Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

14/20 In our mod­ern restaurant scape, where din­ers are con­stantly chas­ing the new, a clas­sic French bistro seems al­most rad­i­cal. The likes of French onion soup and con­fit duck a l’orange are pre­sented at Au­gus­tus with no flour­ishes to hide be­hind – sim­ply great in­gre­di­ents, cooked to tra­di­tional recipes with in­tegrity and skill. The wine list has a fit­tingly Fran­cophile bent, and most staff are able to ad­vise you on its mer­its. Once the Three Lamps post of­fice, the build­ing’s been beau­ti­fully ren­o­vated, with plenty of green­ery en­liven­ing the clas­sic mar­ble, crisp white table­cloths and dark wooden fur­ni­ture. Given that Au­gus­tus’s own­ers, Chris and Court­ney Rupe, are the peo­ple who brought us Pon­sonby’s SPQR, it’s per­haps no sur­prise that Au­gus­tus also has a twin­kle in its eye. 1-3 St Marys Rd, St Marys Bay, 09 950 4855, au­gus­tus­ Lunch & din­ner 7 days; mains $28.50-$39.50 Clas­sic French bistro IN BRIEF with je ne sais quoi

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