We gotta hand it to the Frenchies, they’ve got it goin’ on. There’s no arguing that their fashion, art, wine and most importantly, food game is pretty darn strong. From bloody brilliant cheeses to delectable desserts and everything in between, we can all agree that French food is the stuff the dreams are made of.
If you’re on the hunt for a crème brulée to crack the top off or a deeelish coq au vin to fill your belly right up, then look no further. We’ve got your French food cravings officially covered with this round up of Auckland’s best French restaurants. Bon appetit, mes amis!
Cue the confetti, Paris Butter, has joined the Jervois Road party! We’re stoked to have this new kid on the block and are welcoming them with wide arms and hungry bellies. If chic and inviting food and décor is what you like in a restaurant, then Paris Butter will make all your gastro dreams come true. Soon to be your fave Herne Bay hangout, Paris Butter dishes out classic French bistro feeds with the odd modern twist. You’ll find plenty of hearty meat dishes like confit duck pie and braised beef cheek as well as options for our vege pals like a broccoli and basil risotto.
Queen Street and Ponsonby
Save yourself a trip to France and hit up Le Garde-Manger for the ultimate French dining experience. If you’re after authentic French food in a traditional setting that’ll have you dreaming about the biking along cobblestone streets while toting baguettes and a bottle of red—then look no further, you’ve found it. We can’t resist the cheesy, potato-ey, bacon-ey, creamy magic that is their Tartiflette. Trust us when we say that you need this in your belly ASAP. You’ll also find heaps of other French kitchen staples here like the trusty boeuf bourguignon, paté, gratins and crepes galore!
Pssst Aucklanders, we’re gonna let you in on a little secret here. It’s to do with your new local watering hole and place for, well, stuffing your pie hole. We’re talking about none other than Apéro, a cosy yet chic wine bar and restaurant propped up on K Road. Here you’ll find all kinds of tasty French classics from charcuterie plates to terrine as well as quarter of a meter (!) saussies—all homemade with love, of course. In true French style, there’s a plentiful wine menu full of quality drops to help you wash down the madeleines you had for dessert. Now go forth and eat—you can thank us later.
Nothing warms your cockles quite like an oozy crepe does. Enter Torchon: these guys know how to make seriously good crepes to satiate all your melty, cheesy, starchy cravings. Their menu is chocca block full of different kinds of crepes and galettes just waiting for you to sink your teeth into. Crepes aside, they have a stellar menu of French faves like escargots, ratatouille and onion soup with Frenchy bevvies to wash it all down like the trusty kir—blackcurrant liquor mixed with white wine. Trust us, it’s as good as it sounds.
The French Café
Does this Auckland city staple need an introduction? In case you’ve been living under a rock, The French Café is the ultimate gastro destination for fine wining and dining. The interior is impossibly chic and the food is next level. It’s a guarantee that here you’ll be treated to some of the most pristinely prepared and plated cuisine you’ll ever come across. As you might expect, everything here is executed with French finesse and will have you oohing and oh-la-la-ing with every bite.
A longstanding legend in Parnell, Antoine’s dishes out some of the finest French cuisine in Auckland. Antoine’s has wined and dined plenty of A-listers over its 40+ years on the scene, so it’s no surprise that it’s earned the reputation for being quite the shmancy place to be. The menu boasts some splendid French classics like the steak tartare and a perfectly fluffy and flouncy blue cheese soufflé. You can be sure that everything here is executed with a touch of je-ne-sais-quoi and is plated so beautifully, you’ll almost don’t want to touch them… almost.
We can all agree that the French sure know how to do their tucker just right. Lucky for us Aucklanders, Le Chef lives up to this reputation and has blessed us with it’s truly amaze food. Cooped up in Vulcan Lane, Le Chef is the perfect place to unwind after a long day’s work a slice of foie gras and a glass of pinot. The perfectly curated menu here changes monthly to incorporate the freshest produce and flavours, so you’re guaranteed to be pleasantly surprised each time you visit.
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