We decided on the spur of the moment to go out for dinner tonight and decided to give the Ponsonby Road Bistro a go, and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The restaurant had a relaxed but professional ambience and was remarkably busy for a Tuesday night. The menu was not large, but the variety of wines by the glass was extensive and quite different from the norm.
We started with the Oysters and the Soup of the Day. The Oysters were beautifully presented on a bed of Seaweed with both lemon and vinegar. The Soup was unfortunately a bit salty and lacking in flavour.
For mains I had a magnificent Fish of the Day dish which consisted of Gurnard on Indian spiced lentils with cress (I think), which I would very happily order again. Jane had a Charcuterie plate which had home smoked ham, chicken liver parfait, pickles, fig compote, terrine, salamis and was accompanied by a nice fresh bread.
We finished with some lovely desserts. I had a Chocolate "Eton Mess" with Chocolate Mousse, Valrhona Chocolate and Dark Cherries. Jane had an excellent Sauternes Custard with runny Caramel which she thoroughly enjoyed.
We will happily return.