Shuck Me Hard! Where to eat the best "bluffies" this season.

Big, juicy and the tastiest in the world - Bluff oysters are worth making a song and dance about and here at ResDiary we intend to do just that by ‘dredging up’ our favourite restaurants in Auckland and beyond, where you can try these famous delicacies.

Euro Bar & Restaurant

It may be the Chinese year of the Rooster but at Euro it’s the Month of the Oyster! Euro can claim many firsts in the local hospitality scene, including first to bring Alaskan King Crab and Atlantic scallops to Auckland. Most notably, Euro became the first-ever New Zealand restaurant to make the world’s top 50 in Conde Nast Traveler magazine. We recommend visiting here for plump bluff oysters perfectly paired with great champagnes while enjoying the view across Auckland Harbour.

22/147 Quay St, Princes Wharf, Auckland

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Ostro Brasserie & Bar

Ostro is a stunning dining space designed by Fearon Hay, on the second floor of the Seafarers building with sweeping views of the harbour and uncomplicated New Zealand brasserie food. Josh Emett’s menu celebrates everything that is good about local ingredients, always fresh and in season, and offering a superb selection of premium New Zealand meats. A large raw bar is a key feature of Ostro, offering high quality fresh seafood, straight off the boat. Celebrate bluff oyster season here with $25 dozens in stunning surroundings

52 Tyler Street, Britomart, Auckland City

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Jervois steak house Auckland

There are steakhouses, then there are steakhouses and then there’s Jervois Steak House. Jervois Steak House is an authentic and premium steak house, and makes no apologies for unashamedly celebrating a love of meat. The menu showcases a veritable who’s who of meats in all forms, sourced from the very best beef and lamb producers. However at certain times of the year a steak gets substituted for something plump, velvety with a rich salty taste: THE BLUFF OYSTER. We recommend trying them freshly shucked and served au naturel with lemon.

70 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Auckland

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The Culpeper

We have been with the Culpeper every step of the way watching them prepare for the arrival of the Bluff Oysters. From gazing misty eyed at their Facebook posts showing executive chef Gareth  Stewart out on the dredging boat with the crew, too seeing the oysters packaged and making their journey to Princes Wharf for the best festival yet. Visit the Culpeper for a month of daily oyster deals, drink specials, free dinner giveaways, live music and much more for you to enjoy.

22 Princes Wharf, Quay Street , Auckland

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Harbourside Ocean Grill

If we were to describe The Harbourside Ocean Grill in Auckland we would say it was classically inspired , with an elegant wine selection all accompanied by excellent service. These traits coupled with their stunning location in Auckland’s iconic Ferry building have made it one of the hottest dining destinations on the harbour, made even more appealing by its extensive deck area and retractable roof perfect for enjoying Bluffies on.

The Ferry Building 99 Quay Street, Auckland

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FACTS - Straight from the Molluscs’ Mouth!

Bluff oysters are said to be the most flavoursome in the world because they are slowly grown in the cold, clean waters of Foveaux Strait until they are large, plump and juicy.

The oysters from Bluff are reputed to have aphrodisiac qualities. Although no specific research currently exists to support this, they contain high levels of zinc which assists with hormone regulation and may increase libido.

The official oyster harvesting season runs from March until June or July – depending on when the yearly quota is reached.

The salty seaside town of Bluff is home to the fleet of oyster boats and the main gateway to Stewart Island – New Zealand’s third largest island.

Bluff is the oldest European settled town in New Zealand and offers fascinating maritime history.

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