Nothing fishy about Auckland’s newest dining precinct

Auckland Fish Market has welcomed its first visitors following a multi-million-dollar renovation, including a brand-new seafood-focussed food precinct.

Owned by fishing company Sanford and designed as a celebration of New Zealand seafood, Sanford chief customer officer Andre Gargiulo hopes the new eateries will encourage Kiwis to get more adventurous when it comes to consuming fish.

“More than 100 different types of fish are caught in New Zealand waters, yet we tend to eat the same five Our aim for the new eatery is to show that there is literally oceans of choice beyond the usual snapper, hoki or terakihi,” said Gargiulo. “A big focus for us will be an education message to show the variety of cuts, flavours, tastes and recipes available right here, at the source.”

Visitors will be able to enjoy cuisine from around the world, including Azubu Lite, a new reiteration of the well-known Ponsonby eatery from chef Yukio; Polynesian poke bowls; bold Thai food from Cameron Knox; South American grill from Mar + Tierra; Mussel and Oysters from BillyPot, a new venue from Ofir Yudelivich, director of The Jefferson; as well as coffee and gelato from Good Karma.

Outside in the refurbished courtyard will be Market Galley, a new venture from the Savor Group and Cobus Klopper, Group Executive Chef at Ostro. The model of a combined market, cooking school and dining precinct is one copied from seaside cities in countries such as Japan, Australia and Spain where fish markets had become major tourist attractions.