Your new local - come on down to soak up the prime waterfront position in Okahu Bay...
Situated on the water's edge with circling views of the Waitemata Harbour, Akarana Eatery has been developed as part of the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre, the new home of the historic Royal Akarana Yacht Club, with inspiration from Nic Watt and his love of boating and seafood. Akarana Eatery has been developed to bring together fresh, seasonal and approachable dining inspired by its unique surroundings.
Akarana Eatery offers a relaxed menu to cater for all occasions available from breakfast through to dinner. For seven days a week diners can grab a coffee, ice-cream, or selection of counter items - from sweet pastries and savoury items to freshly made baguettes - as well as a seasonal a la carte menu that keeps it simple with classics such as fresh-cut fish and chips, a selection of shucked oysters, clams or tua tua, through to house-made lamb shank pies. The centrally located wood fired oven will serve pizza, roasted whole Kaipara Harbour flounder to share as well as wood roasted arrow squid with garlic, lemon and parsley butter, and a kids focused menu is also available.
Importantly, sustainability is at the heart of Akarana Eatery. With a focus on reducing bottles used in the restaurant industry and consistent with the Hyundai Marine Centre’s commitment to sustainability, taps for both wine and beer have been installed. Nic Watt and the team have also sourced top-quality and sustainable New Zealand seafood for the menu.
All proceeds from the Eatery go directly to Akarana Marine Sports Charitable Trust whose purpose is to create safe and accessible pathways to the sea, for both the local Orakei and wider Auckland community. Some of the Trusts initiatives include delivering the New Navigators Programme, operating the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre for marine based sports clubs, communities and assisting in the restoration of the Mauri of Okahu Bay.
"I come from a long boating lineage and have grown up on the Waitemata Harbour so this is a location that is very special to me. Akarana Eatery brings to life my love of being out on the harbour and celebrates the abundance of fresh seafood we have access to in New Zealand.
The eatery has been designed as a relaxed destination that is not only perfect for sun-drenched Auckland days, but a destination to be enjoyed with family and friends, and one to show-off to international guests to the City of Sails.
“I have endeavoured to bring my food philosophy strongly to the table at Akarana Eatery to ensure that every dish is stand-alone, packed with flavour, always focusing on enhancing the natural essence of the hero ingredient and allowing the food to speak for itself."
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