The French Cafe - Auckland

About Us

The French Café is a partnership between husband and wife team Creghan Molloy-Wright, Manager, and Simon Wright, Executive Chef. They are assisted by Michelle Moore, Restaurant Manager, Simon Benoit, Assistant Restaurant Manager, Gideon Landman, Head Chef and Andy Gladding, Sommelier.

At The French Cafe the approach is holistic – the food, service and atmosphere all come together to create an exquisite experience.

Consistently recognised with awards both internationally and domestically for its excellence in cuisine and service, The French Café has earned the honour as one of the World’s top ten restaurants.

Food & Wine

FLAVOURS OF WINTER

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KINGFISH
crab, citrus fruits, fennel, creme fraiche, nasturtium

SMOKED VENISON
juniper, blackcurrant, walnut, beetroot, wood sorrel

CARAMELISED PORK BELLY
scallops, cauliflower, black pudding, apple, prune

MARKET FISH
young leeks, buttermilk, langoustine, macadamia, serrano ham

ROAST DUCK BREAST
sweet spices, asian greens, mandarin, kumara

_________

LEMON MERINGUE
blueberries, lemon curd, passionfruit, white chocolate
 

Tasting menu
—155

Paired wines
—85

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

— winter —

 

First

OYSTERS
apple, champagne, cucumber, cultured cream, elderflower   25

SMOKED VENISON
juniper, blackcurrant, walnut, beetroot, wood sorrel   25 

PARMESAN AGNOLOTTI
pumpkin broth, oats, mushroom, shaved truffle   25

CHICKEN LIVER PARFAIT
toasted brioche, watercress, pear, hazelnut, honey  25

 

Second

FRENCH GOATS CHEESE
beetroot, fig and onion tart, red wine syrup  35

CARAMELISED PORK BELLY
scallops, cauliflower, black pudding, apple, prune   35

KINGFISH CEVICHE
crab, citrus fruit, fennel, creme fraiche, nasturtium   35

ROASTED QUAIL
wild mushrooms, pancetta, croissant, chestnut, truffle butter   35

 

Third

CRISPY ROAST DUCK
sweet spices, Asian greens, mandarin, kumara   48

MARKET FISH
young leeks, buttermilk, langoustine, macadamia, serrano ham   48

AGED BEEF
oxtail, artichoke cream, shallots, mushrooms, parsley, red wine   48

ORGANIC LAMB
eggplant, cauliflower, date, chickpea, smoked yoghurt, lemon   48

 

Fourth

LOCAL CHEESES

quince paste, house baked crackers, fresh walnuts   28

TEXTURED CHOCOLATE
caramelised milk, hazelnut, malt powder, mandarin   25

LEMON MERINGUE
blueberries, lemon curd, passionfruit, white chocolate   25

CARAMEL PEAR
vanilla cream, pastry leaves, almonds, sultanas, jasmine   25

POACHED RHUBARB
apple custard, buttermilk, raspberry, rosewater   25

 

 

 

Canapes

-

Fresh bread

-

First
 

OYSTERS
apple, champagne, cucumber, cultured cream, elderflower

SMOKED VENISON  
juniper, blackcurrant, walnut, beetroot, wood sorrel
 

Second
 

ROASTED QUAIL
wild mushrooms, pancetta, croissant, chestnut, truffle butter

KINGFISH CEVICHE
crab, citrus fruits, fennel, creme fraiche, nasturtium
 

Third
 

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

MARKET FISH
young leeks, buttermilk, langoustine, macadamia, serrano ham

 

Fourth
 

TEXTURED CHOCOLATE
caramelised milk, hazelnut, malt powder, mandarin

LEMON MERINGUE
blueberries, lemon curd, passionfruit, white chocolate

—130 per person

—155 per person with canapés

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

— tasting menu —

 

FLAVOURS OF WINTER

____________

SILKEN TOFU
young coconut, avocado, chilli, lime leaf, nasturtium

PARMESAN AGNOLOTTI
pumpkin broth, oats, mushrooms, shaved truffle

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

CELERIAC, POTATO AND LENTIL RISOTTO
chestnut, fresh curd, sprout leaves

SPICED EGGPLANT
cauliflower, date, chickpea, smoked yoghurt, lemon

___________

LEMON MERINGUE
blueberries, lemon curd, passionfruit, white chocolate

 

Tasting menu
—155

Paired Wines
—85

The vegetarian menu is created daily and subject to change.

WINES BY THE GLASS

   

CHAMPAGNE

   

France

   
NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier Reims 26
2010 Louis Roederer Brut Rose Reims 30
     

METHODE TRADITIONELLE

   

New Zealand

   
2010 Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Central Otago 20
       

WHITE WINE

   

New Zealand

   
2014 Urlar Pinot Gris Gladstone Wairarapa 15
2014 Huia Gewurztraminer Marlborough 16
2015 Mt Maude East Block Riesling Central Otago 14
2014 Seresin Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 16
2014 Millton Te Arai Vineyard Chenin Blanc Gisborne 17
2009 John Forrest Collection The White Marlborough 18
2015 Neudorf Rosie’s Block Chardonnay Nelson 18
2013 Osawa Prestige Collection Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 17

France

   
2014 Joseph Cattin Pinot Gris Alsace 18
2013 Rene Mure Signature Gewurztraminer Alsace 17
2014 Cuvee Anne-Laure Riesling Alsace 15
2013 Domaine Gerard Fiou Sancerre Loire Valley 17
2014 Chateau de la Ragotiere Muscadet Loire Valley 15
2014 Marc Bredif Classic Vouvray Loire Valley 17
2012 Domaine de La Garenne Macon-Aze Burgundy 20
2014 Domaine Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis 19

Spain

     
2014 Gotas de Mar Albarino Rias Baixas 19

Austria

     
2014 Salomon Undhof Wieden & Berg Gruner Veltliner Krems 17
       

ROSE

   

France

     
2014 Chateau Roubine Cru Classe Rose Cote de Provence 19
       

RED WINES

   

New Zealand

   
2014 The French Cafe Escarpment Pinot Noir Martinborough 22
2014 Mondillo Pinot Noir Central Otago 19
2013 Craggy Range Merlot Hawkes Bay 16
2009 The Hay Paddock Syrah Waiheke Island 17

Australia

   
2013 Vinteloper Adelo Blend South Australia 16

France

   
2012 Vincent Girardin Cuvee Saint Vincent Burgundy 20
2011 Chateau Blaignan Medoc 18
2014 Delas Les Launes Crozes Hermitage Rhone Valley 17

Italy

   
2013 Maretti Langhe Rosso Barbera Nebbiolo Piedmont 16

Argentina

   
2013 Catena Malbec Mendoza 17
       

DESSERT WINES

   

New Zealand

   
2013 John Forrest Collection Noble Riesling Marlborough 20
2013 Framingham F Series VT Gewurztraminer Marlborough 17
2013 Millton Clos Samuel Viognier Gisborne 16

Australia

   
2015 Innocent Bystander Moscato Victoria 14

France

   
NV Domaine du Mas Blanc Banyuls Roussillon 17
2014 Baumard Coteaux du Layon Carte D’or Loire Valley 15
2013 M. Chapoutier Muscat de Beaumes de Venise Rhone 18
2012 Chateau Villefranche Sauternes Bordeaux 18
2012 Chateau Belingard Monbazillac South West France 14

Spain

     
2008 Molino Real Mountain Wine Moscatel Malaga 20
NV Lustau Emilin Moscatel Sherry Jerez de La Frontera 16
     

WINES BY THE BOTTLE

   

CHAMPAGNE

   

France

   
NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier Reims 165
2008 Louis Roederer Brut Vintage Reims 230
2009 Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs Reims 220
2010 Louis Roederer Brut Rose Reims 220
2007 Louis Roederer Cristal Reims 490
2006 Louis Roederer Philippe Starck Brut Nature Reims 330
NV Louis Roederer Carte Blanche Demi Sec Reims 160
NV Billecart-Salmon Rose Mareuil-Sur-Ay 350
NV Egly-Ouriet Blanc de Noirs Vieille Vignes Ambonnay 400
NV Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Reims 220
2004 Maurice Vesselle Grand Cru Bouzy 300
2005 Maurice Vesselle Grand Cru Bouzy 200
NV Krug Reims 420
2009 Jean Milan Symphorine Blanc de Blancs Oger 210
1997 Laurent Perrier Alexandra Rose Tours-Sur-Marne 600
2008 Marguet Grand Cru Ambonnay 190
2007 Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Epernay 450
2004 Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Rose Epernay 550
       

METHODE TRADITIONNELLE

   

New Zealand

   
NV No 1 Family Estate Cuvee Brut Marlborough 100
2010 Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Central Otago 98
NV Quartz Reef Rose Methode Traditionnelle Central Otago 88

USA

   
NV Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley 85
       

HALF BOTTLES 375ml

   

White

   
2014 Ata Rangi ‘Craighall’ Chardonnay Martinborough 70
2014 Henri Bourgeois Baronnes Sancerre Loire Valley 53
2012 Billaud Simon 1er Cru Vaillons Chablis Burgundy 67
2009 Vincent Girardin Corton-Charlemagne Burgundy 195

Red

     
2011 Domaine Faiveley Vosne Romanee Burgundy 111
2010 Masi ‘Costasera’ Amarone Verona 138
2008 Prunotto Barolo Bussia Piedmont 132
2011 Antinori Tignanello Tuscany 169
       

ROSE

   

New Zealand

   
2015 Terra Sancta Central Otago 70

France

   
2014 Chateau Roubine Cru Classe Cote De Provence 80
2014 Prieure de Montezargues Tavel Rhone 78

Lebanon

     
2014 Musar Jeune Bekaa Valley 72
       

VIN GRIS

   

New Zealand

   
2011 Quest Farm Central Otago 55
       

PINOT GRIS

   

New Zealand

   
2014 Urlar Gladstone Wairarapa 68
2013 Kumeu River Kumeu 75
2015 Q Waitaki Valley 70
2012 Nevis Bluff Central Otago 60
2015 Ata Rangi Lismore Martinborough 80
2014 Odyssey Marlborough 62
2013 Takatu Matakana 76

France

   
2014 Joseph Cattin Alsace 72
2010 Schlumberger Grand Cru Kitterle Alsace 170
       

PINOT BLANC

   

New Zealand

   
2014 Escarpment Martinborough 58
       

RIESLING

   

New Zealand

   
2013 Misha’s Limelight Central Otago 62
2008 Pegasus Bay Waipara 110
2009 Pegasus Bay Waipara 115
2011 Lamont Central Otago 60
2012 The 3rd Man Waipara 58
2014 Framingham Select Marlborough 75
2015 Mt Maude East Block Central Otago 60
2014 Sato Central Otago 104

France

   
2014 Cuvee Anne-Laure Alsace 70
2010 Domaine Schlumberger Grand Cru Kitterle Alsace 150

Germany

   
2013 Kerpen Kabinett Mosel 76
1990 H Schwaab-Kiebel Auslese Mosel 125
     

VERNACCIA

   

Italy

   
2012 Sono Montenidoli Tradizionale San Gimignano Tuscany 80
     

GEWURZTRAMINER

   

New Zealand

   
2011 Pasquale Waitaki Valley Otago 70
2014 Huia Marlborough 60
2013 Johanneshof Marlborough 80
2008 Vinoptima Ormond Reserve Gisborne 165

France

   
2005 Domaine Willm Grand Cru Hengst Alsace 100
2013 Rene Mure Signature Alsace 75
       

MELON DE BOURGOGNE

   

France

   
2014 Chateau de la Ragotiere Muscadet 60
     

ALBARINO

   

New Zealand

   
2015 Neudorf Moutere Nelson 75

Spain

   
2014 Gotas de Mar Rias Baixas 80
       

WHITE BLENDS

   

New Zealand

   
2015 Elephant Hill Le Phant Blanc Hawkes Bay 65
2009 John Forrest Collection The White Marlborough 82
2012 Hans Herzog Mistral Marlborough 175
2010 Seresin Chiaroscuro Marlborough 125

France

   
2009 Marcel Deiss Grasberg 1Er Cru Alsace 170
2010 Domaine Ferraton Et Fils La Matiniere Crozes Hermitage Blanc, Rhone 80
       

VIOGNIER,

   

New Zealand

   
2015 Cable Bay Waiheke 77
2014 Hans Herzog Marlborough 130

France

   
2007 Chapoutier Invitare Condrieu 190
       

CHENIN BLANC

   

New Zealand

   
2013 Forrest Marlborough 67
2015 Millton Te Arai Vineyard Gisborne 80

France

   
1997 Marc Bredif Grand Annee Vouvray 158
2014 Marc Bredif Classic Vouvray 85
2013 Taille Aux Loups Remus Montlouis 110
       

GRUNER VELTLINER

   

New Zealand

   
2013 Saint Clair Block 5 Marlborough 58

Austria

   
2014 Salomon Undhof Wieden & Berg Krems 75
       

SAVAGNIN

   

France

   
2007 Stephane Tissot Chateau Chalon Vin Jaune Jura 320
2011 Buronfosse Entre Deux Jura 110
       

SAUVIGNON BLANC

   

New Zealand

   
2015 Clos Marguerite Marlborough 66
2014 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Martinborough 75
2012 Foxes Island Lapine Marlborough 120
2014 Te Mata Cape Crest Hawkes Bay 80
2013 Misha’s The Starlet Central Otago 62
2014 Seresin Marlborough 65
2011 Seresin Reserve Marlborough 118
2013 The 3rd Man Semillon / Sauvignon Waipara 60

France

     
2014 Domaine Gerard Fiou Sancerre Loire Valley 79
2014 Alphonse Mellot Pouilly Fume Loire Valley 100
2014 Dourthe No.1 Bordeaux 60
     

CHARDONNAY

   

New Zealand

   
2015 Mudbrick Shepherds Point Waiheke Island 70
2013 Paritua Hawkes Bay 95
2013 Kumeu River Estate Kumeu 90
2013 Kumeu River Mate’s Vineyard Kumeu 153
2010 John Forrest Collection Marlborough 98
2015 Te Mata Elston Hawkes Bay 100
2014 Neudorf Moutere Nelson 200
2015 Neudorf Rosie’s Block Nelson 85
2014 Main Divide Waipara 65
2013 Odyssey Reserve Iliad Gisborne 72
2013 The Fuder Clayvin Vineyard Marlborough 120
2011 Foxes Island Marlborough 97
2013 Osawa Prestige Collection Hawkes Bay 80
2013 Cedalion Waiheke 110
2014 Man O War Valhalla Waiheke 95
2014 Villa Maria Reserve Barrique Fermented Gisborne 75
2008 Pyramid Valley Field Of Fire Canterbury 295
2009 Dry River Martinborough 210
2013 Hans Herzog Marlborough 120
2008 Bell Hill Waipara 290
2010 Bell Hill Waipara 290
2013 Sacred Hill Riflemans Hawkes Bay 168

Australia

   
2010 Moss Wood Margaret River 165
2012 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Yarra Valley 110

USA

     
2012 Ridge Estate Santa Cruz 240
2013 La Crema Monterey 86
2014 Flowers Sonoma Coast 189
     

WHITE BURGUNDY

   

France

     
2011 Vincent Girardin Cuvee Saint Vincent Cote De Beaune 85
2013 Bret Brothers La Martine Macon-Uchizy 98
2011 Chateau Fuisse Tete du Cru Pouilly-Fuisse 135
2011 Domaine Meo Camuzet Clos St-Philibert Bourgogne Hautes-Cotes du Nuits 150
2011 Domaine Jacques Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 200
2011 Domaine Jacques Carillon Les Perrieres Premier Cru Puligny-Montrachet 275
2011 Domaine Jacques Carillon Les Referts Premier Cru Puligny-Montrachet 275
2007 Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot Champ-Canet Premier Cru Puligny-Montrachet 323
2012 Domaine de la Garenne Macon-Aze 92
2004 Jean Boillot 1er Cru Les Vergellesses Savigny Les Beaune 210
2009 Domaine Pierre Matrot Meursault-Charmes 250
2005 Domaine de L’arlot La Gerbotte Nuits-St-Georges 170
2006 Domaine de L’arlot La Gerbotte Nuits-St-Georges 280
2007 Domaine Leroy Perrieres 1er Cru Meursault 495
2012 Morey-Blanc Grand Cru Corton-Charlemagne 380
2004 Henri Boillot Montrachet 1200
2014 Domaine Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis 93
2011 Vincent Dauvissat 1er Cru Forest Chablis 175
       

PINOT NOIR

   

New Zealand

   
2014 The French Cafe Escarpment Martinborough 105
2013 Escarpment Martinborough 115
2012 Terra Sancta Estate Central Otago 95
2009 Foxes Island Marlborough 88
2013 Corofin Cowley Vineyard Marlborough 110
2009 Rippon Emma’s Block Central Otago 220
2011 Ostler Carolines Waitaki Valley Otago 130
2013 Neudorf Toms Block Nelson 85
2014 Mondillo Central Otago 97
2012 Mondillo Central Otago 160
2010 Mondillo Central Otago 160
2012 Charcoal Gully Sallys Pinch Central Otago 65
2013 Mount Edward Central Otago 98
2012 Bellbird Spring River Terrace Waipara 75
2012 Prophets Rock Central Otago 115
2013 Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough 105
2012 Nevis Bluff Reserve Central Otago 115
2014 Mt Maude Vineyard Central Otago 113
2012 Seresin Sun And Moon Marlborough 250
2013 Ata Rangi Martinborough 189
2008 Ata Rangi Martinborough 285
2010 Hans Herzog Marlborough 140
2009 Dry River Martinborough 280
2009 Bell Hill Old Weka Pass Waipara 150
2010 Bell Hill Old Weka Pass Waipara 140
2010 Bell Hill Waipara 234

Australia

   
2010 Marchand And Burch Mount Barrow Western Australia 180

USA

     
2010 Cristom Sommers Oregon 177
     

RED BURGUNDY

   

France

   
2009 Domaine de L’arlot Clos du Chapeau Cote de Nuits Villages 200
2012 Domaine Ecard 1er Cru Savigny-Les-Beaune   158
2013 Pierre-Marie Chermette Moulin-A-Vent Beaujolais 100
2008 Comte Armand Clos de Epeneaux Pommard 357
2008 Domaine A-F Gros Aux Reas Vosne-Romanee 250
2010 Domaine Drouhin 1er Cru Clos Des Mouches 280
2012 Vincent Girardin Cuvee St Vincent Beaune 90
2009 Bertrand Ambroise Grand Cru Clos Vougeot 525
2001 Georges de Vogue Grand Cru Bonnes Mares 800
2011 Chateau de Chamirey Mercurey 125
2009 Camille Giroud Grand Cru Corton Le Rognet 358
2006 Domaine Michel Gros Nuits-St-Georges 235
2009 Drouhin-Laroze Grand Cru Chapelle-Chambertin 465
2006 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 250
2012 Joseph Drouhin Givry 95
       

CABERNET, CABERNET PREDOMINANT

New Zealand

   
2008 Destiny Bay Destinae Waiheke Island 145
2010 Schubert Con Brio Wairarapa 105
2009 Te Awa Hawkes Bay 75
2012 Man O War Warspite Ponui Island 98
2010 Paritua 2112 Hawkes Bay 120
2008 Paritua 2112 Hawkes Bay 189
2014 Te Mata Awatea Hawkes Bay 110
2010 Te Mata Coleraine Hawkes Bay 251
2013 John Forrest Collection Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay 134
2006 Te Motu Waiheke Island 180
2002 Stonyridge Larose Waiheke Island 385
2004 Stonyridge Larose Waiheke Island 300
1994 The Antipodean Matakana 600
1990 The Antipodean Matakana 400

Australia

   
2010 The Willows Barossa 80
2011 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Margaret River 150
2012 Elderton Barossa 75
2010 Yalumba The Menzies Coonawarra 105
2012 Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Vineyard Margaret River 120
2009 HANS HERZOG MARLBOROUGH 140
       

MERLOT, MERLOT PREDOMINANT

   

New Zealand

   
2007 St Nesbit Karaka 180
2008 St Nesbit Karaka 160
2010 Alluviale Hawkes Bay 90
2009 Puriri Hills Estate Clevedon 108
2013 Craggy Range Hawkes Bay 80
2002 Tom Mcdonald Hawkes Bay 350
2010 Takatu Matakana 78
2010 Two Gates Hawkes Bay 65
2005 Herzog Spirit Of Marlborough Marlborough 160
2010 Dada 2 Hawkes Bay 150
       

BORDEAUX

   

France

   
2011 Chateau Blaignan Medoc 85
2012 Chateau La Lande Bel-Air Bordeaux 60
2006 Chateau Branaire-Ducru St Julien 280
2009 Chateau La Serre Grand Cru Classe St Emilion 281
2007 Chateau Lagrange Pomerol 150
2007 Chateau Langoa Barton St Julien 250
2007 Chateau Latour A Pomerol 360
2008 Chateau Malescot St Exupery Margaux 270
2010 Chateau Fonroque St Emilion 174
2010 Chateau Brane-Cantenac Margaux 444
2009 Chateau de Pez Saint Estephe 165
2009 Chateau Clos Cantenac St Emilion 320
2011 Chateau de Fonbel Grand Cru Classe St Emilion 141
1999 Chateau Lynch Bages Grand Cru Classe Pauillac 510
2002 Chateau Lynch Bages Grand Cru Classe Pauillac 414
2003 Chateau Lynch Bages Grand Cru Classe Pauillac 690
2004 Chateau Lynch Bages Grand Cru Classe Pauillac 660
2001 Chateau Haut Brion 1er Cru Pessac-Leognan 1400
2001 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1er Cru Pauillac 2500
       

MALBEC

   

Argentina

   
2013 Catena Mendoza 78
       

NEBBIOLO, BARBERA

   

Italy

   
2013 Maretti Langhe Rosso Piedmont 75
2009 San Biagio Barolo Piedmont 155
       

SANGIOVESE

   

Italy

   
2010 Rocca Delle Macie Riserva Chianti Classico Tuscany 100
2009 Vignaferrovia Riserva Brunello Di Montalcino, Tuscany 318
       

CINSAULT, CINSAULT BLEND

   

Lebanon

   
2012 Musar Jeune Bekaa Valley 80
2008 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley 160
     

MONTEPULCIANO

   

New Zealand

   
2013 Framingham Marlborough 78
2010 Hans Herzog Marlborough 148
       

TEMPRANILLO

   

Spain

     
2011 Condado De Haza Ribera Del Duero 90
2012 Telmo Rodriguez Corriente Rioja 80
2007 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Valbuena Ribera Del Duero 552
       

TOURIGA NACIONAL, TOURIGA NACIONAL BLEND

 

Australia

   
2013 Vinteloper Adelo Red Blend South Australia 80
       

ZWEIGELT

   

Austria

   
2013 Goldenits 65 Reserve Burgenland 260
       

RHONE VALLEY

   

France

   
2012 Domaine Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone 66
2012 Domaine Montvac Vacqueyras 95
2014 Delas Les Launes Crozes Hermitage 78
2009 E. Guigal Hermitage 290
2011 E. Guigal La Mouline Cote-Rotie 800
2008 Domaine Jamet Cote-Rotie 300
2011 Chateau du Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 300
2013 Chapoutier la Bernardine Chateauneuf du Pape 160
2013 Jean-Louis Chave Silene Crozes Hermitage 130
2012 Jean-Louis Chave Offerus St Jospeh 140
2012 Domaine Clape Renaissance Cornas 221
2007 Domaine Clape Renaissance Cornas 270
2011 Domaine Perrin Vinsobres 85
       

SHIRAZ, SYRAH PREDOMINANT

   

New Zealand

   
2013 Fromm La Strada Marlborough 85
2013 Man O War Dreadnought Waiheke Island 120
2009 The Hay Paddock Waiheke Island 82
2009 Te Mata Bullnose Hawkes Bay 220
2008 Te Mata Bullnose Hawkes Bay 220
2006 Te Mata Bullnose Hawkes Bay 220
2005 Te Mata Bullnose Hawkes Bay 220
2013 Quarter Acre Hawke Bay 78
2013 Hopes Grove Hawkes Bay 90
2009 Bilancia La Collina Hawkes Bay 180

Australia

   
2014 Beresford McLaren Vale 70
2012 Wirra Wirra RSW McLaren Vale 130
2012 Jim Barry McRae Wood Clare Valley 160
2010 Yering Station Village Victoria 65
2012 Henschke Keyneton Barossa 180
2010 Elderton Command Barossa 220
       

DESSERT WINES

   

New Zealand

   
2013 Framingham F Series Vt Gewurztraminer Marlborough 76
2013 Churton Petit Manseng (500ml) Marlborough 100
2012 Alluviale Anobli Blanc Hawkes Bay 92
2013 John Forrest Collection Noble Riesling (750ml) Marlborough 120
2009 Elze Late Harvest Semillon Marlborough 80
2013 Millton Clos Samuel Viognier Gisborne 76

Australia

   
NV Campbells Topaque Rutherglen 80
2014 Innocent Bystander Moscato Victoria 60

France

   
NV Louis Roederer Demi Sec Reims (750ml) Champagne 150
NV Domaine du Mas Blanc Banyuls Roussillon 64
2014 Baumard Coteaux du Layon Carte D Or Loire Valley 65
2012 Chateau Villefranche Sauternes Bordeaux 70
2006 Baumard Quarts de Chaume Loire Valley 130
2013 M. Chapoutier Muscat de Beaumes de Venise Rhone 68
2012 Chateau Belingard Monbazillac South West France 55
2008 Chateau D ‘Yquem Sauternes Bordeaux 1200

Spain

   
2008 Molino Real Mountain Wine (500ml) Moscatel Malaga 90
NV Lustau Emilin Moscatel Sherry Jerez de la Frontera 76

Hungary

   
2009 Royal Tokaji Aszu Blue Label (250ml)   95

Accolades

LA LISTE

Included in ‘La Liste’ –  a list of the world’s 1000 most outstanding restaurants.

CUISINE NZ GOOD FOOD AWARDS

Winner
- Restaurant of the Year

Winner
- Best Metropolitan Restaurant

Awarded 3 hats

CUISINE NZ GOOD FOOD AWARDS REVIEW
The French Café has been at the top or close to the top of our restaurant awards since they launched in 2005. And rightly so. Its reputation, built firmly on the skills of owners Simon Wright and Creghan Molloy-Wright (right) is international. Its standards are world class, and its consistency the stuff of legend.

TRIP ADVISOR 2015
TRAVELLERS' CHOICE AWARDS
- FINE DINING

#1 in New Zealand
#1 in Australasia
#19 in the World
 

METRO RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Runner Up
– Restaurant of the Year 2015

Winner
– Best Fine Dining

Winner
– Best Chef

Winner
– Best Service

Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards

Winner
– Best Wine Experience

Runner Up
- Best Metropolitan Restaurant

Awarded 3 Hats

 

NZ HERALD CANVAS MAGAZINE
It was friends who'd moved down country 20 years before and returned to the French Cafe for their wedding anniversary who proclaimed: "It was still brilliant, even better than before." So we decided it was time to see for ourselves how Auckland's poshest place was doing in these days of celebrity cooks and the tasting-plate frenzy.
METRO RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Winner
– Best Service

TRIP ADVISOR 2014 TRAVELLERS' CHOICE AWARDS - FINE DINING

#1 in New Zealand
#1 in the South Pacific
#4 in the World

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The French Kitchen Review
After 14 years running one of Auckland’s best restaurants, The French Cafe’s owners spread their wings by adding a serene new space.
The French Cafe's French Kitchen
I’ve always thought that the very best restaurants are those that continually work at reinventing themselves...
METRO MAGAZINE
The Food of Love
All over town this summer, good restaurants were serving heirloom tomatoes...
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NZ Herald Viva
Here's how to feel like a VIP for the night. Trust me, there's no need to hire a helicopter to transport you to a luxury lodge. And don't even think of enlisting a PR company to organise your own "exclusive" party, complete with a guest list of 300 strangers. It's much simpler than that. Phone The French Cafe and book in for dinner.

METRO RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Winner
– Best Service
Winner
– Best Drinks List
Runner Up
– Best Fine-Dining

CUISINE NZ RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Runner Up
– Best Metropolitan Restaurant

Cuisine Award review

METRO RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Winner Best Service & Best Drinks List
Service makes the meal. At The French Café, the large and impeccably trained staff get every little thing right, over and over, and at the same time each of them establishes a warm relationship for the evening with each of their customers. This is the gold standard.
WINNER
Best Service in the Metro Restaurant of the Year Awards
Yes, they are ninjas. Certainly there's an elusive, splendid subtlety to what they do at The French Café.

METRO RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Runner Up
– Best Fine Dining

Runner Up
– Supreme Winner

Winner
– Best Service

LEWISHAM AWARDS

Winner Best Sommelier
– Matthew Aitchison

DINE OUT PEOPLES
CHOICE AWARDS

Winner
– The French Café

CUISINE Restaurant of the Year Awards
Best Smart Dining - Metropolitan Winner
Guest judge Simon Thomsen summed it up: "The French Café could hold its own anywhere in the world. It excelled across the board and I was absolutely wowed by it."
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Cuisine Restaurant of the Year Awards
Best Smart Dining - Metropolitan Winner

Dine Out Peoples
Choice Awards
Winner – The French Café 

Lewisham Awards
Outstanding Chef
– Simon Wright

Lewisham Awards
Outstanding Restaurant
– The French Café

Canvas, NZ Herald
Review by Nici Wickes
Would you believe that I first visited the French Cafe more than 25 years ago? My mother had discovered this "new place" in Symonds St. Behind the unassuming shopfront lay a world of food and fashionable people we didn't know existed. Goodness knows where we found the money, but eating there became a bit of a habit for a year or two.
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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.
Metro Magazine
Review by Simon Wilson
The French Café is not perfect. There, I’ve said it. But it’s a measure of its quality that regular diners – and it has many – will very likely take exception to my claim. Excellent
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Winner
Best Smart Dining in the Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year Awards
It’s no wonder The French Café is everyone’s favourite dining destination. It has set a benchmark for service, for delicious, well-thought-out food and an exemplary wine list.
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Supreme Winner
The 2008 Metro Magazine Audi Restaurant of the Year Awards
This is the fourth year in the last five that The French Café has won our supreme award. Simon Wright and Creghan Molloy Wright, chef and maître d’ respectively, have built their restaurant into the finest all-round modern interpreter of French cuisine in the city and, we believe, quite possibly one of the finest anywhere.
SUNDAY MAGAZINE
Review by Geraldine Johns
Geraldine Johns eagerly devours everything – including her words – at The French Café, Auckland
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Runner Up
Best Fine Dining in The Cuisine Restaurant of the Year Awards 2007
The Owners of The French Café never rest on their well-earned laurels. Simon Wright and Creghan Molloy-Wright have done what many restuaranteurs avoid: they continually refine everything about their business to keep ahead of the rest.
WINNER
The 2007 Metro Magazine Corbans Restaurant of the Year Awards
No one could blame The French Café for smugness. But instead of resting on its enviable reputation, the winner of our fine dining award for a record fourth year in a row continues to evolve.
Supreme Winner
The 2006 Metro Magazine Corbans Restaurant of the Year Awards
“Once you look at the whole offering from our Supreme Winner, it’s clear The French Café is the rightful recipient…”
Best Service
The 2006 Metro Magazine Corbans Restaurant of the Year Awards
“Creghan Molloy Wright’s front-of-house tem has grown over the years into a tight unit of charming, helpful people.”
OVERALL WINNER
Cuisine Magazine, Restaurant of The Year
Winner Metropolitan Restaurants and Overall Winner. “Overall, a clear winner that we’re proud to recommend.”
Best of the Year
Canvas, Weekend Herald
“Beautifully cooked modern French food in stylish surroundings. If New Zealand had a Michelin Star system the French Café would lead the way.”
finalist
Cuisine Magazine, Restaurant of the Year
"Push open the door of the French Café and you’ve found your shelter from the storm. Forget the run-down shops and rushing arterial traffic out-side. Inside, it is a haven of calm and elegance, presided over by the warmly welcoming Creghan Molloy-Wright..."
Best Fine-Dining Restaurant
Metro - Simply the Best of Auckland 2005
"Simon Wright and Creaghan Molloy Wright have done nothing to disappoint us since we judged them Restaurant Of The Year in our April 2004 awards..."
The New Zealand Herald, VIVA
Review by Ewan McDonald
"Things are very serious in the kitchen, where Simon Wright conducts a symphony of tastes, flavours, textures. In the dining rooms it is intimate yet relaxed, as Creghan Molloy Wright's bravura wine matches and her discreet, knowledgeable staff combine to make one of Auckland's finest restaurants. "
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Winner
Metro Magazine Restaurant Of The Year 2004
“Simon Wright understands completely the essential attractions of each ingredient and how they can best be enhanced...”
SUNDAY STAR TIMES MAGAZINE
Review by Geraldine Johns
"The French Café has long been a favoured haunt for food and wine lovers, and consistently offers some of the city’s best service..."
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Saison

We are very excited to announce the 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.

ORDER NOW

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.

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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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The French Kitchen

Private dining

This is our unique private dining space with an open kitchen, where Simon or Gideon 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 courtyard.

Email the restaurant to register your interest.

Our Cellar

We are excited to announce a new private dining space opening for Spring at The French Café – Our Cellar.

Our Cellar is an intimate private dining space that feels warm and personable. Separate to the main restaurant, it is a bespoke room crafted to showcase our selection of wines. It is perfect for hosting special occasions, both personal and corporate.

Our Cellar can accommodate up to ten guests.

Guests will enjoy a menu using the freshest seasonal produce to create a memorable dining experience.

We have an extensive wine list which showcases wines from France, New Zealand and Australia. Pairing wines to compliment your menu can be selected by our Sommelier on request.

For further information, or to book Our Cellar, please do not hesitate to contact us personally.

Our Partnership

The French Café has a unique partnership with
Mercedes-Benz. We are honoured to align with
New Zealand’s number one luxury automotive brand.

Like The French Café, Mercedes-Benz is a company that is
constantly evolving in the pursuit for excellence and offering
a holistic, personalised customer experience.

Mercedes Benz

Reservations

TO MAKE A RESERVATION


phone +64 9 377 1911

MAKE A BOOKING ONLINE
EMAIL RESERVATIONS

A smart standard of dress
is appreciated and required.

OPEN

Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday
Lunch: Friday

Additionally, in December, the restaurant is open
for lunch Tuesday – Friday.

GROUP BOOKINGS &
PRIVATE FUNCTIONS

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.

Contact

210 Symonds St
Eden Terrace
Auckland
New Zealand

Ph +64 9 377 1911
Email us

OPEN
Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday
Lunch: Friday

Additionally, in December, the restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday – Friday.