A Celebration of Matariki at Orphans Kitchen

Orphans K Matariki

Hosted by Orphans Kitchen

In celebration of Matariki, Māori new year, we're launching a 2-course set dinner menu, available for one month only, 18 June to 13 July.

Matariki is a time to celebrate the food of Aotearoa. It coincides with the Pleiades constellation rising in the pre-dawn sky in June or July each year.

This time in the Māori lunar calendar (Maramataka) is called Pipiri which means ‘to draw close’. It was a traditional time to give thanks for the food that had been harvested in the preceding season.

There was a great deal of mana associated with being able to offer guests what had been harvested and collected, the word ‘manaakitanga’ (hospitality) is related to this. Matariki is a time for renewal, the end of one growing year and the promise of a new one ahead.

We look forward to sharing the bounty of the changing season with you all. The two-course menu offering is short & sweet as you'll see below.

Choose one of two entrees and one of two mains for a tidy $35 per person. Two desserts are also offered for those wanting a sweet finish to their meal.

*note: The special menu does not replace our normal dinner offering. Orphans a la carte menu is available to everyone as per usual as well.

See you in the dining room!

Bookings are essential in order to enjoy the set menu, as it won't be available for walk ins. Please visit: www.orphanskitchen.co.nz to find the booking link. Select '$35 Matariki Two-Course dinner'.

(includes Daily Bread sourdough bread & butter to start)

Entree -
Sticky feijoa lamb ribs, horopito, labneh


Smoked kahawai croquettes, meyer lemon, watercress aioli

Main -
Braised wagyu cavatelli, sea greens, celery


Wood roasted swordfish, creamed kumara, kiwifruit, kawakawa

Sweet things -
Burnt cream brandy snaps (2pc) $8

Taro coconut panna cotta, pineapple, lime $10


  • Tuesday 18 June –
    Saturday 13 July
  • 5:30pm – 11:00pm
  • Orphans kitchen
    118 Ponsonby Road
    Grey Lynn