The inner-city welcomes Hugo’s Bistro, a sleek all-day eatery

The duo behind Odettes Eatery welcome a handsome new inner-city offering.

With a throng of new eateries popping up all over the suit-laden streets, it seems the inner-city may be the place to be of late. So when the masterminds behind the beloved Odettes Eatery, Joost and Clare van Den Berg, embarked on a new culinary adventure some nine months ago, we patiently awaited its arrival. Finally opening its doors this week, the duo has welcomed a handsome offering that takes on a more masculine feel, suitably entitled Hugo’s Bistro.

Characterised as the older brother of the prominent City Works Depot outpost, it’s changing the scenery on Shortland Street for the better. The intimate and narrow space is laced with a thoughtful balance of brass and terrazzo and paired with subtle tones of forest green corduroy seating and blush pink walls. A feature jade-toned marble bartop extends the length of the room and provides the perfect perching spot before the open kitchen. The Lee Broom Crescent lights that grace the entrance are a spectacular addition to the carefully curated interior.

Splitting the menu between ‘earlier’ and ‘later’, it boasts an enticing offering of reimagined European classics and a creation of some soon-to-be favourites. With breakfast, brunch and dinner options including a porridge comparable to carrot cake with cinnamon and walnuts, or later, a veal schnitzel with mushroom and jus, through to the chocolate fondant with walnut ice cream, it’s safe to say our taste buds are in for a delectable ride.

We’re quite certain Hugo’s Bistro will deliver that same level of gratification we have grown to love from its little sister.

Opening hours:
Monday & Tuesday: 7am – 4pm
Wednesday – Friday: 7am – late
Saturdays: 9am – late
Sundays: closed

Hugo's Bistro

67 Shortland Street
Auckland CBD

www.hugosbistro.co.nz

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There’s been a lot of chat around ‘Heroes’ of late. Those specials kinds of people who are in a league of their own, who stand out from a crowd for being really cool and great and other favourable adjectives. These same qualities can be applied to a new food boutique in Eden Terrace, Hero Sandwich House. Selling what can be only described as a heroic kind of sarnie — we wouldn’t be saying it if we didn’t mean it — it might just be our new favourite pitstop. It’s probably now that we ought to tell you this new institution is actually named after a cult New York-Italian delicacy of the same ilk.

The brainchild of Kingsland hole-in-the-wall coffee stop Drummer Boy co-founder Huri Neill and the toasted-sandwich mastermind behind Melt, Matt Stewart, it’s not really surprising at all that these two have created a product quite so profoundly delicious. The succinct menu covers a series of simple and insanely tasty characters such as The Ralph: Gochujang chicken with pickled ginger, cucumber raita, red cabbage and jalapeño, and The Dick: pork larb with pickled cabbage, peanuts sprouts and sriracha mayo (plus a fair few more) all encased in an Il Forno-forged custom bun.

Inside the crisp, clean space, art by local artist Hugo Mathias adorns the walls while Supreme coffee is on hand to provide liquid fuel (a perfect match for the epic breakfast hero, Barry). Fair to say, if we could elect a single sandwich to grace the cover of our latest magazine, this would have been it.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 7.30am-2.30pm
Saturday: 8.30am-2.30pm

Hero Sandwich House

66 New North Road
Eden Terrace
Auckland

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The Viaduct Harbour launches its inaugural Bright Nights festival

This permanent installation will bring a taste of Vivid Sydney to Auckland.

There are few more iconic places in Auckland than the Viaduct Harbour and we’ve caught wind of considerable plans to restore the prominent precinct’s rightful lustre, starting with an awe-inspiring lighting installation which will be previewed tonight. 

The incandescent, Angus Muir-led project will be officially unveiled to the public this weekend via the Bright Nights festival. Promising to bring some of the drama of Sydney’s now iconic Vivid festival to the city’s foremost waterfront precinct, permanently, the installation has seen Muir team up with Philips to create striking, coloured light projections using the latest technology — Philips CK Luminaires Color Kinetics LED lighting system — on three vast walls of the Eastern Viaduct Harbour.

The designer explains of the dynamic showcase: “The lights will be programmed to produce displays by date and time to suit the Viaduct’s seasons and occasions.” Needless to say, we’re ready for some light-fueled, waterfront drama.

Over Queens Birthday weekend, from 6pm onwards, Friday through Sunday, Bright Nights will see entertainment provided by futuristic Vospertron dancers, further mini lighting installations by the renowned artist, and freshly made gelato by way of Lalele Organic. It’s the perfect excuse to get down to the waterfront and soak up the distinctive new feature that will be lighting up Auckland City at night.

As the first step in what will pave the way to an iconic, city-wide lighting extravaganza, set to be on par with the famed Sydney event, it is indeed an exciting one. For now, we’ll be taking Bright Nights and the newly devised installation as a sign of what’s to come.

Viaduct Harbour

www.viaduct.co.nz

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A suave new Parnell haunt is bringing good vibes to the barrio.

We were no less than forlorn when we heard that the good people behind Maldito Mendez (Sarah Ginella and Nico Mendez) were vacating their spot in Ponsonby Central to pursue a new venture elsewhere. Adept at serving up a damned good chilli margarita and some sensational fish tacos, we had become quite attached to the slice of South America that once was. Luckily, their latest creation is one with a bit of Euro-Latino flair.

Entertaining the idea of a classic neighbourhood bar, Barulho (Portuguese for ‘noise’) occupies a narrow tranche of Faraday Street next door to architecture firm Fearon Hay. Boasting a chic rustic interior with glass bi-fold doors that open onto the street front, a lengthy gold bench sprawls out onto the footpath offering plenty of perching room for coffee, cocktails and Portuguese/Italian-inspired snacking from the open kitchen located just within.

Follow the staircase up to Barulho’s upper rear area and you’ll find a unique seating area that opens out to a private garden oasis. With weekly changing menus, house made pastries and traditional sweets, tapas and takeout — it’s likely anyone and everyone from the surrounding barrio will be frequenting this promising new haunt. Complimented with an eclectic beverage list that comprises freshly brewed coffee (that comes with a side of sparkling water, praise be!) and carefully crafted vintage and new cocktails, it’ll be hard to stay away.

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday, 11am till late

Barulho

7-15 Faraday Street
Parnell
Auckland

(09) 379 0277

www.instagram.com/barulho_nz

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New Zealand’s top tennis player just dropped an album. Seriously.

As if being the country’s top tennis player wasn’t enough, Marina Erakovic has recently revealed another layer of talent by releasing her debut EP. Launching the album, Incognito, under the alias ‘The Mad Era’ in March, rumour quickly spread that it was, in fact, the world No. 143 behind the tunes, a whisper that Erakovich finally confirmed just a few days ago. Demonstrating her musical prowess on the guitar, vocals and songwriting, most of the tracks on the six-song album were written while on tour. Naming bands like Fleetwood Mac, The Killers and Kings of Leon as influences, the sound has an electro-pop tint that seems to draw parallels to fellow Kiwi artist, Ladyhawke. “A hobby” Erakovic says, more than a career, we’ll let you be the judge. Take a listen to the album, here.

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Colour is a key element of Grace Wright’s work. The young painter graduated from Elam with honours in 2014 and has since held multiple solo and group exhibitions throughout the country, gaining a remarkable reputation in the process. Her style is loose yet controlled, with an emphasis on contrast that makes her pieces uniformly strong, commanding, and dramatic. Selected as the 2017 recipient of the artist-in-residency programme at Parlour Projects, Wright has created a large-scale installation measuring 11 x 6 metres on the gallery’s main viewing wall. This work is one of six pieces that will feature alongside the installation at her solo exhibition Breathing Room, opening at Parlour Projects this Friday. Describing the project as her “most ambitious to date,” Wright says, “the work was about developing my ideas around the pleasure of viewing and taking it from looking to experiencing.”

‘Breathing Room’ will be showing from 2nd June to 1st July at Parlour Projects. The public is invited to attend the opening night this Friday from 5.30-7pm. 

Parlour Projects

306 Eastbourne St East
Hastings
Hawke's Bay

www.parlourprojects.com

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The Louis Vuitton Challenger Series kicked off in Bermuda
Ol’ Ozzie mate and skipper of Oracle Team USA, Jimmy Spithill (nicknamed ‘Pitbull’ for his aggressive tactics) revelled in the fact that he got one over Emirates Team New Zealand as the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series kicked off in Bermuda this weekend. The series takes place over the course of this week to see which team will face the Americans in the Match proper come 17th June. Peter Burling, however, didn’t show any signs of being deterred saying that there was “plenty of room for improvement…” which is what this part of the competition is all about. Other forerunners include Swedish team Artemis and Sir Ben Ainslie’s home squad Land Rover (BAR), though some say the legendary sailor is too old to take it home this time.

Vivid Sydney launched across the ditch
Using the city of Sydney as its canvas, the world’s biggest festival of ‘bright’ ideas, Vivid Sydney, kicked off once again on Friday. Naturally, it’s bigger, bolder and brighter than ever, largely thanks to its new home in the recently developed Barangaroo precinct. In situ for 23 nights, visitors and locals have already begun to soak up the transformed cityscape with notable features including the expanded light walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens and Kiwi-born artist Ash Bolland’s Audio Creatures, a bold, music-backed animation that comes to life across the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Schapelle Corby returned home, 13 years after being arrested for smuggling cannabis into Indonesia
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The G-7 went well, except for Donald Trump
Old D.T. came away looking like a real tool after the G-7 meeting in Taormina, Italy. Still undecided as to whether he feels like getting on board with reducing carbon emissions à la Paris Accord, he continues to justify his stance by saying that he will not do so at the price of economic growth. German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the conversation as dissatisfying. That said, let’s not forget that the beef between the two world leaders goes way back to when the President refused to shake the German premier’s hand. It was the first G-7 summit for four out of the seven leaders: Trump, Macron, May and Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni.

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