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Bistro Gen­til, the French in­spires restau­rant, oozes fine din­ing from ev­ery nook and cranny.

The in­ti­mate set­ting of­fers a calm am­bi­ence and a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence with self-serv­ing wine ma­chines.

It re­ally felt au­then­tic when our waiter be­gan speak­ing in French to a nearby ta­ble.


Right from walk­ing through the front door the ser­vice was im­pec­ca­ble.

Our coats were promptly taken for us and we were es­corted to our seat by our very friendly waiter. We were pro­vided with ex­ten­sive in­for­ma­tion about both the wine and food menus and through­out our meal we were pam­pered by the thor­ough staff.

I en­joyed the olive oil tast­ing plat­ter pro­vided to us which gave a great start to our meal. It was an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing able to serve our­selves wine and not have to wait un­til a staff mem­ber was free and our

meals were served in good time.


Not be­ing an ex­pe­ri­enced Fran­cophile it was tricky to know what some of the items on the menu were but of course it was no prob­lem for the staff to ex­plain.

We opted to share a Le Tor­chon, $22, which con­sisted of a pork tor­chon, with pear bal­samic and ap­ple and kim­chi slaw. While it was a per­fect starter meal – it was served luke warm.

We were in awe of our main meals. I opted for the Boeuf Parisien, a pan roasted rib-eye with braised short-rib ravi­oli, Cafe de Paris but­ter and onion puree while my friend went with the 56 de­gree Cardrona lamb rump, roasted Jerusalem ar­ti­chokes, puree, pick­led onion, salsa verde and pear, both $42. Both were won­der­fully dis­played and the meat cooked to per­fec­tion. The condi­ments with each were to die for. Dessert too was def­i­nitely a strong point to the restau­rant. With crafted sweets dis­played in a cab­i­net and more mouth-wa­ter­ing op­tions on the menu, it was an ex­tremely tough de­ci­sion to de­cide what to try. They ranged in price from $3 to $22 and we both opted for lam­ing­ton and ras­berry pe­tits gateaux ($15).


The im­mac­u­late food and ser­vice at Bistro Gen­til was an ex­pe­ri­ence I will not for­get. I would highly rec­om­mend Bistro Gen­til for any oc­ca­sion that calls for fine din­ing or even just to en­joy a pam­pered meal. Go on, treat yourself.

Ad­dress: 76a Golf Course Rd, Wanaka. Li­censed: Yes Open: Wed­nes­day to Sun­day, 11.30am to late. Fibe din­ing: Boeuf Parisien rib-eye, front, and the 56 de­gree Cardrona lamb rump.

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