7 Fort Lane,
(09) 929 2702
The ViewAuckland Review
Utilising a wonderful high-ceilinged space that was once a heritage cinema, Everybody’s Bar & Bistro has a classy and romantic ambience. Cosy booths downstairs are perfect for two, and upstairs, gossamer-light curtains divide the massive space into mini-lounges.
Professional and knowledgeable on the ins and outs of the concise French- and Spanish-inspired menu.
Wines from smaller Kiwi vineyards, many using sustainable practices, and interesting additions from Australia, France, Spain and Argentina. Cocktails come with a classic focus – think Manhattans, daiquiris and martinis – and there’s Kirin and James Squire Amber Ale on tap.
A delicate entrée of tuna, globe artichoke, candied fennel, smoked aubergine and tomato ($16), and the sublime seafood of steamed terakihi, peas, spanner crab, gem lettuce, oyster mushrooms and bergamot ($34). Unfortunately, the cassoulet of smoked octopus, hapuka, surf clams and jambon de Bayonne ($32) was more pedestrian flavour-wise, and just didn’t have the abundance of seafood and ham expected in such a dish.
Most Surprising Dish
French-inspired desserts including a warm chocolate moelleux – similar to a fondant - with spiced cherries and barley milk sorbet ($16). Also good is the baked apple galette with clove-infused-fromage blanc and a crisp apple sorbet ($16). Christmas on a plate the week before Christmas.
The Bottom Line
Showcasing a beautiful heritage space, Everybody’s Bar & Bistro is a versatile and modern spin on a traditional French bistro.
A Reason To Return
For the more rustic flavors of confit duck leg with farro, shallots, broad beans, dates and preserved lemon conserve ($34). Everybody’s hand cut chips fried in duck fat sound like a perfect guilty pleasure too, especially with a cold beer in the alfresco inner city garden.
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