About Us

— a truly sophisticated dining experience —

The French Café is a partnership between husband and wife team Creghan Molloy Wright, Restaurant Manager, and Simon Wright, Executive Chef. They are assisted by Michelle Moore and Craig Lovie, Maitre d's, Andy Gladding, Sommelier and Sebastian Hindrichs, Head Chef.

Creghan’s warm, attentive and professional service blends her years of knowledge and natural hospitality. Her experienced staff are there to assist you with your food and wine choices and guide you through your dining experience. The cellar concentrates on premium wines from New Zealand, France and Australia. 

Simon has trained in Europe’s top hotels and Michelin Star restaurants. His modern french food combines classical cuisine with a contemporary approach to ingredients and technique. The flavours are clean, precise and intense with an emphasis on fresh local product and seasonality. The restaurant offers a chef’s tasting, a six course tasting, as well as an a la carte menu which is designed to be enjoyed in four courses.

The restaurant is separated into three areas with a seating capacity of up to 80 people. There is a relaxed bar for pre and post dinner drinks, conservatory room overlooking the courtyard and courtyard dining in the warmer months.
The French Kitchen, our private dining room is available for group bookings offering privacy and comfort in a relaxing and sophisticated environment overlooking our beautiful edible garden and courtyard.

The French Café has consistently been awarded for the fine dining experience that it so outstandingly offers.

tasting menu

FLAVOURS OF SPRING

________
 

SPRING VEGETABLES
herbs and leaves, crispy whitebait, preserved lemon

EGG YOLK CONFIT
smoked potato, leeks, parmesan, iberico ham

ROASTED QUAIL
wild mushrooms, chestnut, bacon, croissant, black truffle

MARKET FISH
buttered crab, celeriac, toasted grains, asparagus

SEARED DUCK BREAST
sweet spices, sprouting greens, mandarin, kumara

_________
 

POACHED RHUBARB
buttermilk, raspberry, crisp meringue, white chocolate
 

Tasting menu
—140

Paired wines
—80

The tasting menu is designed to be enjoyed by the whole table.
Thank you. Prices include GST.

A La Carte

— spring —

First

OYSTERS
native seaweed, ginger, radishes, white soy, cucumber   22

SMOKED VENISON
coffee cream, blueberries, walnuts, kumara   22

SNAPPER CEVICHE
apple jelly, verjus, creme fraiche, caviar   22

SPRING VEGETABLES
herbs and leaves, crispy whitebait, preserved lemon   22

EGG YOLK CONFIT
smoked potato, leeks, parmesan, iberico ham   22 

Second

ROASTED FRENCH GOATS CHEESE
onion, fig and beetroot tart, red wine syrup   30

CARAMELISED PORK BELLY
scallops, cauliflower cream, black pudding, apple   30

ROASTED QUAIL
wild mushrooms, bacon, chestnut, croissant, black truffle   30

AKAROA SALMON
langoustine, buckwheat, brassica leaves, wakame butter   30

FOREST MUSHROOMS
truffle custard, toasted rye, pine oil, wood sorrel   30 

Third

CRISPY ROAST DUCK
sweet spices, sprouting greens, mandarin, kumara   46

BONELESS LAMB 
parmesan gnocchi, sweetbreads, morels, peas, onion soubise   46

MARKET FISH
buttered crab, celeriac, toasted grains, asparagus, spring herbs   46

AGED BEEF
fresh wasabi butter, braised shiitake, pumpkin, radishes, oxtail broth   46

FARMED RABBIT 
bacon, mustard, tarragon, young carrots, crispy potatoes   46   

Fourth

LOCAL CHEESES

quince paste, house baked crackers, fresh walnuts   26

TEXTURED CHOCOLATE
caramelised milk, hazelnut, malt powder, mandarin   20

POACHED RHUBARB
creamed rice, buttermilk, raspberry, brown sugar crumble   20

CARAMEL ROASTED PEAR
baked custard, broken pastry, almonds, sultanas   20

WHITE CHOCOLATE
apple, blueberries, elderflower, crisp meringue, white chocolate   20

 

 

Set Menu

Canapes

-

Fresh bread

-

First

OYSTERS
native seaweed, ginger, radishes, white soy, cucumber

SNAPPER CEVICHE
apple jelly, verjus, creme fraiche, caviar

Second

ROASTED QUAIL
wild mushrooms, chestnut, bacon, croissant, black truffle

ROASTED FRENCH GOATS CHEESE
onion, fig and beetroot tart, red wine syrup

Third

CRISPY ROAST DUCK
sweet spices, sprouting greens, mandarin, kumara

MARKET FISH
buttered crab, celeriac, toasted grains, asparagus

Forth

TEXTURED CHOCOLATE
caramelised milk, hazelnut, malt powder, mandarin

POACHED RHUBARB
creamed rice, buttermilk, raspberry, brown sugar crumble

—125 per person

—140 per person with canapés

The set menu is available for group reservations over 14 people. Prices include GST.

Vegetarian

— tasting menu —

FLAVOURS OF SPRING

____________
 

SPRING VEGETABLES
herbs and leaves, ricotta beignets, preserved lemon

EGG YOLK
smoked potato, leeks, parmesan, caramelised onion broth

FOREST MUSHROOMS
toasted rye, chestnuts, croissant, pine oil, wood sorrel

ROASTED FRENCH GOATS CHEESE
onion, fig and beetroot tart, red wine syrup

CELERIAC, LENTIL AND POTATO RISOTTO
sprout leaves, truffle juice

___________

WHITE CHOCOLATE
rhubarb, buttermilk, raspberry, crisp meringue
 

 

Tasting menu
—140

Paired Wines
—80

The vegetarian menu is created daily and subject to change.

Wine

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

WINES BY THE GLASS

   

Champagne

   
FRANCE    
NV LOUIS ROEDERER BRUT PREMIER Reims REIMS 26
2008 LOUIS ROEDERER BRUT ROSE REIMS 28

Methode Champenoise

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2009 QUARTZ REEF METHODE TRADITIONELLE METHODE CHAMPENOISE CENTRAL OTAGO 19
       

White Wines

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2013 AMISFIELD PINOT GRIS CENTRAL OTAGO 16
2013 HUIA GEWURZTRAMINER MARLBOROUGH 15
2013 GREENHOUGH APPLE VALLEY RIESLING NELSON 13
2008 DRY RIVER CRAIGHALL RIESLING MARTINBOROUGH 19
2013 SAINT CLAIR BLOCK 5 GRUNER VELTLINER MARLBOROUGH 14
2013 NEUDORF SAUVIGNON BLANC NELSON 15
2013 MILLTON TE ARAI VINEYARD CHENIN BLANC GISBORNE 15
2007 JOHN FORREST COLLECTION THE WHITE MARLBOROUGH 18
2011 MAN O WAR CHARDONNAY WAIHEKE ISLAND 16
2013 CARRICK BANNOCKBURN CHARDONNAY CENTRAL OTAGO 17
2012 HANS HERZOG CHARDONNAY MARLBOROUGH 26
FRANCE    
2012 JOSEPH CATTIN PINOT GRIS ALSACE 16
2013 MARIE & CECILE ALBRECHT RESERVE GEWURZTRAMINER ALSACE 16
2011 ARTHUR METZ CUVEE ANNE LAURE RIESLING ALSACE 14
2012 DOMAINE GERARD FIOU SANCERRE LOIRE VALLEY 17
2012 CHATEAU DE LA RAGOTIERE MUSCADET LOIRE VALLEY 13
2010 DOMAINE FERRATON ET FILS LA MATINIERE CROZES HERMITAGE RHONE VALLEY 17
2012 CHAMPALOU CUVEE FONDREAUX VOUVRAY LOIRE VALLEY 16
2012 DOMAINE DE LA GARENNE MACON-AZE BURGUNDY 20
2013 DOMAINE DROUHIN VAUDON CHABLIS 20
SPAIN      
2013 ALBARINO DE FEFINANES RIAS BAIXAS 20
       

Rose

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2014 MAN O WAR PINQUE ROSE WAIHEKE ISLAND 14
FRANCE      
2013 DOMAINES OTT LES DOMANIERS COTES DE PROVENCE 15
       

Red Wines

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2013

MAUDE PINOT NOIR

CENTRAL OTAGO 19
2012 HUIA PINOT NOIR MARLBOROUGH 17
2011 PYRAMID VALLEY CALVERT PINOT NOIR CENTRAL OTAGO 26
2011 PEGASUS BAY MERLOT CABERNET WAIPARA 17
2010 FRAMINGHAM MONTEPULCIANO MARLBOROUGH 16
AUSTRALIA    
2012

MITOLO JESTER SHIRAZ

MCLAREN VALE 17
FRANCE    
2011 VINCENT GIRARDIN CUVEE SAINT VINCENT ROUGE COTE DE BEAUNE BURGUNDY 19
2009 CHATEAU LIVERSAN HAUT MEDOC BORDEAUX 20
2013 TERRES DOREES L’ANCIEN BEAUJOLAIS 18
2010 DELAS LES LAUNES CROZES HERMITAGE RHONE VALLEY 17
       

Dessert Wines

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2011 ESCARPMENT HINEMOA RIESLING MARTINBOROUGH 16
2013

FRAMINGHAM F SERIES GEWURZTRAMINER VT

MARLBOROUGH 25
AUSTRALIA    
NV CHAMBERS ROSEWOOD VINEYARDS MUSCAT RUTHERGLEN 17
2013 INNOCENT BYSTANDER MOSCATO VICTORIA 14
FRANCE    
NV DOMAINE DU MAS BLANC BANYULS ROUSSILLON 16
2012 BAUMARD COTEAUX DU LAYON CARTE D’OR LOIRE VALLEY 14
2012 M. CHAPOUTIER MUSCAT DE BEAUMES DE VENISE RHONE 18
2011 CHATEAU VILLEFRANCHE SAUTERNES BORDEAUX 18
2009 CHATEAU BELINGARD MONBAZILLAC SOUTH WEST FRANCE 14
SPAIN      
2008 MOLINO REAL MOUNTAIN WINE MOSCATEL MALAGA 20

 

WINES BY THE BOTTLE

   

Champagne

   
FRANCE    
NV LOUIS ROEDERER BRUT PREMIER REIMS 155
2007 LOUIS ROEDERER BRUT VINTAGE REIMS 230
2008 LOUIS ROEDERER BLANC DE BLANCS REIMS 220
2008 LOUIS ROEDERER BRUT ROSE REIMS 220
2005 LOUIS ROEDERER CRISTAL REIMS 490
NV LOUIS ROEDERER CARTE BLANCHE DEMI SEC REIMS 150
NV EGLY-OURIET BLANC DE NOIRS VIEILLE VIGNES AMBONNAY 650
NV RUINART BLANC DE BLANCS REIMS 190
NV BILLECART SALMON ROSE MAREUIL SUR-AY 250
NV KRUG REIMS 400
1997 LAURENT PERRIER ALEXANDRA ROSE TOURS-SUR-MARNE 600
2004 DUMANGIN BRUT PREMIER CRU CHIGNY LES ROSES 210
2004 DOM PERIGNON EPERNAY 400
2008 MARGUET GRAND CRU AMBONNAY 185
2004 PERRIER-JOUET BELLE EPOQUE ROSE EPERNAY 550
1996 BOIZEL JOYAU DE FRANCE MILLESIME EPERNAY 380
       

Methode Champenoise

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2009 QUARTZ REEF METHODE TRADITIONNELLE CENTRAL OTAGO 98
NV NO 1 FAMILY ESTATE CUVEE BRUT MARLBOROUGH 78
2011 HANS HERZOG CUVEE THERESE ROSE MARLBOROUGH 130
       

Rose

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2013 TERRA SANCTA CENTRAL OTAGO 70
2014 MAN O WARE PINQUE WAIHEKE ISLAND 62
FRANCE    
2013 DOMAINES OTT LES DOMANIERS COTES DE PROVENCE 65
2013 PRIEURE DE MONTEZARGUES TAVEL RHONE VALLEY 74
       

Pinot Blanc

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2007 PYRAMID VALLEY KERNER MARLBOROUGH 82
2010 ESCARPMENT MARTINBOROUGH 58
     

Pinot Gris

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2013 URLAR GLADSTONE, WAIRARAPA 68
2012 KUMEU RIVER  KUMEU 65
2012 Q WAITAKI VALLEY 70
2013

AMISFIELD

CENTRAL OTAGO 75
2011

NEVIS BLUFF

CENTRAL OTAGO 60
2013

ATA RANGI LISMORE

MARTINBOROUGH 78
2012 ANT MOORE MARLBOROUGH 58
2013 TAKATU MATAKANA 75
FRANCE    
2012 JOSEPH CATTIN ALSACE 72
2009

ALBERT MANN HENGST GRAND CRU

ALSACE 135
       

Vin Gris

     
NEW ZEALAND    
2011 QUEST FARM CENTRAL OTAGO 55
       

Viognier

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2011 ELEPHANT HILL LE PHANT BLANC HAWKES BAY 65
2007 JOHN FORREST COLLECTION THE WHITE MARLBOROUGH 82
2011 HANS HERZOG MARLBOROUGH 130
2011 HANS HERZOG MISTRAL MARLBOROUGH 175
FRANCE    
2007 CHAPOUTIER INVITARE CONDRIEU 190
     

Gewurztraminer

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2011 PASQUALE WAITAKI VALLEY OTAGO 66
2013 HUIA GEWURZTRAMINER MARLBOROUGH 60
2013 JOHANNESHOF MARLBOROUGH 75
2011 RIPPON CENTRAL OTAGO 78
FRANCE    
2005 DOMAINE WILLM GRAND CRU HENGST ALSACE 92
2013 MARIE & CECILE ALBRECHT RESERVE ALSACE 70
     
Grenache Blanc, Marsanne    
FRANCE      
2010 DOMAINE FERRATON ET FILS LA MATINIERE  RHONE  80
       

Gruner Veltliner

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2013 SAINT CLAIR BLOCK 5 MARLBOROUGH 58
       
AUSTRIA      
2013 SALOMON UNDHOF WIEDEN & BERG KREMS 75
       

Riesling

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2012

MISHA'S LIMELIGHT

CENTRAL OTAGO 62
2011

LAMONT

CENTRAL OTAGO 60
2012 THE 3RD MAN  WAIPARA 58
2012 FRAMINGHAM SELECT RIESLING MARLBOROUGH 75
2013 VALLI WAITAKI VALLEY NORTH OTAGO 73
2012 MON CHEVAL WAIPARA 65
2013 GREENHOUGH APPLE VALLEY NELSON 55
2013 SATO CENTRAL OTAGO 90
2008 DRY RIVER CRAIGHALL MARTINBOROUGH 150
FRANCE    
2011 ARTHUR METZ CUVEE ANNE LAURE ALSACE 62
2008 DOMAINE SCHLUMBERGER GRAND CRU KITTERLE ALSACE 130
2009 MARCEL DIESS GRASBERG 1ER CRU RIESLING, PINOT GRIS, GEWURZTRAMINER ALSACE 170
       

Albarino

   
SPAIN      
2013 ALBARINO DE FEFINANES RIAS BAIXAS 93
       

Vouvray

   
FRANCE    
2012 CHAMPALOU CUVEE FOUNDREAUX LOIRE VALLEY 75
       

Chenin Blanc

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2011 ASTROLABE MARLBOROUGH 58
2013 MILLTON TE ARAI VINEYARD GISBORNE 69
       
Muscadet    
FRANCE      
2012 CHATEAU DE LA RAGOTIERE MUSCADET 60
       

Sauvignon Blanc

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2012

CLOS MARGUERITE 

MARLBOROUGH 66
2013

CLARK ESTATE

MARLBOROUGH 58
2013

CRAGGY RANGE TE MUNA ROAD

MARTINBOROUGH 59
2010 FOXES ISLAND LAPINE MARLBOROUGH 120
2013

NEUDORF

NELSON 65
2012 MAHI BOUNDARY FARM MARLBOROUGH 72
2012 MISHAS STARLET  CENTRAL OTAGO 60
2012 JOHN FORREST COLLECTION MARLBOROUGH 90
2011

SERESIN RESERVE

MARLBOROUGH 118
2012 CLEARVIEW RESERVE BARRIQUE FERMENTED HAWKES BAY 62
2012

THE 3RD MAN

WAIPARA 60
FRANCE      
2013 DOMAINE GERARD FIOU SANCERRE, LOIRE VALLEY 78
2011 ALPHONSE MELLOT POUILLY FUME, LOIRE VALLEY 100
2011 DOMAINE CROIX DES BOUQUETS GRAVES BORDEAUX 75
       

Chardonnay

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2011 FROMM LA STRADA MARLBOROUGH 72
2009 KUMEU RIVER CODDINGTON KUMEU 100
2014 MUDBRICK SHEPHERDS POINT WAIHEKE ISLAND 70
2011 PARITUA HAWKES BAY 80
2013 CARRICK BANNOCKBURN CENTRAL OTAGO 78
2009 RANSOM COSMOS MATAKANA 68
2013 FELTON ROAD ELMS CENTRAL OTAGO 85
2012 ASHWOOD ESTATE GISBORNE 70
2010 JOHN FORREST COLLECTION MARLBOROUGH 98
2012 MUDDY WATER WAIPARA 85
2011 CABLE BAY RESERVE WAIHEKE ISLAND 125
2011 MAHI TWIN VALLEY VINEYARD MARLBOROUGH 85
2013 TE MATA ELSTON HAWKES BAY 92
2010 VILLA MARIA RESERVE BARRIQUE FERMENTED GISBORNE 75
2013 ODYSSEY RESERVE ILIAD GISBORNE 72
2010 FOXES ISLAND MARLBOROUGH 86
2010 MA MAISON MARTINBOROUGH 70
2011 MAN O WAR WAIHEKE ISLAND 72
2007 PEGASUS BAY WAIPARA 105
2012 BLACK ESTATE CHARDONNAY WAIPARA 70
2011 ESCARPMENT MARTINBOROUGH 76
2008 PYRAMID VALLEY LIONS TOOTH CANTERBURY 200
2008 PYRAMID VALLEY FIELD OF FIRE CANTERBURY 200
2009 DRY RIVER MARTINBOROUGH 210
2012 HANS HERZOG MARLBOROUGH 120
2007 HANS HERZOG MARLBOROUGH 125
2009 BELL HILL WAIPARA 290
AUSTRALIA      
2010 XANADU MARGARET RIVER 69
2012 GIANTS LEAP SEXTON VINEYARD  YARRA VALLEY 110
USA      
2008 FLOWERS SONOMA COAST 195
       

White Burgundy

   
FRANCE    
2011 VINCENT GIRARDIN CUVEE SAINT VINCENT COTE DE BEAUNE 85
2009 DOMAINE LOUIS CARILLON AND FILS PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 200
2010 DOMAINE GUFFENS-HEYNEN CUVEE UNIQUE ST VERAN 175
2012 DOMAINE DE LA GARENNE MACON-AZE 92
2012

BOUCHARD PERE & FILS

MACON-LUGNY 65
2009 DOMAINE PIERRE MATROT MEURSAULT-CHARMES 250
2005 DOMAINE DE L'ARLOT LA GERBOTTE NUIT ST GEORGES 170
2006 DOMAINE DE L'ARLOT LA GERBOTTE NUIT ST GEORGES 280
2011 BERNARD MOREAU 1ER CRU MORGEOT CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET 250
2011 JACQUESON LA PUCELLE 1ER CRU RULLY 110
2005 DOMAINE CAPITAIN-GAGNEROT LADOIX 1ER CRU LES HAUTES MOUROTTES LADOIX 166
2007 DOMAINE LEROY PERRIERES 1ER CRU MEURSAULT 495
2010 CHATEAU FUISSE TETE DU CRU POUILLY-FUISSE 118
2004 JEAN BOILLOT & FILS 1ER CRU LES VERGELESSES SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE 210
2008 DOMAINE ROLLIN PERE ET FILS GRAND CRU CORTON-CHARLEMAGNE 440
2007 MOREY-BLANC GRAND CRU CORTON-CHARLEMAGNE 380
2004 HENRI BOILLOT MONTRACHET 1200
2013 DOMAINE DROUHIN VAUDON CHABLIS 90
2008 BILLAUD SIMON GRAND CRU VAUDESIR CHABLIS 245
2011 VINCENT DAUVISSAT 1ER CRU SECHET CHABLIS 175
       

Pinot Noir

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2010 BRODIE ESTATE MARTINBOROUGH 95
2011 MONDILLO CENTRAL OTAGO 97
2008

FOXES ISLAND

MARLBOROUGH 87
2011 DOCTORS FLAT CENTRAL OTAGO 120
2012 COROFIN SETTLEMENT VINEYARD MARLBOROUGH 110
2012 HUIA MARLBOROUGH 88
2012 CHARCOAL GULLY SALLYS PINCH CENTRAL OTAGO 65
2011 PYRAMID VALLEY CALVERT CENTRAL OTAGO 120
2006 PEGASUS BAY WAIPARA 140
2011 MAHANA NELSON 105
2011 TERRA SANCTA JACKSONS BLOCK CENTRAL OTAGO 110
2013 MAUDE CENTRAL OTAGO 85
2011 STONECROP MARTINBOROUGH 82
2008 NEVIS BLUFF RESERVE CENTRAL OTAGO 130
2011 QUEST FARM SINGLE VINEYARD CENTRAL OTAGO 105
2010 PROPHETS ROCK CENTRAL OTAGO 115
2010 VILLA MARIA RESERVE MARLBOROUGH 105
2011 ESCARPMENT MARTINBOROUGH 115
2011 VALLI WAITAKI VALLEY NORTH OTAGO 145
2010 JOHN FORREST COLLECTION WAITAKI VALLEY OTAGO 120
2011 RIPPON MATURE VINE CENTRAL OTAGO 142
2010 SERESIN SUN AND MOON MARLBOROUGH 250
2012 ATA RANGI MARTINBOROUGH 160
2007 BELL HILL OLD WEKA PASS WAIPARA 150
2010 HANS HERZOG MARLBOROUGH 140
2009 DRY RIVER MARTINBOROUGH 280
AUSTRALIA    
2010 MARCHAND AND BURCH MOUNT BARROW WESTERN AUSTRALIA 180
USA    
2010 CUSTOM SOMMERS OREGON 130
       

Red Burgundy

   
FRANCE    
2011 POTEL-AVIRON MORGON COTE DU PUY BEAUJOLAIS 78
2013 TERRES DOREES L'ANCIEN BEAUJOLAIS 85
2007 DENIS BACHELET COTE DE NUITS VILLAGES 150
2007 DOMAINE DE L’ARLOT COTES DE CHAPEAU COTES DE NUITS VILLAGES 160
2009 DOMAINE ECARD 1ER CRU SAVIGNY-LEE-BEAUNE 158
2008 DOMAINE BLAIN GAGNARD CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 140
2003 BERTRAND AMBROISE AUX DAMAUDES VOSNE ROMANEE 225
2010 DOMAINE DROUHIN CLOS DU MOUCHES 1ER CRU BEAUNE 280
2011 VINCENT GIRARDIN CUVEE ST VINCENT COTE DE BEAUNE 88
2009 DOMAINE CONFURON COTETIDOT GRAND CRU ECHEZAUX COTE DE NUITS 400
2005

DOMAINE TOLLOT-BEAUT

CHOREY LES BEAUNES 160
2004

DOMAINE A. ET P. DE VILLAINE LES MONTOTS

MERCUREY 158
2001 GEORGES DE VOGUE GRAND CRU BONNES MARES COTES DE NUITS 800
2007 DOMAINE COMTE ARMAND CLOS DES EPENEAUX POMMARD 340
2006 DOMAINE MICHEL GROS NUITS-ST-GEORGES 235
2006 DOMAINE MICHEL LAFARGE VOLNAY 250
2007 DOMAINE MAUME 1ER CRU GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 310
       

Cabernet, Cabernet Predominant

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2007 DESTINY BAY DESTINAE WAIHEKE ISLAND 145
2009

SCHUBERT CON BRIO

WAIRARAPA 95
2009 TE AWA HAWKES BAY 75
2012 MAN O WAR WARSPITE PONUI ISLAND 98
2002

HATTON ESTATE TAHI ONE

HAWKES BAY 140
2009 PARITUA 2112 HAWKES BAY 120
2012

TE MATA AWATEA

HAWKES BAY 88
2011

TE MATA COLERAINE

HAWKES BAY 180
2009

TE MATA COLERAINE

HAWKES BAY 250
2006 JOHN FORREST COLLECTION GIMBLETT GRAVELS HAWKES BAY 125
2006 TE MOTU WAIHEKE ISLAND 180
2004

STONYRIDGE LAROSE

WAIHEKE ISLAND  240
2002

STONYRIDGE LAROSE

WAIHEKE ISLAND 280
2000 STONYRIDGE LAROSE WAIHEKE ISLAND 290
1994

THE ANTIPODEAN

MATAKANA 600
1990

THE ANTIPODEAN

MATAKANA 400
AUSTRALIA    
2008  THE WILLOWS BAROSSA 80
2008

LEEUWIN ESTATE ART SERIES

MARGARET RIVER 150
2010

ELDERTON

BAROSSA 75
2008

YALUMBA THE MENZIES

COONAWARRA 105
2006  

MT LANGI GHIRAN CLIFF EDGE

VICTORIA 60
2004

JIM BARRY THE BENBOURNIE

CLARE VALLEY 250
       

Merlot, Merlot Predominant

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2007 ST NESBITT KARAKA 125
2012 ALLUVIALE HAWKES BAY 78
2010 BRICK BAY MARTELLO ROCK MATAKANA 62
2012 BLACK BARN HAWKES BAY 63
2008 PURIRI HILLS ESTATE CLEVEDON 108
2011 CRAGGY RANGE HAWKES BAY 75
2008 TAKATU MATAKANA 78
2011 PEGASUS BAY  WAIPARA 78
2004 HERZOG SPIRIT OF MARLBOROUGH MARLBOROUGH 150
2010 DADA 2 HAWKES BAY 150
AUSTRALIA    
2006 MOSS WOOD RIBBON VALE VINEYARD MARGARET RIVER 96
       

Bordeaux

   
FRANCE    
2009 CHATEAU LIVERSAN HAUT MEDOC 95
2009 CHATEAU DU SEUIL GRAVES 98
2010 CHATEAU LA LANDE BEL-AIR BORDEAUX 60
2006 CHATEAU BRANAIRE-DUCRU ST JULIAN 280
2007 CHATEAU LA SERRE GRAND CRU CLASSE  ST EMILON 220
2000 CHATEAU ROLLAN DE BY CRU BOURGEOIS MEDOC 190
2007 CHATEAU MAGDELAINE 1ER GRAND CRU ST EMILION 270
2007 CHATEAU LANGOA BARTON ST JULIEN 250
2007 CHATEAU LATOUR POMEROL 360
2008 CHATEAU MALESCOT ST EXUPERY MARGAUX 270
2004 CHATEAU TALBOT  ST JULIEN 240
2008 CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON ST JULIEN 300
2001 CHATEAU HAUT BRION 1ER CRU GRAVES 1400
2001 CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1ER CRU PAUILLAC 2500
       

Montepulciano

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2009 HANS HERZOG MARLBOROUGH 140
2010 FRAMINGHAM MARLBOROUGH 70
       

Languedoc

   
FRANCE    
2010 ALQUIER FAUGERES LA MAISON JAUNE LANGUEDOC 95
       

Syrah Viognier

   
AUSTRALIA    
2010 YERRING STATION VILLAGE VICTORIA 65
       

Rhone Valley

   
FRANCE    
2010 DOMAINE PERRIN RESERVE COTES DU RHONE 66
2011 DOMAINE MONTVAC VACQUEYRAS 85
2010 DELAS LES LAUNES CROZES HERMITAGE 78
2009 CHATEAU DU TRIGNON GIGONDAS 100
2007 DOMAINE CLAPE RENAISSANCE CORNAS 270
2010 DOMAINE COURBIS ST JOSEPH 105
2004 DOMAINE BOIS DE BOURSAN CUVEES DES FELIX CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE 270
2010 CHAPOUTIER LA BERNARDINE CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE 160
2010 DOMAINE PERRIN VINSOBRES 85
2009 DOMAINE JAMET COTE-ROTIE  250
2004 DOMAINE DE LA CHARBONNIERE CUVEE MOURRE DE PERDRIX CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE 190
       

Shiraz, Syrah

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2011 FROMM LA STRADA MARLBOROUGH 80
2011

MAN O WAR DREADNOUGHT

WAIHEKE ISLAND 120
2010 HAY PADDOCK HARVEST RESERVE WAIHEKE ISLAND 95
2009 MICHAEL WAIHEKE 130
2012 TE MATA BULLNOSE HAWKES BAY 118
2011 QUARTER ACRE HAWKES BAY 78
2010 HOPES GROVE HAWKES BAY 90
2009 BILANCIA LA COLLINA HAWKES BAY 180
       
AUSTRALIA    
2011 GRANT BURGE HOLY TRINITY BAROSSA 90
2012 SPINIFEX PAPILLON GRENACHE CINSAULT BAROSSA 84
2012 MITOLO JESTER MCLAREN VALE 77
2011 WIRRA WIRRA RSW MCLAREN VALE 130
2000 CRAIGLEE VICTORIA 180
2010 JIM BARRY MCRAE WOOD BAROSSA 135
2010

HENSCHKE KEYNETON

BAROSSA 140
2010 ELDERTON COMMAND BAROSSA 220
       

Dessert Wines

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2013 FRAMINGHAM F SERIES GEWURZTRAMINER VT MARLBOROUGH 95
2012

CHURTON PETIT MANSENG (500ML)

MARLBOROUGH 100
2012

ALLUVIALE ANOBLI BLANC

HAWKES BAY 92
2011

ESCARPMENT HINEMOA RIESLING

MARTINBOROUGH 64
2009 ELIZE LATE HARVEST SEMILLION MARLBOROUGH 52
2008 ISABEL NOBLE SAUVAGE MARLBOROUGH 100
AUSTRALIA    
NV CHAMBERS ROSEWOOD VINEYARDS MUSCAT RUTHERGLEN 67
NV CAMPBELLS TOPAQUE             RUTHERGLEN 60
2013 INNOCENT BYSTANDER MOSCATO VICTORIA 50
2007 COOKOOTHAMA BOTRYTIS SEMILLON        RIVERINA 68
FRANCE    
NV LOUIS ROEDERER DEMI SEC (750ML) REIMS, CHAMPAGNE 150
NV DOMAINE DU MAS BLANC BANYULS, ROUSSILLON 64
2007 CHATEAU D’AYDIE SOUTH WEST FRANCE   74
2012 BAUMARD COTEAUX DU LAYON CARTE D OR LOIRE VALLEY 50
2011 CHATEAU VILLEFRANCHE BORDEAUX 68
2010 CHATEAU DE FESLES BONNEZEAUX (500ML) LOIRE VALLEY 160
2012 M. CHAPOUTIER MUSCAT DE BEAUMES DE VENISE RHONE 68
2009 CHATEAU BELINGARD SOUTH WEST FRANCE 55
2008 CHATEAU LAUBES CADILLAC (500ML) BORDEAUX 78
2008 CHATEAU D ‘YQUEM SAUTERNES (750ML) BORDEAUX 1200
SPAIN      
2008 MOLINO REAL MOUNTAIN WINE MOSCATEL (500ML) MALAGA 90

Reviews & Accolades

— 2009—
Metro Audi Restaurant of the Year
Runner Up – Formal
Last year's supreme winner is still one of the finest restaurants in Auckland, and chef Simon Wright has a good claim to being the city's leading chef.
Auckland's Great Restaurant Guide
From the minute you step inside The French Café you know you're about to be treated to a truly sophisticated dining experience.

Gifts

Vouchers

VOUCHERS

The French Café Vouchers are the perfect gift for loved ones, corporate “thank yous” and staff incentives.

Your voucher can be redeemed for any item (food, beverage or other) at The French Café. Vouchers expire 12 months after date of issue.   

 

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Saison

SAISON: A YEAR AT THE FRENCH CAFÉ

We are very excited to announce the upcoming release of our second cookbook – Saison – A year at The French Café.

Featuring 320 pages of the restaurant and our cuisine throughout the seasons, the cookbook features beautiful photography and again, more than 80 of our very own recipes.

Preview the book here.

The cookbook is available for pre-order now for pre-Christmas delivery.

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Cookbook

THE FRENCH CAFÉ COOKBOOK

Our original French Café Cookbook features more than 80 of our very own recipes, stunning photography by Charlie Smith, and illuminating tales of the blood, sweat, tears and love that goes into running our restaurant.

We have limited copies available.

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Saison

A year at The French Café

We are very excited to announce the upcoming release of our second cookbook –
Saison – A year at The French Café.

Featuring 320 pages of the restaurant and our cuisine throughout the seasons,
the cookbook features beautiful photography and more than 80 of our very
own recipes.

The cookbook is available for pre-order now for
pre-Christmas delivery.

Careers

— Current Opportunities —

Senior Waitperson

We require an experienced full time professional person to join our team.  An excellent opportunity for someone who is wanting to further their career and work with an experienced team of professionals.

Apply

Chef de Partie

The French Cafe is currently looking for a talented individual to fill this position. Please email your CV to apply.

 

Apply

Pastry Chef

The French Cafe is currently looking for a talented individual to fill this position. Please email your CV to apply.

 

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Booking & Contact

CONTACT

210 Symonds St
Eden Terrace
Auckland
New Zealand

OPEN

Dinner: Tues–Sat
Lunch: Friday (We are open additional lunches in December Tues-Fri)

A smart standard
of dress is appreciated.

Group bookings & Private functions

We are open for lunches in December Tuesday-Friday and on Monday 22nd December for dinner. Group reservations are available.

At The French Café, we can accommodate for almost all occasions.
The entire premises is available for private functions on Sundays and Mondays.
To discuss your event please call 09 377 1911.

RESERVATIONS

To make a reservation:
phone
+64 9 377 1911

or

request a
reservation online

 

The French Kitchen

— private dining —

The French Café has grown...

The French Kitchen. Our unique private dining space with an open kitchen, where Simon or Sebastian can cook for an intimate number of guests. This is the ultimate chef's table experience using the freshest of ingredients from our flourishing edible garden in our beautiful new courtyard.  The French Kitchen is perfect for special occasions, whether personal or corporate.

Email the restaurant to register your interest.