Estrella Damm Tapas Trail: Oaken
130 Quay Street
Opened earlier this year, Oaken is Javier Carmona’s latest food playground. The all-day eatery has as its central inspiration the word “artisan”. Every dish takes fine produce as its starting point, be it Aoraki cold-smoked salmon or Otello’s waygu bresaola. Instead of pairing ingredients with the usual suspects, Carmona looks around him (literally, in the kitchens of Beirut) and tries to innovate. For the bresaola, that means left-over watermelon rinds from Beirut’s fattoush are fermented and used as the perfect sour foil for the rich meat, while smoked mozzarella (from Otello’s) is topped with the biproduct of cooking parsnip: ash. It’s an imaginative place, perfect for a pre-theatre or cinema drink.
Oaken’s Estrella Damm Tapas Trail menu:
- Waygu bresaola with fermented watermelon rind
- House cured bacon with rockmelon
- Smoked mozzarella with lemon leaf and parsnip ash
Enjoy all these dishes plus two glasses of Estrella Damm for $40.
About the Estrella Damm Tapas Trail: Metro, in partnership with Estrella Damm, proudly presents a culinary journey across Auckland which pairs flavoursome food from 13 of Auckland’s leading eateries with Estrella Damm’s Mediterranean lager. View other participating restaurants here.
This page is sponsored by Estrella Damm.