There’s some serious culinary weight behind this new Orakei Bay bistro

An oyster bar and modern bistro rolled into one, say hello to Orakei's slick new resident.

It’s hard to keep track of all the goings-on in Orakei Bay Village. With what feels like a new boutique or eatery popping up every week, we find ourselves dizzyingly admiring its progress.

The latest addition, however, is one you really need to know about in order to seek out. An add-on of sorts to the recently opened Brothers Beer Orakei, The Barnacle is located on the westernmost point of the building, facing out through Pohutukawa trees to the basin beyond. Inside, it’s small but slick with a white tiled floor, deep teal walls, dark wood, high booth seating and sea green lighting.

While it shares a kitchen with its ‘Brother’ resident, the fresh oysters enshrined on its menu will sit proudly on ice at a dedicated bar to the right as you walk through the door. Tucked away — though hidden, it is not — this refined little Orakei Bay Village resident feels like something we’d find in San Francisco or New York. And with a number of elevated dishes, the work of chefs Sara Simpson (Tasting Shed, Clooney) and James Kirkpatrick (Depot), it will certainly offer something different to its neighbours. Think market fish tartare with oyster cream and a smoked venison carpaccio with pickled shiitake.

The perfect place to meet for an after-work drink and more, The Barnacle will host a series of soft launch nights from Wednesday 29th March before opening officially on 11th April. Denizen readers are invited to attend any of the soft opening sessions this week or next by purchasing tickets from their website, here. (You can also reserve dinner for a later date.)

Once officially open, The Barnacle will be serving dinner from Tuesday through Sunday, with lunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. There will also be a weekday happy hour that will involve $2 oysters and drink specials running from 4-6pm. Guess we’ll see you there.

The Barnacle

Orakei Bay Village
228 Orakei Rd
Orakei

www.thebarnacle.co.nz

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