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US$8 - US$25
Bar, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gastropub
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lot has changed over the years and not all for the good. While creating a large covered area in the coutyard, by making this a designated smoking area it now effectively renders the entire site, inside and out a smokers area. The smell is...consuming and feels like we have gone back 30 years. The volume from the TV was aslo too loud. We relocated to a table inside in the restaurant but it made no difference. The service has also been on a slippery slope downwards. Impressions would be that staff (sometimes very hard to distiguish with no uniform and while wearing active wear) are hired on looks and not experience, ability or care factor. The lack of enthusiasim, care for clientele and initiave is evident. A smile wouldn't go a miss. We've had food delivered to the table, minus any plates, cutlery or condements. On the rare chance we've been able to order a drink at the table, while that one drink has been delivered, there has been no thought to clear the remaining empty glasses on the table or make enquiries as to if anyone else would like another drink. Having to order a drink and request a menu several times over only to still be waiting an our later with neither is very dissappointing. Unfortunately this has not been a one off experience, pre lockdown, Level 2 and Level 1 seem to make no difference to quality of service. Staff training would be advisable.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 3 February 2021

I had ordered the duck liver parfiat. Sounded very tasty on the menu especially the rhubarb. It came out looking very pretty. The rhubarb batons had almost no flavour. There was a rhubarb gelèe. This tasted of chemicals and nothing else. We asked if the...chef had tasted it. We were told it was supposed to be bland. Seriously! Everything lacked seasoning.The week before the fish was over cooked. When I have raised issues with the staff we got a sorry and no attempt to rectify the issues but happily took my money.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 1 December 2020

Second visit to this bar in 5 months. I enjoyed the atmosphere and it was really busy that evening. Of course a bit of a wait for bar service but such is life when a place is humming along.

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 6 November 2020 via mobile

We went to Aikmans last night for tea. There were four of us. The bar was packed and staff were under pressure. We had visited Aikmans a few months ago and the food was amazing. We couldn't fault it. I had the lamb rack last...time and it was so amazing that despite the cost I was going to have it again. Last time, I was overwhelmed by the quality but not so this time. It wasn't really a lamb rack.... Just three lamb chops cooked medium rare and quite chewy! Big disappointment compared to last time. The others had steak and burgers and they enjoyed their meal. My lamb rack was served with mash and a few sinewy sticks of asparagus. Not what I was expecting. A bit disappointed this timeMore

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 22 October 2020 via mobile

Ate here on a Tuesday night and we were surprised how busy it was early evening.Good service by friendly staff and even though quite big groups of people we were found an outdoor table away from the noise. Good selection of food on offer plus...wine by the glass. Enjoyable evening with lovely shared tapas plates and nice wine we would certainly come here again when in Christchurch. Another plus was been able to park in Merivale Mall carpark.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 28 September 2020 via mobile

The four of us went to an early meal. We started with King Prawns as an entree. Beautifully presented and lovely tasting. The main meal was awesome. Couldn't fault the lamb rack, steak, salmon salad and burger. Delicious and scrumptious. Our waitress was very attentive...and personable. Thanks Kaylee. Top marks. I have read some disappointed reviews on trip adviser but our experience was amazing. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 17 September 2020 via mobile

Aikmans serves tasty food from a limited menu. The atmosphere is more pub than restaurant and the service is first rate.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 9 July 2020 via mobile

Aikmans is a really cool, bustling bar and restaurant where you can get great drinks and tasty food. All the staff are super friendly, always say hello, and are always there to help. Try their pizza and fried chicken; you won't be disappointed!

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 18 March 2020 via mobile

An excellent relaxing establishment. If you can go on a Monday, The platters are half price, which is about what they should be. Service is always tops. The place has a nice feel to it. Stylish, comfortable & relaxing. We shared the antipasto & the...parfait duck pate, which is fantastic. Would definitely recommend this place. Best value being a Monday.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 23 December 2019 via mobile

When the doors are open the smoke drifts inside from the outside smoking areas. It's really unpleasant particularly if you're asthmatic! Service is also inconsistent.Staff are often more interested in socializing than coming over to take your order or ring water.

Date of visit: December 2019
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