Saturday, April 16, 2016

A Meal in Brief: Brunch @ Kiss Kiss

We came here because we were just wondering where to get coffee in Balmoral the other day, and the newly-opened Kiss Kiss was the answer. Also, it took us several years to finally visit L'ouef, Celeste Thornley and the Maignot brothers' first venture, and we weren't going to make that mistake again with their latest eatery.

The menu featured Thai variations of signature L'oeuf dishes such as a kaffir lime scotch egg, and Burmese style pork belly curried baked beans, as well as additional Thai dishes like the pork mince larb with som tum salad. The daytime menu is quite different from their menu at night, which we will have to return for too.

The setting was similar in style to L'ouef, with long wooden benches, palms, and what looked like giant cocktail umbrellas, but with more than twice the space for seating.

Plenty of space at Kiss Kiss.

The service was standard, friendly and laidback. We were asked where we wanted to sit, given drinks and menus to start, and checked on at regular intervals.

Flat white at a table outside.

What we ate included:

  • Bangkok filled roll with pickled vegetables and crushed peanuts ($12.50 + extra fried egg $2.50) - this was fresh and beautifully crispy at the edges, and the egg yolk was still oozy. The tanginess of the pickled carrot and daikon sticks (in the salad served on the side) nicely offset the butteriness of the bun with mayo.
Bangkok filled roll with fried egg.

  • Fragrant crispy rice salad, served with herbs and homemade Northern Thai sausage ($18.90) - spicy and refreshing, the flavours were as vibrant as the colours of this dish. I thought the crispy rice might be puffed rice, but they were more like arancini that have been deep fried multiple times. Yes, please.
Crispy rice salad.

Overall, these guys clearly know what they are doing. We came in with high expectations, and were not disappointed. The dishes we tried not only looked pretty, but tasted delightful. Check this place out and bring some colour into your life too.

Counter food is also available.

Restaurant Details

Kiss Kiss
1 Rocklands Avenue, Balmoral, Auckland
(09) 600 3076

Opening hours:
Tuesdays to Sundays 7am - 3pm (daytime menu), 5pm till late​ (evening menu)

Kiss Kiss is on a side street where Drum City used to be.

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