We are now in the last week of Auckland Restaurant Month! This annual event celebrates the central city’s diverse dining scene, offering 26 unique dining events and the chance to experience over 100 special menus, priced at $25, $40 and $55+.
It is also a great opportunity to step outside the box and eat odd – try a food you wouldn’t normally eat and have a whole lot of fun doing it!
A fellow foodie friend (Bri) recently won a voucher (thanks to Neat Meat) to dine at her restaurant of choice… so last Tuesday night, Bri, Michelle, Genie and I had dinner at Odettes Eatery, where we tried their $40 Restaurant Month Menu – a four course banquet shared between four.
Odettes Eatery is located at City Works Depot, and has been on my foodie wishlist for a while. It is a charming eatery, with a relaxed ambience, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their menu is fresh and creative, drawing on flavours from the Mediterranean and changes seasonally.
Two of our party arrived early, so we had a few of their happy hour drinks. This is every night, from 4pm to 7pm and includes $8 tap beers, $8 wines and $10 Aperol Spritz. Following this, we tried two of their cocktails – Espresso Martini with Broken Shed Vodka, Dark Cacao and Espresso (one, if not, the best espresso martinis I have ever had) and a Fig Daiquiri with Angostura 3 Y/O, Lime and Pedro Ximénez.
Espresso Martini with Broken Shed Vodka, Dark Cacao and Espresso
Here’s a peek of the dishes we tried:
To start: Olive Pickle with Zatar and Cumin Lavosh. Loved the crispy lavosh – inspired to now make it at home!
Course 2 (Includes two dishes):
Chicken & Lime Dumplings with almond salsa and chili. We had to order another plate of these – our favourite dish of the night!
Crab slider with brioche, crayfish sambal and aioli. These were fantastic!
Course 3 (Includes three dishes):
Lamb Meatballs with Saffron Mustard, Sourdough and Pickled Eggplant. These were delicious, however we agreed they were a bit on the dry side…
Roasted Carrots with Black Quinoa, Muhummara (hot pepper dip) and Toasted Hazelnut. A good side dish, since I have been lacking in the vegetable department lately!
Chips with Berbere, Honey Mustard and Curry Leaves – loved these, especially with the honey mustard sauce!
Course 4: Coconut Affogato with Ice Cream and Espresso. A refreshing end to our meal.
Odettes Eatery’s Restaurant Month Menu will be available the whole month of August and costs $40 per person for a four course banquet.
Open Monday to Sunday, 11am till late
Address City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley St West, Auckland CBD
Notes Definitely book a table / Good for groups / Reservations only for 6 or more
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For more information about Auckland Restaurant Month and a full list of events, click here.