Soup du jour / 15
Rock Oysters, fresh granita / 12
French onion soup, gruyere crouton / 16
55 day aged fillet tartare, radish, free-range egg yolk, miso mayo,
crispy shallots, croutons / 19
Seared tuna, edamame, wasabi mayo, ponzu, fennel,
pickled daikon, lavosh /21
Goats curd, leek, spring onion, puffed buckwheat, parsley, lemon & tarragon dressing / 19
Smoked aubergine, beetroot, pickled pear, apricot balsamic gel, crumb / 18


Market fish, spinach, crayfish bisque, courgettes, hazelnuts, crème fraîche, sherry vinegar gel / 37
Confit of duck leg, miso kumara purée, apricot chutney, orange, pineapple, panisse, sunflower seeds, crispy kale / 37
Wagyu hanger steak, parsnips, confit shallots, pine nuts,
brown butter, rocket /36
200g 55 day aged beef fillet, red onion relish, onion caramel, blue cheese butter, potato dauphines /47
Te Mana lamb backstrap, braised neck, carrot, broadbeans, walnuts, raspberry, jus / 41
Cauliflower, carrots, panisse, peppadews, mango purée, black garlic, labneh, crispy kale / 35


Ask your server about this evening’s menu

2 courses / 55  -or-  3 courses / 65


French fries with truffle salt
Swede & cabbage gratin
Bistro garden salad, apple vinaigerette
Roasted baby carrots, buckwheat, sumac labneh
– please add $8 for sides –


Vanilla creme brulée, almond crumb, chocolate sorbet / 17
Stone fruit, almond sponge cake, homemade mascarpone, sorbet, candied almonds / 17
Banana semifreddo, tiramisu cream, coffee granita, coconut gel, almond crumb, banana ice cream / 17
Moka mousse, meringue, chocolate textures, sorbet / 17
Selection of house made ice cream and sorbets / 15


One 80g portion of French cheese, served with accompaniments / 21


Selection of three 40g portions of French cheeses, served with accompaniments / 32


Vanilla ice cream, espresso coffee, liqueur / 18


When the season allows, we enhance our dishes using fresh produce from the kitchen garden.



with matching wines

Soup of the Day
Maude Methode Traditionelle NV, Wanaka

Goats curd, spring onion, leek, puffed buckwheat, parsley, presserved lemon & tarragon dressing
Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc ‘19, Marlborough

Market fish, spinach, crayfish bisque, courgettes, hazelnuts, crème fraîche, sherry vinegar gel
Dog Point Chardonnay ‘16, Marlborough

Te Mana lamb backstrap, braised neck, minted hollandaise, carrot, broadbeans, walnits, raspberry, jus
Maude Pinot Noir ‘18, Wanaka

Moka mousse, meringue, chocolate textures, sorbet
Millton Clos Samuel Viognier ’15, Gisborne

5 Course menu / 100
Wine matching / 150

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      We had an enjoyable birthday dinner at the cozy and romantic Bistro Gentil. The Chef and his team put much love into their dishes. They are beautifully plated. The menu... read more

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      We were recommended this restaurant and it didn’t disappoint, good food, well presented with excellent service. It did not disappoint.

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      Saturday night was a wonderful experience, lovely surroundings, greeted with a friendly smile on arrival, seated and offered a drink, completely unhurried to decide what you would like, mouth watering... read more

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      Bistro Gentil is, far and away, the best restaurant in Wanaka. My husband and I have enjoyed a meal here every time we come to Wanaka, but we also had... read more

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      Loved the food, the wine, the atmosphere and the service. The steak and the pork were amazing, the chefs dessert converted my partner to desserts, and the wine was lovely.... read more

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  •   Joined friends for dinner and enjoyed a superb meal with a great selection of local wines.
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  •   Warm welcome on a cold and rainy night. The food was excellent, the staff friendly and helpful and the wine selection great. Well worth the drive.

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  • Bistro Gentil

    76a Golf Course Road, Wanaka 9305, Phone 03 443 22 99, Email info@bistrogentil.co.nz

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