Geoff & Ange said: "What a wonderful surprise it was going into this restaurant early on a Saturday night and managing to get a table because after we had eaten there it is clear that this place should be packed every night. The speciality…" read more »
- Meals Served:
- Seating For:
- 40 downstairs, 6 outside, 20 in private dining room
Reviews for Orphan’s Kitchen
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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