Editorial / Food & Drink

Goodluck Coconut: An Asian Pacific inspired bar and eatery

Smack bang in the middle of the Wynyard Quarter strip is The Good Luck Coconut. An Asian Pacific inspired restaurant that lures guests in with its pacific ambiance, beachy sing-alongs, and a tiki styled bar, lined with tropical greenery and bright pink hibiscus.

We came for the cocktails and were completely blown away by the food.

Jared Donkin

We came for the cocktails, but were completely blown away by the food. Once the dishes started rolling out we were quick to realise that the team behind The Good Luck Coconut knew exactly how to both nail the flavour combinations in their cocktails and then back it up with an equally impressive menu, bursting with bold and contrasting flavours. The menu is designed for sharing and with that challenge the team have crafted dishes that can be easily served and enjoyed in groups.

Ika Mata: a creamier, sweeter styled raw market fish salad,  balanced with pops of shaved melon, mint, watermelon, and a squeeze of lime. A light, fresh salad dish, beautifully plated. 

The Luau Love sharing platter featured a range of Asian and Pacific styled nibbles  – tender Japanese styled chicken yakitori, succulent tiger prawns sitting on a mango puree with black garlic mayo, four chunky pork ribs smoked over English white oak and coconut for 3.5 hours and topped with puffed rice – Japanese Sansho adds a touch of heat with a side of Ika Mata to cool the palate.

Coal roasted sweetcorn was my favourite. Thinly sliced Caribbean spiced sweet corn wheels, with whipped coconut and yoghurt. 

300 gram Awhi Farms steak: medium rare, served sliced, with coffee and oak roasted carrots, pickled eggplant and watercress.

Soft shell crab slider: There is no lack of colour at The Good Luck Coconut, where even their sliders feature a purple kumara bun sandwiching a crispy soft shell crab, a green papaya salad, and siracha mayo. 

Smoked pork ribs: A strong delicious smoky flavour, a BBQ sauce to knock you off your feet, BBQ’d pineapple, puffed rice, sansho, and coriander.

Now to the cocktails

Blessed Shores: the winning cocktail of the day taking out best in taste and best in presentation! One of those cocktails you simply can’t sip – it spends more time in your hand than it does on the coaster. Gone in under 5 mins and ready to order another.

North Wharf Shipwreck: a Pacific tropical take on the infamous Cosmopolitan – strong, sweet and cheerful. Definitely one to kick off a ladies’ lunch, featuring vodka, raspberry, Amaro Montenegro, fresh pineapple and lemon.

Pacific Fizz: a crisp, fresh cocktail that combines Kwai feh lychee, St Germain elderflower and lemon juice, topped with prosecco. An interesting match of flavours, perfect for those with a sweeter palette. The elderflower is intriguing. It definitely compliments the sweetness of the prosecco.

Perfect for: Fun date night, larger groups, and special occasions, or a cocktail in the afternoon sun.

Price: Higher price, but reflects the location (afternoon sun-drenched patio), unique dining experience, quality fresh ingredients.

Ambience & theming: Great for a hens party or special event, as the place is already themed and popping Pacific tunes.

Location: 39 Jellicoe Street, Auckland CBD. Right in Wynyard Quarter, on the water. A pay and display parking lot is only a few metres away if you can’t find any street parking.

Opening Hours: 12-11:30pm Friday & Saturday, 12-4pm Sunday