The glass box perched at the top of Dominion Road (used to house the delightful Peasant) is now Onslow, offering tapas with a Moroccan slant. Think lentil shakshuka, grilled beef with cumin and paprika and very flavoursome crumbed artichokes; couple that with rustic textures, colourful ceramic dishes and wrought iron detailing and they have the ambience down pat. The dishes were made to share, so we fumbled our way splitting things like the moreish chicken among six; but clanking dishes aside — those crunchy potatoes were to die for. We noticed also that, while we only shared the space with two other parties, the room felt quite “loud” — like yelling-across-the-table loud. Not sure if it was the acoustics of the room, but it certainly ain't the space for a low-key yarn. When Onslow opens up in summer to the wooden patios outside, we'll be there — drink in hand. Check out our individual comments here: husk.co.nz/lunches/onslow-bar-amp-eatery-may-2016
Really want to thank Onslow for a perfect birthday dinner on Sunday night. Food was a taste sensation and service was delightful. Came with my partner, Dad and 11 year old daughter. We chose the mixed entrée platter - loved absolutely everything and particularly enjoyed the smoked fish dip and artichoke on smashed avocado. On advice from our waitress we chose 3 mains (they are smaller, sharing plates) and 3 sides (generous portions) and were completely sated. Our mains were the pork, salmon and lentils, sides were potatoes, eggplant and seasonal greens. Everything was mouth wateringly perfect. I don't usually eat pork but I thought these guys would source it carefully. It was absolutely melt in your mouth tender, with a terrific apple accompaniment. Really appreciated the crispy skin pieces that went with the salmon. The new potatoes were stunning, baked in skin, crispy on outside, fluffy on the inside. Our young English waitress couldn't have been more helpful, even jumping on a chair to position a piece of cardboard on a window when the setting sun caught straight into my eyes for 15 mins or so. My daughter asked for a side of halloumi (not on the menu) and she didn't even have to check with the kitchen, she knew it wouldn't be a problem. She also organised a really fabulous looking mocktail for her after asking what kind of juices she liked. Honestly - we all just raved on the way home about the quality and taste of the food. Relaxed, low key vibe, we really liked the interior (we remember it from Two Monkeys days so... wow!) and will be recommending to friends and family.
This is definitely a hidden gem. You would spot it on your way in Mount Eden specially when it's after sunset cause it has beautiful fairy lights lit across the open plan restaurant. Finally managed to go there with no expectations and so so glad we did. The food is outstanding, every single element of every single dish is full of flavour. You know when your palate dances cause the food is so good, that will happen here. We had bread n dips, mother's lager beer. The dip that came with bread was absolutely delicious. Mains were Lamb and Beef (Love, love, love), mains come in sharing capacity so you can taste everything we also had eggplant side which was my personal favourite. I did feel portions are slightly smaller or maybe I was just too hungry but overall food of that quality at this price is rare to find. The service was excellent, the waiting staff who attended us was very polite and vigilant. Lastly, I do like the vibe of the place but it does look better from outside than inside. Overall - Definitely recommend!