Owners Tony and Beth Astle have run this renowned restaurant for more than a quarter century, and it retains a reputation as one of the spots for special occasions and business dining. That said, it also has its regulars (among them the New Zealand prime minister, John Key, and his wife, Bronagh, who live nearby), and some pop in almost once a week. The decor is conservative and low-key, the service immaculate, and the food delicious—and expensive. Tony is still
at the stove, and his "table menu" reads as if it were designed by a chef half his age. Reflecting the season, it always pleases, whether a simple salad or roasted rack of lamb. His "nostalgic menu" has such classics as raw spinach salad with chicken livers, and oxtail with baby mushrooms. The wine list is extensive.