Turkish food is having a moment and we’re not surprised—it’s divine! The aromatic spices create moreish mezze sides and irresistible feasts. The cuisine has gifted us with the likes of dolma, menemen, lahmacun and—of course—Turkish delight.
In our humble opinion, the best way to enjoy the deliciousness is with your nearest and dearest in a stunning spot.
This is where Turkish oasis Devon on the Wharf comes in. Not only is the food and drink divine, but the venue is equally incredible—it’s the most beautiful Turkish restaurant in Auckland. Here’s why we’re so obsessed.
Getting There Is Smooth Sailing (Pun Intended)
When five o’clock rolls around, escape the hustle and bustle of city life in favour of a cruise across the
Mediterranean Waitemata Harbour. Upon arrival at Devonport Wharf, you’ll stumble upon the aptly named eatery, Devon on the Wharf. The Turkish-inspired oasis is just a 12-minute ferry ride from the heart of the CBD—you can opt to drive, but sailing there is half the fun!
The Views Will Take. Your. Breath. Away.
Perched on the wharf itself, the eatery has 360-degree views of the Auckland Harbour and beyond. Sip on your morning coffee as you watch the sun rise from the East; return in the evening and see the sun sink behind the Waitakere Ranges.
Our fave spot to soak in the view (and soak up the bevvies) is from Devon’s stunning bar. Rather than staring at a wall behind the bartender, there’s a biiig window framing the bustling harbour with the city’s skyline in the background—lookin’ good, Auckland!
They've Got The Biggest, Baddest Drinks Menu In Town!
Speaking of the bar, there’s no shortage of refreshing beverages at Devon on the Wharf—the drinks menu is an impressive 12-pages long! There’s a dedicated gin and tonic menu (dreams DO come true), as well as wine, beer, rum and whiskey.
You’re in expert hands with award-winning bartender Sameer Galav running the show. Get into the swing of things with a Mediterranean gin and tonic (Devon’s most-popular cocktail) or opt for a Zingana-tini (our fave!) made with the restaurant’s unique blend of espresso.
Devon also has non-alcoholic bevvies perfected—including coffee. They’ve got all the usual suspects (espresso, flat white, cappuccino, latte) or a not-to-be-missed Turkish coffee. Alternatively, there’s tea, smoothies or—our personal fave—a hot choccy made with a stick of Whittaker’s chocolate.
The Décor Is On Point
Drink in hand, take a moment to admire the beautiful décor. At the helm of the restaurant, you’ll find Alix Isik and Nigar Ivgen of Nazar Group. The talented duo is behind the likes of Deco Eatery, Bodrum Kitchen and Miss Istanbul. And, if you’re familiar with these Auckland institutions, you’ll know that the décor is always second to none.
At Devon on the Wharf, you’ll find a spacious outdoor area adorned with wicker chairs, cushions and pops of greenery. Inside, things are light and bright with homely wooden tables and chairs, a geometric-tiled floor and even more greenery. The beautiful eatery is all about comfort and chill vibes—you could happily pass the day away here.
Brace Yourself For A Total Feast
Views, drinks and décor aside, it’s Devon’s menu that really has our hearts. While the mouth-watering menu is largely inspired by the owners’ Turkish heritage, there are also Mediterranean delights and Kiwi classics on offer.
You’re encouraged to embrace a leisurely, shared dining experience—just like they do in the Mediterranean! Start with shared plates of grilled halloumi, cauliflower fritters and Turkish mussels. If you want a bit of everything, the signature platter is a crowd-pleaser (and oh-so delish).
Divided into three sections, the larger-sized mains include ocean, paddock and field. Choose between the likes of flavoursome calamari salad, tender beef cheek and Mumma’s dolma—Devon’s much-loved stuffed capsicum.
…And Come Back For Brunch!
Not only does Devon ace dinner and drinks, brunch is equally impressive! Devour fluffy blueberry pancakes served with poached pear and bacon or opt for flavoursome tomato and capsicum menemen with oozing baked eggs.
For something a little more lunch-esque, go for a wrap (there’s slow-cooked lamb, crispy tarakihi or halloumi), lahmacun (Turkish-style pizza), fattoush salad or Devon’s take on fish and chips. Our only advice? Arrive hungry because you’re gonna want to eat it ALL!
Discover the Turkish oasis for yourself at Devon on the Wharf. For more details, including opening hours, click here.
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Video credit: Pure Productions. Image credit: Kellie Blizard.