Cuisine magazine gave its
top gong (restaurant of the year) to this charmingly unpretentious French restaurant
in 2005, but it doesn't take bookings, so it's a good idea to arrive early or expect
to wait for a table. There's an emphasis on local produce, an expansive wine list
and knowledgeable staff. Try long-standing favourites such as coq
au vin before finishing with orange-caramel crepes. If you don't
love the French, you will after this meal.
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Much is made of this café being a favourite with film stars
working in Wellywood, but it's good enough without such validation. It's a
colourful, quirky place in Scorching Bay, east of the city (for the scenic route,
take Oriental Pde all the way around Evans Bay, a total of 13km). Sit outside right
on the beach (good for swimming) and tuck into a bumper breakfast, perfect
panini or hunk of cake. Expect to wait for a
table on sunny weekends.
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The Maori family that owns and runs this tiny restaurant has
created a warm, welcoming atmosphere, and the small kitchen churns out delicious
Maori-fusion food. The menu features a helpful glossary for those who don't know
their heihei (chicken) from their
kuku (mussels). If you pick the right night (it
varies), you'll be serenaded by the restaurant's owner, playing guitar and singing
Maori songs. A truly memorable place. Bookings advised.
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