Le Garde-Manger

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6 reviews
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466 Queen Street,
Auckland Central

(09) 362 0655

Le Garde-Manger Information

Le garde-manger is a quaint little French Creperie and Cafe on Queen Street.
A new addition to the cheap-and-cheerful part of Queen St, the French crêperie and café by the name of Le garde-manger French restaurant is the new place to be.

Opening Hours
Mon to Fri: 08.00-23.00
Sat to Sun: 10.00-23.00
Avg Food Spend
$$ per person
Food Info
After Theatre Menu, Set Lunch Menu, Breakfast Menu
Children welcome
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Disabled Facilities
Wheelchair Access, NO Disabled Toilets

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Le Garde Manger is a stereotypical French restaurant. There are the old Paris Match covers, the checked tablecloths, hard-backed wooden chairs, the Gallic charm and a menu that sticks with devotion to the expected. Unfortunately it felt like an afterthought that we were stuck upstairs in the room where they dump unwanted items and where the Christmas decorations are still adorning the walls 5 months after. But I was in much too good a mood to let it annoy me.

On the menu there is boeuf bourguignon, coq au vin, a wide range of galettes and, need you ask, onion soup and escargots. For the younger crowd it probably means an alternative to the tide of Japanese and tapas and having a plateful of decent food at a reasonable price.

It would seem almost perverse to go against the snails for some of my groups first course and they really enjoyed them, gleefully mopping up the garlic butter. The chicken liver pate looked like a solid choice, a generous portion.

All I could think of was Julia Child as I devoured the well-cooked boeuf bourguignon. The meat tender enough and with a rich taste, although it might have benefited from a potato side dish to sop up the sauce.

The Duck from the blackboard menu looked a bit different and apparently was lovely by those in my group of 11 that ordered it.
Everyone enjoyed crepes for dessert and even though I was reasonably full I decided to just have a simple lemon and sugar option. The one with coconut & chocolate sauce with ice cream looked great.

Of course A French restaurant is complete with the great French wine menu which we partook of. The House Pinot Noir really was great. Service was friendly and tentative and I think I could go back when I feel like trusty French cuisine.
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Reviewer tikkamasala
Great service at LGM on Queen St. Amazing food and really good prices, will definitely be back!
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Located on Upper Queen Street, Le Garde-Manger does appear a bit out of place amongst the many Korean / Chinese restaurants that surround it.

The food at Le Garde-Manger is resonably priced and isn't too bad. The best description for their food is that it feels really "home-cooked". Nothing fancy about it.

The entrees (french onion soup & escargot) were nothing to rave about. For mains, I had the duck confit, which was cooked well that the meat tender enough, but it was borderline dry.

Try the flambeed crepes. Entertaining to have it flambeed at the table but be warned, the flambeed crepes can pack a bit of an alcoholic punch.

What I love most about Le Garde-Manger is the atmosphere of the restaurant. A cosy restaurant without being too claustrophobic. Although, it can get quite warm inside.

The service was alright. The 2 staff manning the front of house were pretty efficient and friendly.

FYI, Le Garde-Manger also makes some pastries; croissants, almond croissants and pan au chocolat.
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Reviewer tikitaka
We had diner here recently and we all (party of 3) loved it! We had the savoury crepes (buckwheat) and they were really good, crispy and tasty. They were actually so good, we felt like being in Paris.
For desert we had a sweet crepe and they were also very crispy, as a good crepe should be. Staff were very friendly and even showed us around the kitchen to answer some questions about making the crepes.
Really enjoyed it, too bad we didn't stay longer in Auckland!
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Reviewer annewilson
Sensational restaurant. Food, service and ambience are excellent. We will return.
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Reviewer chalkie
We stopped in here on our way to a show at The Edge theatre - and we were very pleasantly surprised with the food - it was REAL French fare!
Since we were in a rush we had the French Onion soup - and it was no Maggi pack! With the bread on top with grilled cheese - it was divine!
Then they whipped us up a a quick crepe for desert with fresh mixed berries!
We are going back soon for a full meal!
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