Augustus is a finalist in the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 awards for Best Smart Restaurant. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here.
In the past year, Augustus, previously owned by SPQR’s Courtney and Chris Rupe, has been bought by Mudbrick owners Nick and Robyn Jones, who have installed new chef Logan Coath. While the French bistro fit-out of the heritage-listed Ponsonby Post Office building remains largely unchanged, the food has become less stuffy and less French; and the wine list more local (and not just Mudbrick). The service is friendly and attentive, the food well-executed and comforting. We loved a beef tartare with black garlic, crème fraiche and chives; a dessert of buffalo yoghurt mousse with lemon curd, pistachio, and plum could be eaten for breakfast daily. On a nice night, you can sit out under the stars in the picturesque courtyard, warmed by the fire if it’s cool.
What it offers: Set menu options / Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians and vegans / Takes large bookings / Outdoor dining
A favourite dish: Hawke’s Bay flounder, with confit tomatoes
Finalist, Restaurant Personality of the Year: Calum McKenzie
Hours: Lunch/dinner Mon-Sat
Chef: Logan Coath
1-3 St Marys Rd