Restaurateur Lucien Law on good luck charms and custard squares

After a successful international career in Advertising, Lucien Law now sits firmly at the head table of the New Zealand hospitality scene as the co-founder of Savor Group, which includes Azabu, Ostro and NSP among its bulging stable of excellent eateries. We asked Law to take a break from fulfilling thousands of deliveries in Level 3, to reveal the ingredients of his happiness and success.

My personal style can be defined as: Minimal.

An object I would never part with is: A jade good luck charm that was given to me at birth by my grandmother. 

The last thing I bought and loved was: A work by Dan Arps – unbroken chain. 

Unbroken Chain 4 and Unbroken Chain 6 by Dan Arps (2014)

On my wish list is: A vaccine. 

The last thing I added to my wardrobe was: A yellow jersey from Mr Porter which is yet to arrive… I feel this was a rash ISO purchase.

The design building that inspires me is: Setsumasa and Mami Kobayashi’s weekend retreat

An unforgettable place I visited was: Seascape at Annandale on the Banks Peninsula. 

Next place I’d like to go to: Hokkaido.

My favourite app is: WhatsApp.

An indulgence I would never forgo is: Denheath Custard Squares, if you know you know. 

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city it would be: Shibuya, Toyko. 

I can’t miss an episode of: Succession has been my quarantine binge. 

The best book I’ve read in the last year is: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

In my fridge you’ll always find: Al Brown’s Old Yella Habanero Mustard 

The last meal out I had that truly impressed me was: Movida Melbourne. The air-dried wagyu with poached egg, and truffle mashed potato must be tried!

My favourite room in my house is: the kitchen, I find cooking relaxing. 

I recently discovered: Zoom and I hate it. 

My favourite website is:

The people I rely on for my wellbeing are: My wife.

The best gift I ever received was: My wife found a book called Home Away From Home, which includes the story of my family’s journey to New Zealand.

The podcasts I listen to are: The Joe Rogan Experience, Desert Island Discs (a lot), The David Chang Show.

The one artist whose work I would collect is (if price is not an issue): Basquiat.

Basquiat, Untitled (Two on Gold), 1982, Acrylic and oilstick on canvas, 203 x 317.5cm

A gadget I can’t do without is: My iPad Pro. 

The grooming product I can’t live without is: Comme Des Garcon, Wonderwood.

The last music I downloaded was: Bill Withers – Just As I Am.

If I wasn’t doing what I am, I would be: A bass player in a covers band mainly doing school balls in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Waikato region.

I have a collection of: Cookbooks. And black t-shirts. 


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