It’s that time again, Bluff season is upon us. The Princes Wharf will once again be delivering an oyster extravaganza to the mollusc-hungry residents of Auckland. Kicking off this March with decadent set menus, live music-filled events, masterclasses, all-you-can-eat deals and much, much more — this year is set to be bigger and better than ever.
Euro Bar & Restaurant
The Big Bluff Lunch: The waterfront stalwart is the place to be if you’re wanting to come out of your shell- or rather, to eat the highly sought Bluffies out of theirs. Although the First Haul Lunch has already sold-out, Euro is thankfully hosting a lunch special to include as many as possible in the Bluff treats of the season. Between 12 — 3pm, you can try a delicious three-course lunch featuring Bluff Oysters for $35.
Bluff Oysters & Champagne: Championing the ultimate pairing, Euro patrons will delight in a special deal of a dozen Bluff oysters doing a tasteful tango with two glasses of Perrier Jouet Champagne for $80, or you can enjoy the oysters combined with sips from your full bottle for $140.
Coley & Punch
Whisky & Oyster Flight: Champagne perhaps not your beverage of choice? Over at Coley & Punch, the wicked pairing of whisky and oysters will dance up a storm: three oysters served three ways, each matched with their own individual glass of smooth whisky for $60.
Cocktail & Oyster: If you’re after a one-of-a-kind tipple, opt for your oysters with a crafted cocktail, totally unique, and carefully matched to your preferences for $25.
Bluff Oysters & Champagne: Euro isn’t the only place to celebrate the Bluff oyster and champagne partnering on the dancefloor. Its neighbour has the Coley & Punch special deal of a dozen Bluffies and two flutes of Perrier Jouet for $80, and $140 for the bottle.
Oysters and Champagne: A dozen of these plump and creamy rock oysters at The Culpeper, are footing it with the best of G.H Mumm Rose Champagne for $89. However, if you’re wanting to rest your digestion, Culpeper patrons can opt for a solo bottle of G.H Mumm for just $65.
Oyster & Music Festival: Mark your calendars on Saturday, 28th March as The Culpeper will be showcasing a few of our favourite things — rock oysters, delicious food, and live music. Each lunchtime booking comes with half a dozen complementary rock oysters per person, but be aware: there are only 200 dozen complimentary oysters available, so an early table reservation is strongly advised if you want to be a part of this.
$2 Oysters: Those wanting to skip the preamble and just get down to the finer points of oyster-slurping-and-savouring, can head to The Culpeper. From 3pm until 7pm, every day in March, freshly shucked rock oysters will be served to you au naturel with a spritz of lemon, for just $2 a pop.
The Crab Shack
Boil Up: On Saturday, 21st of March, The Crab Shack stages a seafood boil up, and adds even more gastronomic drama with its freshly-shucked Oyster Bar, along with live music from 12pm to 3pm.
Get Shucked: For just $2 each, The Oyster Bar at The Crab Shack will be in full shuck mode daily, with daily changing oysters on offer from 3pm until 6pm.