An intimate, exquisitely-appointed new oyster bar and restaurant has just opened in the space alongside Viaduct Harbour’s Oyster & Chop, quickly establishing itself as the perfect spot for an easy drink or a bite with friends. Versatile and atmospheric, this sleek new dining destination is called The Terrace, and while it has been designed to complement the existing Oyster & Chop offering (although with a more approachable feel) what diners will discover on visiting The Terrace is delicious drinks, a seafood-centric menu that showcases the oyster in all its glory, and a vibe that is both elevated and welcoming.
The interiors, anchored by a large open terrace, were designed by the experts at Jack McKinney Architects, who utilised a mixture of iridescent details with raw, organic textiles and shapes that, when viewed together, almost give the impression of an oyster itself. (The common with the precious, the smooth with the textural).
Here, the space is small and carefully considered, where casual tables are available to walk-ins seeking a pre-dinner drink, satiating meal or late-night bite with a bit of buzz. And while The Terrace’s Manager, Richard Pepper tells me that there will be music and atmosphere aplenty, he also explains that it is the perfect place to go if you just want to enjoy a laid-back evening, catching up with your dining companion.
The Terrace’s kitchen is in good hands too, skilfully helmed by William Dang (formerly of Mekong Baby, One Tree Grill and Culprit) with Alfie Ingham (formerly of Hugo’s Bistro) in the role of consultant chef. On the menu, inspired by classic British and European ‘oyster bars’, fresh seafood takes centre stage, where small plates like whipped Hapuka roe, smoked fish rillettes and a King Prawn cocktail collide with larger options like grilled crayfish tail, or for those who want some turf with their surf, a 600g bone-in New York strip steak.
There is (of course) a comprehensive oyster offering here, available prepared in a variety of ways, alongside a Sturia Oscietra Caviar service, served with potato chips, chives and creme fraiche. And if you have a hankering for some afternoon oysters, The Terrace will be putting on an unmissable oyster happy hour from 3pm until 6pm (Wednesday to Sunday).
The beverage offering at The Terrace is also notable, where the focus is very much on New Zealand varietals, alongside a comprehensive collection of Champagne and a back bar boasting more than 40 New Zealand gins. These is also an impressive cocktail list here, which runs the gamut from classic concoctions to more modern, unique tipples, each designed to complement the seafood-focused menu.
So, whether you’ve been looking for a new place for date night, or are simply seeking to switch things up from your regular, look no further than The Terrace. Delivering on its designs to be suave and sophisticated in a decidedly accessible and casual way, this new Viaduct Harbour destination offers good food and great drinks, and deserves to be firmly on your radar.
Wednesday — Sunday, 3pm until late
95-99 Customs Street West