There are just so many dining options in Auckland nowadays, that I have to make a real effort to eat somewhere new each time I visit else I would never even make a dent on the ever-growing culinary scene (I think I barely do anyway!).

Orleans is located just moments from Queen’s Wharf and Queen Street, as well as being super close to the Britomart Train Station. Visiting on a Friday night was probably a perfect time to see it at its finest; it was already buzzing with after-work socialisers when we arrived shortly after six.

With bar seats down the way illuminated by fairy lights, I quickly realised that Orleans is a whole lot bigger than it looks from the street. Inside was quite the experience; it was so dimly lit that I felt transported to a whole other land. Especially once the live jazz started up – exceptional stuff.

The service was full on; they were very quick to take our orders, and even quicker to bring our food. The waitress was actually so attentive that I found it annoying. I ordered the fried chicken waffles (hard to resist!) and it was to die for – only $16, and it was filling enough that no sides were required. It is a great night out here!

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