have a sweet tooth

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Such great food and service! Would definitely recommend

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We had a fabulous lunch at The Lab. They catered for all of our dining requirements-gluten free, vegan, and meat-eater. The servings were a good size and we were served promptly and politely. We all agreed we would go back again.

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Chizuko Kawamoto

Relax & friendly service. We had Mezze Platter ( I don't eat meat and share with others), Daddy&me burger, Chicken Mandi and Grilled eye fillet. Mezze Platter was huge! We tasted very variety items. All other mains are also good. We all were happy and very full.

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Paea Ashton

Food was amazing, service was awesome. Definitely going back again!!! Thank you very much for the lovely lunch

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great service and good food, nice environment. would come again. thank you

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First time to book the first table! Great experience and will book again through the website and nice restaurant to visit again!

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Joseph Martin

Good food & service

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Misha Phelan

Thanks

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Bob Lenihan

Excellent service in a pleasant quiet space.
Lamb tarjine was excellent and the desert of chocolate mousse marscapone cream and chocolate brownie crumbled in a lab jar was an excellent finish to a good dinner. The wine at $11/glass for Aussie Cabernet Sauvignon from south Australia was smooth and a great choice as well.

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Food was yummy!!

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The service was above average. The Daddy and Me Burger was really cute and delicious. The steak was tender. The only downside was the chicken & prawn salad which was a bit too sweet which might have a bit too much sugar.

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Beautiful dinner at The Lab Eatery. Had the prawns and bacon wrapped dates to start which were both amazing. For mains the daddy and me burger was generous and just what you are after in a burger. We also had the lamb and chicken skewers which was a really nice meal. Kids enjoyed their meals and ate everything. Finished with deserts which were both tasty and well presented. Great food and friendly, attentive service.

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James Whyte

Where do i start, The atmosphere was great, service was spot on and the food was excellent, I am going to call it and say the mango white chocolate cheesecake was one of the best cheese cakes i have ever had. cant help but recommend this spot its well worth the visit.

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Marcia Swain

Amazing food and lovely setting. We’ll be back.

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Great food. Highly recommend the shared platter. Nice lab themed items throughout the restaurant

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Briana Millar

We had such an amazing lunch at the Lab Eatery. The food was delicious and the portions were very generous. Would definitely come back again.

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Teanji Macdonald

Amazing real food! Loved it! Will definitely be back!

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Sue Jones

The service was excellent from all staff. Also the food was amazing. All four of us were raving about the taste and flavours.

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Melissa Murphy

Lovely evening for a night out, arrived at The Lab Eatery staff were very welcoming had a nice table by the window. had a look at the menu so many appealing meals, settled on an entree of Triple dips and bread. bread was very nice with the selected dips.
mains: had Coal Grilled Lamb & Chicken portion was more that enough, cooked to perfection. The Fresh Salmon Fillet was very fresh and again cooked perfectly. Dessert was very nice as well. The staff were friendly and were around, clearing plates and topping up drinks. Loved the glassware for our drinks they came in glass beakers.
Overall excellent have not enjoyed a night out this much in a long time, will definitely be back.

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Sandra French

Had a good experience at The Lab Eatery - I'd definitely recommend the chicken nibbles - finger licking good! Also tried the halloumi, babaganoush tapas plates and the daddy & me burger main - all delicious.
We arrived quite early - 5:15 for a 6 pm reservation but we were welcomed with a smile and told to go ahead and order since the kitchen was open. Great service!

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Food was excellent. Enjoyed ourselves with our young kids.

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The food was delicious and the service was attentive - would definitely recommend as a nice place to eat out.

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Chizu Korunic

Had booking busy Friday night but foods came out not too late. We ordered Triple dips and bread, Daddy and me burgers, Fresh salmon fillet and Orange falafel salad. I normally don’t order extra bread for meal, but I know this Turkish bread made inside restaurant. So I wanted to try them. They are so nice and 3 dips are tasty. Daddy and me burgers are big portion (because 2 burgers!) , salmon fillet was just right cooked, and enjoyed quinoa. Orange falafel salad was fresh crispy and one of best falafel for me. We had affogato with kahlua after meal. It’s interesting looks as The Lab. My daughter took many pictures. A few groups were outside porch having drink, looks nice in warm season. We all enjoyed foods and friendly service. Coffee is nice, too. Will come back again.

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Christine Lee

First visit here and service was excellent and food was even better. 100% will return :)

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Nice surroundings, good service, interesting food. Worth coming over the bridge for!

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Александар Манговски

Food was amazing! Friendly Staff. Great service

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Bernice Murray

Delicious food, good service and fabulous atmosphere

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Food was really good and the service was excellent! I will definitely go back and try a cocktail next time!

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Warren Fernandes

First time with First Table and first time at the Lab Eatery. Family of 4 and we tried the Labgrill platter, grilled haloumi and mango cheesecake for dessert. Service was quick, food well presented and most importantly tasted authentic. We will definitively be back. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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Staff were really friendly and welcoming. The food tasted great. Be wary of ordering too much though as portion sizes for the main meals are much larger than expected. Overall, a pleasurable experience and I would definitely recommend it.

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Lesley Waterman

What a great place. So friendly and inviting. The food is excellent and the staff really make you feel comfortable. Top marks!

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Berdy-Ann Harding

Lovely evening out with friends.... meal and service was great

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Sue-in Lee

Great food and very friendly staff!!

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Priscilla Yiu

Service was amazing, food portion was very massive so it was quite generous.

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We went for lunch.We had a lovely time with our two children.
Ordered a selection of tapas and were well pleased (and fed). The kids enjoyed their meals from the "for the little ones" section.
Very good service too.

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Ed Ackman

Fine food with Middle East flavour. Attentive service - relaxing atmosphere. In the end I ate the excellent affogato, but at first wasn’t sure if I should inject or sniff it.

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First time as a First Table experience! First time at The Lab Eatery. Great food, awesome service and a very quaint environment to relax and enjoy! I will be back and also highly recommend.

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It was great booking this First Table at The Lab Eatery as this ensured we had the restaurant mostly to ourselves so early in the evening. With this came fabulous service and I finally managed to find an eatery that serves lamb cutlets - mine were done to perfection.
Thank you for a great meal The Lab!!

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Rik Fothergill

A really good dining experience. All the "Lab" touches were really cool, especially fro my chemistry geek teenager. Lovely food. Chur.

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Amazing food ,service was excellent this was our second time love the place cocktails were good. Everything was perfect

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Beautiful and interesting flavoured food :). Great service & excellent ambience. Highly recommend it.

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John Wallace

Nice quiet environment at lunch time. We shared the Labgrill Platter which was above expectations. A great variety of Moroccan and East European foods. Everything had great flavours. Very big meal for two and we had trouble clearing the platter. Our second visit to this restaurant which won’t be the last.

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Berdy-Ann Harding

The food was delicious... had a platter to share and there was more than enough for two. And the drinks and desserts were presented in such a creative way

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Chizu Korunic

Warm & relax atmosphere. I had my favorite “Orange falafel salad”. It’s salad, but the portion is big so very filling meal. Fresh and crispy salad with tasty falafels are perfect for non-meat eater. My husband had “Daddy & me lamb burger”. He said it is the best burger. Lamb pate was well seasoning. Big and baby burgers are coming with chips & 2 dips.

We shared “Chocolate mousse” dessert. We enjoyed taste of different ingredients layers. We wanted to try some entrees and another deserts but we were so full… Will come back again to try salmon main and mango cheese cake. Thanks for lovely evening.

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Denise Pimentel

Great restaurant - food and service. Will go again

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