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VOP: Odettes Eatery – a most satisfying dining experience

We’d been keen to try Odettes Eatery ever since it opened and a recent family birthday celebration presented the perfect opportunity for our family group of eight including a five year old. And although it was a VOP (Venturing Outside Ponsonby) it felt like Ponsonby! So Odettes is located at the City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley St and parking was easy (although it was a Sunday!).

It was a Sunday brunch and we were delighted to find that they take bookings for 6 or more – so helpful when you have a larger group.

It is a lovely setting – great décor, plenty of space with a seamless indoor/outdoor flow. Our table was inside but it felt like it was outside. There is outdoor seating with a large (permanent) “gazebo” like structure and even a bit of lawn that you could almost picnic on!

We were pleasantly greeted and seated, water and menus arrived promptly as did our wait person for coffee/drinks orders. No rush with our somewhat lengthy perusal of the menus.

The brunch menu is an eclectic mix of exotica. No eggs bene I’m afraid which is no bad thing when you sight this menu with its strong Eastern Mediterranean influence.

Variously we ordered the Carew Almond Milk Bircher (marinated berries, puffed wild rice and toasted almonds), Smashed Avocado (chilli, rocket, coriander on toasted rye with poached egg & bacon) and Baked Salmon Salad (swiss chard, kidney beans, buttermilk). All were declared tasty and moreish.

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I’m a bit of a sucker for the big brekky and Odettes Complete did not disappoint – poached eggs, whipped feta, heirloom tomato, avocado, bacon on sour dough. I loved it. The poached eggs were perfectly cooked, the whipped feta added a delightful flavour dimension and the avocado was the perfect ripeness – and plentiful. And a special mention of the bacon. Bacon can be very hit and miss but in this case it was perfect – smokey, streaky and cooked just short of crunch – just how I like it.

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The coffee was Millers – not many eateries carry this brand – and it really hit the spot. The staff were friendly, helpful and attentive without being intrusive.

Clare and Joost have done a fabulous job in setting up what for us will be a “go to” restaurant. It’ll be for lunch next time – a quick perusal of the lunch menu had me almost placing an order there and then. Can’t wait to tuck into those Soft Shell Crab sliders and the Duck Pastrami! We’ll be back soon.

All in all it was a most satisfying dining experience. Thank you Clare, Joost and the team.

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Andiamo: an oldie but a very goodie

It’s a while since we’ve been to Andiamo at 194 Jervois Rd Herne Bay. It’ll be a much shorter time before we go again. We had a lovely brunch there last Sunday. I did a quick google search before hand to check out the menu. Deb doesn’t like to do this – she likes the surprise of opening the menu and discovering all the good stuff there and then. I’m a Virgo so I like to peruse the offering in advance. Actually Deb’s a Virgo too!!! Oh well each to their own.

Anyway they have a wonderful Weekend Brunch menu.

I had the LAMB KIDNEYS sautéed with mushrooms and bacon, cream seeded mustard sauce, with toasted five grain. Absolutely divine.

The others had the MEDITERRANEAN TOAST – ciabatta with Manuka honey smoked bacon or smoked salmon, avocado, roasted vine tomatoes, basil pesto and fresh parmigiano. They said it was great.

Photos? Well actually I forgot, in my enthusiasm to get started, and only remembered after I’d finished. It was like a demolition derby!!

So the photo below is slightly gross but testimony to the delicious food served at this fine establishment. Something they’ve been doing for an amazing 29 years.

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The service was professional, friendly and attentive. It’s a great spot for weekend brunch and competitively priced in case you were thinking that it might be a bit pricey. And it’s MUCH better than most of the other eating places on the strip. Very much a cut above.

I loved it and will be back soon. I might try the savoury mince next time!