A Newly Michelin-Starred Tokyo Restaurant That Takes Its Cues From Denmark

Plus: A ballet based on a quintessential Mexican novel premieres in New York City, a packing crate-inspired object of affection, and more recommendations from T Australia.

Article by Mariela Summerhays

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Photography courtesy of ACiD brianza.

Eat This: A Newly Michelin-Starred Tokyo Restaurant That Celebrates Fermented Dishes

To receive starred status is the most coveted milestone for any restaurant, and last month, Michelin announced 10 Tokyo establishments would make their debut in its prestigious guide. Among them was ACiD brianza, a modern 14-seat restaurant inspired by the fermented ingredients favoured by Japan, and the Copenhagen of its chef-owner, Yoshiyuki Okuno’s culinary training.

Without pomp or ceremony, the intimate restaurant’s walls are clad in plaster and unassuming timber, the central focus being the shelves of mason jars packed with pickled vegetables, the ingredients individually picked, salted, pickled and oiled by Okuno himself. Expect French techniques to pervade the eight-course menus, which currently includes dishes such as pea, mint and Sakura shrimp, and pork belly with water kimchi and lovage. ACiD brianza is located at 2-17-8 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0045, Japan. la-brianza.com

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Cassandra Trenary and Daniel Camargo in American Ballet Theatre's "Like Water for Chocolate". Photography by Fabrizio Ferri.

Watch This: The American Ballet Theatre Debut Their Adaptation of Laura Esquivel’s ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ In New York

“Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves; we need oxygen and a candle to help,” Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel wrote in her beloved “Like Water For Chocolate”, the modern classic which has captivated for decades with its themes of unconsummated passion and familial obligation. “In this case, the oxygen for example, would come from the breath of the person you love; the candle would be any kind of food, music, caress, word, or sound that engenders the explosion that lights one of the matches.” For the lead character, Tita, the oxygen is her beloved, Pedro; and the candle, the food born of her emotive and heartfelt cooking, which affects all who consume it, in dramatic and often devastating ways.

Following its world premiere last year at London’s Royal Opera House, Christopher Wheeldon, OBE will this month bring his ballet adaptation of this most passionate of stories to the Metropolitan Opera House with the American Ballet Theatre. Transportive and masterful, Roslyn Sulcas of The New York Times wrote in her review of the London production of the ballet’s final moments—reminiscent of the novel’s magic itself—that which alone makes this ballet worth catching; “It’s a coup de théâtre finale, one of many visually breathtaking moments in the ballet… The spare purity of the final pas de deux offers a glimpse of the unity of body and spirit, emotion refined into abstraction.” “Like Water For Chocolate” will show at the Metropolitan Opera House between June 22 and July 1. abt.org

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Bethan Laura Wood's "Particle Stack". Photography by Ellis Scott

Covet This: A Packing Crate-Inspired Storage Unit That Celebrates Overlooked Brown

Off the back of a new rug collection reveal at Salone de Mobile—and in anticipation of the Mecca x NGV Women in Design Commission being unveiled later this year—Bethan Laura Wood’s previous works have been brought to the fore of consciousness again; among them, the wood-laminate storage system, Particle. Inspired by the environment in which she worked at the time—London’s Design Museum, a former banana warehouse—the interlocking and stacking, crates-reminiscent units demonstrate the fascinating relationship between various hues of the one colour.

“I’m very curious about how to make harmonious groups; but then within them, I like to have some tonal shift,” Wood says of the tessellated pattern that decorates Particle’s surfaces. “I like to have some movement because, otherwise, if all the colours are sitting in the same place, they either are fighting because they’re all hitting the same note, or it can be quite boring.” Particle is available at select stores worldwide, bethanlaurawood.com

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"Xinjiang Cowboys", Hailun Ma, 2019. Courtesy of White Rabbit Gallery.

See This: A Beloved Sydney Gallery Hosts A Dynamic Exhibition About Chinese Identity

Minutes walk away from main roads and the bustle of university campuses, the White Rabbit Gallery sits on a quiet street in busy Chippendale. Established by local art patron, Judith Neilson, the multi-storied gallery hosts a single exhibition of contemporary Chinese art at any one time, and the next, “I Am The People”, promises to offer nuanced and differing perspectives of the struggles and aspirations of different groups within Chinese society.

Visitors can expect artworks depicting the experiences of a Guangzhou factory worker; a wealthy Beijing entrepreneur; cowboys and labourers, among others, and—if past White Rabbit Gallery exhibitions are to go by—a highly dynamic mix of installations, photography and digital mediums. Despite the contrasting mediums and subjects of works, the curation intends to highlight that “cutting across all boundaries is the need for harmony and belonging.” To top it off, as all their exhibitions, I Am The People offers free admission. “I Am The People” will run at White Rabbit Gallery between June 30 to November 12, whiterabbitcollection.org