So I’ve decided that the inaugural meeting of the NZ Design Appreciation Society (NZDAS) will be held at this new joint, Culprit – a big brick loft, tucked up a stairwell on Auckland’s Wyndham St.
The fit-out was designed by Auckland interior architect Kirsty Mitchell of Walker Mitchell (she’s responsible for some of the best-looking eateries in Auckland) with the brief of capturing the energy of Culprit’s young chefs and the food they create.
Those young chefs are Kyle Street and Jordan Macdonald (alumni of Al Brown and his eateries Depot and Federal Deli), and the food they create is described as seasonal tastes and bites, served yum-cha style. At each of the two sittings (6pm and 8pm), different dishes circulate around (that’s where those cool black trolleys with the pink wheels come in), all plated on imperfect white ceramics handmade by Morgan Haines, and you can say yay or nay to each one. I think Kyle and Jordan are way pavers – watch this concept grow in New Zealand from here…
Back to that fit-out… Walker Mitchell’s design celebrates and emphasises features of the old building, while contrasting its history with sharp contemporary details like the strip lighting and steel work. The kitchen was positioned in the middle of the dining area – the focus here is on the art of cooking and being able to watch the chefs prepare your food.
Culprit’s brand identity is by Studio South.
(Also, Melbourne, watch yo front. We’re coming for you…)