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“Superb” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The French Cafe

The French Cafe
Ranked #4 of 2,198 Restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, European, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dunedin, New Zealand
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203 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Superb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

The fight was on from the very first plate. Who's was the best?
We went for second course, third course and dessert. For a lighter start, two of us had the Kingfish Ceviche. Beautifully delicate and balanced flavours. We thought this was the best. Our partners disagreed having chosen the Quail Ballottine. I must say the plate looked fantastic...food envy had begun.
For third course, we ordered 3 Snapper dishes and I had the Boneless Lamb. Silence at the table...always a good sign of great food. Outnumbered by the rave revues, we gave third course to the Snapper.
Dessert was a no brainier. Everything was good. If you are a chocolate fan and have left enough room, go for the Textured Chocolate. If you are wanting a little chocolate dessert, go for the Caramel Chocolate Pot (yum). The winner though was the Raspberry Ripple. Beautifully presented, and spectacular flavours. Top marks.
Service was attentive and helpful. The plates courtesy of the chef well received. This is a superb restaurant.

Visited August 2013
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Anneversay Dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

Was a really really nice evening, couldnt afford it all the time but nice on a special occasion for example. Staff were friendly and extremley knowledgable, will be going back before i leave New Zealand, for sure!

Visited July 2013
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A lovely experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

I went to the French cafe with a special friend I wanted to thank. We had a lovely meal, a la carte. The quality of the food was impeccable with original dishes and subtle flavours. It lived up to its reputation. Only two negatives for me were the slightly pretentious service, and the overall ambiance, which I found cold by wanting to be too slick and modern.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland New Zealand
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48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Deserves its rank as Number 1 Auckland Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

Whenever you go to the French Cafe it is an occasion as well as a meal. The staff are friendly, welcoming and impeccably trained, the ambiance of the rooms is buzzy but very elegant, and the food is absolutely superb. Always. This wonderful place just never fails - we have been coming here for years and it just gets better and better. I am just sorry that you have to book a couple of weeks ahead for a Friday or Saturday because all foodie tourists must try this restaurant.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Degustation menu - well constructed, great flavours, great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

We had the degustation menu for four people. We found the one at French Café well constructed, well presented, a great mix and progression of flavours and some standout dishes.

Was not too sure about some of the wine matches so would give this a miss next time.
Have not been to this restaurant for a number of years but it has really kept it's standards up.

Only niggle is that you don't get one or two waiters, pretty much each dish was presented by a different waiter, which seemed a bit 'production like' and not expected at this class of restaurant. So you did not feel 'special' in the service attention area.

However, a great meal and would recommend.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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