Ponsonby Road Bistro is the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 Best Drinks winner. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here.
The interior at Ponsonby Road Bistro still feels more Melbourne than Auckland – all polished wood and leather, moody and dark. It’s an inviting space with an inviting welcome – even if you’re just dropping by for a drink on the way home. The handwritten menu – five entrees, five mains – changes every few weeks, depending what’s in season. It’s unfussy, familiar food, beautifully and carefully executed, with careful plating and clean flavours. There’s always a fish main and chargrilled steak and chips; in winter, there’s a wonderfully warming fish stew. And there’s often a seasonal special dessert – summer trifle, say, with booze-soaked cherries and generous clusters of crunchy almond slivers dotted on the cream. You could make this food yourself, the line goes… except really, honestly? We don’t think you could.
What it offers: Shared-plate options / À la carte / Good for vegetarians and vegans / Outdoor dining / Takes large groups / Bar
A favourite dish: Ceviche of tequila-marinated market fish with avocado, watermelon, pepitas and lime
Winner, Best Drinks
Hours: Lunch Fri, Dinner Mon-Sat
Chef: Sarah Conway
165 Ponsonby Rd