Bistronomy – A New Place to Eat

The Entrance in keeping with the Art Deco character of Napier

The Entrance – in keeping with the Art Deco character of Napier

James Beck’s new restaurant Bistronomy officially opened in Napier last Friday and there’s nothing not to like about this latest addition to the Hawke’s Bay dining scene from the beautiful fit out which has given new life to the iconic Thorpe’s building in the heart of Napier to the wonderfully imaginative and affordable food – check out the menu.

Prior to the official opening there were three pilot dinners and we were lucky enough to score a seat at the first one on the Saturday night before the official opening and what a wonderful evening we had. The deal was you paid for your beverages at menu prices then you paid what you thought was fair for the food (there were no
prices on the menu).

For those who are wondering, I have seen several definitions and
descriptions for bistronomy, including a blend of bistro and
gastronomy and French casual fine dining – casual decor, quality food.

A few years ago, this article appeared in The Telegraph out of the UK and it gives a brief history of bistronomy and James Beck’s new restaurant certainly fits in with what is described here.

As we were at a pilot dinner we weren’t quite sure what to expect – would it be what they wanted to feed us or would we have a choice? Either way I wasn’t concerned as I have never eaten anything that’s come out of James Beck’s kitchen I didn’t love, but as it turned out we were given a menu and with a few very small variations it is the menu that they opened with. The prices I have included are off the menu they have posted on their Facebook page and as you can see they are very affordable and from the dishes we sampled are quite substantial.

I would be happy, for lunch, to have Forgotten Vegetables or maybe Carrots in Pot and a Crab-apple Slider, so many options for under $20. The menu presentation is also interesting – Bite, Raw, Protein, Mineral, Sweet and From the Patisserie.

And check out the price of a cup of coffee – must the cheapest in the area – Espresso $3 and Latte, Cappuccino $3.50, I know where I will be having coffee when I am in Napier!

Bite: Carrots in a pot ǀ cauliflower cream ǀ soil $3

Bite: Carrots in a pot ǀ cauliflower cream ǀ soil $3

Bite: Crab-apple slider: Waikanae crab ǀ Granny Smith ǀ fennel $6

Bite: Crab-apple slider: Waikanae crab ǀ Granny Smith ǀ fennel $6

Protein: John Dory ǀ barley ǀ brown jus ǀ crisp onion ǀ champagne ǀ sorrel $26

Protein: John Dory ǀ barley ǀ brown jus ǀ crisp onion ǀ champagne ǀ sorrel $26

Protein: Chargrilled brisket ǀ marrow crust ǀ brussels ǀ gherkins $26

Protein: Chargrilled brisket ǀ marrow crust ǀ brussels ǀ gherkins $26

Mineral: Forgotten vegetables ǀ foraged leaves ǀ grains ǀ Jerusalem cream $14

Mineral: Forgotten vegetables ǀ foraged leaves ǀ grains ǀ Jerusalem cream $14

Mineral: Wild salad leaves ǀ mesclun ǀ ‘parvenu’ soup $8

Mineral: Wild salad leaves ǀ mesclun ǀ ‘parvenu’ soup $8

Sweet: An after dinner stroll: La Petit Chocolate 70% ǀ pine ǀ whiskey ǀ peppermint $14

Sweet: An after dinner stroll: La Petit Chocolate 70% ǀ pine ǀ whiskey ǀ peppermint $14

Sweet: Ginger and orange cake ǀ spiced swiss cream ǀ gingerbread ǀ leather ǀ sheep’s milk sorbet $14

Sweet: Ginger and orange cake ǀ spiced swiss cream ǀ gingerbread ǀ leather ǀ sheep’s milk sorbet $14

Bistronomy
40 Hastings St, Napier
Ph: 06-834 4309
Email: info@bistronomy.co.nz
Open: Wednesday to Friday, 11am to 10pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 10.30pm

Happy cooking and eating.

This meal was independently paid for.

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