The French Cafe


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 San Pellegrino 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.

Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards 2016 winners:


RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2016: The French Café, Auckland

Vittoria Coffee Chef of the Year: Sid Sahrawat, Auckland

Runner-up: Michael Meredith, Auckland

Sanpellegrino Best Metropolitan Restaurant: The French Café, Auckland

Runner-up: Pescatore, Christchurch

Neat Meat Best New Metropolitan Restaurant: Phil’s Kitchen, Auckland

Runner-up: Field & Green, Wellington

Stuff.co.nz Best Regional Restaurant: Pacifica, Napier

Runner-up: Victoria Street Bistro, Hamilton

Neighbourly Best New Regional Restaurant: Bistronomy, Napier

Monteith’s Best Specialist Restaurant: Cocoro, Auckland

Runner-up: Cassia, Auckland

Kenwood Restaurant Personality of the Year: Sarah Bullock, The Larder, Wellington

Ōra King Salmon Innovation Award: Tom Hishon, Orphans Kitchen, Auckland

Whitestone Cheese Best Winery Restaurant: Pegasus Bay, North Canterbury

Runner-up: Amisfield, Queenstown

Negociants New Zealand Best Wine Experience: Apero, Auckland

Opawa Wine Best Drinks List: Charley Noble, Wellington

* 2016 Hat recipients

The score out of 20 is our assessment of the total restaurant experience. Up to nine points are given for food (flavour, technique, produce, balance), up to four points for service (knowledge, care, professionalism), four for wine and wine service (wine menu, staff knowledge, pricing), and up to three points for ambience (decor, lighting, buzz).


Cocoro, Auckland

Kazuya, Auckland

Merediths, Auckland

Roots, Lyttelton

Sidart, Auckland

The French Café, Auckland

The Grove, Auckland


Amisfield, Queenstown

Baduzzi, Auckland

Cassia, Auckland

Clooney, Auckland

Orphans Kitchen, Auckland

Pacifica, Napier

Pegasus Bay, North Canterbury

Pescatore, Christchurch

The Grill, Auckland

The Larder, Wellington

Victoria Street Bistro, Hamilton


Apero, Auckland

Bistro Gentil, Wanaka

Bistronomy, Napier

Black Estate, Waipara

Botswana Butchery, Queenstown

Bracken, Dunedin

Bracu, Auckland

Cazador, Auckland

Charley Noble, Wellington

Depot, Auckland

Elephant Hill, Hawke’s Bay

Field & Green, Wellington

Fishbone Bar & Grill, Queenstown

Gusto at the Grand, Auckland

Hippopotamus, Wellington

Ima, Auckland

Jano Bistro, Wellington

Logan Brown, Wellington

Masu, Auckland

Mister D, Napier

Ortega Fish Shack & Bar, Wellington

Palate, Hamilton

Phil’s Kitchen, Auckland

Ponsonby Road Bistro, Auckland

Rata, Queenstown

Soul Bar & Bistro, Auckland

Te Awa Winery Restaurant, Hastings

The Engine Room, Auckland

The Sugar Club, Auckland

WBC, Wellington

Whitebait, Wellington