4&20

This new bakery is bringing a traditional European standard to Remuera.

Founder of food store Zarbo, Deborah Chait and baker husband Andy Tse have just opened the doors to their newest venture named 4&20. This welcome addition to the suburb of Remuera is sure to garner a prompt fan base via word of mouth over the coming weeks.

After a hiatus spent travelling through Europe, the pair were inspired by the bread-making traditions of yesteryear, learning about the classical methods; that’s to say with no enhancers, instead just the standard three ingredients of organic flour, sea salt and filtered water. Passionate about baking these naturally leavened loaves, the duo in turn discovered that the benefits of doing so include a noticeable lack of bloating and stomach pains as is often the result of consuming commercially baked breads.

Moulding every loaf by hand using their specially designed European hearth (that took a mere six months to arrive from France), these proud bakers produce light-textured, chewy-crusted artisan bread in keeping with that produced by Paris’ finest boulangeries. Moreover, they serve up a heavenly array of perfect pastries alongside various daily-changing lunch offerings and European specialties; if you’re lucky there’ll be the Tarte Tropezienne (a flat brioche cake filled with crème anglaise), if not the pulled pork and asian slaw sandwich, or the roast cauliflower fritters to take away and devour later.

It’s almost needless to say that all of the ingredients used are either organic, free range or sourced locally where possible. It’s also quite clear, that 4&20 is setting the precedent for bakeries to come with a superlative level of attention afforded to each of the specialties they sell, guaranteeing quality with every bite. Waistlines, however, might not be so fortunate.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8am.

4&20

3A Clonbern Rd
Remuera

(09) 529 0307

www.4and20.co.nz

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Scarlett Slimms and Lucky

Mt Eden village's newest asset brings to life a film noir-inspired bar and eatery.

It was never going to be easy to give a steadfast Mt Eden local a facelift that would be widely accepted. Fortunately, the village’s latest instalment, Scarlett Slimms and Lucky, has delivered against the odds – materialising as a slick new gastropub that has elevated the gastronomic echelon of the area with some splendid libations and impressive edible offerings.

The first thing that will be noticed by those familiar with its predecessor, the Eden Cloak Room, is the seemingly more substantial outdoor portico. Having been subject to a more permanent glass encasement, the conservatory-like terrace makes a fresh new statement with an elevated glass roof shrouded by hanging planters. Installing oneself on the retro-green upholstered benches, a Pulp-esque vibe modelled off the film noir movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang becomes evident from the American diner-attired wait staff as well as the characteristic neon-lit sign that dominates the far wall.

What’s most surprising about this newly minted bar however, is the display of culinary aptitude that one might not expect. Exceeding the standard that has been set by many gastropubs we know, Scarlett Slimms and Lucky’s comprehensive menu executes an impressive selection of charcuterie including chorizo, salami, rillettes, salt cured speck, black pudding, seasonal relishes and home-made pickles through to refined mains such as the pork loin accompanied by gnocchi puttanesca and fried capers. Of course, there is the classic choice of fish and chips too, albeit at risk of being outclassed by the crispy skin hapuka served with clams on a bed of pan-fried cabbage and lardons.

Last, but not by any means least, are the alcoholic offerings proffered by this ambient new local. Specialising in all that is gin-based with 28 varieties already lined up behind the bar, we suggest you dabble in one of their specialty ‘forgotten’ cocktails that hark back to the days of classic gin drinks that for some reason have largely ceased to be served. The characteristic ‘shrubs’ use fruit preserved in vinegar and sugar to create flavoursome concoctions such as with the sweet essence of plum, star anise and cloves, if not a clever combination of pineapple and thyme, together with gin and soda.

One thing for sure, is that Scarlett Slimms and her mysterious man Lucky have definitely ignited a new sense of intrigue in the heart of Mt Eden, luring those from surrounding suburbs into the heart of the village with the promise of good times, great drinks and delicious fare.

Scarlett Slimms and Lucky

476 Mt Eden Road
Mt Eden
Auckland

(09) 630 5251

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Foundation on George

This newcomer is putting their contemporary spin on an adored foundation building.

Set in the peaceful surrounds of the Parnell’s Jubilee Building is a handsome new cafe attracting the vicinity’s tenants, neighbours, and visitors alike. Those in pursuit of a leisurely coffee and bite to eat following their leisurely appreciation of the nearby Domain’s verdant appeal, will also find solace in the recently opened Foundation on George.

This brand new coffee shop has succeeded the former Foundation café with a fit out undertaken by Sophie Beever of the project design team at neighbouring Cavit & Co. Underscoring the brick beauty of the building’s construction are distinctive elements such as the contemporary mustard coloured chairs and various lighting features, rounded off by the polished cement underfoot.

Entering from the courtyard, you’ll encounter a cabinet brimming with home-made treats including the ever-popular pies in both classic mince and Guinness beef alongside a plethora of guilty indulgences: brioches, freshly baked rhubarb tarts, ginger loaf and an array of sweet and savoury scones. Fans of the former café‘s revered club sandwiches will be pleased to note that these have maintained pride of place at the new premises also.

For those who can afford a little more time when it comes to their breakfast routine, there’s the menu from which to choose something more substantial. The baked eggs prepared with pancetta, baby spinach, Marsden cheese and fresh herbs make for a hearty start to the day while the smashed avocado, served with two poached eggs and slow roasted tomato is fresh alternative – both as satisfying as they are delicious.

There’s no denying the wholesome endeavour undertaken by the new residents of this tranquil corner, offering a serene café setting interrupted only by the busy comings and goings of the already regular patrons.

Foundation on George

8 George St
Parnell
Auckland

(09) 377 2240

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