Ponsonby Road Bistro (3)
Lunch Monday-Friday; dinner Monday-Saturday.
Best Short Drinks List
Ponsonby Road Bistro is what you get when the restaurateurs know about all the things they need to do to make a place successful, and so they do all those things — and then they add 20 per cent on top. Because they want to. For a bistro, PRB has an unusually good wine list, the service is skilled, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable, and the beautiful room could just as easily work if the place became more formal. But formal it is not. Proprietors Blair Russell and Melissa Morrow (above) are proud of the mix of high standards, chic aesthetics and relaxed atmosphere they have created, and with a menu full of deliciously big-tasting dishes from the kitchen of chef Sarah Conway, PRB has become not just one of the leading signature restaurants of the Ponsonby strip, but a restaurant that showcases the sophisticated informality we like to think of as a trademark for the whole city. And if you turn up between 3pm and 5pm, there’s even a handy keep-you-going menu with pizza and the like. $$$
A favourite dish: Haloumi with rock melon, watermelon, pumpkin seeds, olives and mint.
Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Good seating outside/ Bar