The one fine dining experience you need to try

If there was one fine dining experience to have on your bucket list, this is it.

While gourmands of Auckland indisputably have a plethora of lofty restaurants at their fingertips, there are few that offer patrons the pinnacle of the haute cuisine experience: the chef’s table. Long celebrated as masters of this truly immersive gastronomic experience, we’ve not lost our fixation on one of the country’s finest food establishments, Sidart, whose offering of the world-class culinary affair punches above all others.

From Wednesday through Saturday, two to six guests sit within arm’s length of the nimble-handed chefs — most likely the lauded master chef, Sid Sahrawat, himself — witnessing up-close the finesse required in creating a series of nine edible masterpieces to be consumed by yours truly. To start things off on the right foot, attendees are served a glass of Billecart-Salmon Champagne before Sid or one of the acclaimed restaurant’s foremost chefs walks you through the intricate details of the dishes. Each one as extraordinarily elegant as the next and many of which are more or less created ‘off the cuff’.

Refined creations of scallops and prawn beignets combined with flavours of earl grey tea, white soy broth, daikon, granny smith apple and dill, as well as John Dory with celeriac, almond and seaweed, are indicative of what to expect. The mains go anything along the lines of succulent lamb rack, leeks, black garlic and kale, and to top it all off, a dessert comprising all thing seasonal, for example with feijoa, black sesame, blueberry and pineapple. There’s no doubting the fact that each course of this formidable degustation is equal parts unique, vibrant and incredibly flavoursome. What’s more, its presented in a manner that’s simply unforgettable.

If you are yet to experience Sidart’s chef’s table odyssey, may we suggest you book in and make a pilgrimage to this local culinary mecca. After all, securing yourself front row seat in order watch the magic unfold will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable culinary experiences you’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing.

Sidart

Three Lamps Plaza
283 Ponsonby RD
Ponsonby

(09) 360 2122

www.sidart.co.nz

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To procure the Uni vase (the blue is as yet unavailable locally), pop in and see the collection in-store at The Studio of Tableware or visit their website.

The Studio of Tableware

5 Harold Street
Mt Eden
Auckland
(09) 638 8082

www.thestudio.co.nz

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Denizen’s definitive guide to Auckland’s best doughnuts

Think of it as a Rolodex of sorts — places to indulge in your predilection for all things sugar-dusted.

In an ode to all things round and squishy (and edible) we’ve taken to combining our greater doughnut consciousness to bring you a genre-specific guide to the best doughnuts in town. Think of it as a Rolodex of sorts, places to indulge in your predilection for all things sugar-dusted and delicious. Fair to say, whether its cream-filled or served savoury, we’re sure you’ll find one to suit the occasion.

1. The Classic
For some, a doughnut is not a doughnut unless it entails the two elements of jam and cream. For the traditionalists out there, we daren’t take away from Little & Friday‘s lauded version, whose tried and true balls of sugar-dusted goodness are no less than legendary. That said, the experienced bakers a newly opened Epsom cafe Hello Friends + Allies are certainly giving them a run for their money.

2. Bite Size
Little Jimmy serves their rose jelly doughnuts with cinnamon syrup and vanilla ice cream, TSG proffers bite-size offerings flavoured with apple cinnamon. Bestie executes their to-die-for fresh ricotta doughnuts tossed in cinnamon sugar and served with a side of white chocolate whip. You can also find some served with the sweet richness of caramel labneh at new Mt Eden restaurant, Onslow.

3. Savoury
Odettes are doing a dish comprising wild mushrooms, whipped Persian feta, basil and doughnuts. It’s reputed to be damn delicious if that’s the sort of information that might sway you.

4. Inject-It-Yourself
“There are doughnuts, and then there are doughnuts. Those from Foxtrot Parlour are the latter”, we once wrote about this Ponsonby Central cafe many moons ago. The trend that was arguably initiated on local shores by famed Hawke’s Bay eatery Mister D’s, has been well and truly been adopted by Foxtrot who rule the realm of the injectables in Auckland.

5. Extreme
Al’s Deli is renowned for its unending series of outlandish doughnut creations such as the coma-inducing variation of an ice-cream sandwich that’s then been dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with icing sugar.

6. Churros
Miss Moonshine‘s does churro baskets stuffed with ice cream, salted caramel mousse, chocolate soil, hokey pokey & berries. Meanwhile, The Engine Room is renowned for their version of the Spanish dessert. Scratch Bakers‘ salted churros —crisped to perfection on the outside yet light and fluffy on the inside — served alongside manchego, serrano jamon and a poached egg.

7. Beignets
Depot does a damn good serving of beignets for breakfast; french style doughnuts, freshly cooked to order dusted in icing sugar, served with a passionfruit curd. Other iterations of this Southern-inspired delicacy include those on the dessert menu at Orleans (served with a salted caramel shake), as well as Miss Clawdy‘s option of beignets with either vanilla custard, fruit compote, or chocolate filling.

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Hallertau Beer Garden

This new beer garden is luring us out to the rolling hills of Riverhead.

On the weekends, we’re partial to a country adventure from time to time. Other than Matakana, however, there are few eateries in the wider Auckland area that are worthy of catering to our heightened dining needs. Riverhead’s Hallertau Brewery — known for their exceptional craft beers and quaint gastro pub — has stepped in on cue, recently opening their expanded beer garden after an impressive renovation that’s luring us back to the rolling farmlands once again.

Celebrating a decade since pouring their first craft beer, the significant revamp is set to lure in the crowds. The outdoor kitchen is the star of the show sporting a roaring pizza oven and a smoky chargrill. Streaming out of the kitchen are both meat lovin’ and vegetarian pizzas, while the menu is brimming with many other delights if pizza’s not your gig. The wood-fired pulled, spiced lamb shoulder with charred buttercup, black bean vinaigrette and a fresh herby hit of coriander, while the dry-rubbed pork ribs dripping with Hallertau cider bbq sauce are well worth your time.

As you might be able to gather, the food is hearty, finger-licking, and most importantly, complements the beers on tap. Enjoy your spread on the large, wooden communal tables under a retractable canopy roof surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. The area is ideal for anyone who’s looking for convivial, casual dining as well as a steady line-up of unique craft beers.

So, when those weekends call for an adventure outside the city’s frantic walls, pack up the car, kids and man’s best friend in tow — they have a giant connect four that will entertain them for hours — and enjoy a short drive (roughly half an hour) to indulge in some glorious, mid-winter long lunches and daytime carousing.

Hallertau Brewary

1171 Coatesville Riverhead Hwy
Riverhead
Auckland

09 412 5555

www.hallertau.co.nz

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Black tie finery

Inspired by Cannes and the glamorous soirées that ensue around this time of year, dressing for a formal affair calls for a union of classic silhouettes and showstopping accessories. From magnificent tourmaline cocktail rings that pair perfectly with a glass of effervescence in hand, to ravishing pendants brandished alongside seductive necklines, for a collection of arresting bijoux that will undoubtedly spellbind with every sparkle, look no further.

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Sutcliffe Jewellery

203 Parnell Road
Parnell
Auckland

(09) 309 0127

www.sutcliffejewellery.com

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