Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

Pon­sonby Road Bistro is the epit­ome of a classy, ac­ces­si­ble lo­cal bistro, and a stal­wart of the of­ten fickle Pon­sonby restau­rant scene. The am­bi­ence is wel­com­ing and the food, wine and ser­vice is re­li­ably ex­cel­lent, whether you’re pop­ping in for a quiet din­ner early in the week, a long work­ing lunch or a ca­sual catch-up with friends. The short menu is clas­sic French bistro, with hearty por­tions of rich, well-flavoured food in sur­round­ings that are classy, sub­tle and re­lax­ing. The wine list is ex­cel­lent, with an imag­i­na­tive by-the-glass se­lec­tion. Melissa Mor­row is one of Auck­land’s best front-of­house pres­ences – she strikes the per­fect bal­ance be­tween warm and pro­fes­sional and, most im­por­tantly, is ex­tremely knowl­edge­able about the food and wine on of­fer. 165 Pon­sonby Rd, Pon­sonby, ph: 09-360 1611, pon­son­by­road­bistro.co.nz Lunch Mon-fri, din­ner Mon-sat; mains $32.50-$35.50 IN BRIEF Warm and wel­com­ing neigh­bour­hood bistro

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