The Kitchen

Enter through a clandestine entranceway to this refined new neighbourhood eatery.

When we first stepped into The Kitchen by MR TOMS our initial thought was, ‘Oh God. We’ve walked in the service entrance.’ Entering through a wood and frosted glass door on Anglesea Street, you’re launched straight into the open kitchen, so close you almost feel obliged to throw on an apron and join the line. “We wanted to immerse people in the dining experience straightaway, break down any barriers,” explains head chef Tom Williamson. Well, it’s fair to say, that objective was achieved.

The Kitchen is an intimate evening bistro tucked neatly in the back of the popular MR TOMS bar on Ponsonby Road. Opening this Thursday, 18th August, the light, bright, neighbourly eatery may only be separated from the watering hole by a sliding glass door, but the place seems a world away from what goes on out front.

Inspired by his time spent cooking across the globe, Williamson’s menu is neat and to the point, impressively managing to cover off vegetarians, pescatarians and the gluten free in just one page.

Among the starters, diners can be entertained by cured kingfish with miso, mandarin, coconut or a beef short rib with smoked potato purée, sunchoke and pickled cabbage. To follow, there’s a pan roasted Hapuka, pork cheek and rather striking beetroot gnocchi. But honestly, if any meat eater can go past the eye fillet and triple cooked chips, we salute you; a thick steak topped with a healthy dollop of smoky bone marrow butter, it’s the sort of dish that deserves, nay — demands, your attention.

Finishing on a (sugar) high note, the desserts don’t fail to deliver either with dishes like salted caramel mousse and the ‘chocolate nemesis’ which goes on to defy the limitations of our waistbands. Alternatively, for those who prefer to finish their meal with an après dinner drink, the cocktail list gets a firm thumbs up too.

That’s the great thing about this place; if you like, you can have a quiet meal and slink back out the side door avoiding Ponsonby Road and the inevitable bump-ins that come with it. On the other hand, if it’s ramping up to be a big one, then the bar is literally steps away. Almost rude not to…

The Kitchen by MR TOMS

151 Ponsonby Road
Auckland, 1011

(09) 360 9138

www.mrtoms.co.nz

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Chanel arrives in Auckland

It is with much anticipation that CHANEL has unveilved its first fragrance and beauty boutique at the historic Britomart Building in Auckland. To say that we are fizzing with excitement is nothing short of an understatement.

Warmly connecting the old with the new, the CHANEL boutique has restored and incorporated original 1900’s brickwork and the traditional New Zealand Kauri timber floors of the building into the design of the stunning, loft-like show space. These distinctive features coupled with the new CHANEL Fragrance and Beauty boutique design, where artworks inspired by the colour collections and products themselves along with brand references can be drawn upon, has seamlessly set the tone, suitably signify CHANEL’s first footprint in New Zealand.

Upon entering the boutique, you’ll be greeted with a smile and invited to discover the latest CHANEL makeup creations as well as the impeccably tailored skincare offerings for every complexion. The fragrance area boasts all CHANEL olfactory creations, including the legendary Les Exclusifs de CHANEL collection. A few steps away is the dedicated eyewear salon where the luxe label showcases a comprehensive collection of the French fashion maison’s sunglasses, including the classic codes of the house – white camellias, pearls, tweed and interlaced chains.

It is evident that beauty and fashion harmoniously intermingle in the unique space, offering the lauded label’s discerning clientele the opportunity to select the latest eyewear shape to complement their face and makeup, culminating in a one-stop solution to perfecting your visage.

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm

Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Boutique

35 Galway Street,
Auckland

www.chanel.com

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69

Hot dogs, vinyl and good times are all on offer at this newly appointed K'Rd haunt.

K Road’s renaissance is upon us, people. Blame who you like, but our renewed fervour for the wicked ways of Auckland’s most diverse and characterful street has only been growing over the past 12 months thanks to an onslaught of cafes, eateries and late-night cabaret haunts. Now, there’s yet another locale luring us in — especially during the evening hours.

The newly christened cocktail lounge goes by the dare-we-ask name of ’69’ and hugs the right-hand-side of Hopetoun Bridge if you’re looking out to the harbour. This affords it an excellent — albeit not traditionally scenic — view from its balcony, with sweeping upper city views of the motorway as well as the waterways beyond. It could fairly be considered a true K Road vista, and if you install yourself early enough in the afternoon, it’s even quite romantic. When we asked owner Sabastion Charles Smith about the Izzard-executed interior and the bar’s overall vibe, he describes it as very local indeed. “It’s all about K Road” he explains, which goes some way in explaining the eclectic decor. “There are no bookings, no functions and no door list” he goes on to say — all factors that allude to this being a bar for the people.

The team running the place includes Kamal Haggarty who manages the menu’s provenance (they have a 50-acre farm up in Sandy Bay which is home to their meat and most of their produce) amongst other things, chef Marcus Newton is responsible for dishes such as the fresh Kokoda (a pacific kind of ceviche with added coconut cream) and the ‘Hot Classic’ cheese Kransky wrapped up in one of Il Forno’s glossy potato brioches. Behind the bar is where head bartender Nicolai Gaudriller-Becker mixes up an endless list of cocktails including the Tony Seppuku (pictured), a variation of the traditional Japanese blood and sand.

Combined with a different DJ every night of the week (there’s only one rule to adhere to — vinyl only), 69 is offering all the makings for a rollicking good time. Reluctant to overcomplicate things, you can tell that Smith (who has ample experience working alongside Mark Wallbank at his various restaurants) knows what’ll work on K Road. And having set our sights upon this new cocktail lounge, we can’t wait to get along and have a few drinks ourselves.

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday: 3pm-3am
Sundays: Closed

69

375 Karangahape Road
Auckland City

(09) 394 1555

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Rolling Pin

We're loving these new dumplings purveyors for their integrity as much as their flavour-filled offerings.

Gordon Kong is nothing less than a perfectionist. Having caught wind of his impending dumpling truck as early as February this year, we’ve been ‘watching this space’ for at least six months, waiting for word of when all the bells and whistles (as well as the recipes) had been finalised. And so was, after much ado, that this week Rolling Pin has unveiled itself as a serious contender for the title of Auckland’s best dumplings on-the-go.

The friendly team behind this dumpling-proffering wagon is the ex-Pullman Hotel chef (Kong) as well as his wife Yina Yang who offers an extremely warm welcome to each and every customer. Explaining her husband’s plight and commitment to the highest of standards — “he is very serious about his food, he wants everything to be absolutely perfect” — you can tell from a quick glance that what she says is true. From the truck’s extremely crisp fit-out to their careful signage urging gluten free, vegan and allergy-suffering individuals to make themselves known. There’s a sign asking punters to drop in discarded A4 paper which they use for dockets; everything has been considered down to the fully recyclable, compostable packaging.

For now, they’re offering a simple selection of either Penang pulled beef dumplings (12 hour braised beef cheeks with homemade samal sauce, mire poix and green peas) or the ‘Buddha’s Delight’ dumplings — a great vegan option with tofu, shiitake mushroom, pumpkin, bok choy and cabbage. The generous servings of eight delicious little parcels for only $10 are teamed with a fresh ‘daily Asian salad’ that offer an element of crunch. Simple as it may sound, for these two dishes alone, Kong admits that there are 44 natural ingredients required. Fair to say, he’s not taking any short cuts.

Set to do the rounds on the food truck circuit, making appearances at the Green Bay Street Food market and Silo Park’s food space and the like, you can follow their whereabouts online. For the dumpling fans out there (we know you are many), The Rolling Pin is nothing less than a must.

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Malibu Seaside Retreat

Perched high above the Malibu coast, overlooking the surf (and the bronzed surfers that come with it) sits this bright seaside abode. A once unremarkable 1970s home, its recent transformation, led by LA-based Jamie Bush, has revitalised the cliffside manor into an organic, modernist retreat. With four bedrooms, vast outdoor living, light oak and marble running throughout, this stunning spot has us dreaming of sunnier days… and surfers.

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Film: The First Monday in May

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It had to have been one of NZIFF’s most highly anticipated showings this year — one that sold out and was met with a groud-swell of acclaim. Now, The First Monday in May is scheduled to hit cinemas in late September, offering those who missed out a chance to get amongst all the fashion-devouring, Met Gala action on the big screen after all. 

The spectacular doco follows Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton, as they orchestrate the year’s most lavish party and The Met’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, 2015’s ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi offers an exclusive all-access pass to the creation of the exhibition that explores China’s substantial influence on Western fashion. Fair to say, fashion aficionados at the very least will need to get a piece of the action.

Featuring legendary film and fashion creatives including Wong Kar-Wai, Baz Luhrmann, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and Andre Leon Talley, and intimate access to contemporary pop icons like Rihanna, this cinematic piece explores whether fashion should be viewed as art, capturing the creativity, passion, and inspiration behind both the exhibition and the gala. 

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Marac’s Elvis Sofa

Released at none other than the Milan Furniture Fair earlier this year, Marac’s Elvis Sofa is an exercise in sumptuous, laid-back elegance. Recently landed on our shores complements of Sarsfield Brooke, we’ve taken to lusting after this timeless lounging imperative. Having just received a version in navy blue velvet, the deep sea hues offer a luxurious point of difference, inviting one to get lost within, while the ultra-fine chrome, bronze, or black nickel legs allow the Elvis to appear as though floating. With its simple lines, adaptable modular formations, and removable fabric or fixed leather material, there are few living situations that wouldn’t benefit from this chic, pared back sofa. 

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Winter Reads

Behold the seasonally appropriate literally companions you need to have crossed off your reading list.

Lending us his literary prowess, local erudite Andrew Maben from Herne Bay’s Novel Bookshop introduces the ideal accompaniments to those long winter nights curled up by the roaring fire.

Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan
The subject of rave reviews, this is a story of love, betrayal and family set against the backdrop of 20th-century Taiwan’s tumultuous political landscape. As thousands of people are dragged away from their everyday lives and thrown in prison by the Chinese, one such character is Dr Tsai, whose daughter is born only weeks earlier. Ten years later, Dr Tsai is released and reunited with his youngest child — the novel’s unnamed narrator — amidst the alienation and paranoia of the community. Decades down the track, his daughter is faced with similar familial difficulties in her new life in America.

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
From the author of Life of Pi, this story loosely interweaves the fallout tales of three men, who have each lost their wives. The first sets out from Lisbon in 1904 in one of Europe’s first automobiles. His endeavour is to find an extraordinary artefact he has read about in an old journal said to have the potential to redefine history. The century that follows sees the other two men drawn into the far-flung quest that is part ghost story, part contemporary fable which delves into the sentiments of love and loss.

Slade House by David Mitchell
With The Guardian naming Mitchell one of the best writers in the English language, you can rest assured that the quality of writing here is second to none (as is to be expected from the best- selling author of Cloud Atlas). Slade House is a ‘reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story’ whereby an odd brother and sister who live in the eponymous residence extend a unique invitation to eccentric and lonely individuals. Spanning five decades leading up to the present, one is left to question what really goes on inside this home. For those who find out, it’s already too late.

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
Described as a dazzling saga of two women, this book — the last instalment of a four-part series — is a stunning example of women’s literary fiction. The story is based on two highly codependent women, each with very different lives and personalities, living in post-war Naples. Their lifelong friendship remains the gravitational centre of their extraordinarily contrasted lives and makes for a read that’s nigh on impossible to put down. Described as ‘addictive’ and ‘compulsive’, the increasingly popular series is drawing attention to the matter of the author’s true identity (‘Ferrante’ being a pseudonym).

Joe Speedboat by Tommy Wieringa
With a narrative anchored by Frankie, a kid partially paralysed and rendered unable to speak at the age of 14 due to a tragic accident, Dutch writer Wieringa takes us on a witty, thoughtful and surprisingly tender journey into the unfamiliar. While Frankie’s story is miraculous — he regains the use of one arm to become an arm wrestler and wooes a beautiful girl he has long lusted after — the meandering tale doesn’t deliver the feel-good ending typical of a disadvantaged protagonist. Rather, it paints the picture of how good people have the power to overturn an individual’s state of mental and physical despair.

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