Antoine’s is a place that you can easily miss if you’re not looking. With no obvious sign or lighting, the first time I came here, I walked around looking for the front door. Come to think of it, that was almost two years ago! You can read my first impression of Antonie’s here.
Our night started with succulent Bluff oysters, served natural with a light vinaigrette and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. The tripe (not pictured) was from their Nostalgia Menu and is a dish that they have been serving in Antoine’s for the past 40 years. Tender pieces of tripe with green pepper corns and onion, Cooked in a cream sauce, this dish was interesting. I normally eat tripe with ginger and spring onions at yum cha, but this is my first time trying it in a cream sauce. Taste-wise, it was good but very heavy. The same can be said about the sautéed duck liver with grapes and peppercorn. It was a pleasant dish which I managed to finish, but could do with a little less liver and more of the grapes to cut through the fattiness of the liver.
Not expecting such a large entrée, I made the mistake of ordering the chicken and leek pie for my main. Another huge portion, full of chicken, mushroom and leek, all encased in a buttery flaky pie crust. I could only eat a third of it before I realised that this pie has defeated me.
Overall, it was a pleasant but expensive meal at Antoine’s. The menu is rather old-fashion and will be a great place to take someone who doesn’t appreciate the current trend of casual loud dining where waiting 30 minutes for a table because of their no-booking policy is the norm. Nothing too fancy about the dishes, just well-cooked hearty dishes!
Antoine’s | Location: 333 Parnell Road, Parnell | Food: New Zealand and French