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PONSONBY ROAD BISTRO

It’s a bit of a pity that the Ponsonby Road Bistro’s footpath tables are often hogged by hard-faced blondes clutching glasses of chardonnay, for it is a very fine restaurant – the kind we here at Eat Here Now would like to see more of. It’s slick but not pretentious, the food is exemplary and the prices are reasonable. It may be the perfect place in Ponsonby for a long lunch.

PRB, see, has evolved in a way Auckland restaurants often don’t. The smart fellows from Rocco up the road took over the space a few years back; initially, they called it Magnum. While the food was always top-notch, the place was taken over by drinkers and last year they rebranded, adding a very deliberate “Bistro”.

Thank goodness. The food is classic fare: there is always a shellfish dish on the menu – we ate cockles marinera ($18.50) recently, sweet and salty and tender, with nicely grilled flat bread. Duck confit was a well-made classic: it came with porcini, bacon and cavolo nero: the lentils soft but not squidgy, the duck cooked just through. There is steak with chips ($29.50), pizza ($20) and we are most keen to return for the duck-liver pate starter. It’s hearty, wholesome food and we like it very much indeed. SFG

HOURS Lunch, Monday to Friday from 12. Dinner, Monday to Saturday from 5.30.

ADDRESS 165 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, ph 360-1611. www.ponsonbyroadbistro.co.nz

7 Comments

  1. Sam wrote:

    It’s actually Chablis – the hard faced blonde.

    Friday, August 27, 2010 at 10:04 am | Permalink
  2. Eat Here Now wrote:

    We stand corrected.

    Friday, August 27, 2010 at 11:03 am | Permalink
  3. Sam wrote:

    touché.

    Friday, August 27, 2010 at 11:31 am | Permalink
  4. EAT HERE NOW wrote:

    Eat Here Now would like to note that the comment from Stuart previously published here has been removed for reasons of accuracy and fairness.

    Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Permalink
  5. Viv wrote:

    We had a fun evening, the food was good… average at best though. Seared scallops for entree were Ok though couldn’t really taste them as much as I would have liked, there was a lot going on on the plate. The Chermoula Salmon dish as a whole was tasty, but salmon slightly overcooked, could have done with some sort of sauce to give it a bit of moisture. Staff seemed rushed and not as attentive as I thought they’d be. Wine was delicious, fine bottle of Grenache. We had a fun night.. and look forward to trying a different restaurant next time we can get a babysitter!

    Monday, October 18, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Permalink
  6. Perhaps a rating would be another good addition, it will give people a better insight to how you experienced the restaurant and what you concluded in the end. This way restaurant goers can also compare scores?

    Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink
  7. C'money wrote:

    If you like going out and you want to be treated to great service, then check this place out, They welcome you at the door and they make you feel at home… ahh’yeah the food is consistently awesome too! That’s if you know what good food tastes like.

    Friday, May 27, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

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