Whether you're after the comfort of a morning coffee, the excitement of an evening cocktail or something in between—you'll find it all at Wynyard Pavilion, the epic all-day eatery that's now open on North Wharf.
Located inside the spacious heritage building that once housed Jack Tar, this stylish new restaurant boasts some of the best ocean views (and people-watching) in the city, along with a menu to boot.
Expect contemporary interpretations of your favourite breakfast dishes, as well as a thoughtful offering of lunch and dinner-time fare largely inspired by the nautical setting (think seared yellowfin tuna tacos, juicy market oysters and a delicately-flavoured clam linguine). It's certainly not a seafood-only affair however—the Pavilion fried chicken, Margherita pizza and polenta fries with shaved parmesan and truffle aioli are all sure to go down a treat.
And if you fancy dessert, make it the chocolate tart—proof that in the right set of hands, a few simple ingredients can become something truly extraordinary. Finally, wash down your meal with one of the 11 speciality beers on tap, a glass of your favourite vino or one of the many gorgeous cocktails on offer. Our pick? The Summer Spritz—fresh, fizzy and just the right amount of sweet, this is an absolute tonic for all that ails you (oh, and did we mention it's pink?).
The service here is just as legit. After all, where else will you see staff handing out sunhats—yes, sunhats!—to outdoor diners who haven't managed to nab a spot in the shade? This relaxed, unpretentious vibe is exactly the sort of feel Helen and Damien McDowell (the pair overseeing the site's redevelopment) want to create; with the hope that over time, people will come to think of Wynyard Pavilion the way they would a neighbourhood local.
With that in mind, the eatery will also host a number of community-based events, including a weekend market in association with Salty River Farms. On Saturdays between 8am and 12pm the restaurant's garden bar will be transformed into a bustling marketplace selling freshly-baked bread, organic milk, free-range eggs, locally-grown produce and other delicious wares. Add to that a regular night of live music and $12 pints on Wednesdays, and sunset sessions with some of the city's leading DJs as well as $1 oysters on Fridays; and Auckland, we reckon we're onto a winner.
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