We’ve been away……….in Auckland. I have been to The School very exciting, stimulating and inspiring.
It is good to have a change every now and then……… to swap the country clothes for city clothes…… to look
out your window at a city scape………compare your country neighbours.with city dwellers, and enjoy the treats
that a city offers.
We also wanted to hunt out Orphans Kitchen on Ponsonby Road.
It is the hot place to be, everyone is talking about it and they are gathering up a stack of great reviews.
Plus, it is a taste of the Waipara Valley in the big smoke. Co-owned by Josh Helm and Tom Hishon.
Josh cares for front of house and Tom (ex Clooney’s) is the chef component of the pair. Washed walls,
slabs of macrocarpa that make up the tables, and metal stools with sheepskin tops. Jars of light create a
warm ambience. It is unpretentious, and fun they let the food do the talking. There are no bookings, unless
you are a party of 10, where you can dine upstairs.
Get there early…………………….. by 7pm it was buzzing and full.
There is Mountford pinot on tap,(the Waipara connection) it is Tom’s family vineyard, along with Orphans pale ale
and local Brothers Brewery ale. The wine list is small but well thought out. The menu has small plates and large
plates as well as a selection a selection of sides.
Our food was beautifully cooked, and the deserts devine. Plates were scraped clean. Unfortunately there was a
glitch with the camera, photos did not come out, so you will have to be satisfied with pics of the market fish and
Valhrona chocolate mousse on poached slices of tamarillo with black cardamom and chia seeds. Trust me………
the other dishes were just as good. What I really enjoyed is, they let the food shine, there is no complicated chefs
trickery, just great food, interesting flavours that enhanced, and executed in a well crafted and very skilled manner.
It is always good to go away…………………see, taste, experience new things & re-charge the batteries.
But it is also good to come home.
The unmistakable patchwork landscape of the Canterbury Plains.