Where to Indulge in Champagne & Oysters
Whether you’re on a date or want to treat yourself, here's where to enjoy Champagne and oysters
Rockefeller Champagne & Oyster Bar
Classic raw oysters reign supreme here, although the wasabi tempura bites are incredibly moreish too. With a great wine list, it's also worth asking what interesting bubbles they have on hand to wash them down with.
104 Fanshawe St, Auckland Central
Happy hour at Orphans Kitchen means Te Makutu Bay oysters from Waiheke Island are $3 a pop. On Fridays, they now stay open from lunch through to dinner, with happy hour taking place from 4-6pm.
118 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn
All the seafood at Amano is beautifully fresh and the oysters are a standout. We tried them poached in butter and Prosecco and couldn’t get enough.
66-68 Tyler St, Britomart
Oyster & Chop
Fresh or natural oysters are only $2 each during Oyster & Chop’s happy hour, from 4-6pm each day. The oysters on offer change daily depending on what’s freshest and you can choose to order six or 12.
Market Pl, Viaduct Harbour
The Shucker Brothers
The newest Champagne and oyster bar on our list, The Shucker Brothers is a sweet little inner-city spot perfect for a quick seafood fix.
Ferry Building, 99 Quay St
The Oyster Inn
No surprises here — this Waiheke restaurant is in a prime spot to nab the freshest oysters. Their $99 three-course 'Taste of Waiheke' set menu kicks things off with four Te Matuku oysters matched with a glass of 2016 Passage Rock Sauvignon Blanc. You can also order these and oysters from Bluff off the menu (minimum of three) either natural with lemon, chardonnay vinegar and shallots, or Kilpatrick.
124 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke
If you're not 100 per cent sold on oysters' unique texture, Ostro's beer-battered option served with yuzu and wasabi mayo might be more to your taste. Another tasty version is their Oysters Kilpatrick with Harmony bacon, tabasco and confit shallot. If you're happy with a raw oyster in all its shiny glory, you can have them with shallot vinegar, citrus and soy or bloody mary and coriander.
52 Tyler St, Britomart
Oysters are one of the main drawcards at Al Brown's Depot, with three kinds available from their raw bar, as well as clams if you're looking to switch it up. Try their Oysters Rockefeller — four grilled oysters with Pernod and parsley butter — and you'll begin to understand why this is such a popular spot.
86 Federal St, Auckland Central
Soul Bar & Bistro
Soul Bar do a brilliant job of raw oysters and shooters (which come with or without vodka), but something that sets them apart from the pack is their fried oyster burger in a brioche bun, with spicy mayo and slaw.
Corner of Lower Hobson St & Customs St West, Viaduct Harbour