1-3 Mary's Road
Saint Marys Bay, Auckland
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Discover the taste of France for yourself at Augustus Bistro. Augustus Bistro is an authentic French cuisine restaurant located in the heart of Ponsonby. With a wide range of delicious menu options suited to all tastes, Augustus Bistro is an excellent place to enjoy a classy meal out. Augustus Bistro is vegetarian-friendly and is able to cater towards most dietary requirements, including gluten intolerance.
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Fresh oysters with mignonette & lemon
Natural clams, lemonPrice: $18.00
King prawn cocktailPrice: $19.50
Scampi, grilled in the ½ shellPrice: $33.00
Clams in green garlic saucePrice: $25.00
Cured akaroa salmonPrice: $19.50
Egg onglet, dill, salmon pearlsPrice: $19.50
Poussin & ham hock terrine with cornichon, lemonPrice: $20.00
Sliced jamón, saucisson & coppacollaPrice: $22.00
Duck liver parfait saint-germain jellyPrice: $20.00
Duck trio platter duck liver parfait, duck rillette, smoked duck breastPrice: $33.00
Augustus crayfish clubPrice: $17.00
Cured salmon bagel grilled cucumber, avocadoPrice: $17.00
Toasted jamón comté, truffle pastePrice: $14.50
Augustus cheeseburger bacon & smoked mozzarellaPrice: $23.50
French fries with parmesan & truffle oilPrice: $10.50
Onions, mustard, comté, persilladePrice: $12.50
Red butter lettuce, shallot & chervilPrice: $9.50
Green vegetables & goats curdPrice: $14.50
Escargots à la bourguignonnePrice: $20.00
Warm crab bisque with cognac dressed crab, basilPrice: $25.00
Scampi omelette sweet corn, tarragon, beurre noisette, caviar saltPrice: $33.00
French onion soup gruyére toast, flat parsleyPrice: $17.50
Boursin custard tart hazelnut & mustard vinaigrettePrice: $14.50
Hand cut steak tartare, condimentsPrice: $19.50
Frisée aux lardons shallot dressing, soft hen’s eggPrice: $17.50
Smoked duck breast pickled grapes, black walnut mustardPrice: $23.50
Yellow belly flounder fillets meunière heirloom tomato saladPrice: $33.00
Quatre épices duck confit red cabbage, px prune, parsnipPrice: $34.00
Lamb rack black tomatoes, olives, garlic puree & yogurtPrice: $36.00
Veal cordon bleu jamón, comté, celeriac remoulade & walnutPrice: $29.50
Persillade risotto artichoke barigould, parmesan, spring vegetablesPrice: $28.50
Savannah sirloin béarnaise sauce, red wine jus, french friesPrice: $36.50
Angus pure eye fillet cafe de paris butter, chartreuse jus, french friesPrice: $39.50
Augustus ice cream & sorbetsPrice: $15.00
Assiette au chocolat elderfower, blueberry, kaffir limePrice: $17.50
Fresh & frozen raspberry yogurt meringue bombePrice: $16.50
Rhubarb tart tatin vanilla crème bruléePrice: $18.00
French cheese selection 100g baguette, fresh & dried fruitsPrice: $25.00
Petits fours macaroon, chocolate caramel, jelly, marshmallowPrice: $10.00
Madeleines, baked to order lemon curd, cultured crèmePrice: $14.50
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Restaurant review: Augustus Bistro, Ponsonby4.0 New Zealand Herald 5 February 2017
The north end of Ponsonby was my neck of the woods in my early student days, and the building housing this new bistro was the Ponsonby Post Office. On Fridays, I'd withdraw $3 from my POSB account to last me the weekend, hoping that when I got to the head of the queue, the teller who looked like Faye Dunaway would be free and would touch my passbook.
That was when Ponsonby was a word to frighten the wits out of God-fearing people everywhere: a cesspool of long-haired, pot-smoking students, wild artists, troublemaking trade unionists and Pacific families who roasted pigs in their backyards, it was a bloody magnificent place to live.
These days, Ponsonby is a word to strike fear into my heart and the man sitting at the next table at Augustus is a complete explanation as to why. In a voice just loud enough to be objectionable - audible, say, three tables away - but not to warrant his ejection, he's talking millions and full to bursting with big-noting pompousness. I'm about to let the Professor loose on him but she reckons he's fried on something dearer and stronger than Bolly and might lose it if prodded.
Restaurant Review: Augustus, Ponsonby4.5 Viva 6 December 2016
Auckland has two types of people: those who enjoy the idea of sitting outside SPQR on a sunny day with a bottle or three of pinot gris, and those who’d die of shame at the very thought of it. My wife, for example, is from Hamilton and therefore in the latter group — she finds the concept of “being seen” so repulsive that we can’t walk past the place at lunchtime without her rolling her eyes so vigorously the Mountain Buggy does a little jump and shudder.
The thing is she’d probably enjoy the food at SPQR, which is simple, careful Italian, and she’d definitely enjoy the service, which is smooth, fast and occasionally flamboyant. In my experience the restaurant is run almost flawlessly, so we can’t really blame the staff that their front tables resemble a casting room for New Zealand’s Next Top Housewives.
“Ooh look, there’s a new restaurant in Three Lamps called Augustus from the people behind SPQR,” I said to my wife as I read through Viva recently.