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Everywhere Good To Eat In Half Moon Bay

By Shae Parsons
Half Moon Bay restaurant

With stunning seaside views, proximity to the Auckland City and Waiheke ferries and indulgent atmosphere – Half Moon Bay is an underrated area of East Auckland that deserves some culinary recognition. From delicious Thai to unforgettable seafood, Half Moon Bay has some spots not to be missed!

Grangers

European
1 Ara-Tai Road, Half Moon Bay
Spread and a bottle of rosé from Grangers

A Half Moon Bay staple, Grangers offers some of the best food and drink around. Run by locals Richard Cooke and Gina Henry, Grangers prides itself on being a neighbourhood restaurant where customers can enjoy a quick bite to eat, a drink, or host a special occasion. With a simple menu designed for sharing and enjoying together, Grangers has brought a new and innovative approach to the way East Aucklanders dine. Aiming to be a popular stop for locals, Grangers hosts a range of events to keep one of Auckland’s quieter neighbourhoods exciting.

Gouemon

Japanese
Shop T3 The Compass Building Ground Level/1, Ara-Tai Road

For those desiring something a little fresher, Gouemon provides high-quality Japanese food with an unmissable view of the Half Moon Bay Marina. With a wide variety of Japanese cuisine on hand, the restaurant especially delivers on their sushi and sashimi dishes. And for the fussier drinkers, the restaurant has a BYO policy! What’s not to enjoy?

The Burbs Eatery

Cafe
190 Fisher Parade, Farm Cove

A hidden spot tucked away in Farm Cove, The Burbs Eatery is a relaxed and special gem right in the heart of East Auckland. With a delicious selection of patisseries, meals, and Allpress Espresso coffees, the cosy establishment does not disappoint. Take a break from the stresses of everyday life with a visit to the cutest little café in East Auckland. 

Marina Cantina

Mexican
1 Ara-Tai Road, Half Moon Bay
Tacos, Salad, Loaded Fries, and Wraps from Marina Cantina

Conjointly owned by the same team who run Grangers, Marina Cantina is for those desiring something a little spicier. With a delicious selection of Mexican dishes, cocktails, and craft beer, Marina Cantina provides all this with a marina backdrop. For those unsure of where to start, the pulled pork and pickled onion quesadilla is a great choice, paired with one of Marina Cantina’s house margaritas.

Ara Tai Café

Cafe
1/C4 Ara-Tai Road, Half Moon Bay

For those daytime brunches and lunches, Ara Tai is a fantastic choice for those wishing to enjoy the seaside views and some top-notch food. With a mammoth menu serving all the café classics (think Eggs Benedict, croissants, coffees) and a pleasant selection of lunch items, Ara Tai is a great place to host that Sunday morning catch up session with your friends. Wildly busy, you’ll have to be in quick to ensure you can snag a spot! 

Marina Thai

Thai
The Promenade Building Shop C5/1 Ara-Tai, Half Moon Bay

It’s difficult to find Thai restaurants that stand out in East Auckland – Yet, Marina Thai is better than most, in every respect. The restaurant overlooks the expansive marina and waterfront – Perfect for those summer nights! Delivering on classics such as Pad Thai and Green Curry, Marina Thai knows what they’re doing, and they do it well. Run by the same team who own the wildly popular ‘Thai Family Restaurant’ chain on Eastern Beach and in Pakuranga, it is good to know that the team is spreading the love through their cuisine. 

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