Nic Watt opens Akarana Eatery
Celebrated chef Nic Watt and the Royal Akarana Yacht Club have partnered at the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre on the shores of Okahu Bay, Auckland to open Akarana Eatery.
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.
The all-day eatery and bar opened to the public on September 7 in the first opening phase of the new sports centre. The new facility aims to provide the wider community with the opportunity to actively participate or spectate in a wide range of marine based activities.
Akarana Eatery brings together fresh, seasonal and approachable dining inspired by its nautical surroundings. It offers a relaxed menu to cater for all occasions available from breakfast through to dinner. For seven days a week, the 153-seat eatery allows diners to 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 à la carte menu that keeps it simple with classics such as fresh-cut fish & 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.
Considered one of New Zealand’s leading internationally-acclaimed chefs, Nic Watt’s career has gone from strength to strength. With a background working with international restaurant groups Zuma and Roka, Nic Watt has made a name for himself in New Zealand following the success of celebrated Auckland restaurant, MASU, as well as multiple other restaurants. Chef Nic Watt said of his latest venture: “The Royal Akarana Yacht Club is a premier sailing club and the all-new Hyundai Marine Sports Centre is arguably the top waterfront location in Auckland, perched overlooking the Waitemata Harbour towards Rangitoto.”
Akarana Eatery is located at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club at the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre, 8-10 Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay, Auckland, 1071.