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

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