What to wear now: The pinstripe

Fall in line with the new and improved linear looks of the season.

After a steady stream of film characters donning the stripe of late, a new breed of pinstripe has emerged that seamlessly blurs the line between work and play. No longer does one need to wear the two in tandem, instead there’s an inclination towards sporting the pattern separately. Givenchy’s re-imagined stripe in their SS16 collection paraded the pin in double-breasted form, paired with a simple tee and brogues sans socks for a devil-may-care attitude. Isn’t it time you embraced your inner Jordan Belfort?

Turtleneck On Top
Do away with the classic shirt and tie combo in favour of a turtleneck for a look GQ have aptly named ‘retro future’. Casual enough for a night out yet dressed up enough for the office, start with a black turtleneck and pair with a slim, subtle pinstripe suit for a lengthened outcome. Or, step into more daring territory and go lighter, favouring a grey slate suit and similarly toned high-neck knit for a visage so impressive, you’ll likely be asked to fill the role of the next James Bond.

Trouser Separates
Gone are the days that suits simply mustn’t be separated. Re-purposing the 80s banker staple, the pinstripe pant is taking its linear streak to the streets. Worn low slung, less tailored and most importantly cuffed, the once formal trouser holds its own when juxtaposed with a casual round neck tee or cable knit jumper and sneakers, topped off with a cooler than cool charcoal coloured coat once the mercury starts to drop

Jacket and Jeans
Yet another excuse to momentarily sever ties between suit jacket and trousers, the pinstripe lends its expertise particularly well with the
denim mainstay. A standard among sartorial folk, it’s best to leave the light-hued jeans at home in favour of a navy selvedge denim, a crisp white shirt and finished with a chalk stripe pin — a more mellow style of pin with imperfect lines. Administer a pocket square only on days when you’re up for the attention

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How to: Secure a table

The tables have turned: paving the way to the best seat in the house now takes more than a simple phone reservation.

The rise of the first-come-first-served table availability system has meant that a different approach is required if you really want to bag that coveted position in any of Auckland’s most in-demand spots. So how does one go about ensuring your favourite corner seat is available at whim? Well, it’ll take more than a little intense eye contact and charming repartee before unleashing a fully fledged bout of hands-clasped, knees-to-ground grovelling. We consult some of the town’s most popular dining establishments to gather an arsenal of tips on how to beat the heat.

Go ‘off-peak’
It’s not rocket science but it is a very antipodean thing to want to eat dinner at 7-7.30pm. If you think you can survive without dining at such a bourgeois hour, your chances will improve tenfold. Try either earlier or later to improve your chances, i.e. at 6pm or 9pm.

Be persistent
Those who have come in, put their name down then left shalt be considered your target for all intents and purposes. It’s not a good look to have tables sitting empty and people ready and waiting to use them. If the original party has been called but has not arrived within ten minutes of being notified, try your luck at convincing the floor manager that these tardy folks ought to be given the boot.

Have friends in the right places
Because if you don’t know someone who knows someone in Auckland, you may as well just give up now. All maître d’s are undercover megalomaniacs; if you make them believe in their own power — “our good friend Rachel… you know her? She sent us here and said you were just the best” — they’ll be more inclined to make things happen. Alternatively, if you know the proprietor, dropping his/her name into conversation is a good idea. Even if you only ever met once at a new year party at Stoneyridge in the 90s, most staff will want to play it safe and avoid offending anyone who might report back to the boss.

Call and order…
A good bottle of champagne ahead of time. If you’re going to be sipping on Krug all night (or at least you make the manager believe as much), you’ll be surprised at how quickly a table opens up, and a good one at that.

Show loyalty
Elementary perhaps, but if you frequent one restaurant enough to establish a rapport with the staff, you’re more likely to have strings pulled for you in future. Especially if you are known to tip well.

Order yourself a drink (even if they’re slammed)
You’ve been told you’ll be waiting a while but make the commitment anyway. There’s nothing more unnerving to front of house staff than to know that there’s a backlog of customers waiting in the bar. If you show no sign of going away, they’ll simply have no choice but to serve you.

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Lokanta

Stroll on down to your outstanding new neighbourhood bistro.

For a long time now, we’ve kept one eye on the quaint set of shops on Richmond Road. Having been everything under the sun, from Indian to Italian and back again, finally, the space has become something worthy of our excitement. It’s not often you come across a new neighbourhood local with the bones to withstand the test of time, but thanks to Lokānta, we can finally say we have.

Helmed by two dynamic husband and wife duos — Clare and Zeki Kizilata, and Michelle and Ali-Fuat Arsan — the small local eatery is the epitome of honest, homemade cooking. As a child growing up on the western coast of Turkey looking out to the Greek Islands, Head Chef Zeki would come back from fishing trips — out for days at a time — and cook deliciously flavoursome fare for his family, impressing the women at a time when only women of the household would cook. Since then, he has honed his skills in traditional Mediterranean cuisine, combining flavours from his hometown in Turkey with eastern Greek cuisine, particularly flavours from the islands.

The menu is concise and designed to be shared around a big table. Beware that every item sounds tantalising which makes it incredibly hard to settle on any one dish. We knew we could judge them upon tasting the chargrilled octopus — a delicacy that’s notoriously difficult to get right — with fava puree, rocket and lemon. It was simple and cooked to utter perfection. In between small plates and mains, you’d be silly not to sample their flatbreads like the Lahmajun with ground meats and onion topped with rocket, fresh tomato, and a good squeeze of lemon. With only four mains to choose from, you can’t go past the fresh melt in your mouth day’s catch (pictured is the swordfish) served on a large skewer with potato flats, rocket, olives, capers and drizzled with a white wine cream sauce. Meanwhile, the Aegean island goat braise with barley risotto, wilted watercress, and pan juices has already become a favourite dish in the short time they’ve been open.

You’ll also be pleased to know that their wine list is sensational for a petite bistro including Greek varieties for those who want to keep in theme, as well as Turkish beer. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, we suggest you opt for the Santorini martini made with gin, vermouth, quince syrup and orange peel. Food made with this much love has likely only ever been experienced when galavanting around the Aegean first-hand, making this restaurant a true gem.

If you’re looking for a place to herd your nearest and dearest for a delightful meal, we couldn’t think of a more laidback and welcoming spot to do so. It’s the kind of place you’ll want to linger at, perhaps to enjoy a few traditional Turkish Raki’s (similar to Greek ouzo) served over ice, and play a lively game of backgammon with Zeki and Ali-Fuat as the evening passes you by.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 4 pm.

Lokanta

137A Richmond Road
Grey Lynn
Auckland 1021

09 360 6355

www.lokanta.nz

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The Lobby

Vulcan Lane welcomes a newcomer abounding with great food and excellent wine.

With the ebbs and flows of Vulcan Lane’s bars and eateries putting it a near constant state of reincarnation, the stream of new openings can be rather hard to keep track of. The latest to undergo a facelift is what was once Urchin & Amber. Located beneath the Gin Room and run by the same award-winning team, The Lobby has emerged as a fitting addition to the gratifyingly casual gastronomy scene found on this inner city pedestrian street.

Inside the lower level of the Queens Ferry Hotel is now a warm interior that harks back to the building’s historic nature. Warm wooden bar-height tables fill the space that is still awaiting the installation of even more leafy planters to add to the vibes of imperial exoticism. On offer from the kitchen is a succinct and delicious menu available throughout the afternoon and late into the night. Abounding with picture perfect dishes such as the fig and halloumi salad, as well as rare beef on a refreshing bed of mango and chilli, or, a slightly more indulgent take on the salmon ceviche, each of the entrees and mains has an exceptional wine to match.

Acclaimed barman Cameron Attfield has teamed up with Michael Hanna from Dhall & Nash to present an almighty line-up of fine drops. There’s the Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel to the stellar Supernatural Orange Pinot Gris; oenophiles will delight at the masterfully chosen drops on offer. And for those otherwise inclined, you’re welcome to find solace in the housemade shrubs or selection of craft beers. With this new address giving off a certifiably good feeling, we suggest you pop by for a taste of good times if you’re milling about in town.

Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday: 10am till Late

The Lobby

12 Vulcan Lane
Auckland CBD

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The London Edition Hotel

Enter the London Edition Hotel, an old world masterpiece designed Studio 54 founder cum boutique hotelier Ian Schrager, in collaboration with New York-based architecture firm Yabu Pushelberg. Positioned in the lofty Fitzrovia neighbourhood, the hotel oozes aristocratic Edwardian grandeur that is uniquely fine-tuned by slick and modern accents.

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Deadly Ponies coats debut

A beloved local label has expanded its stylish empire to include luxurious outerwear.

As temperatures tumble into the chillier territory, few are the wardrobe additions that see us looking forward to winter quite like the prospect of being enfolded in a luxurious embrace. Echoing this inclination, cult accessories label Deadly Ponies have timed their foray into sumptuous outerwear perfectly.

Highlighting the hues of their recent Black Ocean collection, the coats come in a dreamy pastel purple as well as moodier shades of black ink, khaki or Friesian fur — tinctures that are sure to shine through the dreary days ahead. Each coat takes over 45 hours to complete at the hands of the talented artisans in their Auckland studio who skillfully fabricate the coveted garments from the finest quality New Zealand deer suede and calf fur. The coats are then lined with 100% handspun silk before being adorned with striking marble discs. The culminating labour of love is made to order, and nothing short of breathtaking.

Timeless and seriously tactile, we daresay this chill-fighting armour is a necessary addition to winter wardrobe Available exclusively via Deadly Ponies’ Auckland boutiques, orders and enquiries can be directed here or by calling the Ponsonby flagship store on (09) 376 3469.

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Villa K

Two long stretches of parallel concrete planes form the floor and ceiling of Villa K with full height glass walls providing the exterior and interior partitions. Conceived by Dutch practice Paul de Ruiter architects, the use of glass amidst the rolling hillside of the small German town of Thuringen allows the surrounding landscape to be exposed from the inside, integrating the home completely with its environment. The linear arrangement of the residence means that both living areas and bedrooms enjoy equal views while a pool extends perpendicularly from the transparent volume.

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The Wall House

The fortress-like AGi-architect-designed Wall House was designed to protect the Kuwait-based family. Within the walls, freedom reigns with airy spaces and indoor gardens that allow plenty of light to stream in.

 

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Kiss Kiss

Expect no less than a sensory overload from this newly minted neighbourhood institution.

Ever since opening L’oeuf back in 2013, followed by neighbouring Taiwanese eatery Chinoiserie the following year, proprietors Celeste Thornley and brothers Jasper and Ludo Maignot have been going gangbusters on the Mount Albert hospitality scene. Their brand of big-city cool, combined with an uncanny ability to pull off exceptionally delicious food, has, over time, proven alluring enough to draw in the crowds from all over town. Now they’re branching out, having just christened yet another venture, Kiss Kiss, this time, located on the back streets of Balmoral.

The team undeniably has a preoccupation with being community-focussed — a quality that has ingratiated them to their clientele over the past few years. Their approach to hospitality is one that remains considered at all times; not inclined to rush into anything, the newly minted Thai-inspired eatery will be the result of almost a year’s work. Having waited patiently for just the right address and mostly executing the fit-out themselves, the care that’s been taken can be seen in the final touches, such as the View-Masters which serve as cocktail menus and various facets of the pastel pink interior.

Transforming from a cafe by day to a Chiang Mai-style dining hall by night, the authenticity of the northern Thai nighttime street food is ensured by Chinoiserie chef Erk (Panawat Chotomungsa), while the daytime menu sees ex-Little Bird Head Chef, Xander Cameron, sending out some sensational cafe style fare in keeping with the theme. The smoked Thai fish cakes could be considered an eggs bene equivalent, topped with poached eggs, watercress and sriracha hollandaise while the free range chicken and Kaffir lime scotched egg was an unexpected favourite, teamed with pickled red cabbage, spiced pumpkin puree and coriander pesto on sourdough.

Though we’re yet to sample the evening offerings, we’ve heard rumours of the festive neon-lit space serving up quite a different kind of spectacle. With a series of typical northern Thai dishes comprising their refreshingly succinct menu backed up by sides such as Thai-style sticky chicken wings and finger-licking pork ribs, a visit to Kiss Kiss will surely satisfy in terms of both heady flavours and a pleasingly raucous ambience.

Opening hours:   
Mondays — closed 
Tuesday to Sunday — 7am-3pm, 5pm-late

Kiss Kiss

1 Rocklands Ave
Balmoral

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