Ponsonby Road Bistro
WINNER OF BEST CITY-FRINGE BISTRO
Naomi Larkin, editor:
“This restaurant has a real European bistro feel; the ambiance, service and food never fail to impress.”
Drink: Taittinger champagne.
Main: Market fish, with a side of broccolini with miso butter and chunky chips with aioli.
Dessert: Glass of vin santo with home baked cantuccini.
WINNER OF BEST INNER-CITY BISTRO
Sylvie Horton, art director:
"I feel like I've been transported to New York when I walk into Depot. I love the casual feel to it and that you don't need to book."
Drink: Bollinger champagne.
Entré: Oysters, a dozen but a mix of Te Kouma, Bluff and Tio Petites.
Main: Kingfish sashimi with oyster cream, apple and fennel seed.
FOOD FOR GOOD AWARD WINNER
Louise Hilsz, fashion and style editor:
"I go here for the relaxed environment, very friendly staff, outdoor courtyard and the honey made from the resident bees on the roof top."
Drink: Le Clos Cazaux's Vacqueyras (syrah and grenache).
To share: Orphan’s sour dough and burnt butter.
Oysters, with shallots champagne granite.
Cheese accompanied by seeded wafers and rooftop honey.
SUPREME WINNER AND BEST SMART DINING AWARD
Elise Wilson, beauty editor:
"It's cool atmosphere and modern take on Indian food has me hooked - I totally understand why this restaurant has won two years in a row."
Drink: The Botanist G&T.
To share: Spiced eggplant, green beans, kadhai spices, coconut.
Stirfry of beef short rib, mushrooms, spinach.
Stir fry of paneer & potato, korma sauce.
RESTAURATEUR OF THE YEAR WINNER (DAMARIS & RENEE COULTER)
Jessica-Belle Greer, writer
"This place has a special feel to it and it's best on a cold night when I'm huddled around a table with friends."
Drink: Mulled wine.
Main: Pumpkin ravioli with sage butter, hazelnuts and pecorino.
Dessert: Olive oil chocolate mousse.