St Heliers Cafe & Bistro
- Mon – Sun 7am – 11pm
- Scenic View
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: No
- Good For Children: No
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: No
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
The St Heliers Bay Cafe is the new hot spot in the Village with a beautiful fit-out, ocean outlook and ingenious menu of delicious flavour combinations dreamt up by chef Mark Sycamore (ex-Blanket Bay).
Huge Spanish cane lampshades, an eye-catching deep marine hued masonry wall and scattered plush cushions complete this chic venue that cleverly morphs from casual cafe by day to stylish bistro by night, bringing a whole new concept in dining to the bay.
28 Reviews for St Heliers Cafe & Bistro
On leaving my husband told the young gentleman who was extremely apologetic and said he would report the incident. Will we be back, not sure, as the menu is very limited and seldom changed plus the attitude of one member of staff is appalling, for one who seems to be in a managerial position.
Visited January 2014
Why are places so stingy with vegetables? I want to see and taste zingy crunchy vegetables, mixed with fresh herbs and made in house dressings; colour, texture, crunch and innovation (how about spiraled carrots).
The fresh squeezed juice was served in a cold glass but the juice was warmish having just come out of the juicer. A bit of ice would have helped. The chicken liver pizette was different but the livers were dry and there was just a sprinkling of micro-greens on top. At least they weren’t those ghastly stringy pea-shoot things that get stuck in your teeth and throat that I’ve had at Ortolana.
The chips and agria potatoes were good and generous.
I feel this is a place for people to be seen with the food not so important.
BUT the food far below par!
The smallest menu in town.
Fish and Chips, Burger and Chips, Pork dish…..
I selected the pork dish.
What a disappointment!!!! Dry as…. Tasted like cardboard!
My wife had the Burger.
Just another disappointment. No lettuce, no tomato, no nothing but yesterdays bun.
We are local, but we will never be back.
(And of course will tell our friends about this bad experience)
What a disappointing evening.
Desert was pony camp food.
BUT the service was great!
Visited November 2013
“bistro /ˈbiːstroʊ/, sometimes spelled bistrot, is, in its original Parisian incarnation, a small restaurant serving moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting.”
Bugs me when people say “we went there and they couldn’t take 8 of us for an hour…” anyways, rant over, some people are idiots and this place rocks !
NOVEMBER UPDATE: Still my favourite place, have tried most of the menu but never ordered the Romano burger until lat week. Seemed a shame to order a burger when the rest i=of the menu is so much more interesting , but have to say this was a fantastic burger. Cooked MEDIUM RARE which I love and nobody in NZ seems to do. It is beef Rib meat which they grind themselves , sear it on the hot plate and then finish it off in the blistering hot pizza oven. That gives you a nice crust on the pattie and the middle is tender and pink but also hot all the way thru. Some places try offering medium burgers by just cooking the pattie less (ahem, Citizen Park) but this just makes the outside hot and middle raw and cold. Hot plate, then oven is the way to go – the bun is also their own concoction , just fantastic – it $24 , but you can get it takeaway with their amazing fries for $16!
The main thing I like about it, (along with Ortolana) – it’s always open. No matter when you are hungry, you can go there. Must have been about 20 times by now, the Hearth Breads with Anchovies, the Crab Toasties , Roast Chook sandwiches to go are a fave. Gelato in the summer of course as well. Have a look at the menu, it speaks for itself – in fact I am off there right now. Bye.
We were at the Bistro on Sunday afternoon with a group of 8 and were given the full menu while waiting for our table. We all agreed the menu looked good so decided to eat there.
When we were seated we were given a smaller snack menu and were informed that is all they have at that time. We questioned the waitress about this menu and the limited availability of items on it. She was unbelievably rude to us and spoke to us like we were idiots. We couldn’t believe how blatantly rude she was when we only asking reasonable questions about what was available and at what time! We were shocked and embarrassed and ruined the experience.
I am really disappointed as I used to like this place.
The eggs benedict was still perfectly flavoured and balanced but half the size of previous visits.
Obvious cost cutting and defensive waiting staff is hopefully a one off.
The view,the atmosphere,the interiors and excellent Maitre D’s still top class. The kitchen needs to pull its socks up to match.
The smoked fish was on the bland side and the pulled pork burger is missing a ‘wow’ factor. However, mostly an enjoyable meal with great service which was nice and prompt.
A booking system for group diners would allow for a more pleasant experience – at least for busy times or winter.
Visited May 2013
We also didn’t like the fact you were just given fizzy water…
Great view and very proactive service but it almost seemed fake.
Not sure if we will be back…
For our last visit, over the weekend, we waited nearly an hour for a table. We sat outside in the sheltered courtyard under gas heaters – this we were happy to do given the staff are so nice and the food to date had been pretty good.
So we were finally seated when they were getting near to the end of their service – the tables around us were finishing up their meals. The entree was fabulous – but our two mains were disappointing. I had the slow cooked lamb – it was raw – not rare, RAW. There was no evidence of cooking at all save a quick seal around the edges. Slow cooked should imply cooked, succulent, tender, melt-in-your-mouth etc – it was none of these. It was raw, grisly, and cold. My partner ordered the roast pork that was advertised with a number of things including crackling. There was no crackling. The pork was delicious – but no crackling
The only conclusion I can come to is if you arrive or are seated near the end of their service you are likely to get food cooked or prepared hurriedly – and you are likely to be disappointed. Unfortunately, they do not have a booking system in place, so if you want to get a table and GOOD food that is actually cooked, go early to improve your chances.
Other meal qualities and quantities very too much.
Wine is being served not as cold as it should be and it looks like we are getting the same excuses as other guest,e.g “the wine has just arrived an is not chilled yet”.
One other point is that whenever we visit we get either rushed to order or rushed to finish to make room for the next wave of visitors. The tables are too small to eat comfortably.
Not really acceptable. Will not go back in a hurry.
We will definitely return, and I will look forward to working my way though the menu.
Ordered the tomato salad, and livers with bacon. Livers were cooked to perfection!
I liked the sparkling water – nice change from the usual plain water. A nice point of difference with other places. Very European idea.
Price is fair for quality and portion size.
They serve Allpress coffee, which is always a bonus.
Definitely recommend this place. Chef Marc has done a great job with this place.