TOM HISHON, OR­PHANS KITCHEN

Ora King Sal­mon In­no­va­tion Award

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IN­NO­VA­TION AWARD

This Pon­sonby Rd gem is so charm­ingly ca­sual, so unas­sum­ing and un­pre­ten­tious, you al­most don’t ex­pect the food to wow you as much as it does. But chef and co-owner Tom Hishon (above) turns out con­sis­tently ex­cel­lent dishes, with a fo­cus on seasonality, sus­tain­abil­ity and prove­nance of in­gre­di­ents – a peak out the win­dow while wash­ing your hands in the up­stairs loo re­veals bee­hives and a herb gar­den perched on the roof. The small, well-thought-out and well-ex­e­cuted menu changes reg­u­larly and makes good use of lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, with an au­tumn it­er­a­tion fea­tur­ing the likes of line-caught fish with rain­bow chard, beach spinach, ku­mara and ma­cadamia, and potato dumplings with fungi, bull kelp and cel­ery. The drinks list is var­ied and in­ter­est­ing, with more than enough wines by the glass to please most palates as well as some ex­cel­lent beers and cock­tails, and ser­vice is friendly and in­formed. 118 Pon­sonby Rd, Pon­sonby, ph: 09-378 7979, or­phan­skitchen.co.nz Brunch Wed-sun, din­ner Tues-sat; larger plates $31 IN BRIEF Laid­back vibes and ex­cit­ing food by peo­ple who care

WIN­NER

SPON­SORED BY ORA KING SAL­MON

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