Harbourside, holding prime position in its second-level site above Auckland’s bustling ferry terminal, has a welcome new sophistication, impressive attention to detail and a continued clear commitment to fresh seafood. In addition to a well-appointed room that spreads from a raw seafood bar at one end to a spectacular cocktail bar area at the other, there’s an appealing deck with fascinating views over the inner harbour. Service is attentive, styled to the best of bistros, with a lean towards more formal dining. The menu includes fresh whole fish deboned expertly at the table and sensitive treatment of a wide range of both well-known and uncommon species. The wine list is one of the country’s best, served knowledgeably. At last, Harbourside is once again a shining, professional, class act.
1st Floor, The Ferry Building, 99 Quay St, City, 09 307 0556, harbourside.co.nz Lunch & dinner 7 days; mains $39-$50
Showcasing NZ’S IN BRIEF abundant fresh seafood