close button

Estrella Damm Tapas Trail: Oaken

Jun 9, 2016 Restaurants

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.


Read more: First Look: Oaken

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. 


Latest issue shadow

Metro N°440 is out now!

With progressive councillors starting to score some wins under what was anticipated to be a reactionary major, Hayden Donnell asks: Has Wayne Brown gone woke?
Plus: we go out and investigate Auckland’s nightlife (or in some cases, the lack thereof), with best bars (with thanks to Campari); going-out diaries from Chlöe Swarbrick, BBYFACEKILLA.mp3, Poppa.Jax & more; a look into Auckland’s drugs by Don Roew (who’s holding and how much they paid for it); we go on the campaign trail with Willie Jackson, talk to gallerist Michael Lett, drink martinis and alternative wines, start seeing a therapist, visit Imogen Taylor’s studio, look into Takutai Tarsh Kemp’s wardrobe. And more!

Buy the latest issue