Auckland’s largest mixed-use precinct, Commercial Bay, will be a magnet for foodies when it opens in March 2020, housing 44 food and beverage operators - a mix of both international and homegrown vendors. And with it's Harbour Eats and overall food offering now fully leased aside from one space remaining, it is certainly set to cement Auckland’s reputation as a outstanding food destination. 

Celebrity chef Ben Bayly will open an eatery at the precinct, and has revealed it will be located at the precinct’s terrace site, with stunning harbour views. A modern Korean eatery is also among the restaurants set to open in autumn 2020, lead by Oliver Simon and David Lee, the innovative creators behind the popular Korean restaurant Simon & Lee. The pair will also launch a second offering in the Harbour Eats food hall. 

Commercial Bay

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). 

Precint Properties' CEO, Scott Pritchard says “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.” 

Innovative design 

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. 

Most of the tenancies and furniture for Harbour Eats construction is taking place in a 2,050sqm warehouse off-site, which is approximately the same size as Harbour Eats (2400sqm), just slightly wider and shorter. Sustainable natural materials will be used to create the furniture. Tenants can also complete their building fit-out at the warehouse, and once complete, all units will be deconstructed and freighted to Commercial bay for permanent installation via crane. Benefits of constructing the dining precinct offsite include better overall quality of the final product, less waste and rubbish created, reduced number of contractors as well as retailers getting the chance to better know their new space prior to opening. Precinct Properties believes prefabricated modular construction of this scale has never been done before.  

Harbour Eats

“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.  

Get your tastebuds ready!

Among the eateries announced to launch at 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. 

Early announcements to the precinct were 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 March 2020.

Last updated: 10 October 2019