Phone: (09) 309 0304
Open: Mon-Fri from 7am, Saturday and Sunday from 8am. Open 7 days morning and noon, nights Tues-Sat
Odettes has been in the City Works Depot site for a year or so but the closest I'd managed to get was to drool over Instagram and Facebook shots posted by a friend (a regular at this cafe). So when planning a brunch with husband and son, I jumped at the chance to test it for real. Odettes (yes, no apostrophe) occupies the site that a few years ago housed the Deus Ex Machina motorcycle workshop and cafe (sadly missed by the males of my family). It now is transformed into a light and airy dining area, but the main attraction this sunny Sunday was the greenery-bedecked outdoor area.
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The menu has one of the most original range of choices we've come across. No boring old eggs benedict in sight. Instead, imagine a chocolate crepe with spiced cherries, toasted pistachio, creme fraiche and plum icecream ($21); Puy lentils with lime labneh, roasted cashews, savoury crepe and poached egg ($20); or crayfish tortellini with yoghurt curd, saffron cream and baby spinach ($24). These and other options made the deliberation of our brunch no easy feat. Finally we opted for a three-egg omelette with cured Spanish mackerel, watercress, pickled shallot and rouille ($22); the confit octopus with crisp pumpkin, shaved chorizo and toum ($21); and the wild mushrooms with whipped Persian feta, donuts, basil and poached egg ($23). All three were presented as works of art and tasted just as good. The males also opted for a side of hand-cut fries and mayonnaise for the table ($10), which, upon arrival, were cooked to perfection. The coffee was Millers brand and just right.
The service was excellent. Right from our arrival when every effort was made to seat us this busy morning - first at the indoor bar area by the kitchen, then when a table came free outside, they quickly transferred us. The staff were courteous and prompt with service and well-versed in the menu's ingredients. We will be back. That chocolate crepe sounds too good to miss, as does the range of prettydamngoodforyou juices and smoothies.