We dined at Le Pot-Au-Feu in Christchurch this weekend, and it was one of the best dining experiences either of us has ever experienced!
We both started with the lamb carpaccio - my wife knew exactly what it was, but I had no idea that it meant raw (seared) meat! A little out of my comfort zone, but the tastes were amazing and definately worked. I would have it again!
For a main I was going to have a veal dish, but the last portion had just been served but chef Bono offered to serve beef fillet with the same sauce and presentation - and it was simply amazing. Once again wonderful flavours that worked brilliantly together. My wife, who can't eat huge amounts, had Crevettes gratinee "Aurore" - a prawn dish - and thought it was absolutely lovely. I'm not really a prawn person, but I tried the sauce and it was just to die for!
We finished with the Crepe Suzette, which Bono flambed at our table.
Neither of us are really educated in red wines, and tend to go with the 'safe' whites that we know - in this case we had a lovely Nelson Pinot Gris. I'm sure it wasn't quite what Bono would have recommended, especially for my beef, and after talking to her more about NZ and Swiss wines I think we might have to just let her choose next time!
Other than the excuisite food, what really set Le Pot-Au-Feu apart was the service from Bono. She does it all - she took the phone booking, welcomed us, cooked and came out and talked with us - she is a facinating person and does everything there. The dining room is small and intimate, so its never going to be crazy-busy there, but that's a good thing - we're over horrible, busy places (like Plato in Dunedin - never again!).
We will certainly be going back next time we're in Christchurch - as many thumbs up as we can manage!
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