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Category Archives: Smart Casual


Photographs: David Straight Tucked away down a back alley behind Golden Dawn, what was once a travelling grill has become a permanent fixture of Ponsonby Road. There is a massive open plan kitchen and lots of blackened steel – festooned with fairground bulbs – and saloon-style wooden chairs and raw timber, along with an ominious-looking […]


Photographs: David Straight Rockefeller is an oyster and champagne bar in in a fantastic old brick warehouse on a windswept expanse of Fanshawe Street, a relic of a former age when this was the edge of the harbour and and there were no buses or cars racing to get to the motorway. It’s classic in […]


Photographs: David Straight Phil’s Kitchen opened a couple of months ago in the space that was once Bouchon, a cheesily French restaurant that somehow changed dining in the city, mainly because it was loud and not very expensive and did a good coq au vin and crepes. On some levels, its replacement is brilliant. A simple, even […]


Photographs: David Straight  You might be familiar with the Matterhorn in Wellington: a restaurant that took a strange little coffee lounge and turned it into a legend. It feels like a bar where anything could happen and that might be kind of dangerous. Auckland’s version opened a couple of months back in a big beautiful bricky […]


Photographs: David Straight Masu has serious pedigree. Chef Nic Watt is a master of the grill has cooked in robata all over the world. SkyCity spent many millions on the fitout. Matt Aitchison, formerly of The French Cafe, is the maître d. It bills itself as a robata – a Japanese grill – only it’s […]