Jun 21, 2018 Restaurants
Ponsonby Road Bistro restaurant review
Metro Top 50 2018 restaurant Ponsonby Road Bistro is a contemporary bistro based in Ponsonby.
In its eighth year of operation, Ponsonby Road Bistro is still the best restaurant on the city fringe. Everything about this place is warm, from host Melissa Morrow’s welcome to the amber and honey hues of the low-ceilinged dining room. Chef Sarah Conway’s artfully handwritten menu changes every three weeks and features dishes you can imagine being reworked from a library of classical and international cookbooks. Sometimes, that means spiced split-pea and feta manti; lamb rump with Punjabi cashew curry; or straight-up beef carpaccio with capers, parmesan and truffle. Bistro staples may seem familiar, but like the hand the menu’s written in, Conway’s execution is always esoterically brilliant. We love the attention to detail, from the careful wine matching to the gentle farewell pat on the back as you leave. It’s like eating at the home of a sophisticated friend, but with better wine.
What it offers Shared-plate options / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Good for vegetarians / Bar / Craft beer selection / Good seating outside
A favourite dish Spiced split-pea and feta manti with garlic, yoghurt, paprika butter, toasted pine nuts and mint
Awards Winner, Best City-Fringe Bistro
Runner-up, Restaurateur of the Year: Sarah Conway, Melissa Morrow, Blair Russell (Joint)
Finalist, Supreme Award
Finalist, Best Chef: Sarah Conway
Finalist, Best Service
Finalist, Best Wine List
Chef Sarah Conway
165 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby