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“A rare treat for vegetarians”
Review of The French Cafe

The French Cafe
Ranked #7 of 2,329 Restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“A rare treat for vegetarians”
Reviewed November 21, 2011

The food was delicious - a 6 course degustation menu (with matching wines if you want) - the ambience very pleasant, the staff attentive, helpful and polite without being unctious. But best of all was the food. It is unusual to see a French restaurant take vegetarian food seriously (in fact we have recently been to France and swore never to return, our eating experiences had been so woeful) and in the seven years since I first went to the French Cafe they have changed their presentation for vegetarians, and it is all for the better. This is gourmet food whoever you are and I think would appeal to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. The taste highlight for me was the amazing Tomato Salad that began the meal, with a tomato sorbet and the most exquisite tomato jelly; the most beautiful course was the beetroot tart (the pastry was so superb) with goats chees and topped with a borrage flower. The only very slight down was that two of the courses had asparagus, a smoked element and parmesan foam - perhaps only one course needed these elements. But I loved the dessert of rhubarb compote, panacotta, raspberries and rose granitta and the chocolate plate was a rich and delicious end to the meal. Yes, I will definately be going back - to the French Cafe, but not to France!

  • Visited November 2011
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful meal”
Reviewed November 17, 2011

Very lovely meal, they tick all the boxes and great to our first night in New Zealand. Wish we could go back!

  • Visited November 2011
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
230 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
Reviewed November 13, 2011

Fantastic food, service, everything. Don't miss this restaurant on your next trip to Auckland. Simon and his team are amazing!

Visited October 2011
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“One of the best meals we've ever eaten”
Reviewed November 10, 2011

My husband and I just spent two weeks in Australia and New Zealand, and our meal at the French Cafe was the finest of many fine meals. First of all, our waiter substituted two savory dishes - oysters and spinner crab risotto - for two dessert dishes in the tasting menu, and modified the wine pairing accordingly. Every dish was layered in flavor, and simply mouthwatering. We got the last table at the last minute in the (covered) outdoor room, but when a table opened up inside they offered to move us... we were so happy in the peace and quiet we stayed where we were. A memorable experience.

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Dunedin
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“fab”
Reviewed November 6, 2011

another lovely meal at the french cafe .................. always great food &service,. thats what keeps us coming back

  • Visited November 2011
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