Commercial Bay announces acclaimed international restaurant

Opening in 2019
23 August, 2017

From New York's Bowery District via Moscow to Auckland; the highly acclaimed Saxon + Parole is the first impressive eating and drinking announcement for the new downtown development Commercial Bay.

Acclaimed by the likes of Zagat, Esquire magazine and Forbes Travel Guide, Saxon + Parole will be bringing its cuisine, renowned for its “Grilled Meats & Aquatic Delights” and its revered cocktail programme, here to tantalise Auckland diners.

Michelin-starred chef Brad Farmerie is at the helm, promising a menu inspired by the food, wine and cocktails served in New York,​ ​prepared​ ​with​ ​fresh,​ ​local​ ​ingredients​ ​and​ ​a​ ​distinctly​ ​New​ ​Zealand​ ​flair. Chef Farmerie has longstanding Kiwi connections, having worked alongside his mentor Peter Gordon for many years at the Sugar Club in London and at the New Zealand-influenced PUBLIC, another venue by Saxon + Parole owners AHG, in New York. 

“I’ve been working with Kiwi ingredients and the incredible suppliers who produce them for decades. Saxon +  Parole​ ​will​ ​meld​ ​New​ ​Zealand​ ​and​ ​New​ ​York​ ​influences​ ​to​ ​offer​ ​a​ ​wholly​ ​unique​ ​experience.”
-   Executive Chef Brad Farmerie

Commercial Bay owners Precinct Properties have also announced another internationally inspired dining experience for the development - Harbour Eats will be an aspirational food hall inspired by food halls and markets found in New York, London and Paris.

With 700 seats and extending from Lower Queen Street to Lower Albert Street on Level 2 of Commercial Bay,​ Harbour Eats will wholly reimagine the food hall experience. Open hearths for cooking will feature prominently in the design, as will an abundance of greenery. Harbour Eats will be open from early until late and showcase a unique mix of food and beverage concepts, from food truck operators looking for a more permanent location to both new and established chefs. 

The new Commercial Bay development, bounded by Britomart, the Viaduct and downtown, will bring together a world-class mix of restaurants, food and beverage purveyors, office spaces - including a striking 39-storey tower to be known as PwC Tower, public environments, and an urban laneway shopping experience. The area was known as Commercial Bay in the 1800’s, when it was the centre of Auckland’s transport, trade and commerce. 

Images L - R c/-: Samantha Ullrich, Mac Shafer, Melissa Hom