Cuisine: A La Carte, Contemporary, International
Price Point: Mains from Above $35
Ranked: #15 of 95 restaurants in Christchurch

Where you succumb to every temptation, where every whim and fancy is catered for, Original Sin proves that there's a heaven for sinners, foodie heaven to be precise!

Staying true to its name, this restaurant is dark and moody, with black furnishings and velvety booths that are beautifully juxtaposed by twinkling chandeliers. Here is where heaven and hell meet and the food is just as devilishly delicious.

The menu is packed with forbidden fruit. Take your first bite into that crunchy apple with their apple candied lambs sweetbreads and smoked tofu with mushroom spring rolls. Then sign a pact with the devil by indulging in their mains; choose from a maple glazed duck breast, baked salmon, chicken breast in champignon crème. Even vegetarians can be tempted with the truffle-scented mushroom risotto with Boursin cheese.

Then totally give in to your dark side with their dark Belgium chocolate flan and ginger steamed pudding. Top it off with a beverage which can be lethal if consumed to excess.

Be sure to join the Oxford Club which gets you a 50c discount on all beverages, and earns 5% credit back from every full price item purchased. The credit that can be redeemed on food and beverages at any of the following establishments: Original Sin, Kong, Bealey's Ale House, The Bog, Fat Eddie’s.

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Original Sin
Cnr Hereford St & Oxford Tce
Christchurch 8011

Open Hours:
Everyday 11am - late

Phone: 03 595 5330
Website: www.originalsin.co.nz

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Ranked: #15 of 95 restaurants in Christchurch 15
Original Sin
Cuisine: A La Carte, Contemporary, International
Mains: Above $35
Original Sin accepts American Express

Reviews

Sandy Cheung

Amazing. I think I’m disappointed that we didn’t know about this place sooner. The food was cooked and presented beautifully, we were probably almost full after the breads starter which we did not expect to be so good (it’s just bread but it was awesome!) and because mains were so good we just had to try dessert too, which did not disappoint, I feel like I have not been so full in years. Happy full though. Love this place!

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Emma Alldridge

My friend and I booked last minute to dine at Original Sin. Neither of us had heard much about it but were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. The decor was fun and beautiful and the service was absolutely top notch!
We shared a breads platter to start. It was generous in proportions and selection and and delicious.
For mains my friend had the duck ravioli and I had the chicken. Both dishes were presented beautifully - instagram worthy! and absolutely exceeded our expectations in flavour. We also shared some Kumara chips which were crispy and tasted divine!
I will absolutely be dining again at Original Sin. I've told several people about it since. Both my friend and I agreed it was the best first table experience we have had so far (and I've had many!!)

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Wow, we had such a great experience! It was my birthday meal, and we were very impressed! The food was sensational as was the service! Our waitress was lovely and attentive! Will be back for sure

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Great restaurant. Wonderful location. Food was sensational Staff were excellent. Thank you for a lovely dinner

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Glennis Kearns

Took my daughter for an early birthday treat on First Table dining and we both agree that it was a amazing experience,from the service from the staff who were all very friendly and welcoming to the amazing food hats off to the chef.Will certainly be dining here again and will be passing on to friends and family about this Restaurant.Thank you to everyone for making this treat for my daughter and me a great evening out.

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Great atmosphere and spot for restaurant near the river. Fantastic service from Simon and other staff. Food and matching wines recommendations offered.
The meals were delicious and well presented. In fact, we agree our best meals out in a very long time!
Highly recommend Original Sin for superb dining experience, as their salads, seafood and steaks were perfect on Sunday.
We will definitely be back for more

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What a wonderful classy yet relaxed vibe surrounded by stunning decor. The menu options, the food quality and service were all outstanding. We shall return. Thank you.

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At 78 yrs old who would think one could enjoy a night at original sin and smile all evening while dining outside looking at a beautiful view, being looked after by attentive waitresses who were so pleasant all evening ( a credit to management for choosing the right staff for the job. Food was divine to say the least. Will go again for sure and many times i hope before i am 80. Go and enjoy

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Virginia Batelaan

My husband and I were very happy with our dining experience at original sin. The steak and sides were delicious as was the chicken. Wow the strudel was so delicious as was the chocolate flan. We loved the food and we will be back.

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Joyce Wong

Excellent service from the staff. We were lucky enough to be there to taste their summer menu, loved the groper steak with the sauce omg it was to die for. We also ordered the sinned fried chicken and it was good too. Thanks for the experience, would definitely come back again

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Mary Wood

Original Sin Restaurant was an original blessing for us! Wonderful setting, scrumptious food, special company. The staff were welcoming and Chris and Willow our table waiters were engaging and attentive. Thank you. We will be back!

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The food was delicious and portion sizes for both entree and dinner were excellent with bread and additional veges/salad supplied at no additional cost. Our waiter was very friendly and service excellent.

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Abhishek Ketkar

It was an awesome experience at The Original Sin. Loved the flavours chef had to offer and the combinations! Hats off! The service was great too. Special mention of Chris and Nerissa. They were professional but friendly as well. A great experience overall!

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Tori Taylor

An amazing restaurant, the food was superb and the service top notch! Would highly recommend Original Sin and will definitely be back!

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Tina Schäfer

The food was delightfully presented, creatively combined, and absolutely delicious. The atmosphere inviting and warm. The service was attentive and readily available, yet respectful. We had a fantastic evening and will definitely return. Thanks!

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Great night out at Original Sin, waiter and waitress were attentive and the food was really good. I had the steak which was a perfect melt in the mouth portion. We were celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary and they gave us a complimentary portion of steamed vegs and salad which was a really nice thought. Shared the fruit platter with mango sorbet which was to die for!! I am a chocoholic and this proved its close contender, the fruit was so fresh and the mango sorbet felt like I was eating it fresh off the tree and been whipped up for my enjoyment immediately. Lovely night out and will be back soon!

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I was hosting German and Australian work colleagues who raved about the duck main - they were dining in Lygone St Melbourne the previous night but rated Original Sin as superior - well done!!

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A very classy and nice restaurant. A warm welcoming, followed by an excellent service, with a lot of attention to details on order to please you.
The beef was excellent.
The service always with a smile.
Conclusion, if you have the opportunity to go eat there, do not hesitate!

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What a wonderful night! The weather was so balmy and we had a perfect position, sitting outside, watching the world go by on the Terrace! We enjoyed entrees and mains and were all very happy with our food choices. We appreciated the platter of breads and oil/balsamic dip that arrived for free. Although you could order sides, we were impressed when a sharing platter of vegies, salad and duckfat spuds came out to supplement our mains. This was just part of the meal - we didn't order it. Loved the scallop entrēe and the diner who had the tofu, raved about it. Special mention has to be made of the wait staff. My party was taken aback when I ordered a glass of champagne, and the waitress offered to charge me less for it! That's the kind of thing that makes me want to go back! Staff had very positive interactions with us and had us all laughing more than once.

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The moment I walked through the door, the atmosphere promised an amazing experience! Sultry lighting complimented the stylish decor - a perfect start to the evening after a days work. Our service was second to none! - Our jovial attentive waiter Christopher, is a credit to your establishment - his recommendations were spot on - the beef and duck were superb and to finish with the plum crumble was the perfect recommendation. The Kumeu Chardonnay... mwah! I would highly recommend Original Sin to everyone and can't wait to go back. Thank you!

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Loved our dining experience at Original Sin. Took my daughter for an early dinner and we both thought the food was delish, shared the thai salad to start - it had authentic thai flavours very yum. She went on to have the salmon served with rice, which she enjoyed, I had the steak served with prawn and scallop - everything was fresh and lots of care was taken with plating. Servers were friendly and efficient. We would certainly return - yay First Table for the great discount. :)

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We had the pleasure of enjoying a meal at Original Sin on Saturday. The meal was almost faultless and the service was great! We would not hesitate to return and recommend to others.

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A superb location, great food and service. So awesome see the city buzzing again. Totally recommend this location, especially on a lovely spring evening to enjoy Alfresco dining or comfortable indoor option if you prefer.

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Sonya Harris

Had a wonderful night, the staff were so lovely and very attentive. The food was delicious, lovely restaurant with great atmosphere. We would not hesitate to visit again or recommend to anyone else.

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FANTASTIC DINNER!!! My mom said that was the best western dining she have got for her life. Amazing food, extremely fresh scollops and whitebait. Hight level dinning place. Impressive experience.

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It was the first time my friends and I have been to Original Sin, the food was delicious and the service excellent. We dine out every Wednesday, and it was the first restaurant we have been to, that had complimentary breads as a starter I think that was a awesome touch. I would recommend the salmon and my friends loved the steak. I also thought it was great that some of the dinner ware is made in NZ. Would definitely recommend to family and friends and will return real soon.

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We had a wonderful time, atmosphere was fabulous and the food was divine. Would highly recommend.

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Outstanding meal, the food was faultless. Our waiter Chris was knowledgeable friendly and attentive and he made the evening a lot of fun. We highly recommend Original Sin and will definitely be back.

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Charming restaurant with an air of luxury. Food and service were both excellent.

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MAXINE Garters

The staff of Original Sin were very welcoming and the service was excellent. Some unusual touches with the food, for example a poached egg with the steak, prawns and scallop dish. All the dishes were beautifully presented and we all enjoyed our meals. We look forward to returning.

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WOW, we can’t wait to go back! The Sinful Eggs were heavenly and the duck was cooked perfectly. It was a wonderful evening out for our 4 Year Wedding Anniversary. Hubby had the Scallops and the Beef, again both were cooked to perfection!! We shared the Flan for dessert and it was divine. First Table is great for us to be able to try new restaurants and food without the high price tag and the worry you may not enjoy it. Original Sin however is one restaurant I would happily pay full price for.

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My friends and I really enjoyed the food. The entrees were a decent size and everything was so beautifully presented! And the taste of it all was wonderful, especially the duck. It was also such a surprise to have complimentary breads AND salads with our orders! All round a great experience. The service from the staff was great as well - all were so friendly and helpful. Definitely will be coming back again! :)

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Audrey Godfrey

Wow what a truly wonderful dining experience we had at Original Sin last night with both the service and meals far exceeding our expectations. Well done to an awesome team!! We’ll definitely be back to devour the Seared Scallop entree again!!

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It was our first time at Original Sin, and we truly enjoyed our meal. The food was fabulous, and they were good sized portions. I started with the scallop entree which was amazing, and my husband had the pate, which he said was delicious. Then for mains we had the duck and the beef fillet. Would have loved to squeeze in dessert, but there was definitely no room left:) I have already told many friends how much we enjoyed our meal at Original Sin. We will definitely be returning! Thank you for a wonderful meal and evening!

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Helen Jackson

Wow - from start to finish this was the best first table dining experience we have had! The host who seated us was super attentive without being overbearing and suggested some excellent dishes. The food came out in a timely manner and the dishes were full of flavour and well balanced. We thoroughly enjoyed all three courses and will be back again!

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Cliff Fincham

We went to Original Sin for my birthday celebration and found the staff to be very friendly and welcoming. We were shown to our table and after being given our menus were then given some bread rolls with dip of oil and balsamic, which we did not expect, a lovely start to the meal. We ordered candied apple sweetbreads with kumara puree for entree to share which was very attractive to look at and very tasty to eat. For my main I ordered fillet steak, which had scallops and prawns with roast potatoes and veal madeira glaze, which also looked very nice and the steak was cooked to my taste of medium rare. My wife ordered salmon with whitebait and ricotta, wild rice and smoked salmon and pernod buerre blanc, which also look inviting and she said was very tasty. To top this off we were also served a dish of roast potatoes, salad and mixed vegetables, which we did not expect or order. Overall our meal was a very pleasant experience which was enhanced by the friendly staff. We will be sure to visit this restaurant again.

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Lovely dinner out with girlfriends at Original Sin. On arrival were advised we could pick where we wanted to sit, so chose outside for our lovely warm evening on The Terrace. Food was all delicious, service was efficient and friendly but certainly not rushed. A great night out thanks.

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Sandy Cheung

Amazing. I think I’m disappointed that we didn’t know about this place sooner. The food was cooked and presented beautifully, we were probably almost full after the breads starter which we did not expect to be so good (it’s just bread but it was awesome!) and because mains were so good we just had to try dessert too, which did not disappoint, I feel like I have not been so full in years. Happy full though. Love this place!

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Emma Alldridge

My friend and I booked last minute to dine at Original Sin. Neither of us had heard much about it but were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. The decor was fun and beautiful and the service was absolutely top notch!
We shared a breads platter to start. It was generous in proportions and selection and and delicious.
For mains my friend had the duck ravioli and I had the chicken. Both dishes were presented beautifully - instagram worthy! and absolutely exceeded our expectations in flavour. We also shared some Kumara chips which were crispy and tasted divine!
I will absolutely be dining again at Original Sin. I've told several people about it since. Both my friend and I agreed it was the best first table experience we have had so far (and I've had many!!)

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Wow, we had such a great experience! It was my birthday meal, and we were very impressed! The food was sensational as was the service! Our waitress was lovely and attentive! Will be back for sure

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Great restaurant. Wonderful location. Food was sensational Staff were excellent. Thank you for a lovely dinner

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Glennis Kearns

Took my daughter for an early birthday treat on First Table dining and we both agree that it was a amazing experience,from the service from the staff who were all very friendly and welcoming to the amazing food hats off to the chef.Will certainly be dining here again and will be passing on to friends and family about this Restaurant.Thank you to everyone for making this treat for my daughter and me a great evening out.

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Tracey MacLeod

Everyone enjoyed what they ate from the snapper to the steak t the raw salad and desserts. Attentive but not oppressive service.

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Great atmosphere and spot for restaurant near the river. Fantastic service from Simon and other staff. Food and matching wines recommendations offered.
The meals were delicious and well presented. In fact, we agree our best meals out in a very long time!
Highly recommend Original Sin for superb dining experience, as their salads, seafood and steaks were perfect on Sunday.
We will definitely be back for more

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Despina Kerdemelidis

We celebrated our wedding anniversary with our family at The Original Sin. We had a fantastic time. The staff was very attentive and the meals were tasty and generous. Thank you for making our dinner experience exceptional.

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The groper steak was not available - for the rest of the food, the entrees are quite good.

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Wow & wow ! Fantastic food & service ! New Years Eve. Just loved it can’t fault the place or food. 5 stars all the way .

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Janika Oras

What a beautiful setting. We shared some pate for an entree followed by lamb and fish. Both looked and tasted spectacular. To finish it off we had the strudel and crumble. Highly recommend the strudel.

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Andy Simmonds

First time dining at Original Sin, at first glance the atmosphere looked very welcoming and relaxed. Food was amazing, the duck ravioli was superb and setting the halloumi on fire was a pleasant surprise!

Definitely recommend Original Sin for those looking for a quality dining experience.

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Debbie Wyatt

Totally recommend this restaurant the food is amazing, it was very busy the night we went on a Tuesday probably due to it being the week before Christmas.

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What a wonderful classy yet relaxed vibe surrounded by stunning decor. The menu options, the food quality and service were all outstanding. We shall return. Thank you.

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Rachel Walker

Stunning food and cool environment. I ate the best lamb of my life and was initially very concerned as it was not pink at all but was juicy and so tasty. Whitebait patty was ok, could have done with more salt but there is no salt and pepper on the table and waitresses not available. I said excuse me 3 times to one as she walked by but got no response. However when they came to the table to top up water and check on our evening they were all very friendly, professional and lovely to deal with.I would definitely go again with FirstTable.

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Amelia Hughson

From the fabulous decor to my crispy yet tender duck main it's safe to say I will be returning for seconds at Original Sin!

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Beautiful food and Excellent service

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At 78 yrs old who would think one could enjoy a night at original sin and smile all evening while dining outside looking at a beautiful view, being looked after by attentive waitresses who were so pleasant all evening ( a credit to management for choosing the right staff for the job. Food was divine to say the least. Will go again for sure and many times i hope before i am 80. Go and enjoy

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Virginia Batelaan

My husband and I were very happy with our dining experience at original sin. The steak and sides were delicious as was the chicken. Wow the strudel was so delicious as was the chocolate flan. We loved the food and we will be back.

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Ruby Tang

Overall a great experience, due to first table there wasn't much people there when we arrived and we were 2 of 4 people in the restuarant.
Food delivery was slower than expected initially considering the number of people dining however once we got our food it was all smiles. Food was fantastic, service was great and we had a wonderful night out!

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Christine Yip

Friendly staff and the food was great too. Will come back

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Joyce Wong

Excellent service from the staff. We were lucky enough to be there to taste their summer menu, loved the groper steak with the sauce omg it was to die for. We also ordered the sinned fried chicken and it was good too. Thanks for the experience, would definitely come back again

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Amazing new menu!

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Antoinette Savill

Heaven to sit outside by the river in the sunshine having just toured the shops. Buzzy atmosphere even at 5:30pm which was a welcome surprise. Friendly & smiling staff added to our relaxed dining experience.

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Mary Wood

Original Sin Restaurant was an original blessing for us! Wonderful setting, scrumptious food, special company. The staff were welcoming and Chris and Willow our table waiters were engaging and attentive. Thank you. We will be back!

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Chris Fleetwood

Fabulous

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Everything enjoyed

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Great food, Great atmosphere. Loved the experience

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The food was delicious and portion sizes for both entree and dinner were excellent with bread and additional veges/salad supplied at no additional cost. Our waiter was very friendly and service excellent.

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Tara Cattermole

Beautiful restaurant. Complimentary bread was a treat. Main was delicious. Dessert took a little while to arrive at the table but was well worth the wait, that steamed pudding was absolutely fabulous.

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Karma Gilray

Wonderful food. Staff were really accommodating. Id go again!

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Abhishek Ketkar

It was an awesome experience at The Original Sin. Loved the flavours chef had to offer and the combinations! Hats off! The service was great too. Special mention of Chris and Nerissa. They were professional but friendly as well. A great experience overall!

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Tori Taylor

An amazing restaurant, the food was superb and the service top notch! Would highly recommend Original Sin and will definitely be back!

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Tina Schäfer

The food was delightfully presented, creatively combined, and absolutely delicious. The atmosphere inviting and warm. The service was attentive and readily available, yet respectful. We had a fantastic evening and will definitely return. Thanks!

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Martina Štrausová

The dinner was yummy, we enjoyed it a lot

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Great night out at Original Sin, waiter and waitress were attentive and the food was really good. I had the steak which was a perfect melt in the mouth portion. We were celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary and they gave us a complimentary portion of steamed vegs and salad which was a really nice thought. Shared the fruit platter with mango sorbet which was to die for!! I am a chocoholic and this proved its close contender, the fruit was so fresh and the mango sorbet felt like I was eating it fresh off the tree and been whipped up for my enjoyment immediately. Lovely night out and will be back soon!

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I was hosting German and Australian work colleagues who raved about the duck main - they were dining in Lygone St Melbourne the previous night but rated Original Sin as superior - well done!!

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A very classy and nice restaurant. A warm welcoming, followed by an excellent service, with a lot of attention to details on order to please you.
The beef was excellent.
The service always with a smile.
Conclusion, if you have the opportunity to go eat there, do not hesitate!

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What a wonderful night! The weather was so balmy and we had a perfect position, sitting outside, watching the world go by on the Terrace! We enjoyed entrees and mains and were all very happy with our food choices. We appreciated the platter of breads and oil/balsamic dip that arrived for free. Although you could order sides, we were impressed when a sharing platter of vegies, salad and duckfat spuds came out to supplement our mains. This was just part of the meal - we didn't order it. Loved the scallop entrēe and the diner who had the tofu, raved about it. Special mention has to be made of the wait staff. My party was taken aback when I ordered a glass of champagne, and the waitress offered to charge me less for it! That's the kind of thing that makes me want to go back! Staff had very positive interactions with us and had us all laughing more than once.

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The moment I walked through the door, the atmosphere promised an amazing experience! Sultry lighting complimented the stylish decor - a perfect start to the evening after a days work. Our service was second to none! - Our jovial attentive waiter Christopher, is a credit to your establishment - his recommendations were spot on - the beef and duck were superb and to finish with the plum crumble was the perfect recommendation. The Kumeu Chardonnay... mwah! I would highly recommend Original Sin to everyone and can't wait to go back. Thank you!

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Loved our dining experience at Original Sin. Took my daughter for an early dinner and we both thought the food was delish, shared the thai salad to start - it had authentic thai flavours very yum. She went on to have the salmon served with rice, which she enjoyed, I had the steak served with prawn and scallop - everything was fresh and lots of care was taken with plating. Servers were friendly and efficient. We would certainly return - yay First Table for the great discount. :)

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Scott Miller

The Food and service was excellent - highly recommend.

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We had the pleasure of enjoying a meal at Original Sin on Saturday. The meal was almost faultless and the service was great! We would not hesitate to return and recommend to others.

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A superb location, great food and service. So awesome see the city buzzing again. Totally recommend this location, especially on a lovely spring evening to enjoy Alfresco dining or comfortable indoor option if you prefer.

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Sonya Harris

Had a wonderful night, the staff were so lovely and very attentive. The food was delicious, lovely restaurant with great atmosphere. We would not hesitate to visit again or recommend to anyone else.

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FANTASTIC DINNER!!! My mom said that was the best western dining she have got for her life. Amazing food, extremely fresh scollops and whitebait. Hight level dinning place. Impressive experience.

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Sandi Burrows-Loader

The meal, atmosphere and service was all outstanding.

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It was the first time my friends and I have been to Original Sin, the food was delicious and the service excellent. We dine out every Wednesday, and it was the first restaurant we have been to, that had complimentary breads as a starter I think that was a awesome touch. I would recommend the salmon and my friends loved the steak. I also thought it was great that some of the dinner ware is made in NZ. Would definitely recommend to family and friends and will return real soon.

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We had a wonderful time, atmosphere was fabulous and the food was divine. Would highly recommend.

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