Happy New Yeah! It's so nice to be back! I missed you! You look good - did you get a tan? Suits you. Let's tuck into it, shall we?
I thought it would be good to start a series on NZ eateries that show good taste is about more than just the food. After all, they say you eat with your eyes first. We're kicking off with Biskit, a new city kitchen on Auckland's Parnell Rise. It's the latest good-looking outfit fitted out by Material Creative.
The space itself is actually a heritage-listed building, so under decades of other businesses' leavings, Material Creative found beautiful honey-coloured brick walls, wooden floorboards, a massively high ceiling. They left one brick wall exposed, lightly whitewashed the floorboards (LOVE), and hung THOSE LIGHTS THO from the ceiling.
Can we just talk about those lights? They were designed by Material Creative and made locally, then Toni (Brandso, one half of Material Creative) and her mum stayed up all night sewing the soft fabric covers for them. Teamwork makes the dream work.
Some of my fave touches in the space are... the use of marble as a feature material, black Scandinavian-style stools (there's a pic up there) handcrafted by NZ's NDC, the choice of navy blue for the back wall (cute chalk drawings), and the deep window seats lined with big fat lovely cushions.
All photography by Rachel Dobbs - Swift & Click. We enjoyed the Basil Smash cocktails, aye Rach?
Check out this month's Taste magazine for a Biskit feature by myself and Rachel - with more photos, and one of Biskit's best recipes.