Ostro is one of my favourite place to dine out in Auckland. The navy blue and white colour scheme contrasts with the yellow table tops. The tables overlooking the water through glass walls which make for an enchanting view regardless of whether it's day or night.
Ostro has a very simple menu that's extensive enough to cater to all tastes and levels of hunger. The still and sparkling water served is Antipodes.
On this particular occasion I'm about to document I dined for lunch.
We started with two lots of carbs; potatoes and bread.
One of the most surprising yet most delicious pairings I've tasted is the Ostro Stecca Bread with seaweed butter.
The bread was generous, enough to feed four, however I'd happily eat the lot by myself. The texture of the bread was similar to ciabatta but still had a softness similar to sourdough. As for the butter, it was whipped which gave it a velvet smooth finish which was enjoyable. Taste wise, it's incomparable. I don't think I've come across anything like it. It has subtle hints of seaweed and sea salt but in no way was it overbearing. I'd definitely recommend this as a must if you're dining here and haven't tried it before.
As for the side of fries, these are French Fries, Fresh Herbs.
Fries are kind of staple when ordering food regardless of where I'm dining. These are nothing special but are shoe string style, lightly sprinkled with herbs. They're a great side to share with whoever you're dining with.
I shared the Kingfish Crudo from the Raw Bar selection of the menu.
This dish is a great start with flavours of citrus, ginger, red chilli and coriander. If you can't handle the heat, I'd probably recommend opting for another dish. Those red droplets are fiery and will definitely warm your mouth so make sure you have your water on hand.
Then there's one of my favourite dishes of all time; Line Caught Tahitian Tuna.
I discovered this dish in the summer and have been in love with it ever since. Paired with garden peas, wasabi mayonnaise, marengo and pea shoots the dish is light, refreshing and damn tasty!
Both the Kingfish Crudo and the Line Caught Tahitian Tuna have a price point of $18 per dish. I personally think that the Line Caught Tahitian Tuna is a great light meal to be had over lunch or as an appetizer at dinner however I'm not sure I'd order the Kingfish Curdo again unless I was really craving it.
I went with the Roast Canterbury Lamb Rump from the Meat & Poultry section as a main.
This dish is so succulent and will definitely fill your tum. If you have an appetite and are looking for a roast to satisfy your hunger, this is it. For those of you who know me, you'll know I'm not a lover of mains or anything that has excess amounts of meat as I prefer petite meals full of flavour. but something about this dish just had me reaching for another bite, continuously, until there was no more. The combination of farro, cauliflower, capers, raisins and Pedro Ximenez work so perfectly. I actually didn't even know it had raisins in it - I usually hate them! This meal is perfect for the cooler winter months for those seeking a hearty meal.
I've dined at Ostro on numerous occasions and they never fail to disappoint. It's definitely a favourite and I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone.