Auckland Restaurant The French Café has been named Cuisine magazine’s Restaurant of the Year 2016, for consistently offering a world-class menu, along with a flawless and superb dining experience.

The restaurant also took home the Sanpellegrino Best Metropolitan Restaurant. Christchurch’s Pescatore was named runner-up in this category.

The restaurant is still at the top of its game according to judges and is setting the bar for the rest of the country.

Vittoria Coffee Chef of the Year went to the creative craftsman behind the menus at Auckland restaurant Sidart and its modern Indian sibling Cassia, Sid Sahrawat.

After quickly gaining a reputation for excellence in all aspects of the dining experience following its opening in April last year, Auckland’s Phil’s Kitchen was awarded Neat Meat Best New metropolitan Restaurant.

Hawke’s Bay wasn’t forgotten with two of its hot spots Pacifica and Bistronomy taking home awards.