130 Quay St
Oaken is another one of Britomart’s restaurants with amazing decor and aesthetically pleasing dishes. The wooden-paneled walls, wood furniture, and large windows with natural light peeking through makes this restaurant a sight to see (and one to photograph for sure). My brother and I dined here for breakfast on our last day of Auckland and a great light breakfast so we can eat more throughout the day!
Feijoia & Pear Juice
One of my friends who moved to Auckland told me to try feijoia describing it as almost like a guava but not really. I’m one to try new things (especially when it comes to fruit; minus durian though) so I decided to try this feijoa and pear juice. I loved my juice. I can’t quite explain the flavor of feijoa but it’s almost creamy and tarty in taste for me. It’s definitely delicious though!
63.5 Degree Eggs, Bacon, Rock Melon Water, Mustard Oil, and Nasturtium
My brother ordered this dish. I overhead the waiter explain the diners next to us that the 63.5 eggs is cooked less than poached eggs and therefore softer. My brother enjoyed his dish but again, the portion was too small just like Ortolana. The bacon was really yummy (but when is it not?).
Coddled Egg, Wagyu Bresaola, Celery, Parsley Stalk, and Chives
This is the dish that I ordered. Although the coddled egg was something I wasn’t expecting I enjoyed the wagyu bresaola so much. My brother and I both agreed that it tasted like cheese but in a good way! Just like Ortolana, the egg yolk was deep orange color.
I would definitely take Charles here when we’re both in Auckland. The service was great and the prices were fairly reasonable. I might want to try a dinner menu the next time around! Happy Monday friends!
31 Tyler St
Ortolana was our first taste of Auckland and certainly set up the mood for the rest of trip. Prior to the trip, I have been researching places to eat in Auckland and came across Ortolana in Britomart. First of all, Britomart is probably one of my favorite places in Auckland. I loved the ambiance, the decor, and just the overall vibes from Ortolana. Secondly, who knew Auckland had such an amazing food scene? I didn’t so I was pleasantly surprised!
My brother and I opted to sit outside on a brisk and chilly autumn morning. They had heaters and supplied blankets if you choose to sit outside. How cute is that? They seem to change their menus often but this is what we ordered:
- For my drink, I ordered the hot chocolate and it was super delicious. I’ve noticed how almost all of Auckland offers a piece of sweets with a hot drink. I’ve also noticed that a few places use tumblers instead of a mug for the hot drinks.
- For my breakfast, I ordered the gnocchi, romesco, mozzarella, and poached egg. A delicious and very light breakfast. The gnocchi was cooked well. You can definitely taste the romesco. Didn’t get much of the mozzarella but the poached egg was yummy. I’ve never seen a yolk as orange as the ones that I’ve had in Auckland!
- My brother ordered the piadina, air dried pork, and stracciatella. Although I didn’t get to try it, he said it was good although not as fulfilling as he had hoped but that wasn’t a big issue at all.
- You can order desserts from Milse while dining at Ortolana. They are right next door where you can the case full of desserts if you’re not sure what you want (and also if you are visual person like me!). Because we had planned to eat a lot throughout the day, we decided to grab a few macarons for dessert.
Overall, I would visit Ortolana again! Food was delicious, the ambiance was amazing, and the service was great.
Hobbiton Movie Set
501 Buckland Rd
For my Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans, this one is for you! Hobbiton in Matamata in regarded as one of New Zealand’s must-dos. Because it was me and my brother’s first time in New Zealand, we knew we had to visit. Keep in mind that the drive is about two hours away from Auckland so if you are staying in Auckland, you would have to drive back another two hours. It would be best to stay in Matamata or any of the surrounding cities in case you plan on heading back south again while in New Zealand (and trust me, the entire North Island is worthy of a visit; every single inch of it).
But anyway, my brother and I drove to Matamata to buy our tickets. Since the next shuttle wasn’t until 40 minutes after we bought our ticket, we headed to eat. urban foodstuffs around the corner (post here). When our shuttle came, we boarded the bus and headed through the countryside and saw sheep everywhere. As they say, there are more sheep than people in New Zealand.
The tour took a total of three hours but it went by fast. There are no self-guided tours but I appreciated having a tour guide. Our tour guide, Jordyn, was informative and wonderful! I’ve learned so much from the tour because of her. She took us to the Hobbit holes and we concluded our tour at the pub for some beer or cider. I opted for the cider because I’m not much of a beer fan.
Overall, if you’re a huge fan, I highly recommend a visit! The landscape and scenery is dreamy and unlike anything that I’ve seen. Plus, you get the learn about the movie set which is pretty awesome!
eat. urban foodstuffs
Hobbiton in Matamata is regarded as one of New Zealand’s “must do”. If you’re a huge Lord of the Rings/Hobbit fan, Hobbiton is definitely a place to visit while in New Zealand (but more on that later). My brother and I drove south from Auckland and ended up in Matamata to catch our shuttle to Hobbiton. The next shuttle was in 40 minutes so we decided to grab a bite to eat while we wait. Around the corner, we found this cute cafe called eat. urban foodstuffs and we decided to give it a try.
I ordered a mochaccino (as I have throughout the entire trip) which is a cappuccino with chocolate. My brother ordered a steak and stout meat pie. I love the mochaccino and the meat pie was delicious! Definitely worth a visit if you’re waiting for a shuttle to Hobbiton!
I just came back from an amazing trip from New Zealand. Who knew I could love New Zealand so much? I have so many photos to share so keep your eyes peeled for the next few weeks! In the meantime, here’s some shots from the plane!