Our Story

Award winning Chef Ben Bayly brings a team together and sets out on a mission to define New Zealand cuisine

Our Story

Award winning Chef Ben Bayly brings a team together and sets out on a mission to define New Zealand cuisine

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Our Story

Ahi is the realisation of a lifelong dream and a concept straight from the heart for friends, Chef Ben Bayly and Front of House professional Chris Martin. Both have their roots in fine dining and have come together, with business partner Rebecca Nelson to create Ahi.

Ahi is a laid back and sophisticated food and wine experience, encapsulating the essence of New Zealand hospitality.

Ben travelled the country in search of the very best that New Zealand has to offer. You can follow his journey on the TV Show, A New Zealand Food Story.

After meeting the nation’s growers and suppliers, Ben has developed his own definition of what New Zealand food truly is. Ahi’s menu has been devised as a culinary representation of what it means to be home, celebrating the diversity of the New Zealanders who bring produce to our tables.

Our name, Ahi, translates from Te Reo Māori to mean ‘Fire’.

Ahi translates from Te Reo Māori to mean ‘Fire’. A word that resonates not only in its relevance to cooking but also for its passionate and determined undercurrents.

Looking out over the Waitemata Harbour, Ahi can be seen as a beacon on the harbourside. As a warm, refined and uniquely New Zealand concept, Ahi provides a light filled and welcoming space for all guests. Featuring reclaimed native timber (sourced and crafted by Tom Muir of Kitchen Artefacts), a woven New Zealand grown Oak ceiling to represent the Kete and handmade plates from West Auckland Potter, Rachel Carter Ceramics. Ahi offers an opportunity to explore Aotearoa.

Located in the heart of Auckland CBD at Commercial Bay, Ahi opened its doors on August 31, 2020.

Our Team

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.

What is the most important thing in the world ?
It is people, it is people, it is people.

Ahi boasts an exceptional team united by a concept close to the hearts of New Zealand hospitality professionals, Ben Bayly and Chris Martin.

Ben has twice been named NZ Chef of the Year and has had an incredible career to date. He is one of NZ’s most acclaimed chefs boasting a long list of achievements – head through to his website here.

Chris Martin has worked in fine dining establishments around the world, most recently at one of Auckland’s top restaurants before venturing out with Ben to bring home their shared dream.

Together they have brought together an amazing team. The entire Ahi family is united by a love of great restaurants and a passion to deliver great service and an authentic, genuine experience.

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Warm, welcoming, refined and uniquely New Zealand

Ahi provides a warm, light filled space. The restaurant further indulges in the concept of fire, represented physically via the open hearth and stoneware. Featuring reclaimed native timber, a woven NZ Oak ceiling to represent the Kete and handmade plates from a West Auckland Potter, Ahi offers an opportunity to explore Aotearoa.

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Join us for a truly New Zealand dining experience.

Come together through a shared experience of New Zealand at Ahi.

Welcoming guests from 12.00pm till late, seven days a week.

Click below to make a reservation. If you have any special requests or a booking for 8 people or more please phone us on 0225 AHI AKL (022 524 4255).

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Arriving at Ahi

The main entrance to Ahi is from the square at the corner of Queen Street and Quay Street. Come through the doors at street level and take the lift or stairs up to Level 2A. Ahi is directly to the left. If you are driving, the Downtown carpark has direct access into Commercial Bay, including an option for Valet Parking.

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