A suave new oyster bar gets set to open on the waterfront

Oysters and cocktails are on the menu at this stellar new seaside eatery.

Come summer, there are few things more gratifying than a chilled glass of Champagne in the afternoon sun. And, when said effervescence comes accompanied by a tantalising array of ocean-fresh oysters, well, I mean, come on. Playing right into our affinity for these two top-notch delicacies is The Shucker Brothers.

Taking over a narrow sliver of the grand old Ferry Terminal, the space has been immaculately envisaged by Alex Davies and Emily Priest of Cheshire Architects. High arched ceilings instil an open, relaxed ambience, while a pale marble bar stretches the entire length of the eatery. Inviting guests to dine both indoors and out, a jumble of al fresco furniture is bound to be a popular addition when the warmer weather hits.

It’s an easy going summer menu, designed by Head Chef Mark Nicholson, that centres around a Mediterranean-inspired selection of tapas and larger plates. Highlights include crab doughnuts, salt cod croquettes and a rich trevally Kokoda in coconut cream, but of course, it’s the oysters that take the main stage. Sourced from Clevedon, Mahurangi and Waiheke’s Te Matuku, the mighty molluscs come straight from the raw bar in natural or tempura-fried form with all of the appropriate accompaniments.

Open from breakfast until late (the morning menu is not to be ignored), the waterfront eatery makes for an indulgent stop in. Whether you’re setting sail for the islands, just arriving home, or in search of somewhere for a post-work wind-down, it’s a great place to get shucked.

The Shucker Brothers is set to open this Friday 3rd November.

Opening hours:
8am-late, seven days

The Shucker Brothers

Auckland Ferry Building
Auckland CBD

www.shuckerbrothers.co.nz

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Hyde Kitchen & Cellar is the new eatery bringing game meat to the forefront

It has only been a week or so since it opened, but spend an hour at Hyde Kitchen & Cellar, as I did, and you’ll notice the comings and goings of interested passersby, tourists and locals alike. Tucked away on Ponsonby Road behind clothing boutique Superette, the new eatery is likely to be the place where you find an appreciation for wild game meat. Not only a play on its hidden location, Hyde’s name is also a reference to the term used for an animal’s skin.

The concept was conceived by restaurateur Erin Palmer and his business partner, Head Chef Blair Johnstone, in a supermarket aisle, where all the best ideas come, we think. The goal was to create and deliver a true New Zealand food story. Which is why everything inside the Ponsonby Road eatery is also homegrown — the wooden tables are from Timaru, the cabinet was made in Christchurch, the artwork is local — and has been put together with the detailed eye of Kelly Rowe of Maken Design. And, although the space isn’t large, it lends well to sunny days thanks to its spacious courtyard.

As for the fare, the menu comprises predominantly wild game meat flown up from a second generation hunting family in Marlborough and includes the likes of goat, rabbit and venison, depending on seasonal availability. Noticing the Asian-fusion theme that is rather in vogue right now, the duo instead wanted to celebrate what this country has to offer, and understanding that game meat certainly isn’t for everyone, it’s being offered in a more contemporary manner, with most of the dishes acting as the perfect foray into (what I’m going to assume is for most of us) uncharted territory.

At the helm in the kitchen is Johnstone who returned to New Zealand not too long ago after a lengthy culinary stint in Sydney and then London. Serving a small but well-curated array of breakfast and lunch offerings (as well as some tempting cabinet food), such as the game roulette. The latter comprises confit rabbit and pork shoulder, slow-cooked in duck fat, then teared up and set much like a pâté. The slow-cooked confit rabbit served with forest mushrooms and pea purée is one we suggest trying, as is the goat pie. Then there’s the charcuterie board, which once their liquor licence comes in, will be the perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine in the sun.

Whether you’re into wild game meat or not, we think you should get on board with what the team at Hyde aim to do — celebrate New Zealand, and all that comes with it.

Opening hours:
7am – 3pm, seven days 

Hyde Kitchen & Cellar

282 Ponsonby Road
Auckland

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Planning on proposing? Then we highly recommend reading this first

So you have nailed the where, when and how you are going to propose, but the reality is, without the right ring, you could be in trouble. With so many exquisite options on offer, deciphering just which one is right for your darling dearest can be daunting. Thankfully, we are not short on expert advice.

For the Princess, Chaumet
There are no two ways about it; your girl is a princess, used to the finer things in life. And that’s not a bad thing. Perhaps better suited to a tiara than an engagement ring, it’s fortunate that luxury Parisian Maison Chaumet is internationally renowned for both. Dazzling brides-to-be with its extraordinary work since 1780, Chaumet was the jeweller of choice for Napoléon Bonaparte and his wife Joséphine, and each of its engagement rings harness that heritage in a contemporary way. None more so than its iconic ‘Joséphine’, a striking tribute that centres around a dazzling pear-shaped diamond with a ‘tiara’ to crown the finger. Just one of Chaumet’s revered designs, each comes engraved with an individual identification number, carving out your bride’s own special place in history.

Chaumet

For the Traditionalist, Tiffany & Co.
Having played a starring role in some of the world’s greatest love stories, there are few women whose eyes wouldn’t widen and hearts leap at the sight of the Little Blue Box. Meticulously handcrafted by artisan jewellers just as they were in New York over 130 years ago, the Tiffany engagement ring collection displays the perfect harmony of artistic passion and technical precision. With styles to suit every bride to be, from the iconic Tiffany Setting (a six-prong solitaire) to more elaborate creations, the perfect fourth finger accompaniment awaits. Gently guiding couples with time-honoured advice from in-store diamond consultants, comprehensive ring guides, and even an über modern ‘ring finder app’, a Tiffany & Co. engagement ring is the vital component to your special moment.

Tiffany & Co.

For the Artistically Minded, Sutcliffe Jewellery
Wanting to celebrate her creativity and artistic flair, it is clear that what your lady needs is something truly unique, and Brent Sutcliffe is the man to make it happen. One of New Zealand’s finest jewellery talents, Sutcliffe has worked alongside some of the world’s most illustrious houses from Graff to De Beers. Offering brides his undivided attention from the engagement ring’s design to delivery; he is one of the few men who can truly boast to know what women want. Artfully creating one-of-a-kind designs with fastidious attention to detail, Sutcliffe has a talent for incorporating his clients’ passions into his work. Whether that be a rare flower or an elegant nod to the aquatic, a bespoke engagement ring from Sutcliffe is an exceptionally personal piece.

Sutcliffe Jewellery

For the Hard to Please, Partridge Jewellers
If you find yourself in need of professional guidance when ushering the future Mrs towards choosing ‘the’ ring, the Engagement Room at Partridge Jewellers is where you will find it. An elegant space dedicated to helping couples navigate their way, the well-versed staff will walk you through all of the details from the cut, clarity and carat of the stone, to the overall concept and finished design. Catering to all price points, the specialists draw on 150 years of history and reputation in their intricate designs that are handcrafted by some of the country’s most skilled craftspeople.

Furthering their devotion, the esteemed jewellers also offer an Engagement Concierge at all of their stores. An exemplary service led by Jessica Townley, it is dedicated to helping you mastermind the perfect proposal. Demonstrating the utmost discretion, Jessica will take care of all the details, from the when to the where and the how. The ideal way to ease your nerves before you drop to one knee, the Concierge is sure to set you on track to a most memorable moment, so to book your private consultation, simply visit the Engagement Room page here.

Jessica Townley and the Engagement Room at Partridge Jewellers

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Hallertau x McClure’s are celebrating their new pickle beer with a pickle party

It's an incredibly refreshing and slightly spicy brew. 

Personally, I find pickle juice hard to pour down the drain. Especially if it’s the tangy, briny, leftover liquid from good quality gherks, like, for example, the Al Brown-approved McClure’s variety (shipped into the country from Detroit’s disused Ford Axle factory). It’s nothing less than sacrilege if you’re a Bloody Mary fan, in which case, anyone in their right mind would preserve said substance for a quality Sunday session.

For this reason, we were relieved to discover that we weren’t the only ones who appreciated the oft-overlooked liquid. The shrewd people from Hallertau, namely head brewer Steve Plowman, became obsessed with the brand’s Spicy Garlic & Dill pickle brine after tasting the product and as a result, conceived the McClure’s Spiced Pickle Gose. The Gose is an ancient wheat beer style with a sour finish, and when brewed with pickle brine, makes for an incredibly refreshing and slightly spicy brew. 

On offer at Hallertau’s inner city watering hole, Lovebucket, for a limited time only, they’re celebrating the beer’s launch with a pickle party on Friday, 3rd November. Expect pickle martinis, McClure’s gose, ‘beers and spears’ and McClure’s chips. And if you miss the gherkin get-together on Friday, Hallertau’s Riverhead beer garden will also be marking the release with a slew of appropriate nibbles available on Saturday, 4th November. 

So yeah, you’ll know where to find us come end of week.

Lovebucket

K Road Workshop
309 Karangahape Rd
Auckland

(09) 869 2469

www.lovebucket.co.nz

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Andrew J Steel creates an epic mural to celebrate Nespresso’s new capsules

After all, coffee and art do go so well together. 

November is here, which means one thing and one thing only: the Christmas madness begins. But before the unbridled hysteria sets in, Nespresso is celebrating the season in a subtle kind of way with the release of its special Christmas capsule collection, aka the Festive Variations Confetto Collection.

The capsules themselves comprise three new flavours; coconuts, vanilla pods and palm trees imbue Confetto Snowball’s yummy sweet notes; orange peel and jugs of juice depict the bittersweet orange and chocolate-inspired aromas in Confetto Orangette, while liquorice allsorts and spices underly the unique flavour of Confetto Licorice. 

It’s pure nostalgic yumminess. The old school bonbons and childhood memories that have inspired the flavours are what have, in turn, inspired a mural by Andrew J Steel. To mark the occasion, Nespresso commissioned the Auckland-based artist, renowned for his playful style of street art, to reveal the artwork alongside the highly anticipated Christmas coffee collection. After all, coffee and art do go so well together. 

Andrew J Steel in front of his one-off mural for Nespresso

Above, you can watch a stop motion edit of the mural-making process. The time-intensive illustrations — which involved Steel walking a total of 12 kilometres from start to finish as he moved in and out of shot with each individual pen marking — were captured by content producer Matt Queree. More than 6,500 still images were taken and have been used to create a time-lapse video which was released via Nespresso and Andrew’s social media channels today.

Nespresso’s exclusive Festive Variations Confetto Collection is now available at Nespresso.com or at Nespresso Boutiques.

Nespresso

22-32 Queen St
Auckland CBD

0800 234 579

www.nespresso.com

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Recipe: Holy Guacamole!

The current abundance of avocados lining our local market shelves calls for us to re-evaluate our healthy snack time favourite — guacamole. Always a crowd pleaser, in its most basic form all you need is a handful of ripe avos, a squeeze of lemon or lime and a dash of sea salt for a deliciously balanced batch. Although we may have perfected our personal guac formulas with other zingy ingredients, we’ve sought out to expand our repertoire with these three unique recipes.

Spring Time

Ingredients
4 avocados
400g well-cooked asparagus
2 thinly sliced radishes
1 tbsp of lime juice
2 tbsp of chopped Italian parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Method
In a bowl, mash the ingredients together with a fork. The asparagus stems should roughly stay intact resulting in a rustic looking dip with pops of colour.

Tropical

Ingredients
4 avocados
1 tbsp of lime juice
1/2 cup diced mango
1/2 cup diced pineapple
1/4 cup chopped basil
1 tsp of fish sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Method
In a bowl, roughly mash ingredients together with a fork, again the more chunky and rustic, the better.

Broccomole

Ingredients
3 cups chopped and cooked broccoli
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
2 tbsp green onions
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp of coriander
60g of sour cream or cottage cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Drizzle of olive oil

Method
A low-calorie alternative, combine all of the ingredients in a food processor for a smooth and creamy dip that can be served warm. 

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Vegetarian voracity — these are our favourite meat-free dishes at Britomart

We do the rounds and come up with Britomart's top meat-free eats.

With the proliferation of various dietary restrictions, classic vegetarianism is benefiting from the collective consciousness of those making an effort to eat clean. We take a gastronomic tour through the Britomart precinct and discover a wealth of eateries serving delectable dishes for those who choose to dine meat-free.

Halloumi Bruschetta – Shaky Isles
Vegetarian or not, this has to be one of the most delicious ways to start the day. Shaky Isles’ halloumi bruschetta is topped with avocado, fresh heirloom tomato, coriander, lime and black pepper for a supremely flavoursome dish. (www.shakyisles.co.nz)

Nepali Momos – Xuxu Dumpling Bar
This recently reestablished dumpling bar’s menu features the ever-popular Nepali Momos that encase spinach and cabbage within their delicately thin casing, making for some moreish little meat-free parcels. (www.xuxu.co.nz)

Asparagus Pasta – Amano
You’re well taken care of whether you’re a vegetarian or not at Amano, the asparagus Casoncei pasta is well worth trying. Served with brown butter and buttermilk, the egg dough parcels are then filled with chargrilled asparagus and parmesan. (www.amano.nz)

(L) Xuxu, (R) Amano

La Vegetarienne – L’Assiette
Assuming you’re not vegan, another breakfast alternative that even the French can appreciate is L’Assiette’s meat-free omelette, La Vegetarienne, which combines mushrooms, spinach and blue cheese for a melt in your mouth, tasty morning meal. (www.lassiette.co.nz)

Vegetarian Dumplings – Seven
The newest kid on the block is serving up some delicious Pan-Asian delicacies but it’s the spinach, tofu, and oyster mushroom dumplings that come serves with ginger soy and sesame oil that are guaranteed to be a hit among vegetarians and carnivores alike. (www.seafarers.co.nz/seven

Agedashi Tofu – Ebisu
Endowed with a plethora of pescetarian options, vegetarians are also taken care of at Ebisu, where the Agedashi tofu is a steadfast choice. This delicious dish comes lightly fried with Nametake mushrooms, soy broth, chilli string and spring onion. (www.ebisu.co.nz)

(L) Seven, (R) Ebisu

Mushroom Burger – Better Burger
Don’t be put off by the name, this popular burger joint has a sensational vegetarian option that replaces the meat patty with an equally meaty, whole field mushroom. Perfect for those who don’t want to miss out on what has fast become a cult burger offering. (www.betterburger.co.nz)

Parmesan Beignets – Ostro
Although this dish is considered a side, you absolutely cannot go past these delicious, deep-fried balls of cheesy goodness. However, we’d also suggest indulging in the mushroom gnocchi. Rendered delectably appetizing with the addition of ‘out of the dark’ mushrooms, truffle cream, pickled onion and potato crisps, it’s a standout for anyone visiting the well-stationed bistro. (www.seafarers.co.nz)

Mushroom Taco – Mexico
This popular haunt’s inspired vegetarian Chimichangas harnesses pan-fried mushroom with leek, chilli, queso, cactus and salsa Asada, providing a perfectly novel vego fix. (www.mexico.net.nz)

Britomart

Auckland CBD

www.britomart.org

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Power to the trouser — the statement pants we’re loving right now

In an effort to break from the norm and introduce more colour, texture and general excitement to our wardrobes, we’re turning to the statement trouser this summer. The type of pants that turn heads — for all the right reasons — take a look through some of our must-haves below.

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Gucci Duchesse wide leg cuffed pant

Gucci Duchesse wide leg cuffed pant

Gucci Duchesse wide leg cuffed pant

Gucci Duchesse wide leg cuffed pant

Available from Gucci

Stella McCartney velvet flared pants

Stella McCartney velvet flared pants

Stella McCartney velvet flared pants

Stella McCartney velvet flared pants

Available from Net-a-Porter

WORLD Prophet trousers

WORLD Prophet trousers

WORLD Prophet trousers

WORLD Prophet trousers

Available from World

Off-White satin wide-leg pants

Off-White satin wide-leg pants

Off-White satin wide-leg pants

Off-White satin wide-leg pants

Available from Net-a-Porter

Prada metallic jacquard trousers

Prada metallic jacquard trousers

Prada metallic jacquard trousers

Prada metallic jacquard trousers

Available from Prada

 

Paris Georgia Thistle trousers

Paris Georgia Thistle trousers

Paris Georgia Thistle trousers

Paris Georgia Thistle trousers

Available from The Mercantile Online Store

Joseph Ferrandi wide-leg pants

Joseph Ferrandi wide-leg pants

Joseph Ferrandi wide-leg pants

Joseph Ferrandi wide-leg pants

Available from Net-a-Porter

Fendi silk-satin wide-leg pants

Fendi silk-satin wide-leg pants

Fendi silk-satin wide-leg pants

Fendi silk-satin wide-leg pants

Available from Net-a-Porter

WORLD Gattopardo Dress trousers

WORLD Gattopardo Dress trousers

WORLD Gattopardo Dress trousers

WORLD Gattopardo Dress trousers

Available from World

Lanvin printed crepe pants

Lanvin printed crepe pants

Lanvin printed crepe pants

Lanvin printed crepe pants

Available from Net-a-Porter

Tibi Cheetah on Silk Velvet Track Pants

Tibi Cheetah on Silk Velvet Track Pants

Tibi Cheetah on Silk Velvet Track Pants

Tibi Cheetah on Silk Velvet Track Pants

Available from Muse

Gucci Embroidered jersey stirrup legging

Gucci Embroidered jersey stirrup legging

Gucci Embroidered jersey stirrup legging

Gucci Embroidered jersey stirrup legging

Available from Gucci

Vetements embroidered track pants

Vetements embroidered track pants

Vetements embroidered track pants

Vetements embroidered track pants

Available from Net-a-Porter

Remain Wine Down pants

Remain Wine Down pants

Remain Wine Down pants

Remain Wine Down pants

Available from Superette

Valentino floral-print silk crepe de chine pants

Valentino floral-print silk crepe de chine pants

Valentino floral-print silk crepe de chine pants

Valentino floral-print silk crepe de chine pants

Available from Net-a-Porter

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This striking cliffside home is a bold demonstration of contemporary design

Inspired by concrete bunkers that were dug into the cliffs surrounding Auckland’s harbour before the war, Hobson Bay House is a striking example of contemporary minimalism. Thoughtfully positioned to maximise the property’s uninhibited views out across the ocean, the largely concrete structure is beautifully austere.

Poliform Grace dining chair, available from Studio Italia

Inside, the concrete is complemented by a rich use of natural materials like stone, wood and leather furnishings.

Flexform Groundpiece sofa and Thomas armchair, available from Studio Italia

A rather pared-back palette, the home is saved from becoming too dark thanks to the client’s bold art collection, generous windows and circular skylights that puncture any would-be dim corners of the home.

Resisting the urge to overdress the space, it is the architecture that tends to draw focus, with the steel-framed airbridge being one such brilliant inclusion.

Living Divani Extra Soft sofa, available from Studio Italia

Perfecting the art of indoor-outdoor flow, the living areas all lie on the home’s lower level and open out to the considered terraces, gardens and pool. Conceptualised and designed by Julian Guthrie Architects, Hobson Bay House is a space to be enjoyed.

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4 must-have tech gadgets for the pet-obsessed

Pet owners are inherently obsessed with their four-legged pals. Here we bring you four gadgets that will make your ever-strong relationship rock solid. Can we get ‘woof woof’?

1. Pet Chatz
Like FaceTime but exclusively for your dog, PetChatz is a pet daycare system that allows you to see and talk to Fido via computer or smartphone. At the touch of a button, you can give them a treat while another button allows your canine to call you — we jest not — it’s the best way to guarantee yourself a happy hound.
www.petchatz.com

Pet Chatz

2. Pebby
Doing long-distance with your pup is now a walk in the park thanks to a robotic pet sitter that is revolutionising the way you interact with your four-legged friend when they’re left at home alone. Pebby is a sphere-shaped roaming monitor that can be controlled two ways; by the app on your smartphone or by following your loved one around using a tracker attached to his/her collar. The device also doubles as a fitness tracker to ensure they’re taking enough steps.
www.kickstarter.com

3. Kyon
Happy people have happy pets, which is why the Kyon mood tracker is vital for any pup-centric household. Using what’s called a ‘9-axis accelerometer’, the device’s ‘Sense’ technology uses unique algorithms to interpret your pets’ needs, informing you if your little one is happy or feeling a bit off. Alerting you in advance when he or she needs attention, you can rest assured that your four-legged friends will be anything but distressed.
www.kyontracker.com

Kyon

4. iFetch
‘For any dog who is motivated by fetch’, this is the gadget to wear them out. The contraption is a low-set ball launcher, into which your pet can feed a ball. A few seconds later, the mini machine will launch it again — you can set it either 10, 20 or 30 feet — and so on and so forth. Proven to take only a couple of hours to master, it’s a saving grace on rainy days or occasions when you just don’t have a chance to take your mate out for proper exercise.
www.goifetch.com

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