THE EN­GINE ROOM

15.5/20

Cuisine - Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

In a city that of­ten feels all about the new and hot-right-now, The En­gine Room mo­tors along; a con­stantly busy and buzzing high per­former. Na­talia Scham­roth and Karl Kop­pen­hagen have fine-tuned their op­er­a­tion over the years – pol­ish­ing their reper­toire of bistro clas­sics, as­sem­bling an ex­pert team in the kitchen and on the floor, and adding an ex­tra din­ing room a few years back. Some things are con­stant though, in­clud­ing the gold­stan­dard veal schnitzel with crisp potato rosti, and the prof­iteroles with cho­co­late sauce. It’s a clas­sic neigh­bour­hood bistro the kind of place that has le­gions of lucky lo­cal reg­u­lars, takes book­ings at civilised hours and turns out ac­com­plished, flavour­ful food ac­com­pa­nied by good wine. What’s not to like about that? 115 Queen St, North­cote Point, ph: 09-480 9502, theengine­room.net.nz Lunch Fri, din­ner Tues-sat; mains $36-$38 IN BRIEF Pol­ished, con­stantly buzzy neigh­bour­hood bistro

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