Depending on who you are listening to some would say no, but then some would say that it has definitely evolved.
Kim Knight from the New Zealand Herald recently visited two of Parnell’s top restaurants to hear their opinions on what fine dining means to them.
Tony Astle from Antoine’s has no plans to change what he believes is the country’s last silver service restaurant.
“Fine dining is a total concept and I think that’s what frightens people . . . it’s definitely changed, but the more it changes, the better it is for me. Younger people are quite enjoying it again, because they’ve never seen it before.”
Co-owner of Pasture Laura Verner says “Some of the best restaurants in the world did away with tablecloths years ago. But in terms of how much time, technique, intellectual property, creativity, innovation and leadership is involved – they’re the ones that actually set trends and determine how a lot of people are thinking about food. They’re striving for excellence and they don’t take that lightly. I’d draw comparisons to the worlds of fashion or art – no-one would ever argue fine art is dying.”
So I guess no matter which type of fine dining you prefer Parnell once again shows it is the place to dine and that we are spoiled for choice.
Click here to read the full NZ Herald’s article.