After two decades helming pre-eminent Auckland fine dining institution The French Café, it has been revealed this morning that long-time owners, husband and wife team Creghan Molloy-Wright and Simon Wright, will be handing over the reigns to acclaimed Auckland dining force of Sid and Chand Sahrawat.
Officially taking over in September, when The French Café as we know it will become Sid at The French Cafe, the acquisition has fateful symmetry with Sid admitting “Chand and I had our very first formal date [there]”. It is an occasion that seemingly inspired the award-winning style of dining on offer at Sahrawat’s existing restaurants, Sidart and Cassia.
Admitting that to take over at a restaurant with such unparalleled standing comes with great responsibility, it is a step (read: challenge) that the Sahrawats have been looking for. And both parties couldn’t be happier. As the Wrights have opted for a lifestyle change, heading out of Auckland in the pursuit of spending more time with the family, the incoming team will use the space to stay true to a French Café style menu employing the chef’s signature finesse.
As we take our hats off to the team that has, for 20 years, been committed to upholding an extraordinary standard in local gastronomy, we will also be dutifully anticipating the Sahrawats’ new landmark eatery. For this marks a formidable new turn in the course of Auckland’s dining trajectory.