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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Christchurch’s little slice of Italy, Baretta bar and restaurant, is all set to go troppo when it moonlights as the Havana Club Embassy Bar over two coming weekends. From Thursday 27 March, and then again the following weekend from Thursday 3 April, Baretta party goers are set to experience a little Latin fever with an offering that Fidel himself would be proud of. Things kick off with the launch party on Thursday (27 March) at 6pm featuring a feisty mix of Latin music from the Doc Sanchez Trio, Cuban canapés, and (of course) lashings of Mojitos and other Havana Club cocktail specials. (Mmm, we love us some Mojitos.) The Embassy Bar will continue to rock out over the rest of the weekend, so bust out that white linen suit or slinky cocktail dress and head down to stand coolly by the bar and live out your James Bond or Bond Girl...
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Christchurch bar-tsar Tony Astle’s latest offering along the city’s hottest party scene that is Victoria Street fuses a dark, broody aesthetic with an industrial edge and the effortless flair of another meticulously-crafted den of cool. You’ll find The Dirty Land’s interior awash with heavy red curtains, exposed brick walls, tactile wallpaper and moody lighting, care of guttering candles and some seriously covetable fixtures hanging under a gnarly, pressed ceiling. It’s like walking on the set of a David Lynch movie, only better – because you're there, and perusing a swanky cocktail list that rounds out an impressive and imaginative drinks menu.It goes without saying the drinks are killer; those with a taste for the bittersweet should tap the twist-on-a-classic that is the TDL Negroni, while the Blood Passion’s lacing of Belvedere vodka with passionfruit and blood orange makes for some primo drinking. Feeling adventurous? Check out the Guest Cocktail, a weekly...
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Macaron lovers, rejoice! This Saturday (March 22) sees the return of the annual Macaron Day at J’aime les macarons and the $1 macaroon (instead of the normal price of $2.70). As you can imagine, this level of deliciousness in this price bracket attracts some considerable interest, and last year even with 7000 macarons on offer people were still turned away empty handed (and no doubt with grumbling tums). To ease the pain and celebrate their 4th year, the team at J’aime les macarons have bumped up the target to 10,000 macarons, so grab your friends, family or passing strangers and get down to the nearest J’aime les macarons outlet to get your allocated dozen-per-person (bring the kids though, and you can get a dozen for each of them as well!) Macarons fly out the door on a first come, first served basis, so be prepared to get in early! Both the...
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Available at Vino Fino. The Crater Rim Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir 2012The bouquet is beautifully fragrant showing red/black cherry, spice, floral and hints of thyme and savoury mushroom, followed by a succulent palate that’s richly textured and superbly supported by plenty of polished tannins. RRP $19.99Black Estate Chardonnay 2012Beautiful locally produced Chardonnay. Mouth-filling with ripe citrus and yellow stone fruits intermixed with butterscotch and creamy notes, along with nutty oak and chalky minerality. It has gorgeous weight and texture in the mouth. RRP $34.99...
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Technically more a triple threat, our autumnal match pairs Hazelz New Zealand’s Cold Pressed Hazelnut Oil and Hazelnut Dukkah with Vic’s Bakehouse organic baguette.The partners Jam packed with vitamin E, the golden hazelnut oil (which can also be used topically as a beauty treatment – bonus!) adds a delightful nutty kick to the dukkah’s warm aromatics. With its perfectly crunchy crust and signature chewy texture this is traditionally-made artisan bread at its best.The pairing Addictive. Definitely one to trot out at your next soirée....
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Cityscape gets on a knead to know basis with Pip Lodge, master baker at Breads of Europe.How did you become a master baker? Not long after I finished my apprenticeship I started work as a baker at Breads of Europe. After a couple years the opportunity came up for a head baker. I’ve been doing it three years now and I’m still learning.What makes artisan bread special? Artisan breads take a long time to make, they look more rustic, are not uniform and have huge flavour and texture. We use minimal ingredients of the highest quality so you know it’s good.How long does it take? It could take anywhere from two hours onwards depending on what bread we are making. There’s hours of prep, fermenting, resting and proving involved. Some of it is done the night before and finished off the next night.Biggest seller? Ciabatta, it makes the best garlic bread...
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Feeling inadequate in the kitchen department? Then turn off Masterchef and spruce up the old culinary skills with an awesome back to basics local culinary course and put those kitchen nightmares behind you. Pig in a Day Go the whole hog and discover the porcine pleasures of bacon, pancetta, ham, prosciutto, salami and chorizo before an afternoon of sausage making in Charteris Bay with Preserved. $180 www.preserved.co.nz Tempering & Truffle Making Discover the joys of all things cacao at She Universe’s chocolate school in Governors Bay where you’ll de-mystify the art of tempering chocolate, make amazing truffles and enjoy lots of chocolate tasting. $85 www.sheuniverse.com One Day Cheesemaking Workshop Master the art of making your own mozzarella, halloumi, ricotta, and butter and then eat it on artisan breads you’ve also made at Donna’s Home Made Cheese workshops in Bishopdale. $125 www.homemadecheese.co.nz...
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What? Traditionally a way of using up day-old rice and leftovers, this Korean staple is a one-bowl wonder piling namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables), gochujang (chilli pepper paste), a raw or fried egg and sliced meat atop white rice. Literally translated as ‘mixed rice’, bibimbap can be served cold in summer or hot in a sizzling stone bowl (dolsot bibimbap) in winter with the ingredients stirred together just before eating. Why? Korean is tipped as the new Thai. Need more? It’s also believed to heal the body, release energy and keep illness away. Where? Try Seoul Garden, The Station or Korea House. ...
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Sometimes you feel like a beer, others a cocktail – now you can have both. Just when you thought beer couldn’t get any better (forget what you’ve been told about mixing your drinks) along comes the beertail (currently rocking the Northern Hemisphere) – the perfect union of beer and booze and an awesome autumnal tipple.But before you start reaching for the cider or lemonade to whip up a snake bite or, worse, a shandy, there are a few ground rules: it’s not about destroying a precision crafted beer, rather it’s about pulling different flavours and aromas from the beer than you would normally experience.So leave the shandy to Gran and get your laughing gear around a Black Velvet (stout and champagne), Michelada (mexican lager, lime juice, tabasco sauce, tomato juice and salt and pepper) or a Skip & Go Naked (lager, vodka and lemonade) and drink in the moment....
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Looking for great food or just a primo coffee in an awesome atmosphere? Get your hungry, caffeine-deprived self into Dose Diner for a latte and a look. Brought to you by the good folks behind Dose Café in Tuam Street (and the Sushi Container in Re:START), Dose Diner at is now smashing out bodacious breakfasts, tasty lunches and delectable Japanese food for dinner at its Blenheim Road digs. Set among industrial chic that embraces what we might be able to start calling The Rebuild Style, you’ll find plenty of industrial furniture, recycled timber, and awesome paint wash and graffiti artwork (by local street artist Yikes, featured in the RISE Street Art Festival exhibition in Canterbury Museum) to feast your eyes on. Equally perfect for sharing a chicken katsu don buri with your significant other or bowling up for eggs benny for Sunday brunch with the gang in tow, add coffee done...