Orphans Kitchen is a finalist in the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 awards for Best All-Day Restaurant. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here.
When Orphans opened five years ago, executive chef and co-owner Tom Hishon’s approach to local, sustainable and indigenous food was a breath of fresh air whistling down Ponsonby Road. And while the impact of Orphans Kitchen on Auckland’s dining scene has only grown – not least because of Hishon and co-owner Josh Helm’s new venture Daily Bread – the vibrancy of its food hasn’t dulled one bit. Open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week (and dinner five), it’s dependable for nearly every meal on nearly every day. Whether you’re there for preserved fish and eggs to start the day, a vegetable-forward lunch or a dinner of T-bone steak to share, the food is clean, bright, inventive and always grounded in this place.
What it offers: Private dining / Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians and vegans / Takes large bookings / Outdoor dining
A favourite dish: Crumpets with burnt butter and roof honey
Hours: B L 7 days, D Tue-Sat
Bookings: Dinner only
Chef: Tom Hishon, executive chef
118 Ponsonby Rd