With plans to go and see the Dragon Poi fire show in Devonport, our thoughts turned to where to have dinner beforehand. We’d heard whispers of a brand new opening right on the wharf so it seemed the perfect place to have dinner before the show.
The major selling point of Devon on the Wharf is this fantastic view. Situated right inside the ferry terminal, you are rewarded with stunning views of the Auckland skyline.
The decor of the restaurant impressed us immediately. Mint green furnishings combined with white wicker chairs, together with hints of blue immediately transported us to the Mediterranean. The restaurant focuses on Turkish cuisine, with the hardworking owners Alex and Nigar being expats from Turkey. You can’t get much more authentic than that!
With tables both inside and outside, we were seated in the outdoor area which had a covered roof and patio heaters. However, it was a rather chilly evening and we found ourselves wishing that the heaters were a little bit stronger! We’re not sure how this will work in the winter but it is a perfect summer retreat. Maybe the restaurant could provide blankets and crank up the heaters a bit more for winter?
The restaurant was bustling on a busy Saturday night but service was efficient and knowledgeable. A long bar is the centrepiece to the restaurant and the colourful glasses draw the eye in even further. The menu helpfully provides a glossary at the front to explain the unfamiliar Turkish words within in detail.
The all day breakfast/brunch menu is available from 7am until 3pm and includes everything from porridge with cranberry, pistachio and apple syrup to classics such as eggs benedict and blueberry pancakes. Also on offer are traditional Turkish dishes such as fattoush salad and dolma.
The dinner menu is split into small plates and big plates, perfect for sharing. Being so close to the sea we had to sample the seafood offerings. The Seafood Harissa consisted of prawns and scallops sauteed in a harissa sauce and served on top of Turkish bread with a wedge of lemon. The harissa sauce was smoky and sweet with just the right level of stickiness. The scallops and prawns were perfectly cooked, soft and succulent with a little bit of bite. The only suggestion we would give is to maybe toast the Turkish bread? This would provide some texture and stop the bread going so soggy because of the sauce so quickly.
We absolutely couldn’t wait to get stuck into the mezze platters. They were huge and more than enough for two people to share. The meat platter contained beef and sujuk koftes, chicken skewers, lamb cutlets, tzatziki, hummus, bean salad, olives with feta, pickles, turmeric rice and bread.Our favourites on the platter were the koftes and the lamb cutlets.
We went for a second platter and ordered the Devon Mezze Platter. This consisted of sigara borek, beetroot hummus, labneh, taramasalata, falafels, grilled halloumi, bean salad, pickled vegetables and Turkish pide. Our favourite item by far was the sigara borek – cheese and potato filo stuffed cigars. The falafel could’ve done with a tad more seasoning but everything else was delicious, including that wonderfully soft Turkish bread.
We were too full for dessert but would like to try the Baklava and the Chocolate Plate next time.
With the perfect setting, Devon on the Wharf is a perfect summery destination for a Mediterranean al fresco feast.
Devon on the Wharf
Devonport Wharf Northern Pavillion
1 Queens Parade
Tel: 09 445 7012