Barrington first fell in love with the light and vibrant flavours of modern Asian food while working at Martin Boetz’s Sydney restaurant, Longrain. It wasn’t long before he was backpacking through Thailand, boarding with families and learning alongside ‘the Mammas’ in their simple kitchens.
In 2011, Che opened MooChowChow, Auckland’s first modern Thai restaurant, celebrated for its innovative take on traditional Thai flavours and techniques. And now, at The Blue Breeze Inn, Che is bringing that same combination of Kiwi innovation and ancient tradition to Chinese food.
After a research expedition to China in 2012, Che has returned passionate about the vast palette of flavours, textures and cooking techniques yet to be made available to Auckland diners. If you think you know Chinese food, Che’s ever-changing menu will make you think again.
Throughout China’s history, the first act of a new emperor was appointing a head chef to his court. Over hundreds of years, this competitive tradition evolved a highly elegant culinary culture with one overriding obsession: extracting the maximum flavour of each ingredient.
Today, China's culinary legacy delivers a mouth watering repertoire of tastes and techniques to The Blue Breeze’s kitchen, resulting in flavour combinations as diverse as they are delicious.
Perch up at our open kitchen bar and watch our Chinese-trained dumpling chefs, their impossibly dextrous hands a blur of folding, flipping, stuffing and pinching. Or drink to your health every time a fireball goes up from one of our flaming woks.
This is a fresh, exciting, invigorated kitchen of talented food lovers, and watching them work is an event in itself.
This is where the lush bounty of Polynesia mingles with the exotic tastes of Asia. Machete-hacked coconuts, thick sticks of grassy sugar cane juiced through our hand-cranked press, vaporised nectars and diamond-bright blocks of ice the size of your fist... once you sample The Rum Jungle’s cocktails, you’ll understand why we go to such lengths to squeeze that island-fresh flavour into the glass.
And if you prefer your drink with less spectacle but just as much taste, enjoy the thirst-quenching cool of our handcrafted beer, or order from our carefully curated selection of wines.
Plushly presiding over The Blue Breeze Inn is our elevated, private dining area. This is the preferred seating option of plantation owners, princesses and no-good pirates as they celebrate conquests and expand their island empires.
Our private dining area seats a minimum of eight people, with a comfortable maximum of 12.
Booking is essential.
Get a postcard?
A warm, frangipani-scented hello from The Blue Breeze Inn. If you found a slice of island-paradise in your letter box, then that means someone you know wished you were here. We’d love you to come visit our restaurant - but depending on where you are, New Zealand might still be a dream away.
Until then, complete the circle by emailing us a photo of you anywhere in the world with your Blue Breeze postcard. Let us know who you are, where you are and which of your friends sent it to you... and there might be a treat in store for them the next time they drop by.
Hope to see you soon,
Live DJs + all-day dumplings and Peking duck.
Along with the deliciousness of dumplings and duck available all day, Coconut Sundays showcases an ever-changing lineup of Auckland's finest DJs. Enjoy the chillaxing sounds of the Pacific Islands with increasingly eclectic all-vinyl selections. Featuring: Murry Sweetpants, Sam E, Jubt, Tido, Kirk James, Nyntee, Dustin Lindale and special guests.