close button

Molten (3)

Aug 18, 2012 Restaurants

Metro Best Restaurants in Auckland - Molten22 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden. Ph 638-7236

Lunch Tuesday-Saturday; dinner 7 days.  


Molten has changed hands in the past year, with award-winning sommelier Sven Nielsen and chef Ben Blair (above, with restaurant manager Sonya Chan) taking over from the very talented Michael van de Elzen. When that happened, van de Elzen stayed on in the kitchen for six months, bedding in the standard of food for the new regime — and many of the menu items — and it turned out to be a smart handover all round. Molten is a suburban bistro with a stylish and comfortable vibe, an easy place to drop in to, and yet it has serious inner-city aspirations: some of the dishes reveal a desire to push the standards further than you might expect (hot smoked salmon with pickle chips) but the major strength is in perfectly constructed classic flavour combinations. Organic chicken, for example, comes with courgettes, toasted farro, butternut, pinenuts, raisins and labneh mint.

A favourite dish: Pecorino gnocchi with globe artichoke, crème fraîche and walnut gremolata.
$$$$  |  V  |  FR  |  PR  |  C  |  G  |  B  |  BM  |  GB      what’s this? 

Best Short Drinks List




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