Louise T. said: "One of my favourite places for Sunday brunch! Yummy food that is slightly quirky, delicious coffee, and the best part – the smoothies!! The staff are always friendly and helpful, by far my first choice of cafes in Kingsland." read more »
A group of eight friends visited Orphans Kitchen, shortly after it opened in early August. We sat upstairs, where we had an elongated 20-seat table to ourselves.
The menu is not extensive, which is how I prefer it to be. And where new restaurants tend to be now trending with their Less-is-More ethos.
The ambiance is rustic — but uncluttered by accouterments — enhanced by the kauri floors and glowing polished macrocarpa tables. The dishes were generous in servings and showed flair in presentation. The pacing between the serving of the three courses was well-timed and non-intrusive. The service is engaging, seamless, genuinely friendly and unwaveringly attentive — without the clichéd pretentiousness that comes with: “And an excellent choice, Sir”.
The vibe is relaxed and casual; the background music suggests that this is an establishment where enlivened conversation is to be encouraged, as opposed to subdued restraint and where your social graces need to be on “Best Behaviour”. It’s a place to chill, relax, laugh, enjoy good food and wine amongst the company of family, friends, business associates, zumba zealots etc.
Footnote: The omission of the apostrophe in “Orphans”, to signal either the singular or the possessive noun, is deliberate.
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