Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2017: The French Café

by Metro / 30 June, 2017
WINNER- Best Service
Photo/ Josh Griggs.

Photo/ Josh Griggs.

The French Café

Fine Dining

Auckland’s enduring go-to for special-occasion dining, The French Café offers an all-round sophisticated experience without being stuffy or intimidating. The rear dining room is particularly alluring, overlooking the courtyard with its twinkling lights, artworks and garden beds, and inside, a front-row view of the pass. Executive chef Simon Wright’s menus are carefully curated processions of pretty-on-the-plate flavour bombs such as smoked duck exquisitely balanced by juniper and blackcurrant. The impeccably dressed waitstaff are meticulous in their attention to detail, meeting diners’ needs before they even know they have them. “May I get you another?” they murmur; the answer, invariably, is, “Yes”. We can’t think of a better place to propose, well, pretty much anything, really.

A favourite dish
Crayfish carbonara with pancetta, zucchini flowers, parmesan, parsley and lemon.

What it offers
Fixed-price meals / Dégustation options / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Private pavilion for 12-30 / Private room for 4-10 / Takes large groups / Bar / Craft beer selection

Hours—L Fri; D Tue-Sat
Bookings—Yes
Price—$$$
Seats—70
Chef—Simon Wright, executive chef; Gideon Landman, head chef

EDEN TERRACE
210 Symonds St
Ph 377-1911
thefrenchcafe.co.nz




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