Auckland’s largest mixed-use precinct, Commercial Bay, will be a magnet for foodies when it opens later this year, housing 44 food and beverage operators - a mix of both international and homegrown vendors. And with its latest announcement of the restaurants on their way, it is certainly set to cement Auckland’s reputation as a pre-eminent food destination.
Following rumours of a new offering at Commercial Bay last month, owner and developer Precinct Properties has confirmed celebrity chef Ben Bayly will open an eatery at the precinct. Speaking to his new restaurant, Bayly says "at this stage, I can share that the restaurant will be located at the precinct’s terrace site, with stunning harbour views. There will be more details to come ahead of opening and I’ll be revealing more about the concept and menu in the weeks to come.”
A modern Korean eatery is also amongst the restaurants just announced, lead by Oliver Simon and David Lee, the innovative creators behind the popular Korean restaurant Simon & Lee. “We were immediately attracted to the development as it’s the first precinct of its kind in the country, bringing together the best hospitality and retail in one place. We’re looking forward to being part of the Commercial Bay community and bringing our new concepts to life in this incredible space,” says Oliver Simon. The pair will also launch a second offering in the Harbour Eats food hall, yet to be announced.
An artist's impression of Ben Bayly's new restaurant
Bayly, Simon and Lee are joining an already stellar line-up of chefs and restauranteurs already announced for Commercial Bay, including Al Brown, Josh Emett (Hawker & Roll) and Mimi Gilmour (Burger Burger).
Says Precint Properties' CEO, Scott Pritchard, “The interest we’ve had from leading Kiwi chefs shows that Commercial Bay will be a must visit dining destination for Auckland and its visitors with incredible offerings for discerning foodies from breakfast through to dinner. We’re thrilled to share that so many recognisable names as well as new to market outlets that will be added to the diverse mix of offerings at the precinct.”
Pritchard adds that the Harbour Eats dining hall concept, designed by New York-based hospitality design firm, AvroKO, will reimagine the food hall experience with 27 food operators.
“Harbour Eats will be a dining experience unlike anything consumers have seen. With views of the Waitematā, impeccable design and an incredible range of food and beverage outlets, Harbour Eats is sure to shake up the Auckland hospitality scene,” he says.
Among the eateries announced today launching in Harbour Eats is Auckland Middle Eastern favourite, Fatima’s, contemporary Chinese cuisine from Sunnytown, Mediterranean inspired food at Gusstop, Vietnamese from Nam Nam, Brothers Beer outlet, Juke Joint, and Thai offering, Aroy Thai.
With up to 700 seats, Harbour Eats is inspired by food halls and markets in cities like New York, London and Paris. The hall-style dining spot, located on level two of Commercial Bay, will be open all day, with food available from breakfast to dinner, as well as a bar serving cocktails, beer and wine.
As well as Harbour Eats, Commercial Bay will have food and beverage offerings available throughout the retail precinct including kiosk style quick eats for shoppers on the go.
Coffee roasters Kōkako, health food offering Cali Press, bakers Bluebells Cakery, Phillippes Chocolate, Taiwanese kiosk, Kai Eatery, Got Pasta, Sam Choy Poke from Hawaii, Honest Chocolat, Hammer & Tongs Food Stop, and Goodlife Super Food Co. are among the food and beverage highlights on offer throughout the precinct.
The outlets announced today join Brad Farmerie’s New York restaurant Saxon + Parole, Mexican-inspired, Ghost Donkey, London cocktail bar, Genuine Liquorette and The Lodge Bar at Rodd & Gunn fronted by Kiwi chef Matt Lambert of the Michelin Starred New York restaurant The Musket Room.
On top of its incredible dining offering, Commercial Bay is set to include an aspirational mix of international and local fashion labels.
Commercial Bay retail will open in September 2019.