Since its arrival on the Viaduct's restaurant strip, Snapdragon has become a popular fixture for revelers looking for a good time. The multi-level, multi-functional space blends 1930s vintage glamour and a touch of West Hollywood lounge come private gentlemen's club, across three bars and the dining room with wrap around decks on each level to soak up sweeping views of the inner harbor.
As we enter the space we are struck by the detailed fit out which includes a vertical living wall alive with thousands of lilies and ferns. The Lobby Bar on the ground floor is the perfect corner to start with a pre-dinner drink and recline on the oversized armchairs and couches. The Dining Room, which we are here to review tonight, does well to retain a certain intimacy in the large space. Book shelves with an eclectic mix of records, lamps, low slung lamps, candles frame the space which serves a contemporary bistro menu from its 45 seats, with a further 14 seated at the beautiful banquet table.
The night we visit it's Auckland restaurant month and we decide to dine on a $35 set menu comprised of three courses. A tasty tomato and red lentil broth with coriander falafel makes a great start to the meal, followed by slow cooked lamb, creamed potato, seasonal greens and point noir for main – we savour every mouthful. The night is rounded off with a delectable apple & rhubarb crumble served with yoghurt ice cream and liquorice – these flavours were meant for each other.
After dinner we take a quick tour around the rest of the venue. The Sitting Room is the perfect space to relax and unwind with friends thanks to its overstuffed day beds & ottomans and hot pink velour swivel chairs. On the level above, the Games Room, a more intimate space, boasts a secret entrance and own bar for those who want to venture out a little later. Snapdragon really is the ultimate transitional venue, offering a quality dining experience and no need to travel to the next bar for delicious cocktails and a world-class wine list.