Located smack bang in the middle of St Heliers along Tamaki Drive, you'll find Moreton's, complete with its picture perfect view of the harbour and our city's largest dormant volcano, Rangitoto. If lucky, you’ll be able to get a prime spot on the action packed footpath - it's so close to the ocean that water basically laps underneath your feet while you dine.
After a hard day's paddle boarding, Moreton's proves to be the perfect spot for a hearty meal or sneaky beverage. The menu has everything you could ask for, literally EVERYTHING. In fact there's a whopping nine different sections, and that's not even including dessert, drinks or the kids menu. There's burgers and tapas and platters and salads and cheeses and steaks, the list rolls on.
If, like me, you buckle under the pressure when it comes to ordering time, you needn't worry. On this occasion, randomly choosing things from the tapas section turned out to be a happy accident and gave me the upper hand when it came to table space. My fellow diners were equally impressed with their own choices. Like the menu, portions are large and reasonable for the price tag. Though that sadly meant there was no room left for dessert. If you do make it to the sweets, you'll find classics like sundaes, pannacotta and sticky date pudding.
By night, Moreton's turns into a great waterfront drinking spot, evolving into a gastropub/sports bar hybrid. They regularly host quiz nights and there are ample TVs to catch the most current game of sport. The drinks list includes mostly mainstream beer and cider varieties, though there are a couple of hoppy craft brews from Black Dog.
Reservations are absolutely key on a sunny day.