A fusion of balanced flavours is the key to success for our head chef Shane Kearns. Like his counterpart in our Northland No.8 restaurant, Shane aims to delight customers with a menu full of choice that offers modern asian cooking unlike anything else in the Bay of Plenty. He and his team use fresh ingredients and a combination of bold cooking techniques to ensure you walk away knowing 'you can't get this at home'. The whole experience of dining at No. 8 has been designed specifically so our customers enjoy the chance to share each plate with friends, which enhances the experience rather than giving food envy. The decadent interior adds to the atmosphere making you feel like you've been transported somewhere exotic on holiday.
Our staff are handpicked to make sure every meal you have here is unforgettable. The soft shell crab already has a reputation in Northland so we've added it to our menu along with an array of choices which include a wide range of gluten and dairy free options. We are committed to sustainable local produce where possible and meats to ensure our flavours, our food and ambience are the priority.
Owners Lloyd Rooney and Mike Fraser have grown from a single restaurant, The Cove in Waipu Cove, and their beef and sheep farm, Highgate Hill in the Waikato to now include The Quay in Whangarei, The Dune in Mangawhai and Number 8 Whangarei. The farming venture also include our market garden, The Vege Shack, in Maungakaramea which we supply all our Northland restaurants with fresh seasonal produce.
The Great Highgate Trading Company Ltd was formed to manage the restaurant and farming ventures of Lloyd Rooney and Mike Fraser. The group has grown from a single restaurant, The Cove in Waipu Cove, and their beef and sheep farm, Highgate Hill in the Waikato to now include The Quay in Whangarei and The Dune in Mangawhai. Our farming ventures have also grown in recent months to include a market garden, The Vege Shack, in Maungakaramea near Whangarei in Northland.
It’s a cookbook with a personal story, tracing the background of charismatic British entrepreneur Lloyd Rooney and his partner Mike Fraser, who have now just opened there 4th restaurant together in NZ.
Together they have the Cove in Waipu, an iconic cafe that made the top 100 eateries in NZ last year - The Quay in Whangarei, The Dune in Mangawhai and now Number 8 in Whangarei.
Available for purchase at all of our restaurants and from all good book stores!
We are currently in the process of writing our second cookbook which will touch on the lives and recipes of our 6 amazing head chefs.