Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


O’Connell Street Bistro’s wine list unbeatable

June 10, 2014

O’Connell Street Bistro’s wine list unbeatable

If you’re looking for the best wine experience in Auckland, there’s only one contender.

It’s O’Connell St Bistro which in only six weeks has received three prestigious mentions for its diverse wine list.

The latest accolade is for Best Wine Experience at the Cuisine Good Food Awards 2014 announced last night (June 9) in Auckland.

The award follows the bistro being named a finalist for Best Drinks List in the Metro Restaurant of the Year awards and then taking out the Lewisham Award for the Outstanding Wine List.

O’Connell St Bistro serves modern European bistro fare to match its wine and the food is also consistently well regarded by reviewers and patrons alike.

Proprietor Chris Upton says the awards reflect a consistent and constant drive to ensure the wines perfectly match the menus.

“All the hard work over the years of buying and ageing these wonderful wines has meant our list has been able to constantly evolve and grow,” says Upton.

“Our wine list is written to match our cuisine so we can assure our customers of a total experience. It would never be enough to just present a beautiful list of wines, it has to have context and the wine and food need to work together to create a complete experience.

“All our staff at the Bistro understand this and we enjoy the challenge of guiding diners through a wine-matched dining experience,” says Upton.

O’Connell St Bistro’s wine list has also gained an Award of Excellence from the prestigious New York wine magazine Wine Spectator for the past 13 years running.

The wine list features offerings from all the major regions and most important producers from around the world as well as iconic wines from New Zealand.

The wines are carefully selected and cellared to ensure a wide range of choice in every style and variety with one of the most extensive half bottle selections of any restaurant in the country, Upton says.

The wide selection of wines available by the glass changes seasonally to provide diners with a matching accompaniment to food.

The Bistro’s house champagne is Louis Roederer. It is one of the largest family-owned Champagne Houses, founded in 1776 and has been synonymous with the world’s great champagnes ever since.

About O’Connell Street Bistro
O’Connell Street Bistro is on the corner of Shortland and O'Connell Streets in central Auckland and first opened its doors to diners in 1997. The intimate dining room is created in the theme of a modern European back street bistro. The Corner Room is a separate private dining room which can accommodate up to 26 people.The cuisine is described by the team as “modern European bistro” and a high level of importance is placed on the provenance of the quality produce sourced by the Bistro.

The restaurant has won numerous awards for its food and wines. O’Connell Street Bistro is owned by UK trained Chris Upton and his partner Amanda Mason. The head chef is Alex Strobach and the restaurant manager is John Logan.

It is open for lunch Monday to Friday 11.30am to 3pm, and for dinner Monday to Saturday from 5.30pm, with continuous bar service throughout the day.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Land & Water Forum: Fourth Report On Water Management

The Land and Water Forum (LWF) today published its fourth report, outlining 60 new consensus recommendations for how New Zealand should improve its management of fresh water and calling on the Government to urgently adopt all of its recommendations from earlier reports. More>>



Welcome Home: Record High Migration Stokes 41-Year High Population Growth

New Zealand annual net migration hit a new high in October as more people arrived from than departed for Australia for the first time in more than 20 years. More>>


Citizens' Advice Bureau: Report Shows Desperate Housing Situation Throughout NZ

CAB's in-depth analysis of over 2000 client enquiries about emergency accommodation shows vulnerable families, pregnant women and children living in cars and garages, even after seeking assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Housing New Zealand. More>>


Speaking For The Bees: Greens Call For Neonicotinoid Pesticide Ban

The National Government should ban the use of controversial pesticides called neonicotinoids after evidence has revealed that even at low doses they cause harm to bee populations, the Green Party said today. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news