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Published on July 15th, 2011 | by Ultimate OmNoms3
Little France of Auckland – St Tropez
It’s so satisfying to walk down Parnell Road, the rows of restaurants illuminate the wet footpaths and the slow pace is a good change from the usual rush in Auckland Central.
St Tropez is small city close to Marseille, south of France- maybe that’s where the owners are from.
This cozy restaurant offers traditional French cuisine with a dash of the Pacific. After walking in and hearing some of the staff speak I was pretty sure 60% of the staff are French or fluent in the language.
What I loved about this place was the passion – it wasn’t hard to spot the maitre d/co owner – she greeted us with a big smile and was very casual but made sure everything was perfect.
Rayshurshur’s entree: Sesame seeds covered calamari rings with aioli dip and lemon
A simple dish to open up the appetite! The sesame seeds was a good coating around the calamari, instead of a whole layer batter, the rings were crumbed quite generously – accompanied by a home made aoli, OMNOMNOM! balanced out with lemon, so typical yet so delicious! I want more!
After that I was too busy nomming away. The cheese sauce drizzled on top of the steak was amazing with the beef. It was one good hearty main that brought the feeling back to my cold fingers and pinkness back to my cheeks. It seemed like sitting opposite Cecilia Rayshurshur was just as keen to dig into his main. Too keen..beware children!
It’s such a shame I can’t remember what the fish was. I’m not quite used to char grilled fish, but it was cooked beautifully, didn’t even fall apart when I took my first bite! It was so disappointing to find the fish slightly dry, though I’m guessing this is where the red wine and rosemary jus came in: to keep the fish from drying out!
If you ever need to be warmed up, these profiteroles would do the job – it was cold and windy outside – a perfect dessert for this kind of weather. A rich chocolate sauce with a creamy centre. The first bite into the profiteroles was a taste of sweet heaven. By the time I had finished, I didn’t want more… I was satisfied!