It’s been 12 months since business partners Jeffrey Costello and Chef Nick Honeyman opened the doors to their beloved French bistro on Jervois Road. Whilst the pair had high hopes for Paris Butter, they never dreamed they would have such a successful or eventful first year.
“We’ve seen about 30,000 people through the door since we opened – many of them Herne Bay locals and greater Auckland foodies. We couldn’t be more grateful to have received such support from our clientele. The first year of any business you are working so hard trying to tweak things to perfection and we feel our customers have been a big part of this journey,” says Costello.
In the past year Paris Butter has received a string of fantastic reviews, been featured in the Metro Top 50 Restaurant awards, and received a ‘Best In Taste’ award at Taste of Auckland for renowned dish, ‘Clams Escargot’ which was recognized a festival favourite in November.
Another high point for Paris Butter has been the launch of their Brunch offering from 9am until 3pm, Saturday and Sunday. Based on the ‘Lazy European Lunch’ they offer traditional French pastries, breads, home-made Nutella & jams, a selection of main brunch dishes, plus a range of drinks such as Mimosa’s, a bottomless glass of Laurent Perrier champagne, coffees and teas. This new weekend feature at Paris Butter has proved very popular with locals and the restaurant is regularly full to the brim with brunch-lovers.
When asked about the key to their success Chef Honeyman says, “A big part of it is about the team ethos. We are a really close crew of people who all share the Paris Butter vision. We know that the experience for guests starts the moment they walk in the door and we work really hard to make sure it’s a special experience. We know many of our customers on a first name basis and we enjoy getting their feedback on our dishes and service,” he says.
It’s not just within the restaurant that the Paris Butter team of staff spend time together. In March they took part in the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust’s Annual Summer Lunch Fundraiser at Waiheke’s Man O’War Vineyard where they produced beautiful dishes for the charity event and were treated to a night’s stay on the island.
Now Paris Butter heads into its second winter, and whilst the weather is getting cooler, the cosy bistro will be warming up food lovers with Chef Honeyman’s inventive take on classic and modern French dishes. The exciting new dinner menu has just been released which provides even more reason to head back to Paris Butter this winter.
Monday closed / Tuesday- Thursday 6pm – late / Friday 12pm – late
Saturday 9am – 3pm / 6pm –late / Sunday 9am – 3pm