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“A French delight”
Review of Touquet

Ranked #62 of 2,392 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 18 - USD 36
Cuisines: European, International, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Casual bistro using fresh products sourced from the best producers in New Zealand all cooked with passion.
Reviewed 12 March 2016

Recommended by a colleague my wife and I visited this restaurant last Friday. In true Parisian fashion there were street-side tables, though more for enjoying a drink than dining. On entering the open, airy restaurant sporting more clean 21stC lines than traditional décor we were warmly greeted and permitted to choose our table. Whilst there were a number of people through the restaurant whilst we were there it is rather a shame that this place was not busier on a Friday evening, people just do not realise what they are missing.
A sparkling rosé for madam and a refreshing Pilsner for me whilst we studied the menu and select wine list. An amuse bouche of a pork belly croquet on an aoli dressing with a drizzle of reduced balsamic was crisp and tasty and augured well for the meal to come.
We decided to share a mixed platter as our entrée and were asked to select our choice from salami or jamon, and 2 cheeses with comté and bleu d'Auvergne being the preference over a camembert and a goats cheese. A Chateau Pay la Tour dutifully opened and allowed to breath proved an excellent selection to accompany the meal. The platter was of ideal portion, well presented and of good quality.
After a suitable interlude the mains arrived, for madam a confit of duck leg with green beans "en persillade" and an orange jus was cooked just to perfection and contrary to many confit seen was not at all fatty. The pork belly on a smashed bed of peas and broad bean with a prune and apple chutney was well presented and beautifully tender. Perhaps the one element that was missing was the crunch of a crispy pork skin which had been initially promised in the amuse bouche but was not evident in the main.
Madam could not resist the blueberry and raspberry profiteroles, whilst I reverted to the cheeses though on this occasion replaced the comté with President Camembert. The profiterols were a delight, though perhaps a nuance of chocolate would have paid respect to the traditional variety.
An excellent espresso with a much favoured Calvados brought an end to a great meal.
Ambience: 5
Service: 5 warm, friendly, attentive
Food: 4.5 (le crunch et un peu de chocolat)
Value 4.5
Overall 19/20 average 4.75

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1  Thank Tykedownunder
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Reviewed 9 March 2016

A really nice small restaurant, our best eating find in Auckland.
Very pleasant staff, a French traned Chef and lovely food. A small but well chosen Menu.
The wines were mainly from France.
A lovely relaxing meal, had to go back a second tme.

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Thank SueDDorset
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Reviewed 6 March 2016

Very cute little restaurant with genuine charm! We had a set menu for Paris Fashion Week which was remarkable value at $29 for two fantastic courses.

Great wine list at very reasonable prices. We chose this place in part because it's in the entertainment book but will definitely go back, a real find!

Thank bendelborn
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Reviewed 2 March 2016

This place had been on the radar for some time and we visited on a Friday evening.The place was quiet but this should not put you off. We were seated by the window and it was a lovely evening, probably the best seat in the restaurant. The staff comprised of a couple of waiting staff plus the kitchen staff. They were very attentive and arrived with our wine order promptly while we deliberated over food selections. The menu is was compact but had a good range to suit all tastes.The four of us all had different starters the terrine of pork and duck liver was generous and when I asked for a second piece of toast the staff were happy to oblige. The cured salmon was well presented and delicious also. Our fellow diners thought the porcini and leek ravioli was perfectly cooked with a great accompaniment of roast hazelnut and cauliflower puree. There was a nice break between the entrees and the mains arriving. Our eye fillers were cooked just right and the lamb Navarro was very tender as it was slow cooked with seasonal veg.We did opt for and side of polenta but it wasn't needed really.Do yourself a favor and check out this gem for a great experience.

Thank mandm298
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Reviewed 27 February 2016

Only discovered this place as it was in the Entertainment Book but will certainly be returning. Everything was delicious but the goats cheese bruschetta, eye fillet and creme brûlée were highlights. They even provided an little salmon amuse bouche which was delicious. Lovely atmosphere with candles scattered around and soft music. Wonderful attentive staff.

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Thank 0000000Adele
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