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Metro Eats! — Friday 24 March

New Metro out now wherever good magazines are sold!

Metro Eats! — Friday 24 March

Mar 24, 2023 Metro Eats


A short note from me today. Mostly, I want to remind you all that the magazine that we have worked on for the last few months is out! On shelves, in supermarkets, and online here.

Want to know what’s in the mag?

The central thesis of our issue, that culture is collapsing all around us, is a bit doom and gloom – but we are in a bit of a doom-and-gloom era. Recently, I went to see The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Auckland Arts Festival, one of our city’s central arts events that is supported by the council. It was a sold-out session; we waited in congested lines behind crowds of teenagers and couples and families, shuffling into the darkened theatre all together. It was the first time in a long time I’d seen such a busy theatre show – at the end, the audience even stood up, in unison, in simultaneous appreciation. For a moment, we were all connected.

If you would like to have your say in Auckland Council’s draft budget for 2023/2024, in which it proposes to cut $36.5M from regional arts, events and community initiatives, you can do so on its online submission form here. You don’t have to fill in the whole survey, and, at a minimum, having an opinion on these arts budget cuts involves pressing only a few buttons – answering Question 1. 

– Jean


There is still time to buy tickets to tomorrow’s One Day in Provence event, where five French courses will be served, as well as French wine. A long, long lunch, from 1pm-6pm.

Lucky Gs has opened at 34c Oranga Ave, Onehunga.

A new restaurant in Remuera, in that nice little lane where Waku Waku and Spiga is, has opened. It’s called Spring Bistro, and comes from the owners of Bambina.

Duck Island and Coffee Supreme have collaborated on a new ice cream together, which I have to say sounds pretty good (coffee ice cream, fudge, dark chocolate cookie bits).

Go along to the closing night event for ceramics exhibition GAP [黄馨贤박성환嫦潔] FILLER, featuring work by Ruby White, Cindy Huang and Sung Hwan Bobby Park. On closing night (Thursday 30 March), Ruby is serving up the vegetables and fruit that have been fermenting in her pots that were inspired by Hunping Soul Vases. One of them has been filled by me! Come along and see if they taste good! At Studio One Toi Tū, on Karangahape.

We went to eat at Chaat Street in Parnell and particularly enjoyed the keema pav and chole bhature. 

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Metro N°442 is Out Now.

In the Autumn 2024 issue of Metro we celebrate the best of Tāmaki Makaurau — 100 great things about life in Auckland, including our favourite florist, furniture store, cocktail, basketball court, tree, make-out spot, influencer, and psychic. The issue also includes the Metro Wine Awards, the battle over music technology company Serato, the end of The Pantograph Punch, the Billy Apple archives, a visit to Armenia, viral indie musician Lontalius, the state of fine dining, and the time we bombed West Auckland to kill a moth. Plus restaurants, movies, politics, astrology, and more.

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