In its first inception Sunday Painters was a pop up restaurant, operating sporadically in various hired halls in central Auckland from 2006-9. Organized by a group of friends – Tommy Govorko, James Kirkwood, Esther Lamb, Marcus Lush, Karl Maughan, Brita McVeigh, Emily Perkins and Isobel Thom, who, all having some degree of hospitality work in their pasts sought to revive the camaraderie and common purpose of running a restaurant, while creating a sense of community to those working often alone in the creative arts.
In 2014, New chef Gordon Mcleod has returned to New Zealand after a decade as private chef to families in Paris and the South of France. His elegant seasonal menus reflect a career immersed in the cuisine of France.Begin with a beautifully marbled cassoulet terrine, Windsor Blue soufflé with walnuts and fresh figs or sweetbreads with peas, pancetta and mint. Main courses currently include a charlotte of duck confit and wild mushrooms, chargrilled entrecote steak withbéarnaise and a vegetarian roulade of ratatouille and goats cheese. For dessert, perhaps adelicate but intensely flavored passion fruit soufflé. The wine list contrasts old and newwith a carefully chosen selection of French and New Zealand regional and varietal wines.Private dining rooms are available for up to 27 people and menus can be tailored to your preferences.
Sunday Painters is the real thing, a French restaurant with integrity and style.