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KISS KISS

Photographs: David Straight Sometimes, you want something a bit better than fluorescent lights and Chinese gameshows. So let us rejoice in the third restaurant opening of Jasper and Ludo Maignot and Celeste Thornley (L’Oeuf & Chinoiserie), northern-Thai all-dayer Kiss Kiss. There are communal wooden tables, pastel mosaics, indoor palms and kitschy parasols; the cocktail menu is […]

MUMBAI CHAAT

Photographs: David Straight Mumbai Chaat is spotlessly clean and brightly lit: it is bright orange on the outside and yellow on the inside with one big long line of tables down one side. There is a lot of Formica and a television on the wall streaming – what else – Bollywood movies. You are here […]

SAAN

I’ve been to Chiang Mai, but it wasn’t as good as this. Saan is a very beautiful restaurant on the corner of Douglas Street and Ponsonby Road where there used to be a Video Ezy that smelled a little like stale coffee. Now there’s a restaurant designed by Cheshire Architects that looks all faded and […]

MAMA RICH

Photographs: David Straight Mama Rich is essentially a carbon copy of Selera in Newmarket. No surprises really, considering they’re owned by the same people. There are basic plastic chairs and small wooden topped tables housing chopsticks in tin cans. They’ve tried to spruce the place up a bit by gluing bamboo to the wall outside […]

ROCKEFELLER

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 […]