The French Café

by Metro / 24 May, 2016
The French Cafe

Photo: Ken Downie


210 Symonds St. Ph 377-1911, thefrenchcafe.co.nz
Hours: Lunch Fri; Dinner Tue-Sat. $$$

Runner-up, Best Fine Dining Restaurant; Runner-up, Best Service; Finalist, Metro Peugeot Restaurant Personality of the Year: Michelle Moore


 
What makes it special?

When it comes to “Michelin” standards, which restaurant in Auckland leads the way with the quality of its cooking and food presentation, the seriously polished service, the exquisitely conceived rewards of the entire dining experience? The French Café.
Behind the scenes

It’s so smart. Dining here, you can feel the rhythmic beat; it’s as if everyone and everything has been geared to deliver a succession of moments: comfort, engagement, surprise, sheer unbridled delight. But the secret to their success is personality: while the staff are expertly knowledgeable about the food and wine and what to do when, they also allow you to get to know them a little. And that’s deeply charming. As for the food — Simon Wright is, quite simply, a maestro.
A favourite dish

Roasted quail with mushrooms, bacon, chestnut, croissant and black truffle.
What it offers

Fixed-price meals / Degustation 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

 

5 spoons

Fine Dining
Bookings: Yes
Price: $$$
Seats: 70
Chef: Simon Wright

Latest

The debate over the Serena Williams controversy was a dialogue of the deaf
96659 2018-09-22 00:00:00Z Sport

The debate over the Serena Williams controversy wa…

by Paul Thomas

Serena Williams’ US Open outburst was unbecoming but the umpire made a mess of his response.

Read more
The classical blokes saluting unsung women composers
96670 2018-09-21 14:16:06Z Music

The classical blokes saluting unsung women compose…

by The Listener

The suffrage celebrations get a soundtrack from all-male ensemble NZTrio.

Read more
Labour MPs stand behind Jacinda Ardern's action on Meka Whaitiri
96630 2018-09-21 07:31:30Z Politics

Labour MPs stand behind Jacinda Ardern's action on…

by Gia Garrick

The public will have to wait to see a report into an assault claim against MP Meka Whaitiri, who was yesterday stripped of her ministerial portfolios.

Read more
A year of dangerous thinking: What's really behind the free speech circus
96551 2018-09-21 00:00:00Z Social issues

A year of dangerous thinking: What's really behind…

by Anthony Byrt

Metro writer Anthony Byrt looks at how a handful of extremists and “public intellectuals” are making money from manufactured moral outrage.

Read more
Tom Scott's Avantdale Bowling Club is a sharp insight into life in Auckland
96621 2018-09-21 00:00:00Z Music

Tom Scott's Avantdale Bowling Club is a sharp insi…

by Gary Steel

Tom Scott's new album, Avantdale Bowling Club, is a celebration of a kind, an expansive paean to the place that raised him and where he belongs.

Read more
Breaking bread with The Dusty Apron: The secret to the perfect loaf
Does the Norton Core router deliver? Plus 5 tips for home network security
96675 2018-09-21 00:00:00Z Tech

Does the Norton Core router deliver? Plus 5 tips f…

by Peter Griffin

A look at the Norton Core secure router, and five tips for home network security.

Read more
Labour MP Meka Whaitiri stripped of ministerial portfolios
96626 2018-09-20 15:50:21Z Politics

Labour MP Meka Whaitiri stripped of ministerial po…

by Jo Moir

Labour MP Meka Whaitiri has been stripped of her ministerial portfolios but remains an MP.

Read more