Macarons are the most fetching of sweet treats but with their dainty French cream filling, one mouthful never seems enough. We may have met our match with fatcarons, the Korean interpretation of the time-honoured indulgence that levels up the fillings — both in height and flavour.
Found at Daldang in Auckland, fatcarons are twice as thick — and fun — as your standard macaron, yet slightly less sweet to save you from overwhelm. With two stores across the city, Daldang defies our expectations of fulfilling fillings with new flavours released every fortnight — including strawberry cheesecake and a creme brulee with caramelised sugar coated on top.
As the first to bring fatcarons to New Zealand, Daldang co-founders Sunhoon Kim and Suhee Kang did their research first. “We flew to South Korea and visited over hundreds of fatcaron stores to try a variety of fatcarons,” says Kim. “We worked on perfecting our fatcarons over two years.”
Both Kim and Kang graduated from art school, with bachelors in fashion design and fine art — which explains the delightful aesthetic of Daldang. They hadn’t worked with desserts before but they shared a passion for finding the perfect patisserie, including when Kang moved to New York and reported back on the best bakeries.
For an especially saccharine moment, Daldang’s shellcarons look almost too good to eat, including the new ’S’mores flavour. “Everything about our S’more Shellcarons, from its chewy brown coque, wholemeal biscuit and creamy filling finished with Nutella spread is delicious and perfect for the colder winter days.”
Following the success of their central city store on Mayoral Drive, Daldang’s second sweet spot on Broadway in Newmarket ensures their extravagant creations can be enjoyed by many. “We had received an overwhelming amount of love for our fatcarons when we first opened our store in the CBD,” says Kim. “It was hard for us to turn away our customers who had queued up only to tell them the bad news that we had sold out! So we made the decision to open up our second store in Newmarket where we were able to cater to all our needs.”
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – Until Fatcarons sell out
One of Aotearoa’s brightest rising creatives, Rob Tennent has an inspiring way of just ‘doing’ when others might still be pondering their next step. Even when he’s on holiday, his relentless curiosity and love of capturing beauty mean his downtime becomes entrancing fodder for creative projects. Such is the case with his new book, titled I’m Going to Miss You.
This is Tennent’s second photography book, and it started as a documentation of his summer. “I travelled around the country to beautiful locations and it was an incredible experience,” he says. “Along the way, I watched different interactions between friends and realised there was a tenderness there.” The book then developed into a project that puts male affection at its forefront, touching on both brotherhood and a more sensual intimacy throughout its 200 pages.
Tennent shoots on film and says his style nods to surrealism, with attention paid to unique locations and subject matters, and negative spacing. “I like to make work that is slightly weird — on the other hand, I enjoy elements of voyeurism which all come down to composition.” Tennent himself has also been known to appear in front of the camera, modelling for local and international fashion and beauty brands like Paris Georgia, Wynn Hamlyn and M.A.C Cosmetics, but it’s the imminent release of this artful tome he’s celebrating right now.
I’m Going to Miss You is currently available for pre-order from Simon James, and in the meantime, Tennent steps out from behind the lens to tell us a little more about his other interests and inspirations.
What I do for work described in one sentence: I document and orchestrate beautiful moments in time on film.
My personal style can be defined by: Simplicity. I am a minimalist in the way I dress. Simple pieces that are beautifully made and crafted to last forever.
The last thing I bought and loved was: The shirt I’m wearing in these images. It was $12 from the Red Cross store on Karangahape Road.
An unforgettable place I visited was: Osaka, Japan. I dream of going back. I remember getting lost for two hours and was completely fine with it. I walked down alleyways and through shopping malls for hours.
The next place I’d like to go to: Cinque Terre, Italy.
The best gift I ever received was: My technology teacher in high school gave me an old Yashica point and shoot film camera when I was 18. It was my gateway to film photography. I shot my entire first book, Come Back to Bed on it.
The beauty/ grooming product I can’t live without is: I love the Emma Lewisham Skin Reset Serum and the Night Crème.
The last music I downloaded was:The Sacrificial Code by Kali Malone.
If I wasn’t doing what I am, I would be: I probably would be working in fashion somehow, perhaps a talent or model agent. I could see myself as a booker at an agency. Maybe PR! It’s hard to imagine a world where I can’t do photography.
I have a collection of: Sand from different beaches around the world.
My favourite way to unwind is: Long drives and sitting on top of hills.
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received is: Comparison is the thief of joy. What is meant for you will find you. Enjoy the process.
According to statistics, you’re going to spend roughly one-third of your lifetime asleep, so you might as well be doing it in good sleepwear. Whether you prefer crisp linen, lush silk or the nostalgic feeling of flannel, we’ve sought out some of the finest nightwear essentials to ensure you’ll be having a snuggly, yet sumptuous slumber.
There are plenty of tasty things to get excited about this August, from irresistible lunch specials to drag queen extravaganzas, sophisticated dinners to whisky and beer shindigs — and much more.
Make a booking A divine harvest dinner at Onemata Let the talented team at Park Hyatt Auckland’s Onemata restaurant guide you through a truly delicious experience, celebrating the land and soil of Aotearoa with its upcoming harvest dinner in conjunction with lauded Waiheke winery Man O’ War. The sharing menu champions sustainable ingredients sourced from local farmers and growers, complemented perfectly with Man O’ War’s top drops. Expect charred octopus with beetroot and kawakawa; Korean-inspired kalbi short ribs, served alongside brown butter-roasted Brussels sprouts and pomme puree with black truffle — plus decadent desserts. This meal will take you on a journey through three divine courses and five wine matches. Thursday 19th August, 6pm. Tickets are $140 per person. For bookings and enquiries, contact Aimee Tuck on 09 366 2500 or [email protected]
A tempting aperitivo offering at Kingi When an early evening drink is on the agenda,make a beeline for Kingi to try its newly-launched aperitivo hour. Pouring vermouth and tonic spritzes, cold drip negroni and dirty martinis for $15 and under, alongside its famous flatbreads with an array of enticing toppings — this is the perfect post-work or pre-dinner pit stop. Seven days a week from 4pm —6pm. Walk-ins welcome.
An unforgettable evening at Culprit’s Trolley Dollies For a naughty night out, look no further than Culprit’s one-off Trolley Dollies event. Part of the Restaurant Month schedule, guests will enjoy six deliciously inventive courses, fizz on arrival and hilarious entertainment from none other than RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under star Anita Wigl’it and friends. With tickets selling fast, you’d best be quick to secure your seat. Wednesday 4th August, 5.30pm — 7.30pm. Book your tickets here.
A pinot palooza on the waterfront Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply just partial to a good drop, Pinot Palooza is the place to be this August. There are 150 different Pinot Noirs on tasting from the likes of Butterworth Estate, Amisfield, Cloudy Bay, Akarua and much, much more. Pinot Palooza offers the perfect opportunity to grow your knowledge on old favourites, and discover new gems in the process. Friday 6th August 4.30pm — 8.30pm and Saturday 7th August, 11am — 3pm. Tickets are $65 per person and include festival entry, wine glass, chat sessions and all wine tastes. Book your tickets here.
Eating The Italian Alps with Gavin Doyle and Giapo Grazioli Soul Bar & Bistro is ready to transport you to the Italian Alps with two of Auckland’s finest culinary talents, executive chef Gavin Doyle and ice-cream connoisseur Giapo Grazioli. After being greeted with glowing fires and canapés, explore heart-warming Northern Italian cuisine with a four-course sharing feast with wine pairings, across convivial communal tables. Complete the evening with a never-before-seen-or-tasted icy treat from Giapo. Thursday 12th August, 6pm. Tickets are $160 per person including arrival canapés, four-course sharing style menu with matching wines, plus San Pellegrino and Aqua Panna. There are only a few seats left. Email the Soul team at [email protected] to secure yours. More information can be found here.
An irresistible ramen special at Azabu Mission Bay It’s no secret that we’re partial to a steaming, slurp-worthy bowl of ramen — so we were positively chuffed to hear Azabu Mission Bay has added this comfort food staple to its menu for the first time. The new lunch special includes your choice of Hakata-style ramen (pork, chicken and vegetarian versions are available), alongside edamame, gyoza and a Suntory Toki Highball or Asahi Super Dry — all for the pretty price of just $39. Available from 12pm — 4pm, Wednesday to Friday, for a limited time.Book your table here.
A dinner with a difference at Mr Morris For a meal that leaves both your body and soul satisfied, make a date with Mr Morris. The Britomart favourite’s next Dine by Donation Dinner is coming up this August, this time supporting The Women’s Refuge. Suppliers and staff donate their produce and time to create an exceptional set menu (previous iterations have included the likes of Ora King salmon with tamarind and shiso, and pork loin with potato, watercress and apple). Diners make a donation to meet the recommended price point threshold — although donations beyond this amount are always encouraged. Monday 23rd August, 6pm — 8pm. Find more information here.
A local beer and whisky shindig at Hallertau Hallertau is throwing a shindig this month with Local Folk & Smoke, a three-course dinner matched to Hallertau beer and Thomson Whisky. In celebration of the brewery and distillery’s recent Thomson Whisky Barrel-Aged Stout collaboration, the evening promises hearty and delicious fare from the smoker, quality yarns from hosts Matt Thomson and Steve Plowman, plus a knife sharpening class. Friday 6th August, 7pm at Hallertau Riverhead and Friday 13th August, 7pm at Hallertau Clevedon. Tickets are $120 per person. Book your tickets here.
New openings to try Alta, Karangahape Road: Situated on the site formerly occupied by natural wine bar Clay, Alta is the new venture from chef/owner Georgia van Prehn. An intimate, sophisticated 22-seater space, Alta’s boundary-pushing set menu is unlike any other on K’ Road.
Street Feast Hall, Titirangi: Street Feast is the new modern food hall in The Rise development, bringing together seven of the best independent street food operators to Titirangi. From burgers and tacos to Vietnamese fare and Columbian cuisine, Street Feast is well on its way to accomplishing its goal of claiming Titirangi’s place as the foodie capital of West Auckland.
Kneads All Day, Hobsonville: A brand new daytime eatery specialising in unique brunch fare and house-made baked goods, Kneads All Day is the latest hospitality proposition from the team behind successful ventures including Parnell’s Winona Forever and Rude Boy Deli in the CBD that harnesses the same formula of tasty, of-the-moment dishes and a contemporary, design-led interior.
Atelier Shu, Parnell: A beautiful, gallery-like patisserie with a minimal yet welcoming interior, Atelier Shu takes classic European-style pastries and infuses them with irresistible, pan-Asian flavours.
Whisky fans will be well-acquainted with the benefits of enjoying the amber spirit on its own, whether neat, on the rocks or mixed into a delicious cocktail. Now a growing number of connoisseurs are also espousing the tasty temptation of pairing whiskies with various foods in order to experience its complexities in a whole new way.
It is in this spirit (pun intended) that a very special event is taking place at Tommy’s Champagne Parlour where, for two nights in early August, the vineyards of France are taking a backseat to the highlands of Scotland. On Thursday, the 5th and Friday, the 6th of August from 6:30pm, enjoy an unmissable masterclass with Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky and a cheese focused menu by Chef Chris Rendall, featuring a range of different expressions of each libation and gastronomic delight.
While the prosaic pairing of wine and cheese is one most of us have experienced many times before, sipping a dram of whisky between bites of cheese can be truly transcendent. Combined discerningly, both the whisky and the cheese will bring out different flavours in one another. At the Tommy’s Glenmorangie masterclass, the $150 ticket includes a five course, cheese-centred extravaganza, all with well-chosen whisky pairings.
Expect a highball cocktail on arrival, made with Glenmorangie Original 10 Year Old, and a mouth-watering canapé of goat’s cheese profiteroles, truffle honey and shaved fresh truffle. Moving on, there are four more delectable courses, including rarebit with 36-month-aged Comté Millesime cheese and Parma ham; scallop Mornay with Gruyere De Bourgogne; and a trio of desserts in one, served alongside various drams including Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, Glenmorangie Lasanta and more.
If all of this appeals, we suggest you secure your place at what is set to be an undeniably delicious event.Find tickets here.
To celebrate this masterclass with Glenmorangie, we are delighted to have a table for four to give away to one lucky Denizen for an evening of whisky and cheese.
When embarking on a project for which the outcome is to be unparalleled in its grandeur, the approach must surely extend far beyond merely dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s.
In the design and execution of the Grand Penthouse atop San Francisco’s tallest residential building, a state-of-the-art feat of engineering that soars over 243 metres into the sky, a truly remarkable abode has been created, one that transcends traditional notions of glamour to stake its place in a category wholly its own.
The project is part of the debut luxury residential development from prolific Silicon Valley developer Jay Paul Company, a 55-residence structure that was designed by Heller Manus Architects and has won six global awards for innovative engineering, seismic safety, and sustainability — more than any other building in the U.S.
Its crown jewel boasts 360-degree views that encompass archetypal landmarks including both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, the Farallon Islands in the Pacific Ocean to the west, Mt. Diablo and south to Silicon Valley.
Inside, interiors by Mary Ta and Lars Hypko of Los Angeles-based luxury interior design company Mass Beverly (which has created residences for Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Calvin Klein and Elon Musk) leave no detail to be desired. The overall sensibility is one of opulent elegance, achieved through a harmonious and thoughtful amalgamation of influences, furniture and finishes.
The design concept was partially informed by the evolution of San Franciscan metropolitan living, with the panoramic views playing a large part in dictating the varying tones and palettes within the four bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom home.
Enter through the private elevator and the foyer (panelled entirely in walnut) which leads to the grand living space, where the first sighting through floor-to-ceiling windows is of the famed Transamerica Pyramid building — the presence of which was the catalyst for the transparent gap in the custom, through-view marble fireplace separating the living room from the informal dining area.
Further impeccable finishings add an artisanal touch throughout, such as Venetian plaster walls, mitred stone, parquet floors rendered in the Marie Antoinette style, and flawless book-matching on the magnificent fireplace.
The building’s glazed peripheral angles are softened within, with curved walls that work in tandem with ingenious pocket doors and sliding systems, offering adjustable privacy as the occasion requires.
While the fixed furniture concepts are a response to localised influences, it’s Italian-designed pieces that add a European flair to the rooms. The living room, intimate family room and master suite are filled with Minotti. In the master bedroom, a palette of neutral and warm earth tones is primed to cocoon residents curling up in the space.
The study is decked out in bespoke Bottega Veneta, and custom pieces throughout the penthouse solidify its inimitable charm. These include an expansive, leather-finished, acid-washed Henge dining table in the grand dining room, and a Lolli e Memmoli chandelier that provides a spectacular greeting to anyone stepping out of the elevator into the entry gallery.
What could be more indulgent than taking a bath in privacy, right beside an endless view of the city, the Pacific Ocean and the Farallon Islands stretching ahead below? In one of the primary bathrooms at the west of the penthouse, a deep, free-standing Antonio Lupi tub awaits amidst marble walls, book-matched marble floors and an oversized, marble steam shower.
Other state-of-the-art amenities include both an exhibition kitchen (with the ideal entertainer’s addition of a teppanyaki station) and a catering kitchen; sumptuous walk-in wardrobes; and a glass-walled Rimadesio wine cellar that lines the back wall of the dining area.
An abode like this one becomes so much more than just a place to lay one’s head. It is almost a world of its own, rising above the hustle and bustle of the city below as an embodiment of beauty, comfort, luxury and intuitive design, from its viewpoint among the clouds.
Architect — Heller Manus Architects Interior Design — Mass Beverly Photography — Matthew Millman
Before the Wallabies and All Blacks go head-to-head in Auckland on Saturday 7th August, get match-ready with alumnus Adam Thomson. The Rugby World Cup and Bledisloe Cup winner will be hosting a four-course lunch at Harbourside next Saturday, as our home team prepares to defend the title once again.
The banquet of champions starts with a mixed sushi roll selection, sashimi platter or natural market oysters, before an entrée of chilled tiger prawns, chicken katsu or Wagyu beef dumplings. After a pep-talk, the main course will be served with a coastal rib rye, crispy skin market fish or duo of duck confit leg. To finish there will be sweet petits fours and a chef’s selection of New Zealand cheeses.
From Harbourside’s waterfront spot in Britomart, there are easy transport options to Eden Park for ticket holders — or you can stay a while and watch the game on live TV in the convivial restaurant atmosphere.
Tickets are $125 per person, plus a booking fee, and include a four-course banquet lunch with a Heineken on arrival. Groups of 10 can purchase a table for $1200.
Bledisloe Cup Pre-Game Banquet Lunch at Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill Special guest speaker: Adam Thomson Saturday 7th August Bar open from 12pm Lunch from 1pm Tickets available online now
A beautiful, gallery-like patisserie has just opened in Parnell, and we’re already predicting many-a regular for its exquisite pastries and serene ambience. Named Atelier Shu, it is located at 1 Faraday Street, a cool and contemporary area that’s only increasing in popularity and visitation.
After lockdown last year, owner Samantha (whose nickname ‘Shu’ informed her shop’s name) says she decided to turn her attention to doing something meaningful, locally. “Making beautiful things has always been my passion,” she says, “and I like to make nice things to share with people.”
Chen has also hired two expert pastry chefs — one of whom has 14 years of pastry experience from working in Singapore, and the other has been baking professionally for 6 years. Hiring people with overseas experience is important to Chen, which makes sense given Atelier Shu’s offering takes classic European-style pastries and infuses them with irresistible, pan-Asian flavours.
Expect the likes of a light choux au craquelin filled with a soy custard and topped with delicate swirls of black sesame mousse; or a tart and earthy matcha yuzu pastry. We’re struck by how beautifully finished everything is, evidently this is down to the expertise of Chen’s team. There are various flavours of shell-shaped madeleines and caramelised, crusty canelés; seasonal fruit tarts and peanut praline Paris-Brests. Kōkako Organic Coffee Roasters coffee and Fine & Dandy teas are on offer to sip between each delicious bite.
Everything is made in-house, with half of Atelier Shu dedicated to displaying its goods and the other operating as a kitchen. Chen enlisted the skill of Devon McIntyre at Pennant & Triumph to create the minimal yet welcoming interior.
“The design of this space is intended to act as a subtle reflection to the artistry and craft of delicacies on offer,” shared McIntyre about the process. “This is articulated through form and materiality with the use of gentle curves and a soft tonal material palette made up of tundra grey marble, oak timber, hand-rendered plaster and brass accents.”
Pennant & Triumph treated the design of the counter and the banquette seat like individual furniture pieces, with a strong emphasis on detail, craft, quality and timelessness. Furniture designer Tim Webber was enlisted to fabricate the custom-designed banquette seat, with other local craftspeople further enhancing the artisanal feel.
Having just opened a couple of weeks ago, Atelier Shu will be slowly but surely expanding its offering, with various drinks and other flavours set to join the line-up as the seasons change. For now, rest assured Chen is keeping the crowd favourites on the menu — although you’ll have to get in early before they sell out.
Is there a new opening you believe should be on our radar? Let us know at [email protected]
Bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to Brisbane, Arcos Villa is a spectacular home boasting a contemporary yet characterful sensibility. Brought to life by architecture, development and construction firm Graya, along with Joe Adsett Architects, the unique project is situated in the vibrant and prosperous suburb of Paddington on an impressive corner site.
The team sensitively and intelligently transformed the original Queenslander property, bringing it up two levels where it now rests atop a series of romantic, curved archways. In fact, “arcos” is the Spanish translation of “arches”, and throughout the home, many of the rooms are bestowed a gently cocooning softness thanks to curved ceilings, entryways and walls, and an awe-inspring central staircase.
The materiality of Arcos Villa is tactile, earthy and solid, with impeccably finished concrete forming a steadfast architectural base both externally and internally. A light grey lower level outside complements the crisp white upper level, while inside the Mediterranean influence is embraced through a warm, beige-toned concrete with a speckled texture throughout.
Such assured in-built mediums require seamlessly cohesive furnishings, and this is demonstrated to spectacular effect in the villa’s bathrooms which are so serene they make a ritual out of even the most basic of self-care tasks. A large, half-sphere of a bathtub rests in the centre of the room, and varying hues of concrete basins continue the curved approach. These include four handcrafted Concrete Nation Halo basins and two Malta Concrete Vessel basins — all in the Oyster shade — plus a tall, Como Concrete Freestanding basin in the shade Green Stone.
Outside, a spacious pool, verdant planting and substantial lounging areas further enhance this home’s oasis-like feel. Arcos Villa is simultaneously luxurious and welcoming, thanks to its well-chosen finishes and textural warmth, with a spaciousness and inherent comfort that presents it as both an entertainer’s dream and a relaxing escape from the world.
Bringing together Japanese and Peruvian flavours, the chefs at Azabu always seem to know the unique combinations we need before we’ve realised it ourselves. As such, the Mission Bay eatery’s latest lunch special pairs the unsurpassable slurp of Hakata-style ramen with its signature entrées and thirst-quenching drinks.
The ramen lunch starts with a Suntory Toki Highball or Asahi Super Dry on the house, while downing house favourite edamame with smoked lime salt, and spicy pork gyoza.
For the main course, the four ramen options layer rich flavour profiles. As well as the prerequisite silky-smooth broth and nest of noodles, the tonkotsu comes with BBQ pork, black garlic oil, kikurage mushroom and spring onion. The miso tonkotsu version adds miso seasoning and a soft egg.
The ultimate bowl, the spicy chicken, includes BBQ pork belly, as well as chicken mince, chilli oil and bamboo. Meanwhile, the vegetarian pick is made up of kikurage mushroom, sesame, fried tofu, bok choy, beansprouts and a soft egg.
This special offer (for $39) is available from 12pm — 4pm, Wednesday to Friday, at Azabu’s Mission Bay outpost for a limited time. We suggest getting in quick for your fill of ramen with friends.
Hakata Ramen Lunch: Wednesday to Friday 12pm — 4 pm