Auckland: Orphans Kitchen

I finally made it to Orphans Kitchen after seeing all the hype online. Being a chef its difficult to eat out when you work the same hours that most eateries are open :/ However I finally made it here for a friday lunch! 
On arrival we were told the dishes were either for sharing or individual serves with all of the small plates served cold and the larger served hot. We were also given complimentary bread with a beurre noisette butter (burnt butter). Normally sharing dishes are served at the same time or when prepared, but we didn’t realise they were being served as entrée and mains. This is fine but I’m not sure whether something went wrong in the kitchen because the wait between the trevally (entrée) being cleared and the mains served was incredibly long.

The skirt steak and porae were perfectly cooked. The black garlic on the skirt steak was delicious and something different you don’t see often on most menus. I think the Porae dish was nice with the jerusalem artichoke but everything else was a bit unexciting and the turnip was a bit firm to bite – meaning undercooked. I really enjoyed the cured trevally. The dish is light and refreshing but we agreed the kumara chips with kawakawa mayo was OMG. Purple and golden kumara was used and they were super crisp and super soft in the middle. They would be the best hand cut kumara chips I’ve tried to date. The dinner menu has a few extra menu items which look attractive. I would still recommend Orphans Kitchen if you want light meal options and a casual dining experience without pretentiousness.

Rating
Food: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Value for Money: Average

Cured Trevally, rhubarb, fennel and grapefruit
Cured Trevally, rhubarb, fennel and grapefruit
Line caught porae, jerusalem artichoke, turnip and red witlof
Line caught porae, jerusalem artichoke, turnip and red witlof
Kumara Chips w/ Kawakawa Mayo
Kumara Chips w/ Kawakawa Mayo
Line caught porae, jerusalem artichoke, turnip and red witlof
Line caught porae, jerusalem artichoke, turnip and red witlof
Complimentary Bread with Burnt Butter
Complimentary Bread with Burnt Butter

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