Soul food: True Food & Yoga opens in east Auckland
True Food & Yoga has set up shop in one of Auckland’s most iconic eastern suburban waterfront properties. Conceived by restaurateurs Nic and Kelly Watt, the new wellness hub occupies the site of the former Hammerheads restaurant. The space has been revitalised, with the assistance of architect Kit Lowe of Waterfall Gunns Lowe, to house two studios, a bistro, a beauty room, studio shop and a chiropractor clinic. The original basalt stone, arched steel windows and industrial steel trusses have been softened by a botanically-based scheme, with a wall of plants, polished concrete and natural wood. Yellow accents deliberately represent the Manipura Chakra – the centre of vitality that encourages confidence, happiness and stability. Its function is to absorb nutrients from food and the sun, exactly the vibe intended for guests.
’True is designed to connect food, yoga and lifestyle,’ says Nic. Power vinyasa yoga and barre are some of the 20 classes offered in the light, airy studios, which command stunning views of Okahu Bay and the city. A deck tucked to one side is the perfect spot for a post-class cool down or workshop breakouts, while the front terrace is an ideal spot for lunch. The ‘nutrient dense’ menu includes Watt’s signature fresh vibrant and seasonal foods, such as Chatham Island blue cod, sashimi salad and soft-shell crab.
To invite the community into True, the entrance patio is landscaped with tropical coastal plants and seating, hooks for bikes and dog leads and water fountains for their owners.