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.