i.am.me ambassador Jaime Ridge

Hailed as collagen 2.0, meet the new beauty supplements transforming our hair and skin

Achieving the kind of smooth, plump and dewy complexion we all crave can be an elusive and exhausting pursuit, which is why we are always willing to try new products that promise real, tangible results. And through these intrepid trials, we’ve found that one of the best ways to consistently wake up looking radiant and ready for the day is with a daily dose of collagen.

In the world of supplements, collagen is often talked about but perhaps not as understood as it should be. It is essential to our skin’s health — and not just the skin on our face. We’re talking about our largest organ, the physical barrier we present to the outside world, and often the first to show signs of a nutrient deficiency or imbalance in our bodies.

As we age, the production of collagen (and elastin) decreases — a process accelerated by exposure to the sun, known as photo-aging. This often also leads to thinning and brittle hair and nails, the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, reduced cartilage in joints, and decreased muscle tone.

So, considering that not all collagen is created equal, when a product that does what it says hits the market, we’re quick to sing its praises. And we can’t rave enough about the latest innovation we’ve been trialling by local business i.am.me. Its products are said to supercharge your daily beauty routine with what’s being hailed as collagen 2.0 — a unique formulation designed to revolutionise the condition of the skin, hair and nails, setting a new standard in its category.

i.am.me Stop The Clock capsules

Grounded in its lab-proven prowess, i.am.me’s products are unfussy, straightforward and easy to incorporate into a daily routine — the perfect mix of low effort and high reward. This is one of the many reasons why i.am.me’s newly-minted ambassador Jaime Ridge is a convert, including the ways in which i.am.me’s products have helped her recover from a raft of postpartum woes like hair loss and hormonal acne. “Efficacy is really important to me, particularly because I have such a pared-back routine, so I want to ensure the brands I choose to use are the best,” the new mum shares. “Ensuring the ingredients are all ethically-sourced and premium quality with science and clinical trials to back them up is important to me, when deciding which products I want to use personally, and secondly when deciding to stand behind a brand publicly. It’s not a decision to be made lightly.”

The i.am.me range has launched with three high-potency products. Beauty Standard and Vanilla Beauty are geared to improving the general condition of hair, skin and nails, containing the maximum recommended daily dose of collagen at 10g per serve. Available in powder form with superfine micro-granules, they allow the glow-giving properties of their marine collagen to be easily absorbed. The third product Stop The Clock is specifically targeted to address signs of ageing and is easily consumed in capsule form. In line with i.am.me’s ethos of sustainability, the range includes sleek, refillable containers with refill pouches available to minimise waste.

Importantly, you should know that i.am.me’s secret sauce is the inclusion of functional digestible keratin in its products. This form of keratin has been ethically sourced from 100% pure New Zealand sheep wool and makes the brand’s formula infinitely more effective. The Stop The Clock capsules go one step further, combining functional keratin, marine collagen peptides, biotin and powerful antioxidants into a proprietary formulation called Kerbicol, which allows for essential nutrients to be delivered to where you need them most. And for the powdered Beauty Standard and Vanilla Beauty products, the addition of vitamin C offers a welcome nutrient hit and aids absorption.

It is this unique, assiduous formulation that influences the truly unparalleled benefits of i.am.me’s products. “My skin has been completely transformed,” Ridge explains. “It was dull and lifeless and I’m getting comments on how it’s so bright and glowing, and my postpartum hair loss concerns are a thing of the past.”

i.am.me ambassador Jaime Ridge

Collagen peptides cultivated from organic marine organisms are also included in i.am.me’s range, having advantages over their animal-derived counterparts due to their low molecular weight (which results in greater absorption), low levels of biological contaminants and toxins, and low inflammatory effects. Marine sources are also considered structurally similar to human collagen, which makes them more effective for our systems.

i.am.me’s marine collagen is also ethically sourced, derived from the scales of deep-sea and freshwater fish that would otherwise be discarded as a fishing industry byproduct. Tasteless and odourless, the resulting collagen peptides are easily dissolved in water and absorbed into the human body — perfect for adding to smoothies or with water.

Ultimately, part of what makes i.am.me’s products so appealing is the ease with which we can add them to our existing routines. What we have found with consistent use are products that are simple to use and effective, and noticeable changes to the strength and appearance of our hair and skin.

“I believe that it’s what we put in our bodies that makes the biggest impact on our skin,” Ridge divulges. “It is the largest organ of the body, so it needs to be looked after from the inside out.” Her four essentials? Healthy fruits and vegetables, lots of water, pared-back skincare, and a daily dose of i.am.me.

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Everything new and noteworthy that should be on your beauty radar right now

While we know the great importance of inner beauty, focusing on its external counterpart can be just as important for how we feel about ourselves. Here, we delve into all the excellent formulas, innovative beauty tools and new rituals we have been embracing in our pursuit of glowing skin. This is everything to know about in the beauty realm right now.

The Light Salon Boost Collar
Allowing us to be more specific in our application of red light therapy, this new Boost Collar by the experts at world-renowned The Light Salon targets areas like the neck and dècolletage, the jawline and the forehead — areas that often need a little more attention than we give them.

Legology Daily Care Kit for Legs
The arrival of shorts weather calls for a sometimes confronting shedding of layers. But armed with Legology’s targeted leg care, our pins have never felt more ready for the sunshine. Beginning with a dry body brush that exfoliates the skin while stimulating lymphatic drainage, the best-selling Air-Lite cream that follows minimises puffiness, water retention and heaviness in aching legs, lending your limbs some lasting confidence.

Zizia Botanicals All Balm
New to one of our favourite local beauty purveyors Inès, this balm is a summer beach bag essential. This 100% natural salve is our new favourite lip balm, with a formulation that can be used to soothe dry elbows and knees, alongside sunburnt noses and any residual seasonal dry patches.

Tronque Fully Ripe Vitamin C Body Serum
Designed to add the same luminosity to your body as you would your face, Tronque’s latest innovative serum is equal parts hydrating and skin-changing. We think it pairs perfectly with the brand’s new gua sha tool too, that allows you to slim and shape your limbs in one simple sweep.

Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Eau de Parfum Cristal
On track to be the scent of the summer, Narciso Rodriguez’s latest addition to its famed stable is a feminine fragrance designed to reflect the wearer’s inner light. With an abundance of florals, and base notes of elegant wood, it is mysterious yet unmistakable.

Omorovicza Cooling Derma-Globes
Designed to encourage lymphatic drainage and give us the contoured cheekbones we crave, these derma-globes are the perfect everyday tool for depuffing and refreshing your visage. Simply store them in the fridge and roll over the face as an easy step in your morning regime.

Sans Ceuticals Pro Facial Ritual at Hana
Elevating Hana’s already impressive stable of wellness treatments is this new facial ritual, undertaken in the comfort of your sauna. The regime comprises a three step process that involves a vitamin C mask, a hylauronic acid infused ice cube (a welcome addition as you sweat out your sins), and a leave-on sleeping mask that is best applied as you head out the door. A simple and affordable way to take your weekly sauna to the next level of indulgence, we think.

Chloe Zara Hair Glossifying Hair Mist
With the same principle of applying UV protection to your skin, Chloe Zara’s latest innovation (a hair mist that promises your glossiest tresses yet), is the greatest form of sunsmarts we’ve seen thus far. Formulated as a lightweight detangler, leave-in conditioner and heat-protecting conditioning spray, it is clinically proven to protect against damage from hot tools as it does the sun.

Peter Thomas Roth Pro Strength Stretch Mark Cream
Although it is said that summer bodies are made in winter, we think that a year-round beautification routine is better. This cult-favourite cream has been upgraded to a pro-strength formula, proven to totally reduce stretch marks in as few as four weeks.

Face Gym Cheat Mask
While we patiently await any signs of a Face Gym opening here in New Zealand, we still lust after their at-home products that promises brighter skin while you sleep. The resurfacing and brightening overnight treatment uses the very best of cosmeceuticals (a tri-acid complex, melotonin and probiotics), for clear and firm skin by morning.

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Why a cashmere t-shirt is exactly what your wardrobe has been missing

You should never underestimate the transformative power of a perfectly-executed wardrobe staple — a cashmere t-shirt takes this idea to a whole new level. An elevated take on the classic cotton iteration, a cashmere t-shirt adds a touch of sophistication to the most casual outfit and pairs well with anything (not to mention its breathable and temperature-regulating properties are perfect for spring’s fickle weather).

For those searching for the perfect version of this essential piece, look no further than Dadelszen. As a local purveyor of luxury attire, this brand is well-versed in quality staples, and certainly knows a thing or two about premium design.

Dadelszen’s Cashmere Tee is second to none. Knitted in Tuscany, it is lightweight, fine, and impossibly soft (made from 100 percent baby cashmere). Available in an array of beautiful neutral hues, this is a garment you’ll confidently welcome into your outfit rotation all year round.

For those who prefer a collared style, the impeccably tailored Dadelszen Alain Polo offers a stylish fit, and the addition of 30 percent silk adds subtle yet rich texture. Pair with denim, khaki, or leather — the world is your oyster when it comes to wearing this simple but sophisticated style.

The bottom line is that Dadelszen’s beautiful cashmere tees are true investment pieces — versatile, high-quality and made to treasure for a lifetime. And if you have never considered adding one to your wardrobe before, it could be the piece your looks have been missing. Read on for our curated edit of cashmere garments and how to style them.

Left to right: Dadelszen Cashmere Tee in Nordic Grey, Noir, and Charcoal.

Left to right: Dadelszen Alain Polo in Navy, Hampton Cami in Camel, Alain Polo in Noir.

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Loewe’s coveted new sunglasses have landed at Parker & Co. — just in time for summer

Infused with the unconventional, surrealist aesthetic that Creative Director Jonathan Anderson has brought to Loewe, the iconic brand’s new FW22 sunglasses have arrived at Parker & Co., just in time for us to step up our summertime shade game.

Reflective of its avant-garde vibe, Loewe’s new shades run the gamut from fresh versions of signature shapes to entirely new designs and include iconic Paula’s Ibiza frames, a new bulbous ‘Inflated’ design, a statement Chucky Anagram style, a vintage-inspired Curvy frame and a sleek, circular Metal shade — each one as eye-catching as the next (pun intended).

Cementing exaggerated shapes as the look of the moment, these sunglasses play with provocative ideas to become the kinds of accessories that will make you stand out from the crowd. And with the sunny season around the corner, what better time than now to switch out your staple shades for something slightly more daring?

Left to right: Loewe Inflated Cat Eye Sunglasses in Acetate, Oversized Oval Sunglasses in Acetate, Flower Sunglasses in Injected Nylon, all available from Parker & Co.

Left to right: Loewe Oversized Square Sunglasses in Acetate, Cateye Sunglasses in Acetate, Inflated Rectangular Sunglasses in Acetate, all from Parker & Co.

Left to right: Loewe Halfmoon Sunglasses in Acetate, Oversized Round Sunglasses in Acetate, Round Sunglasses in Acetate, all from Parker & Co.
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With its seamless integration of appliances, this modern Melbourne kitchen is a minimalist masterpiece

Making a case for considering our everyday appliances as carefully as we do our other interior details, Nicholls Residence uses a seamlessly integrated suite of Fisher & Paykel pieces that are as easy to use as they are on the eye.

When tasked with the brief of bringing the rear of this historic Melbourne home into the 21st Century, the team at renowned architecture and design firm, Tecture, were able to dissect the dwelling at its midpoint, opening the back and creating a space into which they could extend the home up and out — adding new living, dining and kitchen areas perfect for the needs of a growing family.

Minimal style 90cm gas cooktop and integrated rangehood, both by Fisher & Paykel.

Throughout the home, a sleek, contemporary finish was delivered via a monochromatic base palette, natural stone and cool, linear touches — from steel framing to the timber used both on the floors and cabinetry. Colour has been introduced carefully, where pops of deep mauve meet the occasional brushes of blue or green, offering just the right amount of intrigue to give the minimalist design some depth. And while a contemporary air prevails here, the home’s ornate original detailing is still a major feature, and nods to the residence’s history.

But it is in the kitchen where the design of this home really sings, exemplifying Tecture’s clever interpretation of the brief. From looks alone, the Nicholls Residence’s kitchen is a clean, pared-back affair, with an aesthetic anchored by undulating grey marble and crisp, white timber cabinets and drawers. Crucially, Tecture decided to incorporate a suite of seamlessly integrated Fisher & Paykel appliances to ensure the space was highly functional, without disrupting the flow of the design.

Minimal style combination microwave oven 60cm with warming drawer below, 11 function self-cleaning minimal style oven 60cm, integrated French door refrigerator freezer 90cm, all by Fisher & Paykel.

From the spacious gas cooktop, to the combination oven microwave and warming drawer — all in Fisher & Paykel’s Minimal style, the appliances have been meticulously placed (designed to recede into the background). There’s even a Fisher & Paykel Integrated Wine Column cabinet, offering the optimal storage environment for a premium wine collection.

Elsewhere, a Fully Integrated Dishwasher is made to be almost invisible, built into the kitchen’s slatted timber cabinetry, while an Integrated French Door Refrigerator Freezer is tidily tucked behind closed doors, keeping the look cohesive and clean.

Recognising that not every practical element of a kitchen can be hidden behind cupboards, Fisher & Paykel’s unique options are ideal for a setting in which design is at the forefront. The Minimal style is made to meld into the background and, at this address, has been utilised perfectly to help the unique, modern space come to life.

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Revive your seasonal wardrobe with the chic new styles that have recently landed at Workshop

Spring’s arrival brings a fresh new mood and a strong desire to shake up our sartorial game. And with the latest international styles from favourite designers Isabel Marant, Acne StudiosChloé and Ganni touching down at one of our favourite fashion destinations, Workshop, dressing for the in-between season has never been more effortless. 

While we’re often inclined to reach for go-to neutral hues, mood-boosting pops of colour are here to delight in the form of fluffy sweatersmohair mini-dresses, and jacquard knit vests. Doubling as excellent layering pieces, rest assured you can match your outfit to the ever-evolving weather with ease. 

If in doubt, a light yet protective bomber jacket will see you through spring (particularly one that features detachable sleeves), and if your pins aren’t quite ready to brace the chill, take your pick of the on-trend cargo jean or sleek, tailored pants

Some lighter layers that we anticipate to be wearing long into the warm season include cotton poplin dresses and printed t-shirts — both styles that are set to be essential as we pack our bags for summer escapes. 

So, tapping into Workshop’s impressive stable of international brands (not to mention their luxurious array of leather bags), we’ve curated a selection of cool, chic and seasonally-appropriate pieces for you to shop online and in-store right now. 

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Dry Aged Duck, Black Garlic and Pickles.

Your first look at Kol: Sid and Chand Sahrawat’s new spot serving flavoursome Indian with a smoky twist

Pronounced ‘coal’ and inspired by the same word, fire and food are in perfect harmony at Ponsonby’s newest restaurant and cocktail bar ‘Kol’. The latest addition to restaurateurs Sid and Chand Sahrawat’s stable (which includes Fort Lane favourite Cassia and acclaimed Sid at the French Café), Kol has taken up the iconic corner residence formerly housing Rocco, MooChowChow, and most recently, 10Eleven by Marvel.

Just like other local outlets Alma and Milenta, Kol is centred on the concept of cooking over fire, yet this is where the similarities end and the offerings diverge. As Sid explains, through harnessing a coal tandoor, the smokiness and char achieved are vastly different to a gas-powered tandoor. “When you cook anything with spices and marinades on charcoal, the results are unparalleled”, he says.

Kid Goat Laccha.

As you’ve probably cottoned on, Kol is no ordinary Indian eatery. The Sahrawats are well-versed in changing perceptions around what Indian cuisine can be — exemplified by Cassia’s contemporary fare. As Kol’s head chef Vicky Shah says, there is so much more to Indian food than curry, which is why there isn’t one on Kol’s menu at all. You will still experience familiar flavours, depth and texture, just in a new way, with the meals enhanced by spirited cocktails.

With a menu split into bites, small and larger dishes, and desserts, there is something to suit every taste, whether you’re after a snack to complement your drink or a more substantial feast. Choosing your dishes may prove to be challenging, with each dish as alluring as the next. However, Sid anticipates diners will take to the Amritsari Prawn Cigar, Chicken and Saffron Kebab with Burnt Onion Raita, Charred Kumara Rizala and the Kid Goat Laccha. A multitude of options to satiate any appetite, we think.

While the menu has a strong Indian influence, Sid, Vicky and the team have looked to other cuisines to create avant-garde dishes. From the tasty skewered Quail Cafreal with Date Mole (featuring hints of onion, miso, chocolate and tamarind) to the smoky Beef Tartare with Charcoal and Khakra (crispbread) — the menu at Kol will extend your palate and offer a masterclass in flavour and culinary craft.

Quail Cafreal with Date Mole.

As one might expect, Kol is a place just as suitable for drinking as it is for devouring food — those who come for the cuisine may find they stay for the extensive cocktail, gin, Champagne, and wine lists. Situated in a villa on the corner of Hepburn Street and Ponsonby Road, we recommend sitting on the porch to watch the world go by while sipping on inspired beverages. Sid’s favourite is The Maroochi Old Fashioned with Macadamia, Bourbon and Bitters, taking a classic to new heights. He suggests patrons try The Arils — a thirst-quenching concoction of Vodka, Pomegranate, Verjus and Cardamom. Bar Manager Mangesh Shah has added theatre to The Arils by presenting the drink with a smoke bubble, making it a festive refreshment indeed.

Imbuing Kol’s earthy and raw vibes into the interiors, the fit-out was designed by Chand and completed by Michael Van Berkum of Conceptual Builders. There are plenty of seating options to immerse yourself in the outlet’s dynamic atmosphere, from the kitchen counter for prime viewing of the chefs in action, to banquettes, bar leaners, and a communal table. A chic, modern dining room seats 20 upstairs for larger gatherings.

Kol, 23 Ponsonby Road.

Kol will undoubtedly be a must-visit destination this season, whether you fancy jovial drinks, a hearty feast, or something in-between. “It might sound indulgent, but we have created the type of place where Chand and I want to go for a drink and bite to eat. We hope everyone enjoys the concept, and we can’t wait to open the doors to Kol in Ponsonby”, professes Sid.

Officially opening on 2 November 2022, booking reservations are available here.

Opening hours: 
Wednesday – Thursday 5pm until late.
Friday – Sunday 12pm until late. 

23 Ponsonby Road,
Auckland 1010.

www.kolauckland.co.nz

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Set above a bustling Colombian cityscape, this spectacular home is a modernist haven

Nestled into a lush mountainside overlooking the hazy skyline of Medellín, Casa JL is a sanctuary of epic proportions, designed to connect those residing within to the natural environment, and offer a place of quiet contemplation. 

Conceived by Cinco Sólidos, the residence is an ode to Mid-Century Modernism and speaks to the minimalistic design language for which its architects have become known. Constructed in two V-shaped volumes, the house is long and linear. On the ground floor sits the kitchen, dining area, living room and TV room — all of which open out onto the expansive terrace and dark-coloured pool, which runs the length of the building — while on the upper level, three bedrooms to open onto a long balcony. 

The prolific use of glass in full height, retractable panels ensures that every space of Casa JL is connected to its surrounds in a visceral, unfiltered way. The open plan living space, for instance, can be entirely opened on both sides to remove all barriers between the manufactured and the organic. In many ways, it feels like a transient space, where simple materials like concrete and timber create a pared-back stage on which furniture has been placed sparsely and purposefully. Were it not for the sculptural staircase at the back of the space, it might have run the risk of feeling devoid of personality altogether. And yet, how the architects have created what feels like a warm, liveable home within an unwaveringly modern and stylistically stark structure, is something to be admired. 

Togo Fireside chair by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset.

That said, light has a lot to do with the way these ideas co-exist. Where natural light can flow through Casa JL’s glass panels, the lack of fussy ornamentation or embellishment makes for some incredible moments of contrast. Various areas of the home are brought to life at different points in the day, as bare walls become canvases for dancing reflections of light off the pool.

Ultimately, Casa JL is a space that demands those within to take a deep breath and meditate on the simpler things. Here, on a verdant Colombian mountainside, an exceptional piece of architecture offers respite from the busyness of modern life and serves as a reminder to slow down and take it all in. 

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Get your summer glow on with the best spray tan purveyors in town

If you’re looking for a bit of a boost as the weather starts to warm (and are lamenting the inevitable loss of last year’s summer glow), a spray tan can do wonders for feeling your best.

And in order to ensure the best results (after all, no one likes streaky skin), it’s important to know where to go, which is why we’ve done the research for you. Without further ado, here’s where to get the best spray tan in Auckland. 

Spring Spa Ponsonby
Spring is renowned for beauty services across the board from facials to massage, mani-pedis and more, and its tanning services are just as high-quality. Using an organic tan that can be adjusted for all skin types and shades, there is the option for a six-hour development time or a fast-developing, two-hour tan — whichever suits your needs.

Society Grey Lynn
Grey Lynn hair and beauty salon Society does a busy trade in tans, and for good reason — the tanner its therapists use is not orange at all, and is made with ethically-sourced, cruelty-free and organic ingredients. Plus, the addition of argan oil leaves the skin feeling hydrated and smooth. 

Esperanza Remuera 
Offering a completely individualised experience, Remuera salon Esperanza is your one-stop shop for a flawless tan. With a variety of bases on offer, owner Hope Macdonald, who has been specialising in spray tanning for nearly 10 years, will tailor the tan to your skin tone and type delivering a natural, sun-kissed glow every time. 

White Spa Herne Bay
With a variety of options including half or full-body, White Spa is well-known for its therapists’ expertise when it comes to tanning and promises a streak-free, natural-looking tan with no orange tinge and no residual odour.

Tan in the City Remuera, Ponsonby & mobile
This popular spot focuses on delivering one thing and one thing only — the perfect tan. It’s for this reason that Tan in the City has become a go-to for anything from a sun-kissed glow to a deep holiday tan. And, if you can’t make it into the salon, one of the therapists can bring its mobile service to you.

Epsom Spray Tan Epsom
Renowned across the city for providing some of the best, streak-free spray tans at affordable prices, Epsom Spray Tan is a household name for those in the know. Frequented as much by models pre-Fashion-Week, as it is by beauty and wellness aficionados, Epsom Spray Tan’s natural products and expert application have kept it ahead of the game for years.

Bare Waxing Grey Lynn
Offering a failsafe spray tan that develops in two-to-four hours and can be as subtle or as dark as you want (with a choice of either Moroccan Tan or Bondi Sands), the lovely beauty experts at Bare Waxing Grey Lynn know how to deliver the kinds of results that will have you going back again and again.

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A whimsical Izakaya-inspired experience is coming to Boxer, and here’s everything you need to know

Renowned for their lively ambience and diverse menus, Japanese Izakayas are a type of bar best suited to punters looking to grab a drink (or two), settle in, and make themselves comfortable. Small-sized dishes are served alongside alcohol to ensure a highly palatable time, and this very concept has inspired a new, seasonal experience at Boxer, the 12-seat bar at the front of Parnell’s Pasture restaurant, owned and operated by award-winning chef Ed Verner. 

Revered Kiwi bartender Phil Spector (formerly of London’s Scout, named one of The World’s 50 Best Bars) has worked with Chef Verner on the concept, which will offer a uniquely New Zealand twist on the Izakaya experience, for three months only. Of course, a raft of innovative cocktails will be paired with each dish, using Boxer’s rotary evaporator to extract the aroma of specific ingredients that are then redistilled under vacuum pressure to create a flavourful liquid. 

Left: Buffalo milk and Fig Leaf Soft Serve with Sushi-Rice Pudding. Right: 100 Day Aged wagyu menchi katsu sando with alpha shokupan.

The avant-garde bar is also promising a satiating a la carte menu, from traditional Izakaya dishes to more whimsical creations. A selection of yakitori will be on offer, from scampi ‘shrimp toast’ to the return of sister eatery Alpha’s cult-favourite, 100-day aged wagyu katsu sandwich (of which there will only be ten servings per day, so get in quick). There will also be exquisite large-format dishes like spring donabe cooked over the Pasture fire and whole-aged duck with delectable accompaniments (like duck-fat pretzels and creamed matcha). With everything designed to share, Chef Verner is aiming to bring people together through this creative reimagining of Izakaya, a concept close to his heart from his time spent in Japan. 

Left: Wagyu Intercostal Skewer from the Pasture Fire with Caviar. Right: Aperitif of Rose, Rhubarb, and Pea Shoots.

Running from Friday the 28th of October, the new menu promises to be a particularly intriguing affair, even for a venue that has built its reputation on reimagining the multi-course dining experience. Rumour has it that Boxer will be extending its outdoor seating and will transition to late-night-only bookings sometime in December, so we suggest you book immediately to enjoy this seasonal revamp while you can. 

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