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, 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 SUMMER

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HEIRLOOM TOMATO
melon, crayfish, lemon ricotta, frozen gazpacho

KINGFISH CEVICHE
prawns, young coconut, avocado, chilli, lime leaf, mint

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

SEARED DUCK BREAST
peaches, shallots, wild fennel, honey, lavender

ORGANIC LAMB
goats cheese mash, tomatoes, artichoke leaves, olives, rosemary

_________

BUTTERMILK
rhubarb, raspberry, strawberry, white chocolate, rosewater
 

Tasting menu
—145

Paired wines
—80

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

— summer —

 

First

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

HEIRLOOM TOMATO
melon, crayfish, lemon ricotta, frozen gazpacho   25

SASHIMI TUNA
soy milk, oranges, pickled ginger, puffed rice, sesame   25

EGG YOLK CONFIT
smoked potato, young leeks, parmesan, iberico ham   25 

 

Second

SMOKED DUCK BREAST
peaches, shallots, wild fennel, honey, lavender   32

ROASTED QUAIL
wild mushrooms, bacon, chestnut, croissant, black truffle   32

KINGFISH CEVICHE
prawns, coconut, avocado, chilli, lime leaf, mint   32

ROASTED FRENCH GOATS CHEESE
onion, fig and beetroot tart, red wine syrup   32 

 

Third

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

ORGANIC LAMB 
goat cheese mash, tomatoes, artichoke leaves, olives, rosemary   46

MARKET FISH
buttermilk puree, crab, sweetcorn, sprouting broccoli, basil   46

AGED BEEF
miso, burnt onions, eggplant, shiitake, buckwheat, wasabi butter   46

 

Fourth

LOCAL CHEESES

quince paste, house baked crackers, fresh walnuts   28

TEXTURED CHOCOLATE
caramelised milk, hazelnut, malt powder, mandarin   22

BUTTERMILK
rhubarb, raspberry, strawberry, white chocolate, rosewater  22

TOFFEE APPLE PARFAIT
vanilla cream, blackberries, nougatine, fennel pollen   22

CARAMELISED BANANA
salted caramel, banana milk, macadamia, honeycomb   22

 

 

Canapes

-

Fresh bread

-

First
 

OYSTERS
apple, champagne, cucumber, cultured cream, elderflower

HEIRLOOM TOMATO  
melon, crayfish, lemon ricotta, frozen gazpacho
 

Second
 

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

KINGFISH CEVICHE
prawns, coconut, avocado, chilli, lime leaf, mint
 

Third
 

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

MARKET FISH
buttermilk puree, crab, sweetcorn, sprouting broccoli, basil

 

Fourth
 

TEXTURED CHOCOLATE
caramelised milk, hazelnut, malt powder, mandarin

BUTTERMILK
rhubarb, raspberry, strawberry, white chocolate, rosewater

—125 per person

—150 per person with canapés

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

— tasting menu —

 

FLAVOURS OF SUMMER

____________

HEIRLOOM TOMATO
melon, lemon ricotta, frozen gazpacho 

SILKEN TOFU
coconut, avocado, chilli, lime leaf, mint

EGGYOLK CONFIT
smoked potato, young leeks, parmesan, porcini broth

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

JAPANESE EGGPLANT
miso, burnt onion, shiitake, buckwheat, wasabi butter

___________

BUTTERMILK
rhubarb, raspberry, strawberry, white chocolate, rosewater

 

Tasting menu
—145

Paired Wines
—80

The vegetarian menu is created daily and subject to change.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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    
2014 MAUDE PINOT GRIS CENTRAL OTAGO 14
2013 HUIA GEWURZTRAMINER MARLBOROUGH 15
2014 GREENHOUGH APPLE VALLEY RIESLING NELSON 13
2013 ANT MOORE SAUVIGNON BLANC MARLBOROUGH 15
2014 MILLTON TE ARAI VINEYARD CHENIN BLANC GISBORNE 16
2007 JOHN FORREST COLLECTION THE WHITE MARLBOROUGH 18
2010 FOXES ISLAND CHARDONNAY MARLBOROUGH 19
2009 RANSOM COSMOS CHARDONNAY MATAKANA 16
2013 NEUDORF CHARDONNAY NELSON 17
FRANCE    
2012 JOSEPH CATTIN PINOT GRIS ALSACE 17
2013 MURE SIGNATURE GEWURZTRAMINER ALSACE 16
2012 ARTHUR METZ CUVEE ANNE LAURE RIESLING ALSACE 15
2013 DOMAINE GERARD FIOU SANCERRE LOIRE VALLEY 17
2013 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 19
SPAIN      
2013 ALBARINO DE FEFINANES RIAS BAIXAS 20
       

Rose

   
FRANCE      
2014 CHATEAU ROUBINE PROVENCE 18
       

Red Wines

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2012

MT EDWARD PINOT NOIR

CENTRAL OTAGO 20
2012 NEUDORF TOMS PINOT NOIR NELSON 18
2011 TWO GATES MERLOT, CABERNET FRANC, CABERNET SAUVIGNON HAWKES BAY 16
AUSTRALIA    
2012

BERESFORD SHIRAZ

MCLAREN VALE 15
FRANCE    
2011 VINCENT GIRARDIN CUVEE SAINT VINCENT ROUGE COTE DE BEAUNE BURGUNDY 19
2009 CHATEAU BLAIGNAN MEDOC 18
2010 DELAS LES LAUNES CROZES HERMITAGE RHONE VALLEY 17
2013 TERRES DOREES L’ANCIEN BEAUJOLAIS 17
ITALY    
2013

MARETTI LANGHE ROSSO BARBERA, NEBBIOLO

PIEDMONT 16
SPAIN    
2012

TELMO RODRIGUEZ CORRIENTE

RIOJA 15
       

Dessert Wines

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2011 ESCARPMENT HINEMOA RIESLING MARTINBOROUGH 17
2011

OSAWA LATE HARVEST GEWURZTRAMINER

HAWKE'S BAY 16
AUSTRALIA    
NV CHAMBERS ROSEWOOD VINEYARDS MUSCAT RUTHERGLEN 17
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
2011 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 160
2007 LOUIS ROEDERER BRUT VINTAGE REIMS 230
2008 LOUIS ROEDERER BLANC DE BLANCS REIMS 220
2009 LOUIS ROEDERER BRUT ROSE REIMS 220
2006 LOUIS ROEDERER CRISTAL REIMS 490
NV LOUIS ROEDERER CARTE BLANCHE DEMI SEC REIMS 150
NV EGLY-OURIET BLANC DE NOIRS VIEILLE VIGNES AMBONNAY 400
NV RUINART BLANC DE BLANCS REIMS 190
NV BILLECART SALMON ROSE MAREUIL SUR-AY 250
NV KRUG REIMS 400
2009 JEAN MILAN SYMPHORINE BLANC DE BLANCS OGER 210
1997 LAURENT PERRIER ALEXANDRA ROSE TOURS-SUR-MARNE 600
2004 DUMANGIN BRUT PREMIER CRU CHIGNY LES ROSES 210
2008 MARGUET GRAND CRU AMBONNAY 185
2004 PERRIER-JOUET BELLE EPOQUE ROSE EPERNAY 550
       

Methode Champenoise

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2009 QUARTZ REEF METHODE TRADITIONNELLE CENTRAL OTAGO 98
NV NO 1 FAMILY ESTATE CUVEE BRUT MARLBOROUGH 78
2011 QUARTZ REEF ROSE METHODE TRADITIONNELLE CENTRAL OTAGO 88
       

Rose

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2014 TERRA SANCTA CENTRAL OTAGO 70
FRANCE    
2014 CHATEAU ROUBINE PROVENCE 81
2013 DOMAINE LAFRAN-VEYROLLES BANDOL 94
     

Vin Gris

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2011 QUEST FARM CENTRAL OTAGO 55
       

Pinot Blanc

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2012 ESCARPMENT MARTINBOROUGH 58
     

Pinot Gris

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2013 URLAR GLADSTONE, WAIRARAPA 68
2012 KUMEU RIVER  KUMEU 65
2012 Q WAITAKI VALLEY 70
2014

MAUDE

CENTRAL OTAGO 62
2012

NEVIS BLUFF

CENTRAL OTAGO 60
2014

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
     

Albarino

   
SPAIN      
2013 ALBARINO DE FEFINANES RIAS BAIXAS 93
       

Riesling

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2012

MISHA'S LIMELIGHT

CENTRAL OTAGO 62
2011

LAMONT

CENTRAL OTAGO 60
2012 THE 3RD MAN  WAIPARA 58
2014 FRAMINGHAM SELECT RIESLING MARLBOROUGH 75
2013 VALLI WAITAKI VALLEY NORTH OTAGO 73
2012 MON CHEVAL WAIPARA 65
2014 GREENHOUGH APPLE VALLEY NELSON 55
2013 SATO CENTRAL OTAGO 90
FRANCE    
2012 ARTHUR METZ CUVEE ANNE LAURE ALSACE 62
2008 DOMAINE SCHLUMBERGER GRAND CRU KITTERLE ALSACE 130
       

Melon de Bourgogne

   
FRANCE    
2013 CHATEAU DE LA RAGOTIERE MUSCADET 60
       

Vernaccia

   
ITALY    
2012 SONO MONTENIDOLI TRADIZIONALE SAN GIMIGNANO, TUSCANY 80
     

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 MURE SIGNATURE ALSACE 70
       

White Blends

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2011 ELEPHANT HILL LE PHANT BLANC HAWKES BAY 65
2007 JOHN FORREST COLLECTION THE WHITE MARLBOROUGH 82
2011 HANS HERZOG MISTRAL MARLBOROUGH 175
2010 SERESIN CHIAROSURO MARLBOROUGH 125
FRANCE    
2009 MARCEL DIESS GRASBERG 1ER CRU ALSACE 170
2010 DOMAINE FERRATON ET FILS LA MATINIERE CROZES HERMITAGE BLANC, RHONE 80
     

Viognier

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2012 HANS HERZOG MARLBOROUGH 130
FRANCE    
2007 CHAPOUTIER INVITARE CONDRIEU 190
       

Chenin Blanc

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2012 ASTROLABE MARLBOROUGH 69
2014 MILLTON TE ARAI VINEYARD GISBORNE 70
FRANCE    
2012 CHAMPALOU CUVEE FONDREAX VOUVRAY 75
2013 TAILLE AUX LOUP REMUS MONTLOUIS 110
       

Gruner Veltliner

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2013 SAINT CLAIR BLOCK 5 MARLBOROUGH 58
     

Savagnin

   
FRANCE    
2007 STEPHANE TISSOT CHATEAU CHALON VIN JAUNE JURA 320
2011 BURONFOSSE ENTRE DEUX JURA 110
       
AUSTRIA      
2013 SALOMON UNDHOF WIEDEN & BERG KREMS 75
       

Sauvignon Blanc

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2014

CLOS MARGUERITE 

MARLBOROUGH 66
2013

CLARK ESTATE

MARLBOROUGH 58
2014

CRAGGY RANGE TE MUNA ROAD

MARTINBOROUGH 59
2012 FOXES ISLAND LAPINE MARLBOROUGH 120
2013

ANT MOORE

MARLBOROUGH 65
2012 MAHI BOUNDARY FARM MARLBOROUGH 72
2014 PEREGRINE CENTRAL OTAGO 56
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    
2013 DOG POINT MARLBOROUGH 86
2009 KUMEU RIVER CODDINGTON KUMEU 100
2014 MUDBRICK SHEPHERDS POINT WAIHEKE ISLAND 70
2013 PARITUA HAWKES BAY 90
2009 RANSOM COSMOS MATAKANA 68
2013 FELTON ROAD ELMS CENTRAL OTAGO 85
2012 ASHWOOD ESTATE GISBORNE 70
2010 JOHN FORREST COLLECTION MARLBOROUGH 98
2010 PEGASUS BAY WAIPARA 110
2009 PEGASUS BAY VIRTUOSO WAIPARA 130
2011 MAHI TWIN VALLEY VINEYARD MARLBOROUGH 85
2013 TE MATA ELSTON HAWKES BAY 92
2012 VILLA MARIA RESERVE BARRIQUE FERMENTED GISBORNE 75
2013 NEUDORF NELSON 85
2013 ODYSSEY RESERVE ILIAD GISBORNE 72
2010 FOXES ISLAND MARLBOROUGH 97
2013 MAN O WAR VALHALLA WAIHEKE 95
2013 OSAWA HAWKES BAY 75
2013 BLACK ESTATE WAIPARA 70
2011 ESCARPMENT MARTINBOROUGH 76
2008 PYRAMID VALLEY FIELD OF FIRE CANTERBURY 200
2009 DRY RIVER MARTINBOROUGH 210
2012 HANS HERZOG MARLBOROUGH 120
2009 BELL HILL WAIPARA 290
2013 SACRED HILL RIFLEMAN HAWKES BAY 168
AUSTRALIA      
2010 XANADU MARGARET RIVER 69
2012 GIANTS LEAP SEXTON VINEYARD  YARRA VALLEY 110
USA      
2008 FLOWERS SONOMA COAST 195
2013 LA CREMA MONTEREY 86
       

White Burgundy

   
FRANCE    
2011 VINCENT GIRARDIN CUVEE SAINT VINCENT COTE DE BEAUNE 85
2010 DOMAINE JACQUES CARILLON 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
2005 DOMAINE CAPITAIN-GAGNEROT 1ER CRU LES HAUTES MOURETTES LADOIX 166
2013 BRET BROTHERS LA MARTINE MACON-UCHIZY 98
2007 DOMAINE LEROY PERRIERES 1ER CRU MEURSAULT 495
2011 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 93
2012 VINCENT DAUVISSAT 1ER CRU SECHET CHABLIS 175
       

Pinot Noir

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2010 BRODIE ESTATE MARTINBOROUGH 95
2011 MONDILLO CENTRAL OTAGO 97
2009

FOXES ISLAND

MARLBOROUGH 88
2012 DOCTORS FLAT CENTRAL OTAGO 120
2012 COROFIN SETTLEMENT VINEYARD MARLBOROUGH 110
2012 NEUDORF TOMS BLOCK NELSON 85
2012 CHARCOAL GULLY SALLYS PINCH CENTRAL OTAGO 65
2011 OSTLER CAROLINES WAITAKI VALLEY, OTAGO 130
2009 PEGASUS BAY WAIPARA 140
2003 PEGASUS BAY WAIPARA 180
2013 TERRA SANCTA JACKSONS BLOCK CENTRAL OTAGO 110
2012 MT EDWARD CENTRAL OTAGO 98
2011 STONECROP MARTINBOROUGH 82
2008 NEVIS BLUFF RESERVE CENTRAL OTAGO 130
2011 QUEST FARM SINGLE VINEYARD CENTRAL OTAGO 105
2011 PROPHETS ROCK CENTRAL OTAGO 115
2010 VILLA MARIA RESERVE MARLBOROUGH 105
2012 ESCARPMENT MARTINBOROUGH 115
2012 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
2008 ATA RANGI MARTINBOROUGH 285
2008 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    
2013 TERRES DOREES L'ANCIEN BEAUJOLAIS 87
2007 DOMAINE DE L’ARLOT COTES DE CHAPEAU COTES DE NUITS VILLAGES 160
2010 DOMAINE ECARD 1ER CRU SAVIGNY-LEE-BEAUNE 158
2013 PIERRE-MARIE CHERMETTE MOULIN-A-VETTE, BEAUJOLAIS 100
2008 DOMAINE BLAIN GAGNARD CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 140
2008 DOMAINE A-F GROS AUX REAS VOSNE-ROMANEE 250
2010 DOMAINE DROUHIN CLOS DU MOUCHES 1ER CRU BEAUNE 280
2011 VINCENT GIRARDIN CUVEE ST VINCENT BEAUNE 88
2009 DOMAINE CONFURON COTETIDOT GRAND CRU ECHEZAUX 400
2011

GEORGES DE VOGUE GRAND CRU

BONNES MARES 800
2007

DOMAINE COMTE ARMAND CLOS DES EPENEAUX

POMMARD 340
2011 CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY MERCUREY 125
2006 DOMAINE MICHEL GROS NUITS-ST-GEORGES 235
2006 DOMAINE MICHEL LAFARGE VOLNAY 250
2012 JOSEPH DROUHIN GIVRY 85
2007 DOMAINE MAUME 1ER CRU GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 310
       

Cabernet, Cabernet Predominant

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2007 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
2009 PARITUA 2112 HAWKES BAY 120
2013

TE MATA AWATEA

HAWKES BAY 110
2009

TE MATA COLERAINE

HAWKES BAY 250
2006 JOHN FORREST COLLECTION GIMBLETT GRAVELS HAWKES BAY 125
2006 TE MOTU WAIHEKE ISLAND 180
2002

STONYRIDGE LAROSE

WAIHEKE ISLAND 280
1994

THE ANTIPODEAN

MATAKANA 600
1990

THE ANTIPODEAN

MATAKANA 400
FRANCE    
2013 LA BUTTE HAUT DE LA BUTTE BOURGUEIL, LOIRE VALLEY 98
AUSTRALIA    
2010 THE WILLOWS BAROSSA 80
2009

LEEUWIN ESTATE ART SERIES

MARGARET RIVER 150
2012

ELDERTON

BAROSSA 75
2010

YALUMBA THE MENZIES

COONAWARRA 105
       

Merlot, Merlot Predominant

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2007 ST NESBITT KARAKA 125
2012 ALLUVIALE HAWKES BAY 78
2010 BRICK BAY MARTELLO ROCK MATAKANA 62
2008 PURIRI HILLS ESTATE CLEVEDON 108
2013 CRAGGY RANGE HAWKES BAY 75
2010 TAKATU MATAKANA 78
2009 PEGASUS BAY  MAESTRO WAIPARA 155
2010 TWO GATES HAWKES BAY 65
2004 HERZOG SPIRIT OF MARLBOROUGH MARLBOROUGH 150
2010 DADA 2 HAWKES BAY 150
       

Bordeaux

   
FRANCE    
2009 CHATEAU BLAIGNAN MEDOC 85
2009 CHATEAU DU SEUIL GRAVES 98
2012 CHATEAU LA LANDE BEL-AIR BORDEAUX 60
2006 CHATEAU BRANAIRE-DUCRU ST JULIAN 280
2008 CHATEAU LA SERRE GRAND CRU CLASSE  ST EMILON 255
2000 CHATEAU ROLLAN DE BY CRU BOURGEOIS MEDOC 190
2008 CHATEAU LANGOA BARTON ST JULIEN 250
2008 CHATEAU LANESSAN HAUT-MEDOC 132
2007 CHATEAU LATOUR POMEROL 360
2008 CHATEAU MALESCOT ST EXUPERY MARGAUX 270
2008 CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON ST JULIEN 310
2010 CHATEAU FONROQUE GRAND CRU CLASSE ST EMILION 174
2001 CHATEAU HAUT BRION 1ER CRU GRAVES 1400
2001 CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1ER CRU PAUILLAC 2500
       

Nebbiolo, Barbera

   
ITALY    
2013 MARETTI LANGHE ROSSO PIEDMONT 75
2006 SAN BIAGIO BAROLO PIEDMONT 155
2009 SAN BIAGIO BAROLO PIEDMONT 155
       

Montepulciano

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2009 HANS HERZOG MARLBOROUGH 140
       

Sangiovese

   
ITALY    
2010 ROCCA DELLE MACIE CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA TUSCANY 100
       

Tempranillo

   
SPAIN    
2012 TELMO RODRIGUEZ CORRIENTE RIOJA 75
       

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
2013 JEAN-LOUIS CHAVE SILENE CROZES HERMITAGE 95
2007 DOMAINE CLAPE RENAISSANCE CORNAS 270
2004 DOMAINE BOIS DE BOURSAN CUVEES DES FELIX CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE 270
2010 CHAPOUTIER LA BERNARDINE CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE 160
2012 JEAN-LOUIS CHAVE OFFERUS ST JOSEPH 110
2011 DOMAINE PERRIN VINSOBRES 85
2008 DOMAINE JAMET COTE-ROTIE  250
2004 DOMAINE DE LA CHARBONNIERE CUVEE MOURRE DE PERDRIX CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE 190
       

Shiraz, Syrah Predominant

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2012 FROMM LA STRADA MARLBOROUGH 80
2012

MAN O WAR DREADNOUGHT

WAIHEKE ISLAND 120
2012 HAY PADDOCK HARVEST RESERVE WAIHEKE ISLAND 95
2012 MICHAEL WAIHEKE 130
2013 TE MATA BULLNOSE HAWKES BAY 118
2013 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
2013 MITOLO G.A.M MCLAREN VALE 110
2012 SPINIFEX PAPILLON GRENACHE CINSAULT BAROSSA 84
2012 BERESFORD MCLAREN VALE 70
2012 WIRRA WIRRA RSW MCLAREN VALE 130
2010 JIM BARRY MCRAE WOOD BAROSSA 135
2010 YERING STATION VILLAGE VICTORIA 65
2010

HENSCHKE KEYNETON

BAROSSA 140
2010 ELDERTON COMMAND BAROSSA 220
       

Dessert Wines

   
NEW ZEALAND    
2011 OSAWA LATE HARVEST GEWURZTRAMINER HAWKES BAY 65
2013

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
FRANCE    
NV LOUIS ROEDERER DEMI SEC (750ML) REIMS, CHAMPAGNE 150
NV DOMAINE DU MAS BLANC BANYULS, ROUSSILLON 64
2013 BAUMARD COTEAUX DU LAYON CARTE D OR LOIRE VALLEY 50
2011 CHATEAU VILLEFRANCHE BORDEAUX 68
2006 BAUMARD QUARTS DE CHAUME LOIRE VALLEY 130
2012 M. CHAPOUTIER MUSCAT DE BEAUMES DE VENISE, RHONE 68
2011 CHATEAU BELINGARD MONBAZILLAC, SOUTH WEST FRANCE 55
2008 CHATEAU LAUBES CADILLAC (750ML) BORDEAUX 78
2008 CHATEAU D ‘YQUEM SAUTERNES BORDEAUX 1200
SPAIN      
2008 MOLINO REAL MOUNTAIN WINE MOSCATEL (500ML) MALAGA 90

Accolades

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 tasting 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.

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.