Tokyo Bay

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  • Main Beach
    20 The Strand
    Takapuna, Auckland

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Tokyo Bay

  • Main Beach
    20 The Strand
    Takapuna, Auckland
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New Zealand Herald
Visited @ 3 January 2016 newspaper

Both my visits to Main Beach, the strip of restaurants looking over Takapuna Beach have taken place in winter, which may be missing the point of the place. I suspect the area is at its best on a summer's day, when the view stretches down to the doughy cliffs at the south end and Rangitoto lies, in Bruce Mason's words, "spreadeagled on the skyline like a sleeping whale".

On a bitter, windswept Saturday evening in the nastiest part of last month, the punters were staying away in droves. But Tokyo Bay was busy - and it is not hard to see why.

The name is more evocative if you haven't seen the real Tokyo Bay, a heavily industrialised port zone on largely reclaimed land that doesn't really ooze the refined and restrained beauty that is so easy to find in Japan.

But the restaurant's interior (you can take a 360-degree virtual tour on the website) is a thing of beauty: huge blond blocks of laminated wood seem to float in the air above the bar; a facing roughcast wall has little niches in which handsome pottery is displayed; a school of silver aluminium fish swirls overhead.

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Canvas
Visited @ 22 November 2015 magazine

If you haven't eaten at the Strand in Takapuna as the sun goes down, give yourself a treat and go there this summer. For decades we've been begging for restaurants that take advantage of Takapuna's glorious beach views, and over the past couple of years the council has seen sense and a row of them has sprung up.

There's plenty of parking, it's just over the bridge, so we arrived at Tokyo Bay early for once. It was a good decision, the sun was sinking and, after passing up the outside tables where hardier types were wrapped in blankets, we were shown to a white, comfy-looking banquette facing the sea. And, miraculously, we could see over the large table in front.

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Viva
Visited @ 13 May 2015 magazine

visited Tokyo Bay with three nervous men, friends of mine who, like me, are at a stage of life where skipping domestic duties for a boozy meal in the sun is an incredibly high-risk move.

This impromptu lunch had been variously sold as a “meeting”, “networking session” and “cross-platform working party” to the four women left behind with the children, and as such we’d all tacitly agreed not to post photos to Facebook, nor make any suspiciously happy noises during another man’s phone calls home.

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Viva
Visited @ 15 March 2015 magazine

I visited Tokyo Bay with three nervous men, friends of mine who, like me, are at a stage of life where skipping domestic duties for a boozy meal in the sun is an incredibly high-risk move.

This impromptu lunch had been variously sold as a “meeting”, “networking session” and “cross-platform working party” to the four women left behind with the children, and as such we’d all tacitly agreed not to post photos to Facebook, nor make any suspiciously happy noises during another man’s phone calls home.

At least we were safely out of the city. Tokyo Bay is part of a new complex in Takapuna set up to enjoy the incredible views towards Rangitoto Island and beyond. Like my hometown of Hamilton and its river, Takapuna’s CBD was designed to completely ignore the area’s greatest feature, so a new restaurant row where you can see the ocean as well as smell it was destined to do well, even if the food was terrible.

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