Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2017: Ponsonby Road Bistro

by Metro / 30 June, 2017
WINNER- Best City-Fringe Bistro

For the latest review, see the 2018 review of Ponsonby Road Bistro.

Photo/ Sarah Grace.

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Ponsonby Road Bistro

City-Fringe Bistro—Contemporary

One of the most consistently good restaurants in the entire city, this place does Ponsonby proud. The scene is set for you to simply step inside, relax and enjoy. Sarah Conway’s menu, which changes every three weeks, is a pleasure for those who prefer the familiar as well as those who lust after “wow” moments. Classics like steak, market fish and duck confit are stylish and executed with aplomb. Conway doesn’t mess too much with them but offers occasional surprises such as preserved figs or miso butter that elevate the experience. And when she branches out from bistro benchmarks, her balancing of texture and flavour is excellent. Portions are generous — this is good value. Run by Melissa Morrow and Blair Russell, service is smooth and genuinely warm and they offer good knowledge of the discerning wine list.

A favourite dish
Spiced lamb borek with mint, cabbage and yoghurt salad, roasted grapes and pine nuts.

What it offers
Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Bar / Craft beer selection / Good seating outside

Hours— L Fri; D Mon-Sat
Bookings—Yes
Price—$$
Seats—100
Chef—Sarah Conway

PONSONBY
165 Ponsonby Rd
Ph 360-1611
ponsonbyroadbistro.co.nz

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