It was a very busy pre-Christmas saturday night... first impression was..very noisy. We had a booking and were made welcome on arrival and quickly seated upstairs away from the loudest noise. A very pleasant and efficient young lady took our orders
The sticky rib entree was wonderful! So tender, nicely spiced, and with a good variety of fresh and tasty vegetables. We shared this, and strongly advise every couple or group to share.. all entrees are large! This had 4 meaty ribs with sauce.
The mains are also very generous, and tasty. I had a mixed plate of beef, spring rolls, meat balls, with noodles and salad. GREAT! My wife enjoyed the crepe with prawns and vegetables .. delicious and a large serving. Neither of us could finish our meals. Our water was topped up regularly through the meal, and a couple of drinks were ordered and delivered quickly.
All in all a very nice experience... We were here about 3 years ago.. it is as good as I remember from then!!
My impressions in my review 3 years ago have been significantly enhanced by this weeks visit. Our group was warmly greeted and shown to our table for 11 people. Water was already on the table and drink orders were taken promptly leaving us to mull over the wonderfully described menu choices. Because the menu is available above on the restaurants website I haven't given the exact descriptions here other than to say the crispy coconut battered calamari entree was a popular choice and the lemon
grass chicken and "shaking" beef and pork meatballs with the exquisite sauces as mains and were just so delicious. Everyone just raved about their dishes. The desserts were met with similar acclaim. The wait service was accomplished and spot on with choices being placed in front of the right person, even though we were moving about occasionally. The restaurant was very busy and it was evident that group bookings larger than our own were there. How this restaurant keeps track of all this is a testimony to the professionalism of the management and staff. Incredibly, although it is not preferred, the restaurant let us pay individually, indicating our drink and food choices from the itemised bill. Nothing seems any trouble here. The lady taking payments was so pleasant and asked each of us if we had enjoyed our meals. I took the opportunity to single out the owner and tell him how impressed we were. Do look at the menus, you will understand how detailed the selections are described. A fabulous experience and our impressions seem consistent with the reviews here.
We came here a couple of weeks ago for dinner and were really impressed. We started off with Caramelised Sticky Baby-Back Ribs and - Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls for the entree, both of which were very yummy, although portion sizes were slightly small for the price. Onto Vietnamese Prawn TwoWays for myself and Saigon Lemongrass Beef Salad with Crispy Spring Rolls for my wife. The pawns and the accompanying sauce were spot on, my wife wasn't as enamoured with her dish and probably should have gone for the usual noodle soup but maybe next time! Dessert was also a mixed bag. The Vietnamese Coconut IceCream was lovely, the perfect blend of coconut crumble, mango sauce, coconut custard and crushed peanuts. The Super Hot Chocolate Brownies on the other hand was way to sickly sweet for our tastes. We both had a Lime, Salted Plums & Soda drink which unfortunately sounded way better than it tasted - to heavy on the salt. The service was top notch. Very attentive and efficient. We will be back
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Thank you Restaurant 88 for making a special event even more fabulous. There were 12 diners and we started with sharing plates containing stuffed chicken wings, fresh spring rolls, deep fried spring rolls (voted as best ever by the group), and the coconut calamari. Everything was beautiful in fact the garnish was also so good that the entire plates were cleared. Our mains included the Vietnamese Prawn Two Ways, Mixed Grill of Pork, Lemongrass Beef, Meatballs & Coconut Udon, Vietnamese Char-Grilled Marinated Pork, Mixed Platter of “Shaking” Beef, Crispy Spring Rolls & Meat Balls Loin Chop, Saigon Banana Leaf Wrapped Grilled Chilli Spiced Fish, and Saigon Lemongrass Chicken on Steamed Coconut Rice Vermicelli. Everything was beautiful and everyone commented on the freshness and depth of the flavours. Lots of sharing occurred and all said “I’ll try that one when we come back”. We were pretty full but managed to share Vietnamese Coconut Ice Cream, Super Hot Chocolate Brownies, and Creme Brulee with Black Sesame Ice Cream again it was all beautiful. Even those who had proclaimed “I couldn’t eat another mouthful” leaned in with their spoons for a try.
The service was exemplary, drinks orders taken and promptly returned, water kept filled, food was very quick to the table and the place was packed out with big and small groups. A candle was placed in one of the desserts in recognition of the celebration. Not including drinks, and with three entertainment cards, the bill was just over $400 for 12 people. I am so please I chose Restaurant 88 for this celebration.
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Came here with friends in an effort to try something new, the food is delicious and well presented. Good portion sizes as well.We had the pork ribs, fresh spring rolls, grilled sirloin and fried spring rolls as entrees, all arrived together and did not last long. Mains were the Vietnamese pork chops which were amazing, full of flavour and also quite cool looking. Staff were attentive without being overbearing. Something for everyone on the menu and the layout means you can have conversations without having to yell. Awesome place!
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Thank you for your positive feedback.
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I went to Restaurant 88 with my Mum, sister and Grandma. We all ordered different dishes and thought the food was flawless! I had the sizzling beef with pork meatballs and spring rolls - the beef was so juicy and tender, the meatballs delicate and flavoursome and the springrolls were crisp and tasty. My sister thoroughly enjoyed her prawns two ways, and my grandma who is a vegetarian was delighted with her tofu filled crepe. The staff were onto it and friendly. We would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the Wellington area, who wants fast, fresh and tasty food. Thanks Restaurant 88! :)
Went there on saturday night and it was buzzing, great atmosphere. Waiters were very attentive and professional. That was the best part. Food was a bit of a let down like a curate's egg - good in parts.
For starters we had: XIU MAI - Vietnamese “Xiu Mai” - Pork & Prawn Dumpling - 8/10 for that excellent and MUC CHIEN DUA - Crispy Coconut Battered Calamar - 3/10 for that a disappointment. The batter was too thick and chewy and couldn't taste the coconut in it. May have been over fried. The calamari inside the batter was very thin and needed seasoning. The sauce was too sweet. Lacked spicy hotness.
For mains we had: BANH XEO - Saigon Crispy Rice Crepe with Prawn Toastie - 3/10 for that again a disappointment. Prawns inside crepe was simply boiled and lacked flavour and the salad inside very bland. Sauce was good but lacked spicy hotness and
BUN HOI - Platter of “Shaking” Beef, Crispy Spring Rolls & Meat Ball - this was great all round a 9/10. Would have scored higher if had more spice in the sauce.
I have eaten at Restaurant 88 a few times and have never been disappointed. Delicious food and excellent customer service. The waitress that was looking after our table was friendly, kept our glasses full of water and asked how our food was. Would highly recommend!
We are a family of 5 all with different tastes and we all really enjoyed our food. The service was fantastic, the staff were attentive, friendly and professional. Especially recommend the lemongrass chicken main. Thank you very much for an enjoyable evening :)
I have been to this restaurant several times. It always meets my expectation in a good way. The only thing I don't like about this place is a table near the kitchen door. Too much noise and traffic( waiters comes in and out) . Other than that, I don't have anything I want to complain. Good job guys!
I agree with the previous review and definitely one of my favourite restaurants in town too. The beef salad is simply amazing. Very generous amount of meat and all the right fresh herbs mixed in. Polite and professional staff. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place!
Been here numerous times and still raving about this. Love this one. Consistently awesome with out-of-this world food, excellent service and great ambiance. We were a group of 4 and they offered to make an extra skewer for the 3-pieces beef entree - that's called going extra mile to make customers happy. We were all over the moon with the food - the shaking beef/mixed meat platter was so flavoursome and tender (they must have marinated meat for hours and hours) and the grilled pork was equally tasty. Water was topped up regularly. My favourite restaurant in town - no doubt!
The food here is absolutely 'yummy'.
Could not decide what to get on the menu as I've heard that everything here is really good.
Settled with the stuffed chicken wings for entrée and the grilled marinated pork for main. The were both delicious and full of flavour. I could have eaten they both again if I wasn't so full and wanted to try dessert. The rice pudding for dessert was surely different but had the right balance of sweetness, just want I needed. Overall this restaurant is amazing and will definitely be back for more.
Restaurant 88 is the restaurant to go to if you want good Vietnamese food. Despite a touch of "europeanising" the food tastes authentic. There is perhaps a little less fish sauce used than you would find in a Vietnamese home but they are not afraid of the stuff like many Vietnamese restaurants.
The presentation of the food is good - it isn't spectacular but then again maybe it is best that they are serving the food as they would at home. The cooking is great and the ingredients are all very fresh. They have the best summer rolls in Wellington - order them for a starter instead of fried spring rolls. The ginger chicken on sticky rice is to die for. The restaurant is quite happy for you to order "family style" in which case most or all of the courses will be served together.
The decor is nice but not especially Vietnamese - the huge number of buddhas around the place suggest Asia but not necessarily Vietnam. That aside, the restaurant is clean and tidy and modern. Prices are great - they would definitely fit all but the lowest of budgets.
The staff can, occasionally, be a little cold but not sufficiently to put me off eating there.
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88 is one of our favourite restaurants in town and last nights din dins, the best yet.
Service was professional and efficient.
Entrées of coconut squid ring and sirloin skewers, both fantastic, with the squid side salad absolutely delicious.
Drunken baby chicken and shaking beef platter, raised the bar on flavour. Excellent, gold medal to 88
Came back to Restaurant 88 last weekend and it was fabulous as always. Love their version of spring rolls with prawn crackers, very tasty. Recommend the pork and prawn crepe too = huge, colourful and flavoursome. Partner also enjoyed the Lemongrass Beef Salad (Cha Gio Bun). Wine is at a reasonable price. Service was a but unfriendly but professional and efficient. Big tick for this place again!
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Few of us went there for Sunday lunch. The waiter was OK, pretty efficient. All he needed is to have a smile on his face as he works in hospitality industry.
We ordered stuffed wings, fried vietnamese spring rolls, and fresh springs. They were nice and fresh with yummy sauces. We had beef noodle soup, crab noodle soup, lemon grass chicken and shaking beef with rice. They all were very yummy.
Definitely will go back for the food.
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Went there last Friday and had no booking but managed to organise a table in 20 minutes time so had a drink elsewhere and they rang when the table was free so worked well.
I have been several times and the place always delivers. A nice entree of calimari and my main of rice crepe with prawns and pork was very tasty. My partner liked her prawns in a tomato based sauce . Glass of Rabbit Ranch Pinot Noir was at a reasonable price. Pleasant service - we will be back for sure.
Went last Thursday night with a friend after work, arrived around 6.30 with no booking and they were quick to find a table. Water out straight away drinks order taken and specials given.
For an entree we shared the Lemongrass chicken which come with sticky rice fritters, this was a very nice entree would have this again. For mains I had the grilled chili fish, for me this was a let down. The fish was dry and didn't taste like it was fresh in that morning or even the day before, this was a real let down and to make it worse the prawn cutlets were cooked into the fish so these were like rubber. My friend had the beef salad said this was okay the meat a little bland but the salad itself was making up it.
Having heard and read great things about 88, wanted to go here for a long time perhaps I had built my expectations up a little to high. I wouldn't not try again but feel that there are other places I know I would enjoy more.
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We lost track of time and the shop was closed so we decided to have dinner nearby. Welcomed with a smile, they were busy but managed to fit us in. The stuffed chicken wings came out quickly and were delicious! The mixed platter was good too but the char-grilled pork was mouth-watering. Thoroughly enjoyed it. The baby chicken looked really good so we made a note to try it next time. Service was polite and professional. Keep up the good work and we will keep coming back.
This was about my fourth visit to this restaurant and I will continue to go again. Four of us went Sunday 3 March and the place was quite full with early diners. We shared the ribs entree, absolutely divine and the main mixed platter and it was sufficient for nibbles for four. The flavours were delicious. Mains were the divine beef salad, prawn 2 way and pork chop. Utterly delicious. The Australian shiraz by the glass was excellent as were the Asian beer. Fab place :)
Had a really good dinner here saturday night. entrees were all brilliant, the group shared the coconut calamari, the fresh spring rolls and the stuffed chicken wings. Absolutely delicious. Difficult to finish all the mains after such delicious and filling entrees, but the food was really good. Always such a great place, with such an awesome atmosphere.
Always love dining at Restaurant 88, has been consistantly good each time we have been there. We shared the fresh spring rolls and coconut crumbed calamari as a starter between the 4 of us which were all very tasty and then I chose the crispy rice crepe filled with prawns and pork which was delicious and a very generous size. The others shared the crispy salt and pepper chicken and my husband had the Pho soup. All agreed the food was excellent. The desserts were just as delicious and a perfect end to our meal. Service was excellent, they even gave us a table in a quieter area as requested when we booked. When there are big groups at the restaurant it can get a bit noisey. Overall the food always looks amazing and tastes even better, one of our favourite restaurants.
Dinner here sat night...we had booked and were quickly seated, ordered a Black Barn pinot gris, service was very attentive and quick. The partner had the ribs to start and myself the rice balls with chicken, very tasty, well presented and fresh ingrediants. Prawns 2 ways for mains for him and shakey beef for me..both really good, my shakey beef really did shake when the earthquake struck! This is the partners favourite wgtn restaurant and I dont mind it either, will be back.
I had a fantastic meal here the other night - the food was fresh and flavoursome - the way Vietnamese food should be. Both my friend and I had seafood dishes - they were cooked well and presented nicely. The service was excellent.
We have been wanting to go to Restaurant 88 for years, I visited Vietnam 20 years ago and very much enjoyed the cuisine. For many and varied reasons we have not made it, but yesterday we had a need for dinner and were nearby and took the chance, I was extremely glad we did.
We will be back!
We only had the classic fresh rice rolls for a joint entrée - right up there. We both chose very different mains, a mixed meat dish and a rice crepe filled with pork and vegetables. The food was plentiful and we had to stop there, the service was great and the ambiance made a great dinner for two.
We arrived without a booking but SO glad the host let us dine here. Very impressed with all aspects of this restaurant. Food was simply sensational. Beef satays, delish, Calamari quite different - with Goi salad, great ! Viet 2 way prawns, really tasty, shell and all, gobble gobble. The star for me - "shaking Beef" - WOW too good for words. Pencarrow Pinot washed it all down nicely.
Thank you, 88, will be back soon
Fantastic food, fresh, well priced and delicious! My friend and I ordered two completly different dishes and both were amazing. Great flavours, well cooked and well presented.
Great authentic atmosphere and good service.
We did not have to wait long for our food to arrive and we were impressed when it did.
I loved my lunch at Restaurant 88 the other day. The beef pho was great and it didn't have a strong smell of cloves like the one served at a cafe by Majoribanks St. I thought the balance was just right for me. I am looking forward to my next visit!
My partner and I visited last week. We didn't book and although the restaurant was busy we got a table without difficulty. We ordered spice beef skewers and a spring rolls as entrees and spicy chilli fish ($26.00) and the Pho Bo - a Vietnamese beef noodle soup ($19.50). The mains were disappointing particularly given the price - the beef broth was too weak in my view and the fish dish was too small. There are several Asian restaurants around Cuba and environs that do this type of food better in my view. However I wouldn't fault the service or the decor, its good. At around $100 including a bottle of wine it was only average.
A group of 8, arrived on time and were immediately seated by a smiling waiter and drink orders were taken and delivered in good time. A little confusion for the waiter over who asked for what wine but understandable with 8 guests. The entree orders were taken at our request and anticipating a busy night we ordered mains also. The menu caters for most tastes I believe. It needs to be mentioned though that the cooking style of the entrees and mains did make some different dishes taste rather similar.For example my coconut calamari was very similar with the outside coating to the spicy grilled fish but it was enjoyable. With 8 of us, we ordered a far cross section of the menu and everyone was very happy with their choice. Some had desserts which are beautifully presented and overall the night was a great experience.
Revisited this Restaurant 88 again last week for the third time this year with our group of six friends. As it was a busy Friday evening, we were seated upstairs this time. We didn't mind that as the atmosphere up there was quite cosy and being surrounded with nice pretty Vietnamese ceramic paintings. The entree I shared with my wife was perfect. It was a tasty and beautifully presented Saigon Rice Fritters With Lemon Grass Chicken Pieces entree at $14.50. But my mains "A Grilled Rib Steak With Mushroom Gravy And Potato Wedges" at $29.50 was in comparison "terrible"!!
The meat was literally as tough as "old boots"!! Even though it was cooked "medium-rare", it was almost impossible to cut into with my steak knife. It had too many hard bits of gristles in it. After ten minutes, I decided to complain to Tony our table- waiter. He said he will inform the Chef about my problem steak. But apparently nothing was done. After a further five minutes, Ling our usual favorite waitress came around to our table asking "how our meals were"? I mentioned the same complaint to her. She immediately took care of the problem.
My problem steak was eventually replaced with a nice yummy new piece, which was so nice and easy to cut into. What a great waitress Ling is.......she came to "my rescue" again!! The only other complaints I had were that I thought the potato wedges weren't up to their usual high standard as they tasted rather burnt. Also the mushroom gravy was quite salty. The rest of my group, by the way, all enjoyed their meals.
Two things ruined my experience here.
The waiter we had was beyond rude. He was inattentive, obtrusive and unhelpful. Several examples of this was when he was clearing the gasses he pushed me aside to reach my glass. No 'excuse me' or hovering, just pushed me aside. He also took a very long time to come up with water, cutlery and everything else. I asked about vegetarian options (as there we very few) and he got very annoyed and huffy.
We were in a big group (12) and we knew there would be a wait. We ordered at 7.20, didn't see food till 8.30. I asked the waiter when we could expect our meals. He said in about 20-25 minutes. I asked if he meant from now, he said 25 minutes total. I started saying "Well it's already been 25 minutes" but halfway through my sentence he left.
I only had spring rolls, and they were alright, but not amazing, and given the time taken to make them I thought they would have been better.
Will not return.
My return to Restaurant 88 proved its high class and consistent delivery of great food and great service in a great environment. After all these years, the restaurant still maintains its impeccable condition. Service is attentive and efficient. Food is out of this world. I could always pick anything off the menu and be awed by the taste and the presentation. Last night, we tried the meat balls for entree and lemongrass beef salad and lemongrass chicken, all of which were superb, made you want to lick to the very last bits and pieces. Well done! Could not recommend this restaurant enough!
Wow! What a great restaurant. The service was exceptionally professional. Great ambience--- I was there with my mother who said it reminded her of a restaurant she used to visit regularly in Hanoi. Quiet, understated, restrained decor. And wonders--- it was quiet in the dining room--- we didn't have to scream at each other to make ourselves heard and we could actually have a conversation. I had thought that resturants with subdued background noise were a thing of the past in Wellington--- but not at this restaurant. A very welcome change from the usual deafening wall of sound that you find in so many places.
Above all, the food was superb. On the recommendation of friends who have eaten there before, I had the Saigon Lemongrass Beef Salad. It was beautifully cooked with an excellent balance of flavours. One of the best meals I've had in ages. My mother, however, had the winning meal--- the Saigon Grilled Chilli Spiced Fish was terrific. The fish was very fresh and cooked to perfection. It was melt-in-the-mouth moist and came with a well-balanced combination of spices. In fact all the ingredients in both meals were fresh and of high quality. Very impressive. We'll be back. Often.
A friend and I dined here the other night and had a very nice time. I like the decor and find the images of Buddha and bamboo restful.
The service was welcoming, friendly, and attentive without being intrusive from the time of arrival through to when we paid the bill. I enjoyed an entree of Vietnamese spring rolls which were very fresh and tasty, and my main meal of prawns. The Vietnamese "white coffee" is recommended if you want a sweet, almost syrupy treat to end the meal.
They also accept the Entertainment card which is a bonus! However, I would still come here if they didn't.
Been here three times now, which says a lot with the choice of good outlets in Wellington. Only one dish out of eight being average (The spicy fish dish, not enough spice). Love the fresh spring rolls, baby back ribs and deserts. For the full choice of dishes you need to go for dinner, as lunch only offers a limited range. Will be back again for the clean favoured dishes here.
We dined here again a couple of weeks ago.
It was on the first Sunday they had reopened after their Xmas/New Year break. I found the food this time quite disappointing, both in quality and presentation. It certainly wasn't up to their usual high standards..........I don't know why. Perhaps their head Chef was still on his holidays. And to add insult to injury, my usual favourite entree (GRIDDLE GRILLED BEEF & BACON SKEWERS........A Vietnamese side street classic. BBQ marinated rump steak layered with streaky bacon on a skewer. Served with a crushed roasted peanut dipping sauce)
and also my usual favourite main course(GRIDDLE-GRILLED RIB STEAK WITH WEDGES & CREAMY MUSHROOM VELOUTE, a 400g juicy char-grilled rib steak with fat wedges. Accompanied by a fresh garden salad and a creamy mushroom veloute sauce) just weren't available that evening............or like "sold out"!!!
So we had to substitute other main courses like the Pork, Fish, and Chicken courses. The only saving grace to the evening was the usual overall friendliness of our favourite waitress "Ling" who was so apologetic and gracious to us all. Perhaps next time, the ocassion will be more memorable and enjoyable!!
Restauarnt 88 for brunch ... what a treat. Two of us went on a cold, wet Sunday (had to walk around the block because we arrived five minutes early for their 11:30am opening). My partner enjoyed the Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken With Steamed Coconut Noodles (do you think I could remember a name like that? I just got it from the website), which were superb; she even enjoyed the noodle part, even though pasta and noodles are not her favourites. My meal was the Vietnamese "Shaking" Beef, small cubes of marinated beef on a bed of lettuce. The beef was very tender, but not the "artificially tenderised" feeling you'd get with the use of MSG. Both plates were served with an oddly bitter curly lettuce - this actually worked well with the slightly sweet meat flavours - and a wonderful shredded carrot side dish. This restaurant is still one of the nicest-looking eateries in town. My big complaint is still the toilets (I've written about them before). They are accessed down a very poorly-lit hallway, and the rooms themselves are also very dark, with the walls painted a very dark purple colour and very dim lighting. Kind of scary, really. The staff, just the one person serving on a slow Sunday, provided excellent service, though he looked a bit like he'd had a late night :-) Oh, and it's always a treat to be able to use the Entertainment card for a bit of a saving.
We visited ths restaurant again last night with a group of six friends.
The weather was horribly cold and windy but that didn't make much difference to the warm and vibrant atmosphere which we experienced as soon as we seated inside the restaurant.
The place was really packed being a Friday night.
Anyway I ordered the following for my mains:
GRIDDLE-GRILLED RIB STEAK WITH WEDGES & CREAMY MUSHROOM VELOUTE still at $29.50.
It was a 400g juicy char-grilled rib steak with fat wedges. Accompanied by a fresh garden salad and a creamy mushroom veloute sauce. OK, this is not a Vietnamese dish but it's still a fine piece of steak.
The piece of rib steak was really quite large with the rib bone still attached.
My wife ordered the Fish Of The Day for her mains.
Both courses were cooked to perfection, really delicious and beautifully presented.
"Ling" our waitress was really quite friendly and attentive throughout the evening, without being intrusive.
Summarising, a very enjoyable dinner again in a lovely restaurant!!!
Came here for Sunday lunch and shared the crispy spring rolls with Vietnamese dipping sauce and the sugar cane prawns. The rolls were very 'porky' but tasty and the prawns a bit too processed/pureed and lacking in flavour. We shared the lemongrass chicken with coconut noodles for a main, and this was tasty and came with a delicious spring onion/peanut/chilli sambalon the side. A good tasty lunch with excellent staff knowledgeable about the menu.
The prawn in sugar cane sticks were not as good as the ones I've tried in Cabramatta but the crispy spring rolls were delicious. The prawn in tamarind soup was equally tasty. Will remember these dishes for next time! The background music was some jazz tune that we enjoy so it was a plus.
Had chosen this restaurant from DineOut reviews and was not disappointed. Had a veritable feast of prawns.
Shared entrees were fresh Vietnamese spring rolls and Vietnamese “sugar cane” prawn sticks. The springs rolls were OK, but the prawn sticks delicious, note – do not try and eat the sugar cane sticks, they are as hard as a rock (I was not the only person I saw try to do this!).
Shared two mains, it was very hard to choose from the menu. The first was Vietnamese wok tossed caramelised tamarind prawns. These come semi-shelled so a bit hard to handle without losing some of the delicious tamarind sauce, but great flavours. The second was Saigon grilled chilli spiced fish with shelled tiger prawns. What can I say, but again a different set of delicious flavours.
All washed down with one of my favourite wines, Pegasus Bay Reisling - yum.
A good price for great food.
This is our favorite Vietnamese cuisine restaurant in Wellington. And we have dining here quite regularly since they first opened approx 6 years ago.
We dined here again a couple of nights ago and this is what we ordered:
My wife ordered:
VIETNAMESE CHAR-GRILLED MARINATED PORK LOIN CHOP $26
Tasty marinated flame-grilled pork loin chop. Served with steamed rice, pickled root vegetables, fried shallots, spring onion confit & dipping sauce. Simply sensational.
I ordered this:
GRIDDLE-GRILLED RIB STEAK WITH WEDGES & CREAMY MUSHROOM VELOUTE $29.5
400g juicy char-grilled rib steak with fat wedges. Accompanied by a fresh garden salad and a creamy mushroom veloute sauce. OK, this is not a Vietnamese dish but it's still a fine piece of steak.
Both courses were cooked to perfection, really delicious and beautifully presented.
We also shared the following desert:
STEAMED STICKY RICE PUDDING WRAPPED BANANA LEAF $12.5
Delicious steamed banana leaf wrapped sticky rice stuffed with crushed mung bean and fresh grated coconut. Served with grated coconut sauce, toasted sesame seeds & ice cream. A Vietnamese favourite.
This proved to really yummy and tasty.
The waitress was quite attentive throughout the evening, without being intrusive.
The restaurant was also nice and warm inside, as it was quite cold outside.
Summarising, a very enjoyable dinner in a lovely restaurant!!!
Came with a group of friends prior to a show. Let the waiter know that we had to leave within an hour and a half which he assured us was not a problem. The food was very good and the staff friendly and efficient. I enjoyed my chicken and prawns in a claypot, as it had lots of flavour but was not overpowering.
We even had time for dessert, which was coconut ice-cream in a chocolate bowl. Two of us shared this and it was refreshing and decadent at the same time - no mean feat!
My only negative comment would be that my claypot was badly chipped and although the dishes were presented nicely, the chipped claypot was a bit offputting (and I'm not sure if chips harbour germs). The decor here is fresh and modern and the chipped claypot didn't fit with this image.
However, we had a great meal and were out in plenty of time to catch the show. Recommended.
Okay, let's get one thing straight! It's not that Vietnamese authentic but if you are after a damn fine dining experience with a Vietnamese flavour, this is it! This Vietnamese restaurant gives you a glimpse of what Vietnam is about: from the green decor, the bamboo decoration, the cyclo (in front of the restaurant), to the nation's signature dish Pho (noodle soup). From this point, the restaurant Kiwi-izes itself to suit Kiwi customers (after all it's in Wellington = the capital of New Zealand). The menu has been mixed and matched a little with other cuisines but succeeds in delivering a mouth- watering range of dishes. Reading the description of the menu makes you salivate. Last night, my partner and I had the Grilled Beef and Bacon Skewers for entrée, followed by two mains: Crispy Salt & Pepper Baby Chicken, and Mixed Platter. To avoid food envy, we shared them all. Remember everything is shareable in Vietnam, so let’s Vietnam-ise a little bit. All of these dishes were heavenly, full of flavor, giving you that hmmmmm. The Beef Skewers are said to be “a must try” in the menu, which did not disappoint. They were grilled to perfection, enhanced by peanut sauce on top. They were big and impressive, putting shame to other tiny skewers you would normally have in other Asian restaurants like Thai or Malaysian ones. The Baby Chicken (yeap this is a real baby chicken, babe) was top mark, reminding you of Peking duck with that exquisite tasty greasy guilty crispy skin. Beautifully laid on a leave, the dish came with blackened sticky rice and three sauces. “Best eaten with your hands” said the menu and I could not agree more (Good luck if you want to try it with chop sticks). Mixed Platter, for me, was also a must try, giving you three things in one dish: Pork Meatballs, Spring Rolls and Lemongrass Beef Skewers. Food was delivered in good timing, no bloody long waiting even though the place was packed last night. Service was fairly good, not very friendly but efficient. Cannot wait to come back and try other dishes!
A pleasant, well presented, but underwhelming Vietnamese restaurant, with excellent service.
The food is the real let-down at Restaurant 88. We were out with family, eager to give them a bit of a taste of the regional cuisine we had enjoyed in Vietnam. Unfortunately, the food here was simply too simple and kiwi-ized to give that taste of Viet Nam.
We started with shared plates of entrees between the 4 of us - the Chicken Wings stuffed with pork and asian herbs was excellent, but lacking in condiments (this lack of "extra bits", one of the features of real Vietnamese cuisine, occured throughout - did they not think the Kiwi crowd would be able to cope with the array of fresh herbs, chilis, sauces, and fish sauce?). The deep fried imperial spring rolls we good but lacking in flavour. Where was the punchy fish sauce to dip them in? I had it all through Vietnam, and in the imperial area in Hue, so where was it here?
Mains were also well presented but ultimately underwhelming. The Chili fish fillet with prawns was my choice, and the fish itself was perfect, nicely seasoned, though the side salad lacked much in traditional flavour - I know the ingrediants are available in Wellyland, so where were they? The claypot of prawns and chicken was VERY disappointing, missing the traditional sticky and smokey claypot taste. The salad of beef and spring rolls was satisfactory - the dressing saved the otherwise inspiring and limp looking ingrediants, though again seemed to lack some of the traditional vietnamese flavours I'd expect. The crispy rice crepe was well stuffed, but had been sitting under the lights long enough to go limp and not be crispy any more, and the Pho Bo (beef soup) was good, but again lacked all the condiments and sides you get with the soup in Vietnam. Basic, simple things were missed - fresh vietnamese mint leaves to throw in as you eat, fish sauce(!), crispy onion flakes... *sigh*
The desserts are overpriced, but again a bit underwhelming. Vietnamese aren't great guns on dessert anyhow, but the sesame ice cream was interesting. The chocolate brownie was neither crispy on the outside nor rich, making it more of a sponge. Don't go for dessert!
While (very) noisy, the restaurant was lively and service fast, professional, and extremely friendly and efficient.
Okay, but there are better Vietnamese dining experiences out there in Wellington.
Prior to going to see “Miss Saigon” a group of four decided to have a meal in town. As a dedicated Vietnamese restaurant, we decided to eat here. When I booked the manager asked what time we needed to be finished – so maybe our choice of restaurant has been a common destination to dine by other theatre goers off to see the show. We all started with Vietnamese inspired cocktails, which while reminiscent of what we had last year in Vietnam wasn’t quite as special as sitting at the rooftop bar at the Rex Hotel in HCMC. I had lemongrass chicken for my main and my wife had salt and pepper baby chicken. The two others in our group had the clay-pot chicken and prawns and lemongrass beef salad. We all agreed that the meals were very tasty. We decided to share a couple of desserts – chocolate brownies and crème brulee. These were standard Western fare except the poppy seed icecream, which was unusual but still very nice. These were followed with some “Traditional Vietnamese” coffee, which was a weak reproduction of the real McCoy. We were finished by 7:15, giving us a comfortable 15 minute to walk the 200 meters to the show.
We made a booking for Saturday night shortly after the restaurant opened. When we arrived, the restaurant was still fairly empty. For some reason, however, they seated us and other parties of 2 in the back of the restaurant near the staff entrance to the kitchen and the coat rack. It seemed bizarre as most restaurants seat early patrons in the main portion of the restaurant so the restaurant looks busy. I would refuse a table in that area in the future as the staff rushing in and out of the kitchen made for a noisy evening punctuated by the sound of the kitchen door constantly swinging open & closed.
Despite the environment being impacted by our seating, the staff was quick to come over and the service cannot be faulted. As my partner and I are pescatarians, we ordered the fresh spring rolls (which normally come with pork and prawns) without pork. No problem with this modification and these starters were served quickly. The dish was nicely presented with a total of 6 pieces (3 rolls cut in half) along with a nice garnish and plenty of dipping sauce.
For mains, I chose the Wok Flushed Prawns with Tamarind Sauce and my partner the grilled fish. The menu did warn that the prawns were 'semi-shelled,' but they didn't appear to be shelled at all. The whole prawns had been battered and coated with a delicious Tamarind Sauce or glaze. The prawns were served on top of a small salad with a side of rice. I would warn anyone on a date NOT to order this dish as prawns were quite difficult to shell since they were hot and coated with the tasty but slippery sauce. Unfortunately, once the struggle to free the prawn meat was finished, I was left with 5 large prawns which were somewhat plain since the tasty sauce was lodged on the shells. Also, placing the hot cooked prawns on top of a green salad led to the inevitable soggy lettuce problem. I added some rice to the prawns & salad and enjoyed the food even though the portion was somewhat small.
My partner's meal of grilled fish served with prawns, salad, and rice was MUCH easier to eat. He liked the food, but preferred the tamarind glaze from my prawns (which he licked off the shells).
I really wish the restaurant would offer the Tamarind sauce on other mains such as the grilled fish or on shelled prawns. The sauce is delicious, but I wouldn't order this particular dish again due to the messy and time-consuming reality of eating it.
When we went up to pay, I was once again impressed by the speedy way our bill was handled. No problem using the Entertainment Card which saved us $25 (cost of fish main).
We will probably eat at the restaurant again, but it would be great if they 'tweaked' their menu. I don't believe it has changed since I first ate there over 2 years ago. It would be nice to have more authentic offerings which are vegetarian or pescatarian friendly.
Vibrant interesting atmosphere with divine food. The service was exceptional as firts time dinners our waiter took the tie to find out what we liked and to recommend dishes to us. He was spot on! First time for us and we will definitley be back.
Arrived on Sunday evening without a booking the restaurant was already very busy with two large groups and another arriving but they managed to fit us in, prompt with the water and menus, we have the imperial crispy spring rolls and coconut calamari to start yum yum on both dishes fresh crispy spring rolls with fragant dipping sauce, calamari was very tender with crisp sutble coconut shell, big portions, husband had the druken baby chicken tender and tasty with crispy skinleft a tinlge on the lips, I had the chilli chicken and prawn claypot very tasty but a fraction on the sweet side like a vietmense version of sweet and sour chicken large poriton of chicken with 3 huge prawns, good selection of wine by the glass, staff were very polite and efficent, the maite'd apologiesed for the service when we left as the restaurant was so usy the staff hadn't been able to be attentive as normal, we thought the service was great, would go back next time we are in Wellington
Wow! I think I have found my new favourite restaurant in Wellington.
My experience in Vietnamese dishes has been quite limited, and frankly so far I have not been that impressed. So I was not expecting much from our dinner this evening.
Well, was I pleasantly surprised! I started with baby-back ribs; you picked up a bone and the meat just dropped off. And the meat just melted in your mouth leaving pleasant sweet after taste on your palate. Entree was HUGE, which I appreciated having a big appetite. My friends had sugar-cane prawns, and were equally impressed.
Entree was followed with equally huge portion of "shaking beef", complemented with spring rolls, rice noodles, skewed meatballs and a sweet-and-sour sauce. Absolutely superb I thought, until I tasted Mama's claybot of chili-spiced chicken and prawns my friend was having - that was just heavenly! My wife had the grilled fish, which she loved. I cannot comment on that myself as I do not appreciate seafood.
Service was great, none of that American style nonsense of checking every 5 minutes whether you were enjoying yourself. We had not met our friends for awhile, so we were chatting for ages before we could decide on the dessert. No hassling from the staff even though the restaurant was busy.
We picked up 3 desserts shared by 4 of us; 2 would have been enough! Chocolate brownies were divine, moist and rich, coconut ice cream very rich and tasty, and the creme brulee dish was ... well unusual is the word, mainly because of the black sesame ice cream shared with it.
If you have not dined in "88", you have missed a unique dining experience. I strongly recommend it.
Not as good as last time we were there. I was looking forward to the crispy marinated king prawn entree which you can eat whole, head tail and all. Unfortunately these had been replaced by a prawn flavoured? concoction wrapped around sugar cane sticks. Disappointing. I don't expect to get iceberg lettuce in a vietnamese salad either. The crispy spring rolls were good.
I blame my dining companion for wanting to have dinner here but it was not a disappointment. I found the best dish for me at Restaurant 88 and was thoroughly happy when I went back for dinner. The grilled pork was just delicious! It was tender, tasty, served with fragrant rice. Will definitely come back to have it again!
We came for dinner the other night. The food is not bad but I found the chicken used in one of the dishes tasted like processed chicken similar to what you get from fastfood restaurants. The service was also a bit 'cold' and unwelcoming. I won't be hurrying to go back.
Came again for dinner recently, as before, very good service and food.
Resonably priced and portions are not 'mean' (not that I have issues with small portions). Great variety of Asian flavours and dishes to choose from.
They also have a lunch/ brunch menu which children will find something to their liking also. Recommended.
I have been to this resturant a number of times with friends and family and have happily tried most of the dishes on there menu. This is a fantastic resturant where all starters, mains and deserts are tasty and of a decent size. the seafood is always plentiful and perfectly cooked. the decor is modern and clean and my ownly small gripe is that the tables are a little close together. The service is always warm and friendly and they keep one eye on you incase you need anything. I would highly recommend this resturant to one and all.
Camille and I went here with some friends last night and it wasn't the greatest experience. It was VERY loud. So loud that we had difficulty conversing just across the table.
A few of us ordered the pan seared scallops with a blue ginger dressing as an entree. A few minutes later we were advised that they had run out of scallops. 7:30pm and they have already run out of something they admit is very popular? Not great organisation. However, on the upside you know you are getting fresh scallops and not something pulled out of the freezer.
Instead of scallops I ordered the fresh spring rolls with a spiced bean dipping sauce. These were very good. Camille had the grilled beef and bacon skewers which were also good.
For the main I ordered the grilled pork which is described as "Tasty marinated flame-grilled pork loin chop. Served with steamed rice, pickled salad, fried shallots, spring onion confit & dipping sauce. Simply sensational". It wasn't. The pork was very dry and way too salty and put me off the dish entirely though the dipping sauce was ok with the rice.
Camille ordered the DRUNKEN CRISPY SALT & PEPPER BABY CHICKEN described as "Aromatic poached in a traditional master stock then fried until crispy. Served with Chinese mushroom, lotus seed & sticky rice parcel. Accompanied by a selection of classic dipping sauces." Her verdict: "It was chicken".
Two of the people we were with were dissatisfied enough with their mains to return them.
The noise got to us and so we flagged finishing the meal and left. In Restaurant 88's defence, our friends say that normally they are very good, the environment is very pleasant and the food is of better quality. This was the first time they had been there on a Saturday night. We'll try them again on some other night.
AMAZING!!!!! Restaurant 88 has become my new favourite restaurant in Wellington. The decor is trendy and vibrant and it has a classy, relaxed and modern vibe about it.
We arrived just after opening and as there was just the two of us, we were seated in a quiet area behind a screen which added an element of privacy.
We had a fantastic waiter called Jay who recommended particular dishes to us and what awesome recommendations they were!
We started with coconut coated calamari which was so delicious i couldve eaten 4 more plates of it! The entree was sizeable enough for 2 people to share just for a nibble.
For a main, I had the rice crepe with pork and prawns which was not only massive but delicious! Crisp fresh veggies and delicious tender pork and prawns cooked into the crepe itself topped with a tangy sauce. YUM!
My partner had the Mamas (?) Clay Pot with succulent chicken and prawns in a slightly spicy flavoursome sauce with scented rice to top it off.
Both mains where perfectly presented and very well priced!
Then to top off the amazing meal, Jay recommended the "it will make you believe in God" rice pudding to share. I dont usually enjoy rice pudding but it was a spot on recommendation. Absolutely mind alteringly good. Well after it was all finished and the plate licked it wanted more!
For an entree, 2 mains, a bottle of wine and a dessert came to $112. which in my opinion is exceptionally well priced for the quality of the meal and a fantastic atmosphere.
Pleasant environment, great service, generous portions of excellent food with a decent price tag. All the making for a great evening out. I particularly enjoyed the scallops which were fresh and exquisitely spiced. Yummy!
The decor is modern Asian and looks restful, but it was a very busy night and it was difficult to hear each other due to the noise level. However, the food here is bursting with flavour, and the servings are generous and good value for money. I had the entree of stuffed mussels and the claypot of chicken, prawns, and cashews - both were really tasty. The others in our group all enjoyed their meals and I tasted the grilled marinated meatballs, which were also good. The sticky rice pudding was rich and refreshing at the same time - not sure how they achieved that - but it was yummy! The service wasn't effusive but friendly enough and efficient. A great night out and we'll be back. Recommended!
We walked in just after opening and were seated straight away without a reservation. The service was great from the beginning and the decor was really cool. The menu had so many yummy looking dishes it took me awhile to decide I ended up getting the lemongrass beef salad with spring rolls and my bf got the mixed platter. The meals arrived shortly after and were very generous in size and not to mention totally delicious!!!! We were both really pleased and I enjoyed mine so much I was tempted to lick the bowl... but resisted! Really fresh flavours, not stingy with the beef and really well priced!
Enjoyed dinner on a bitterly cold evening. Food was excellent though unpretentious, service was quick albeit rather impersonal (none of serving staff made eye contact... cultural thing perhaps?). Fantastic flavours & the green lanterns & bamboo decor was attractive. Would certainly recommend.
This would have to be one of the best if not the best retaurant in Wellington. The service is excellent, and the food is always of high quality. I highly recommend the rib steak, and the fresh spring rolls, there is a nice selection of beers, and a simple but sufficient wine list. I could not recommend this place often enough! Go their, you will be amazed!
We visited this restaurant for the fifth time early on a recent Saturday evening. In our experience, its standard of cuisine has always been high, and it was no less so on this occasion. There were a number of diners present when we arrived, and, choosing from the Vietnamese selection, we both ordered something different in their Hanoi Crispy Rice Crepe. The tasty crepe was light and made with tender pieces of pork, with a delicious seasoned vegetable filling liberally sprinked with shrimps (called "prawns" on the menu). The dish selected certainly lived up to our expectations and we will consider it again for our next visit. The menu is quite extensive and features both Vietnamese and what it terms "metropolitan" dishes. This restaurant fully deserves the obvious support it gets from its patrons.
Although we enjoyed dining at 88, we find that they change their menu every now and then, and tastes are inconsistent. We love their fresh rice rolls - they are devine, and the vegetables they use in salad are very fresh and crispy. What we don't like is anything that has prawn/shrimp. They seem to like leaving the shells on which makes the meal messy to eat, and the prawn itself de-shelled becomes pretty bland.
Had a very pleasant dinner with two other couples. We had a reservation and were seated quickly (no waiting at all). Food and drink orders were swiftly handled and the drinks arrived promptly. I must say there was a wait for the entrées but it wasn't painfully long by any stretch. The rice paper rolls (summer rolls) were fantastic as were the beef and bacon skewers - no complaints at all about the entrées from anyone. Fresh, flavoursome and very generous in size. Another wee wait for mains but again - no complaints from any of our party. Great food - recommended.
Had dinner here the other night. Calamari was nice and so was the stuffed chicken wing. The chicken pineapple dish has been a favourite of mine so being a cold night, I tried the braised beef noodle soup dish this time. I was not disappointed. It was tasty. Reasonably priced meals and will definitely be back again to try the other dishes.
Our first time at this restaurant last night and we will be back. Beautiful and beautifully presented food and reasonably priced too. Pleased to see there is a small children's menu which means we won't always need to get a babysitter. Lovely atmostphere, staff very attentive and meals brought out very promptly. My only comment would be that possibly because the restaurant emptied out quite fast at around 9pm, the staff seemed to be in 'getting ready to leave' mode, and were stacking chairs and out with the spray and wipe a little sooner than I would have expected.
Started on a positive note, with lingering, friendly service, albeit a little over zealous. Great menu (although a little light on the vegetarian options) and the food was well proportioned and robust. Unfortunately the wait staff seemed to forget we were there after serving our mains, and we had to ask, first for our plates to be cleared, then for the desert menus, then finally for our bill. Like blood out of a stone. Will be back, maybe.
Really enjoyed our meal here. The portions were a decent size, so after entree and mains we were too full for dessert. The spring rolls were not that great, but everything else was yum. The prawns were big and tasty. There was a good balance between meat and veges. We had the beef salad, which is actually hot noodle, beef dish, which was nice. Then I had the platter which had 3 different things on it with salad. It was a nice meal but it seemed like this same sauce was on everything, so the tastes got to be the same. I would definately recommend to others for a new place to try. The service was great and the place was busy, so it seemed very popular and the prices are really decent. Lots of mains $20 approximately.
Had dinner here last night and ordered a very tasty caramelised prawn and the pork ribs. For mains, the mixed plate of spring rolls, meatballs, etc were ok. It pales in comparison to what they serve at Cabramatta (Sydney). It should have been served on a bowl rather than a plate. The spring rolls tasted like the frozen ones bought from an asian grocer and not made from scratch by the chef.
The coconut ice cream dessert was delicious. Served on a waffle basket, and sprinkled with toasted slivers of coconut.
This place is absolutely fantastic. 6 of us went on a busy Friday night. It was booked out (we had booked ahead) and we soon found out why.
The waiting staff were lovely and provided really good service without "hovering". I spilt my drink a little and it was immediately cleaned up. We had a mixture of entrees, all were good the prawns especially were gigantic and amazing. There was a good length of time between entree and mains and all the mains arrived in quick succession. I had the Beef Pho; what an amazing dish. Really generous portions of meat, noodles and veges, and for $18.50! My dining companions had a variey of other dishes but the chicken, prawn and cashew clay pot was a favourite. Upon paying we used our entertainment cards: absolutely no problem in this, or in splitting the bill. One of our party made a point of thanking the chef; apparently he was most gracious. The front of house staff were delighted with out compliments and really humble. All 6 of us are already planning our next trip back. My husband declared the food "possibly the best meal I have ever eaten"! Make sure you visit it ASAP; really excellent places with good food and good service (and are well priced are hard to find)!!
Went there yesterday. Booked last minute a table for 5. Was very busy, but was able to talk amongst the hustle and bustle. Service was great and food arrived in good time and all at the same time. Was very impressed. As with the other diners, thought the meal servings were quite large but we were happy with that. Food was delicious and presented nice. Fish dish, pork dish, steak dish were all tasty and had nice salads as an accompaniment. Would definately go there again.
The 2nd time I'd been here and we all agreed it was delicious. Really good flavoursome food, and portions considerably bigger than you'd get in Vietnam, but maybe that's a Kiwi expectation. The Vietnamese coffee was nice, unusual, different.
Service was attentive, friendly and swift. In all, a highly recommended restaurant.
Our party of 4 consisted of 2 who had dined here before and 2 that hadn't. The previous diners were very enthusiastic about this place and after our meal we knew why. The theme is Asian leaning towards Vietnamese but "europeon" food is available. the servings are VERY generous, prompting a comment that one serving here would serve up to 4 at the Matterhorn where servings are frugal apparently. My "Drunken Chicken" was so delicious. Baby chicken is steamed then crisped and served in a jus on sticky rice parcel with mushroom and lotus seed. The chicken was so tender.The decor is subtle, the noise levels were a pleasant hum. The food and drink prices are in the upper echelon but bot overpriced. The desserts are a dream .One has a solid chocolate casting as the "dish" So you eat your dessert and the dish it comes in. Wow. Be careful about parking. Those pay and displays nearby are patrolled by tow truck buzzards.
Had dinner here Saturday night (booked in advance), have lost count how many times we've been - so I guess that tells you the place ROCKS!. On our first visit here (couple of years ago), we left a tip at our table (first time ever in NZ). I try to order something different each time, and havnt had a bad meal yet, however I always must have the beef and bacon skewers - amazing. I would recommend booking on the weekend, as it seems to get busy quite quickly.
On Thursday evening (17 May 07) I was part of a table of 5 who dined at Restaurant 88. We really enjoyed our food, and would certainly come again for that.
However I do want to point out two aspects which detracted significantly from our dining experience:
 We were upstairs and there was a table set for 20 plus persons when we arrived. The people arriving for that table did so over at least a 30-40 minute period, and remained standing and chatting for a long time before finding their seats. Because our table was nea, these people were effectively standing so close they were virtually reaching across the corner of our table, shaking hands, introducing themselves and generally chatting - all this when the wait staff was attempting to deliver our main courses, and then when we were eating them. This was not momentary - but went on for some time. Once seated we had no issues at all with the group. (Hence the low rating on enviroment!)
 Our table was positioned so that those seated on one side had to read menus and eat in our own shadows (or lean to one side to get a clearer view of food) - because of non direct lighting.
As mentioned above we did thoroughly enjoy the food (and wine!).
I did mail a copy of the above feedback to the restaurant but after 5 weeks have had no acknowledge of that contact - not good PR, hence I am logging my comments here now.
Went for a work dinner this week. Food was lovely, really different. My choices of beef and bacon kebabs to start and salt and pepper chicken for main were spot on; well presented, lovely flavours, great portions. Wonderful service from friendly wait team, big thumbs up. Highly recommend this place for a casual yet very interesting meal.
Nice setting, went with a group, was impressed that they opened early for us!
The service was fantastic.
Mixed feelings from our group, the beef tournadoes with the Babich Pinot Noir Jus and the Blue Cheese Wonton was brilliant. The Seafod Dumplings were a bit disappointing.
Wine was good however... Would recommend the beef to anyone!
A recent 21st at 88 went off without a hitch, the staff were very friendly and helpful and there is a nice intimate environment even when hosting a party of over 40ppl. Their set menu was comprehensive and their garlic bread is perfect. Be warned that after garlic bread and an entree it will difficult to finish your main! The brulee and cheescake were disappointing in their simplicity but overall the experience was excellent. They also have very pretty bathroom facilites.
This restaurant will replace your favourite restaurant easily. All I can say is great food, excellent service and fantastic environment. I will keep going back for my favourite dish time and time again
A great wee restaurant. Good decor and atmosphere with music not too loud. The Viertnamese dishes were great - big quantities and spicy but not over the top.
The ice cream in chocolate bowl dessert was magnificent.
A definite to revisit.
I have been to this restaurant several times now and I really love the food, especially the Vietnamese dishes. Lovely flavours and generous servings.Prices quite reasonable too. Attractive environment adds to the experience. I am definitely going back and would recommend it as a great place to dine out.
Bit pricey, but portions are very large and very tasty. The One main was more than enough for us. Service initially was excellent having not booked, but were found seats quickly and pleasantly. However once the food came, the waitress disappeared never to appear again, leaving us no chance to refill our drinks or look at the dessert menu.
Yeah was alright, reviews said it was Metropolitan with a twist of Vietnamese. When I was about to order you could ONLY have either a Vietnamese dish or a Metropolitan dish so it was totally misleading. My meal was good but not fantastic, dessert was excellent as well. Nothing here to rave on about though.
This restaurant has an interesting variety of traditional Vietnamese fare and modern "metropolitan" dishes (with each dish marked as one or the other in case you need to know). We went on a Wednesday night, and it was about half full. I had Vietnamese entree and main; my lemongrass beef salad main was very good (it was the reason I had been told to try this place). Our waiter was friendly, but our dishes took a bit longer to arrive than they could have. Nice decor. A little more expensive than your average Asian restaurant, but still good value for money. Good selection of imported beer.
Wow. The "Mums on The Town" club held their fortnightly meeting at 88 last night and all I can say is Wow. It was a fantastic experience. Really nice food, great service, good atmosphere. The lemongrass chicken was devine, as was the creme brulee. Would definately recommend as a place to go. Great value for money.
Decided to try this place with my wife after reading about it in Off the Menu. I ordered the venison and later, the Vietnamese rice pudding which was great, better than what I had tasted overseas! Food was good but service could be better. It was a busy night and they appeared to be under staffed. Well priced and good meal sizes though.
I've eaten here a few times now & have really enjoyed the food on every occasion (especially the fish dishes). The menu appears to change regularly, & the blend of asian and western styles makes the food an interesting change. The surroundings are great, not too noisy & they have a good wine list.
I have been here for brunch twice and dinner once, and have since sent a few friends/family members there who have been equally impressed. The menu has a good mix of standard and daring options. The highlight was the banana sticky rice which came in a banana leaf.
My husband and I dined here last week. We ordered the coconut calamari to share. The calamari arrived encrusted in coconut deep fried to a dark brown. 10 more seconds in the fryer and it would have been burnt - it tasted that way. I then ordered a crispy fried pancake filled with prawns and pork which sounded good. It arrived and had literally half a mesculin bowl of greasy tasteless salad stuffed into it. I searched for a prawn and after spotting one found it wasn't deveined (none of them were). I tried it after scraping the black gunk away and it was flavourless. I then searched for a piece of pork and after biting into tough grisel and fat I had to spit it out. Finally, as if it couldn't get worse, when I cut into the bottom of the pancake it was a soggy mess. I called over the waitress and told her that the meal was basically inedible. I declined her offer of choosing another main - it was so awful I just couldn't take the chance! She said she was sorry the meal was not to my taste - the cheek of it!! My husband had the chicken and pineapple stirfry which was very average. Until they get a decent chef who knows how to cook my advice is to give it a miss.
Response from Restaurant 88 I personally appologise to you and your husband to encountered such an experience at our restaurant. Thank you for your feedback.
I would honoured to have you come again, because we have come a long way since your last visit. Yes you are correct, we have replaced our chefs.