*2017 update, everything is current for this year’s Bluff Oyster season which begins 3rd March*
Oh friends. Haven’t you heard the good news? It’s the start of March! And you know what that means…. BLUFF OYSTER SEASON!
If you’re rewriting your entire monthly schedule to fit in as many of these beautiful suckers as you can, and you live in the City of Sails, then check out my round up below: The best places to eat bluffies this season. Ps. I’ve cleared my calendar, so I’m waiting for your invitations to roll in now…
22 Princes Wharf, Auckland Viaduct (09-309 9866)
Seven days a week you can get a dozen freshly shucked Bluff oysters in the half shell for $19.95 (from noon till 3pm). There’s a limit of one dozen per person so make sure to bring an oyster hating friend so you can gorge on their share. This starts the 3rd of March and runs until the end of the month. They are also doing The Great Bluff Lunch, seven courses and 4 champagnes (including Cristal, you fancy thing). You can find more info here.
Grab a seaside view and nab a dozen bluffie babies for $25 when you make a lunch or dinner booking. You can also grab a glass of Cloudy Bay Pelorus and three oysters for $20 if you want to bask in the sun on The Deck. This place is heaving with people no matter the time of day, and cheap oysters won’t help so definitely book ahead.
If you’re already on the island it would be silly to pass these up, and if not, a boat ride to Waiheke will be icing on the oyster cake when you gobble these bad boys up. For 2017 they’ve put together a bluffie special for the 3rd/4th of March: a dozen bluff oysters and two glasses of Veuve Clicquot for $75 – reservations required. Also, I know it’s weird to recommend mac and cheese when it’s a seafood restaurant, but my lawd I’m pretty sure I’ve never eaten anything so decadent.
Oyster bar is in the name of the restaurant so these guys will definitely have bluffies on hand but as 1st March they don’t have prices up yet. I’ve only been here a few times now and it is usually quite busy with the corporate lunch crowd. Around dinner is mellows down, so you should be able to find a table (they do take bookings though) and kick back with their self described “luxury punk”. Do tell me how that goes.
If you’re in the viaduct and you’ve already sampled the ones from Euro, head across the water to Oyster & Chop and check out their March Bluff special: three Bluff oysters and a glass of Cloudy Bay wine for $20. Eat and drink in the bar or take them waterside. Sweet.