Restaurateur Tony Astle this month celebrates the 40th anniversary of the opening of one of Auckland’s most enduring fine dining establishments.
You could walk past Antoine’s of Parnell and not know it was there. An unprepossessing grey villa partly hidden by a big pohutukawa, it’s identified by a tiny sign that could easily be missed. But that’s the point about Antoine’s. By not making a statement, it makes a statement. After nearly 40 years at the same address in Auckland’s Parnell Rd, it doesn’t need to announce itself. Its location is known to the people who need to know. The cab driver who deposited me there had never heard of the place. He was from South Auckland. But to Auckland’s old money, the blue bloods of Remuera ...
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