Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

The French Café sets the bar for fine din­ing in New Zealand. Ev­ery as­pect of the ex­pe­ri­ence – from the im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice to the aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing din­ing spa­ces and the ac­com­plished food – is con­sis­tently ex­cel­lent. Whether you’ve been sav­ing for months or you’re lucky enough to be a reg­u­lar, ev­ery guest is af­forded the same spe­cial treat­ment, ex­pertly pitched to make you feel at ease. The beau­ti­ful plates that pro­ceed from the tem­ple-like calm of chef-owner Si­mon Wright’s kitchen are per­fectly com­posed and wholly de­li­cious. Egg yolk con­fit with mush­rooms, chest­nut, gnoc­chi and truf­fle juice bril­liantly en­cap­su­lates au­tumn on a plate; pork belly with lan­gous­tine, car­rots, pain d’epices and al­mond per­fectly lay­ers flavour and tex­ture. Then there are all the ex­cel­lent snacks you’re also served, by turns mak­ing you feel in­trigued, re­freshed and de­lighted. And the wine list – glo­ri­ous in its scope.

210 Sy­monds St, Eden Ter­race, 09 377 1911, the­french­ Lunch Fri, din­ner Tues-sat; three cour­ses $110 A truly spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence, at once clas­sic and en­chant­ing IN BRIEF

Oys­ters, ap­ple, el­der­flower, but­ter­milk & Cham­pagne

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