Eating & Drinking

Here’s the inside word on Christchurch restaurants, cafés and bars. Whether you’re looking for a casual neighbourhood eatery or fine dining, a chilled-out café for Sunday brunch or a fast caffeine fix on the way to work, a cool wine bar or a happening bar where you can dance all night, we’ve got it (along with recipes, tips and the latest new gourmet foods to fill your pantry).

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Situated on Colombo St, along side Sydenham hot spot The Colombo, The Beer Library is Christchurch’s only craft beer bottle store. A relaxed atmosphere, an outstanding selection, and knowledgeable staff providing excellent service ensure that this is the perfect place for everyone to find their perfect beer, from the biggest ‘hop-heads’ to craft beer novices.The first thing you'll notice when walking in to The Beer Library is the wall of chillers that ensurethe stock stays as fresh as the day it left the brewery. With well over 300 different bottles and five constantly rotating taps for rigger fills, The Beer Library curates the largest selection of craft beer available in the South Island. The Beer Library stocks beers from local Christchurch breweries, further afield in New Zealand, and hard to find beers from around the globe. You’re sure to find something you’ve never had!As if the selection alone wasn’t enough,...
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Annual culinary extravaganza The Food Show returns to the city soon to showcase all things delicious and delectable over three days at the Horncastle Arena. The country’s largest selection of South Island food, drink and kitchen equipment suppliers will be clustered together May 1-3.This year a brand new area to the show will be launching, called The Healthy Hub. This area of the show is set to bring together all things health-giving, fitness promoting and wellness-enhancing. Those visiting the new area can expect to see The Real Food Pledge, an inspirational cook who is launching a new cookbook to inspire people to get back to basics and make healthy recipes from ‘real foods’, as well as Viberi, producers of a range of dried and frozen organic blackcurrant products.As usual, there will be plenty of tips, tricks and recipes to learn from inspirational chefs at the Whirlpool Cooking Theatre, where you’ll be...
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Sticking with the Harper Lee theme, the team behind Latin fusion fiesta Tequila Mockingbird are rocking Vic Street’s latest offering Boo Radley’s Food & Liquor. Perched above its literary sibling, BRFL serves swanky Southern sass alongside super tasty primo sliders (the blackened market fish, pictured, is totally boss, just sayin’), the Alabama staple that is fried green tomatoes (skewered with mozzarella and basil), bourbon (Maker’s Mark no less!) and coke glazed venison ribs and their piece de resistance – bourbon-laced ‘grown up milkshakes’ – yessum! – while the live music keeps your toes tappin’.Scout and Jem would be proud. www.booradleys.co.nz...
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Cityscape catches up with Mandys Horseradish whisperer Mandy Steel. How did you get into horseradish sauce making? I have been making horseradish sauce for about 10 years now, I joined forces with another Mandy (hence the name), who was in possession of an old family recipe. After 4 years in partnership together I bought the other Mandy out and now there is just me. Best thing about your job? I love the whole process, my days are varied with different tasks which I enjoy. Harvest days are hard work and I sometimes think ‘Why I am doing this?’ when I could be joining my friends for lunch! But then I get such great feedback from my customers and renowned chefs up and down the country which puts a smile back on my face and justifies the effort. Favourite way to enjoy your sauce? Roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, gravy and a big...
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Central City lunch options just got a whole lot more exotic with the arrival of Peterborough Street Food. This funky street food collective located on the old Convention Centre site on Peterborough Street (opposite the Peterborough Central Library) boasts some killer fare and serious kitchen cred for those looking for a super tasty, quick and easy-on-the-wallet nosh on the go. Part of the city’s rising food truck scene, this wagon circle of gourmet mobile units rocks quality Vietnamese, Japanese and Southern US/South American goodness along with some seriously fierce coffee and café fare. Street FoodStreet Food’s fresh, tasty Vietnamese fare has already won plenty of followers. You owe it to yourself to try the Banh Mi – a dynamic French-Vietnamese combo of pâté, pickled veges, fresh coriander and chilli, and your choice of spiced meat – and the fresh rice paper rolls. HakoyaHakoya brings some fine authentic Japanese lunch options to...
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Christchurch’s post-quake café scene is booming, and there’s never been a better time to venture out, try something new, and discover another fave haunt to down a flat white and a couple of yummo morsels. From the tried-and-true institutions that are still going strong to hipster hangouts, Sunday-drive destinations to throw into the GPS, ‘new Christchurch’ pop-ups and a bit of old-world elegance (pinky finger off that teacup!), there’s a host of options to suit your preferences, or even just your mood.Sure, it’s good to support your local café where they know your name and start fixing your morning coffee when they clock you walking through the door. But sometimes you need to share the love – how else will you discover that to-die-for crazy new muffin combo or exotic new blend on the scene? Help is at hand – spin the Cityscape café compass and find a new place or...
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Kicking stuffy gin stereotypes to the curb, Rogue Society Gin’s gritty sophistication rekindles the excitement and glamour of the roaring 20s for this in-vogue former prohibition staple. Fusing the goodness of 12 botanicals, this artisan small batch tipple is no nanna’s drink (though we dare say she’d love it!). Distilled in Christchurch (in a hand-beaten, 19th Century John Dore copper pot still no less!), glacial waters from the Southern Alps contribute to this super smooth drop in which juniper and citrus flavours kick-start a party in your mouth. Slap tradition upside the head with a Rogue & Tonic, switching things up with a wedge of blood orange. Get a fix at: Bloody Mary’s, Baretta, Civil & Naval, The Dirty Land, Fiddlesticks, JDV, King of Snake, Mexicano’s,The Monday Room, No.4 Bar & Restaurant, Riccarton House Bistro, Tequila Mockingbird, Town Tonic and Volstead Trading Company.www.roguesocietygin.com...
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Cityscape feels the love with Aroha Drinks' Mark Dillon. How did you become one of NZ’s best drink makers? I am really just trying to keep things as simple and natural as possible. What inspires your creations? I look for heritage fruits. Flavours that were used in beverages for centuries and have therefore proved their tastiness through the crucible of time. Who would you love to see drinking Aroha? To be honest, I get a kick when I see anyone drinking it. It justifies all the effort instantly. What are Vonnie Vegg? Pixies who live in the Elderflower trees. I have been keeping an eye out but have not seen any to date. They are famous in the Isle of Man where, to this day, people tip their hats to the Elder tree and it is illegal to chop one down. Fave Aroha summer cocktail? I’m going to be shooting for the Garden Martini. Perfect for lazy afternoons, it’s a double shot gin,...
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Bringing some Victorian grandeur back to the city (hurray!) after an all-too-long quake-enforced absence, Riccarton House is now fully restored, which means Riccarton House Bistro has re-opened to serve up delectable delights for both lunch and dinner in magnificent surroundings. Recent offerings on the regularly-updated menu include the angus rib eye steak with fondant potatoes, pickled vegetables, and rosemary jus – please, try not to drool on your keyboard – while if you’re looking for a fantastic lunch option on a weekend afternoon, it’s tough to go past the pulled pork sandwich with slaw and smoked capsicum aoli.Christchurch colonial history never tasted so delicious! www.riccartonhousebistro.co.nz...
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With sunny weekend arvos beckoning, it’s a great time to get out into the hinterland and discover some of our region’s spectacular food and wine offerings – all pretty much on our doorstep. Pegasus Bay WineryNamed the country’s best winery restaurant by Cuisine magazine for five consecutive years, this is a tough spot to beat for a long, languorous lunch. Enjoy the 2012 Chardonnay alongside the market fish, blood orange, fennel, green olives and homegrown globe artichoke purée. www.pegasusbay.comWaipara HillsThe rolling hills make for some spectacular views as you tuck into the Waipara Hills Café’s waldorf salad with chicken breast – it’s a great match to a glass or two of their Equinox Waipara Valley Riesling 2013, which recently picked up a Gold Medal in the 2014 Canterbury Wine Awards. www.waiparahillswines.co.nzHinton’sHinton's sneaks  a bit of Central Otago into our local wine scene, with a Christchurch-based restaurant/cellar door for their primarily Otago-based...