Bistro offers authentic taste of France

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Superlative food is the hallmark of the new-look Shaky Bridge French Bistro, where chef Quentin Lamy’s exquisite dishes are the talk of the town.

Quentin and his partner, Emilie Misner, say they are thrilled to be running the bistro and offering authentic French food to Central Otago locals and visitors.

The bistro already has an incredible setting, beside the Shaky Bridge in Alexandra underneath the clock on the hill overlooking the Manuherikia River.

Now there is a beautiful menu to match, offering perfectly put-together French-themed dishes accompanied by a choice of Shaky Bridge or French wines.

Quentin, who is from Brittany, in France, and Emilie, who is from the outskirts of Paris, are passionate about ensuring their diners have the best meal possible and take pride in every meal they create.

The bistro’s confit de canard and risotto aux champignons are especially popular, as are the generously-sized platters of cheese and charcuterie, which include a range of products imported from France.

Other dishes include a goat’s cheese salad, a baked camembert, foie gras, bruschetta and main dishes such as lamb, Angus pure Scotch steak and a salmon dish, which changes every week.

More weekly specials will be added to the menu, which will change in the winter to feature new seasonal dishes.

For dessert, diners can choose from French treats such as a thyme creme brulee, mousse au chocolat or a tarte tatin.

During the bistro’s busy lunch period it cannot cater for those wishing to have only coffee, but those who would like only coffees or other drinks are welcomed in the afternoon, after 2pm.

A full menu of hot and cold drinks is available.

The bistro’s summer hours are Tuesday to Saturday noon until 9pm, and Sunday noon until 5pm.