An intimate fine-dining experience
“There’s a cool, urban sophisticated vibe, the attentive wait staff are on point and some truly exceptional wines match the equivalent in food. We could not ask for more – unless it was for a return ticket.” Cuisine Good Food Guide 23/24
We are proud to be one of only six restaurants in NZ to be awarded the prestigious 3 hats by Cuisine Good Food Guide.
The Legacy of The French Café (EST. 1981)
The French Cafe is an independently owned relaxed fine dining restaurant in Symonds Street, Auckland, with a rich history spanning four owners and four decades in business. Owned by Sid and Chand Sahrawat, the 35 seater restaurant serves contemporary New Zealand cuisine in an elegant yet relaxed fine dining setting, offering a 5 course tasting menu.
The open plan kitchen and dining area boasts glass doors overlooking a gorgeous courtyard reminiscent of an old French quarter, complete with a fireplace and herb garden.
Owner and executive chef Sid Sahrawat overseees the innovation in the kitchen alongside head chef Tommy Hope and they are supported by a talented team of hospitality professionals led by Alex Shchepetkin. Rob Chacon curates the bar menu and bespoke cocktail list.
GAGGENAU TEST KITCHEN
The Gaggenau Tuesday Test Kitchen is a monthly Test kitchen series offering innovative off menu dishes designed and delivered by chef Sid Sahrawat and his team. Our restaurant’s collaboration with the luxury German kitchen appliance brand Gaggenau continues.
Lunch. Enjoy a 4 course set
menu with a glass of Louis
Roederer NV Champagne.
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY
A wonderful experience from start to finish - we all greatly enjoyed our Saturday champagne lunch here. Warm and personable greeting at the door from FOH, followed by a brief tour of their impressive premises before being escorted to our table. Every course was creative and interesting, but most importantly delicious. Great wines too, and impeccable service. Difficult to fault and we look forward to returning!
I selected Sid at The French cafe as my wedding venue. Maria who helps us to organize the wedding event from the very beginning to the end. She did amazing customer service and also she is so thoughtful for our wedding. All my guest really enjoy the environment and also the food! Definitely go back in important event and have a decent dinner.
One of my best fine dining experiences in life. Every dish was such a gem.Food
Simply amazing, best food and best service we have experienced in a very long time.Food
We are here last night for the first time expecting great food. What we received was exceptional! We were blown away with every bite. The staff were amazing. Service levels incredible. If you haven't tried here before you must. Thanks for a great night French Cafe
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