Appreciated as a destination that shows Auckland at its most quintessential, Mission Bay is the place we take visitors from overseas to marvel at the beauty of our island-peppered gulf. However, a discerningly revived historic building is now providing further incentive to venture down Tamaki Drive.
Opening to the public this Friday, the newly forged Mission Bay Pavilion is anchored by the historic Melanesian Mission House, also known as the Stonehouse. The bach-inspired brief for the new structure was executed by the acclaimed Herbst Architects, a firm renowned for its quintessential and award-winning New Zealand holiday homes. Doing justice to the prominence and relaxed nature of its iconic beachside location, the beautifully designed pavilion and landscaped gardens will quickly become a much-loved destination for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between.
At the creative helm is Lucien Law of Savor Group (Seafarers, Ebisu, Azabu and Ostro) who has brought on board Italian Head Chef Camillo Bisaccioni (who has worked globally from Copenhagen to San Francisco) to oversee a fresh new culinary experience in the Eastern Bays. Other areas of creative input can be seen in the Katie Lockhart-conceived interior, that employs her signature earthy palette, and customised tableware, including fish-motif water jugs, by artist Tracey Tawhiao.
Beckoning Aucklanders from all over the city, breakfast will revolve around scrumptious goods, freshly baked on site, smoothies, fresh juices and more, while a lunch and dinner menu will tout bistro classics such as chicken liver parfait with parmesan gelato, squid ink spaghetti with clams, kingfish sliders and fritto misto. In the weeks to come, there will also be an area from which visitors can order a serving of piping hot fish and chips to devour on the beach as well as an ice cream counter.
Setting a firm precedent for the kind of beachfront eateries our fair city needs more of, Mission Bay Pavilion promises to be a place for the people enshrining fresh, local ingredients in an exceptionally well-executed way.
*Mission Bay Pavilion is scheduled to open this Friday, 27th October
Mission Bay Pavilion
44 Tamaki Drive