Tin Soldier

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151 Ponsonby Road,
Ponsonby
Auckland,


(09) 378 1719

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Review byBrett Atkinson18/06/2012

Tin Soldier, Ponsonby - Restaurant Review

Vibe

Subtle Kiwiana touches combine with a bustling bistro-style ambience. Grab a seat at the front window for views of Ponsonby Rd’s cinematic scroll. Look forward to a soundtrack of 60’s classics with a lounge and Latin spin.

Service

Friendly front of house attention, but the timing of dishes from the Tin Soldier kitchen was a little inconsistent, with a salad arriving well before our other plates. Plus points though for allowing us to order off the large plates menu during the afternoon.

Drinks List

Craft beers from Boundary Road on tap, an excellent New Zealand skewed winelist, and classic cocktails including a mint-laden Mojito($15). Be prepared for pricey bottled beers though, with Little Creatures at $12 and Emerson’s at $20. Ouch.

Highlights

The master stock poached poussin ($24) grilled to smokey perfection over charcoal, and partnered with peanuts, ginger and chilli popcorn and pickled shoots. It’s described as ‘posh chicken satay’ by the waitress, and she’s bang on the money, with the dish conjuring up memories of South East Asian street food.

Most Surprising Dish

The grass-fed sirloin with a trio of wild mushrooms, roasted garlic, artichoke chips and truffle ($28). The compact medallions of meat are terrific with the smokey creaminess of the garlic – robust flavours combined with an elegant presentation.

The Bottom Line

Blending a modern buzz with a nostalgic warmth, Tin Soldier’s updated spins on shared plates of comfort food are a welcome addition to Ponsonby Rd’s casual, drop- in, character.

A Reason to Return

To try out Tin Soldier’s more informal small plates including mozzarella and chorizo croquettes ($12), and crispy prawns with furikaki, wasabi and lime mayo ($15). Oysters served four ways ($24 for six) and the shared charcuterie plates ($18 to $48) are another potential distractions.

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