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Judith Tabron unveils new Westhaven Marina venture

Judith Tabron unveils new Westhaven Marina venture

First Mates, Last Laugh, restaurant guru Judith Tabron’s latest restaurant offering, officially opens on April 17 at Auckland’s Westhaven Marina – the Southern Hemisphere’s largest recreational marina.

Bookings are now open and a soft opening will be held this weekend where the newly appointed team for the predominantly seafood restaurant, will entertain supporters and industry stalwarts.

Executive Chef Cezar Takahashi, recently of Ponsonby’s Azabu restaurant fame, has developed a fresh menu appealing to the fun locality of the venue which sports crisp clean seating, modern lighting and décor.

Executive Chef Cezar Takahashi

“First Mates, Last Laugh’s website quotes Tabron as saying: “Kiwis love the ocean; we naturally gravitate toward the water when thinking about dining and where we feel most calm. We want ‘First Mates, Last Laugh’ to be an inviting, fun and friendly neighbourhood spot that is perfect for occasion dining, but also a place to pop into for a wine and small bite after a walk along the waterfront.”

Amy Burton has joined the executive team as Operations Manager along with Steve Mann as Director.

Judith Tabron’s internationally renowned Soul Bar, was sold to the Nourish Group in 2018. Auckland based Nourish Group – which owns sites including SOUL Bar & Bistro, Andiamo, Jervois Steak House, The Brit, Shed 5 and Pravda – was acquired by Foley Holdings NZ Ltd last year, and announced the official name change along with news that Chef Gavin Doyle leads the kitchen culinary direction across its 10 restaurant and bars.

Amy Burton and Steve Mann.

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