I have always wondered about DeBrett’s Kitchen @ Hotel DeBrett. The idea of eating at a boutique hotel seamed strange, but after a very kind gesture of a dining voucher from Zomato, I thought this would be a good opportunity to step out of my comfort zone.
DeBretts is currently apart of Akl Restaurant Month, offering an entree and main for $55 – great deal. After looking at the options for restaurant month – only being 2, we decided we would opt for one of the deals and then choose another main meal from the normal menu. We were going to have dessert but I was actually quite full by the end. Complimentary bread was served with a fruity olive oil. Bread was nice but could have been better if served warm.
For the entree we chose the quail, which is something different. I tend to try items you wouldn’t normally cook at home and may make you feel uncomfortable in order to be surprised. The quail was served with yogurt panna cotta. You would think it’s weird, but it really works. Everything worked pleasantly although the sour cherries were a bit too spiked for my liking. I ordered the market fish which had an Asian influence. This was a really great dish. Beautiful flavours and textures – my only issue was that the fish was just far too salty, which was a shame because everything was cooked perfectly. The lamb rump was a bit disappointing as it just lacked flavour and was a tad chewy. However the braised lamb and olive tapenade was delicious and moorish and we could have just eaten a whole plate of that. It also lacked enough jus for the amount of meat on the plate, for which we actually asked for extra.
Overall the service was friendly and the atmosphere is amazing. The beautiful live jazz music and its warm decor just entrances you – as cheesy as that sounds without any sort of pretentious attitude. I would def recommend Debretts! Great food and service with just a few minor mishaps.
Value for Money: Good
2 High Street, Auckland
Breakfast lunch and dinner Mon-Sun
Weekend High Tea 3-5pm