Say what you want about New Zealanders.
Those guys make a hell of a pop-up restaurant in the heart of America’s Cup Village.
That’s for sure.
Anyway, take the Waiheke Island Yacht Club
, for example. It’s a big waterfront warehouse that’s
about to be temporarily filled with venison tartare and beer. And it’s opening Thursday at Pier 29.
So. Waiheke Island. It’s... an island. More importantly, it’s the island oasis not too far from Auckland
that inspired this whole beautiful ordeal. That ordeal being a massive pop-up restaurant helmed by one of
New Zealand’s most decorated restaurateurs.
Expect deep-blue rippling fabric walls and hardwood floors. Expect a huge island bar
that was designed to resemble the black-sand beaches of the island. And then
expect to swan-dive into all of that with a date who doesn’t hate alpine salmon and Silere merino lamb rack
and Moa Brewing Company drafts.
They’ve got a casual, à la carte thing going on at lunch. Great for popping in before or after you watch
the sailboats sail. But come back at night. That’s when they’ll be rolling out the four-course menu and
getting all warehouse-fancy on you.
It’s a thing. We checked.
Waiheke Island Yacht Club
(at the Embarcadero, near Chestnut)
San Francisco, CA 94133