Carmen Jones – K’Road Eatery & Bar

Written by on February 12, 2018

There’s something going on in K’ Road…

It’s always been a place for the edgy, the fringe, the creative – long may that continue – and there’s a sense that another era is being ushered in. All kinds of interesting eateries have popped up in the last year or so to cater for our insatiable desire for new eating and drinking experiences.

Carmen Jones, a café/restaurant with an interior straight out of Havana, has one foot in the old world and one in the new. Drawing inspiration from old Mediterranean Europe to the Americas, the bohemian Carmen Jones fits right into the eclectic neighbourhood that is K Road.

Originally evenings only, they are now open for weekend brunches – Friday through Sunday, serving up Miller’s Coffee (Ginger & Cardamom Affogato anyone?) and moreish eats including Churros con Chocolate; Chorizo Benedict; Pan-fried Small Fish with Green Pea & Avocado Smash, fennel salad, and hot baguette; and the famous Barcelona ‘Bikini Sandwich’.


Owned and operated by longtime Ponsonby residents Clare Hindmarsh and Zeki Kizilata, with their partners Ali and Michelle Arsan (the team behind the funky new Aegean restaurant Lokanta in Richmond Road, and previously the original Caravanserai and Tasca), Carmen Jones cruises into the evening with gorgeous late afternoon sun, Happy Hour drinks, and a menu of delicious shareables and meals.

Their semi-private ‘Havana Room’ is also great for mix’n’mingle parties of 20 to 40 people.

If the invasion of mall brands into Ponsonby bothers you, then you need to get to K Road, before everyone else does!


Open 6 nights from 4pm (closed Mondays) Happy Hour 4 – 7pm
Weekend Brunches open on Friday from 12pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am

382 Karangahape Road,
T: 09 974 5500


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