New Zealand’s national day anniversary deserves the very best and in 2016, Waitangi Day in Auckland is being celebrated with our most premium of fish – Ōra King Salmon.

Ōra King and Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill are presenting a special lunch prepared by the restaurant’s talented head chef Thomas Barta, winner of Best Dish NZ at the Ōra King awards in October.

The five course luncheon includes Ōra King salmonCloudy Bay clams and silere merino lamb. It is paired with premium New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines (Villa MariaAra & Giesen Wines) as a spinoff event to Sauvignon 2016, Marlborough’s International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration.

Barta’s 2015 Best Ōra King Dish NZ Flavours of the Sea also features as part of the luncheon. It comprises citrus cured Ōra King salmon, bouillabaisse jelly with crayfish, paua, clam, scampi and New Zealand seaweeds, a dish that co-judge Lauraine Jacobs described as “sensational”.


Flavours of the Sea. Photo credit: Jonny Davis

Thomas Barta says he’s both delighted and excited to recreate the dish for one day only on February 7.


NZ King Salmon’s Jemma McCowan says, “We’re thrilled to give more people the opportunity to try Thomas’ spectacular dish by way of this Waitangi Day luncheon. Happily the event ties in nicely with Marlborough’s inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration”.

The details are:
• Ōra King salmon luncheon
• Sunday 7 February (Waitangi weekend) at 12:30pm
• Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill, Quay Street, Auckland
• $120 pp including canapés on arrival, five courses matched with selected NZ premium sauvignon blanc wines.

Reservations can be made by contacting the restaurant on 09 307 0556 or by emailing
Ōra King salmon is a best-of-breed king salmon developed specifically for the food service industry. Ōra King is a result of a commitment to quality founded on a classic breeding programme born in the top of New Zealand’s South Island two decades ago. All of the company’s husbandry and breeding, everything which Ōra King represents, is dedicated to the professional chef. It is the best of the best. Ōra King is to salmon as Wagyu is to beef.

Sauvignon 2016

Sauvignon 2016, The International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration is the first of its kind in New Zealand and an opportunity for the New Zealand wine industry to host the world’s leading wine producers, experts and key influencers. The event will run over three days from Monday 1 February to Wednesday 3 February, 2016 in Marlborough.

Issued for Ōra King by Pead PR

Jane Torrance, Pead PR, P: 09-918 5534, M: 021 393 157, E: