Auckland’s options for a luxurious weekend lunch are set for a delicious new addition, with Sid at The French Café opening its doors for Saturday lunch service in 2020.

The restaurant will be open for Saturday lunches from January 25, following requests from regular customers and international visitors looking for a relaxed formal dining choice or somewhere to celebrate a special occasion at that time of the weekend.

And with several menu options available, Sid at The French Café’s Saturday service will cover a multitude of long lunch occasions.

Those menu options include à la carte, a vegetarian menu, a five or seven course tasting menu and the restaurant’s popular five course chef collaboration menu.

Introduced in 2019, the chef collaboration lunch menu is designed by the restaurant’s chefs under the guidance of executive chef and owner Sid Sahrawat and head chef Lesley Chandra. Priced at $95 per person, the menu changes weekly, depending on the availability of seasonal produce and the inspirations of the team of chefs.

Sahrawat says his team has fielded many requests for Saturday lunches at Sid at The French Café and is pleased to be able to fulfil those.

“I really like the idea of providing this service for our guests,” he says. “We will still be catering for the Friday lunch market at our other restaurants, Sidart and Cassia, but giving diners the opportunity to lunch with us on Saturdays is really exciting and our team is 100% behind this change.

“Our customers will get to enjoy leisurely summer lunches in the dining room or overlooking the courtyard. I fell in love with that beautiful courtyard space the first time I visited The French Café in 2003 and I know our diners will also love this little daytime oasis of calm in the middle of the city.”

The move to Saturday lunches means the Friday lunch service at Sid at the French Café will only be available for group bookings or special events, by prior arrangement.

Sid at The French Café reopens on Tuesday, January 22, with the first Saturday lunch service scheduled for Auckland Anniversary Weekend on January 25.

Bookings can be made online at or by calling 09 377 1911.

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