Where to Wine and Dine on Bastille Day
The best places in Auckland to commemorate France's Bastille Day on July 14
Regatta Bar and Eatery
Following on from last year’s epic event, this Bastille Day a delicious six-course winemaker's degustation dinner awaits ($125pp) at Regatta. As part of its sell-out Chef Series, you can expect expertly matched wines from guest winery, France's Mouton Cadet.
77 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna
L'Atelier du Fromage
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more French dish than the recent regional speciality on the menu, the choucroute de faisan where grilled pheasant breast, sauerkraut, roasted potatoes and a walnut mustard veloute come together in perfect harmony. It goes without saying that you'd be silly not to wash it down with a French vintage or two.
3-5 McColl St, Auckland Central
With a set menu destined to transport you to France at first bite - from the fig, walnut, prosciutto and goat's cheese starter to the dry aged steak or the fish in a fragrant mussel broth main, cheese course, and for dessert, the crème brûlée or chocolate fondant - this special is not to be missed.
177 Sandringham Road, Sandringham
A go-to for French decadence, from escargot to coq au vin, you'd do well to save a little room for Paris Butter's dessert of dark chocolate cremeux, rosemary icecream, chocolate mousse and spiced chocolate biscuit. Ooh la la indeed.
166 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay
Eiffel en Eden
Offering you the chance to celebrate with not one, not two, but three ways, Eiffel en Eden will be serving a combo of mini quiche, French onion soup and Paris brest (a beautiful choux pastry with decadent cream filling) for $10 to commemorate this national day.
215 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden
Boasting a much-anticipated set menu for Bastille Day as well as for their fourth birthday celebrations on July 15, the offerings at La Fourchette will encompass delicious rustic French dishes. Also keep an eye out for a tri-colour pastry its bakers have been crafting for the special occasion.
8 Turua St, St Heliers
This Britomart eatery is hosting a movie night on Tuesday July 11, perfect for those looking to make like the French and elegantly ease themselves into the festivities leading up to Bastille Day. You wouldn’t want to peak too soon after all.
9 Britomart Pl, Britomart
Drawing inspiration from the one of the largest Bastille Day festivals in France, Les fetes de Bayonne, at Le Chef you’re in for a delightful evening of French cheeses and charcuterie platters as well as the chance to dance the night away to DJs versed in the art of recreating the ambience of the City of Light.
13 O’Connell St, Auckland Central
La Cigale French Market
No festivities would be complete without an outing to Auckland's famous French markets on the weekend. With no shortage of artisans bringing authentic treats to our fair shores - from La Cigale's very own ooey gooey croque monsieurs to perfect patisseries from Amandine - this vibrant slice of France in New Zealand will not disappoint.
69 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell and Takutai Square, Britomart.
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