From the moment you walk through the door you know you’re onto a good thing. The inviting dining space smacks of a warm welcome and the wait staff know what they are about, delivering informative, professional service with a friendly, welcoming air, without over-reaching. With Chef Aaron Ballentyne at the helm, expect beautiful-looking, fabulously flavoured, fresh, typical bistro fare, such as a gobsmackingly good tarte Tatin. He really knows how to make Nelson’s delicious local produce shine, so no wonder the dining space is buzzy and busy, just as a great bistro should be. And with a classic wine list, sassy seasonal cocktails, as well as some gorgeous Kiwi craft beers, ciders, and spirits, you’re in for a thoroughly satisfying dining experience. This is definitely a wonderful Nelson institution not to be missed.

IN BRIEF Top notch bistro fare with seasonal flair