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Orphan’s Kitchen

5 star rating 7 reviews

Telephone 09 378 7979

118 Ponsonby Rd
Auckland City

Tapas/Small Plates
Tue - Sat 5:30pm - Midnight


On 118 Ponsonby Rd, Orphan’s Kitchen offers relaxed dining experience, excellent food, great service and definitely worth coming back to! Probably the prettiest and coziest cafe on Ponsonby Road


Photo of Orphan’s Kitchen
Grilled sardines, fennel, burnt mandarin and green olive. Photo by The Denizen
Yellow tail tuna belly, persimmon and grapefruit.  Photo: The Denizen

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Meals Served:
Seating For:
40 downstairs, 6 outside, 20 in private dining room

Reviews for Orphan’s Kitchen

5 star rating
by Clare
19th July 2014

Best food I have had in a while and I can’t fault the place. The service was absolutely perfect. Menu was creative and there is something for everyone. Some great takes on old classics – such as the boil up. They went out of their way to cater to all of us, will definitely be back here soon.

4 star rating
by saransh44
18th June 2014

Food, service and atmosphere were brilliant. It’s great to see a restaurant that understands the customer and delivers every time. I would definitely recommend and will definitely be going back.

5 star rating
by Wolfie W.
18th June 2014

Was here for an early dinner on a Thursday night recently. Thoroughly impressed by the friendly and professional front of house, and the food was all about the flavour and quality. Loved it, and will return for sure. And those bread rolls….! Yummo. Well done, team.

5 star rating
by Nick H.
16th June 2014

I love this place. I think these guys will go far. I have been a couple of times and walked out of there really satisfied. It’s definitely food with a twist and I think you really have to study the Menu and ask questions before ordering. Great Service. Keep up the good work

5 star rating
by Carmen I.
11th May 2014

We have eaten here twice and it has been amazing, amazing, amazing both times. Stunning food, wonderful service and, for a place that doesn’t take bookings, only a fifteen minute wait for a table for two on a busy Friday night. What better place to wait than in front of their toasty outdoor fire. Orphans Kitchen, we are definitely coming back.

5 star rating
by Carol
21st March 2014

My partner and I dined at Orphan’s Kitchen on a Wednesday night and we were greeted by friendly and helpful staff who sat us immediately. We decided to dine outside in the courtyard which had a pleasant fire and blankets which made a fairly cool night very cosy.
We ordered three drinks, the fish main, the steak and kumara fries. Although the food took a little longer to arrive (business picked up ten minutes after our arrival), the food was cooked to perfection. They did however forget our kumara fries and when we asked about them, the staff without hesitation took the fries off the bill and served it to us very quickly.
Overall, we had an awesome experience. A very friendly, relaxing and different atmosphere. We would love to come back.

5 star rating
by Merv
20th September 2013

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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