Rosie, Parnell

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Having replaced Parnell’s iconic Rosehip Cafe at the Gladstone Rd junction, Rosie was buzzing with customers on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It’s one of those places that I’m not quite sure how to categorize; it’s described as a cafe in most reviews, yet it mostly serves courses such as lamb, short rib, pork collar, market fish and spatchcock (butterflied chicken) – not exactly standard cafe fare.

As is the norm for other places owned by the Hip Group (Ortolana, The Store, Takapuna Beach Cafe, etc), Rosie’s menu varies according to the availability of produce at their farm. At the time that we went (a couple of months ago) we had the pork collar with green apple salsa verde, lamb with diced tomatoes, and a side of grilled radish. Both of the meats came beautifully presented, and were tender and juicy, with just the right amount of seasoning. However, neither of us was a big fan of the large grains that came with our meat, although that is likely to just be an issue of personal preference.

We tried, also, their dessert of figs with honeycomb, cheese and charcoal biscuits. It didn’t stand out much, at least not in comparison to the Milse desserts available at the counter. As is to be expected from a Hip Group branch, the service was impeccable, the decor tasteful, and the opening hours long – Rosie is open from 6.30am to 10pm, which is a welcome rarity in Auckland’s dining scene.

They are slightly more pricey than sister bistro Ortolana, with their mains going for around $25. The dishes are still decent value for money, though, especially in consideration of how well the meat was prepared.

 

Cost: $20 – $30 pp
Food: 4 Stars
Service: 4 Stars
Ambience: 4 Stars
Value for money: 4 Stars

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