Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

A re­vi­talised O’con­nell Street, now in its 20th year, is once again on form af­ter a fire closed the restaurant for most of the last year. Owner Chris Up­ton is still a bea­con of ex­cel­lence in ser­vice and fine wines. Som­me­lier Benji Smith is charm­ing and ap­proach­able, with­out a hint of stuffi­ness, while restaurant man­ager Jake Makin runs a smoothly flow­ing room. The main din­ing room oozes warmth and cosi­ness, while the tiny bar still charms, and sum­mer­time seat­ing on the pedes­tri­anised street out­side is a nice new touch. Chef Mark Southon’s classy and so­phis­ti­cated menu in­cludes the clas­sics that have made O’con­nell’s name (pap­pardelle of wild Bendigo rab­bit, for ex­am­ple), while also bring­ing some mod­ern touches, such as the cray­fish ravi­oli with fen­nel re­moulade and a su­perb bisque.

3 O’con­nell St, City, 09 377 1884, ocon­nell­st­bistro.com Lunch Mon-fri, din­ner Mon-sat; mains $38-$45

Fine wines, classy IN BRIEF food and so­phis­ti­cated ser­vice

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