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Category Archives: Cheap and Cheerful

PEASANT

Photographs: David Straight  Remember Two Monkeys? Just in case: a glass box with a blue-painted steel frame, dirty floors, formica tables, ordinary food. Last year, brothers Simon and John Yip (their mum is Vietnamese) took over the space, painted it white, polished the concrete floor and installed timber tables, metal chairs and industrial drop pendants. It is at […]

CHINOISERIE

Photographs: David Straight Mark our words: you’re going to see more like this. Chinoiserie occupies a narrow shopfront in a very ordinary part of Mt Albert; it’s owned by good people behind the throughly successful cafe L’Oeuf next door, which does inventive things with eggs. The fitout is beautiful: a punk sort of take on […]

DISTRICT 5

Photographs: David Straight District 5 is two small sheds around a deck on Shortland Street, in the lee of corporate office towers and we presume they’re referring to District 5 in Ho Chi Minh City rather than Panem in the Hunger Games. It’s very bright and it’s painted colours you find all over Vietnam – […]

SPICY HOUSE

 Photographs: David Straight  Spicy House calls itself the “spice expert” and, possibly more importantly, it is open late, so if you really need chilli at midnight – coming back from the airport, say – this is the place to go: on a recent visit the place was pleasantly full just before midnight. The walls are […]

BLOSSOM COURT

    Photographs: David Straight There are many reasons to go to Panmure: the lagoon, that great sign on the awful roundabout, and increasingly, some brilliant ethnic food. There’s the joint serving some of the best Peking duck in town, and there’s the Sri Lankan supermarket but – most importantly – there is the splendidly […]