It doesn’t matter what’s happening outside, the atmosphere inside Midnight Starling is always intimate, candle-lit, jazzy and elegant.
Owner and head chef Steven Rogers brings classic Parisian finesse to both the bistro and degustation menus. The Frenchman gained Michelin restaurant experience working alongside Pierre Gagnaire and Melbourne’s Jacques Reymond.
You can expect culinary precision in French classics such as the duck a l’orange and crème caramel. Special attention is paid to sauces; and the specials board offers a varying selection of cheese platters.
The bistro and bar is a cosy space with Art Deco styling and a marble bar. Take a seat and peruse the list of classic and delicate cocktails, aperitifs and digestifs. Try the Gisborne Truck Stop – a sloe gin sour with brandy-soaked prunes. Or to cut through a rich dinner and full stomach, try the Midnight Amaro with Four Pillars gin, Cynar and Fernet Branca.
Downstairs you’ll discover a refined basement cellar full of French wines. It’s called Ma Cave, and on Friday and Saturday nights you can book yourself a five or eight-course degustation with paired wines and champagne, mostly from France, of course.
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