I was a little sad when Catalonia closed at 129 Hurstmere Road in Takapuna as I loved the food Franc cooked. Obviously not many agreed with my tastes as it was never as well patronised as it deserved to be.
Aubergine moved in and it always seems to be busy. Described in various publications as European or Mediterranean the menus is small and basic. Steak, lamb, chicken, seafood and nothing too challenging. I have found many Auckland restaurants inconsisitent so dining out has become a bit of a hit and miss affair.
Michael had eaten at Aubergine in December 2004 and reported a very disappointing meal. We were pleasantly surprised when we ate there on Sunday evening. No complaints about the service either as we were well looked after.
Outstanding meals of the night were the Salmon and Avocado Salad, Scotch Fillet in Brandy and green peppercorn sauce and the Creme Brulee. The only disappointing meal of the night was the chicken in filo pastry - funny - that was the same meal Michael didn't enjoy back in December.