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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Put winter on ice with The Dirty Land’s alcohol alchemist Adam Wood’s take on a classic espresso martini. FIXIN’S 30ml Galliano Ristretto20ml vodka30ml espresso5ml Galliano Vanilla5ml GallianoAmaretto METHOD Fill a martini glass with ice and leave to chill. Half fill a shaker with ice, add all ingredients and shake vigorously. Empty ice out of the glass and strain the mix into glass. Garnish with three roasted coffee beans....
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There's exciting news recently for fans of Japanese food with the opening of Kumo Japanese Cuisine in the ever-more-bustling commercial and entertainment zone at the bottom of Lincoln Road (351, to be precise). Those that have been missing a sushi train option since the earthquakes are now in luck!   Head into the sleek, modern interior for lunch or dinner and you'll find a parade of delectable dishes makingtheir way past you at either the booths or long dining bar. But it's far from being just about sushi - there's also a wide range of traditional Japanese dishes a la carte to enjoy in the comfortable and entirely separate fine dining area. Tuck into the likes of teriyaki chicken, braised pork belly or deep fried tiger prawns, and wash it all down with something from the sake or wine list.  Artistic and delicious dishes, sleek ambience, and a great atmosphere;...
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Cityscape talks to some of the city’s brewing craftspeople about the reasons for the craft beer boom, their motivations, and a few of their drops to watch out for. Jumped on the craft beer/boutique beer appreciation train yet? With the number of craft breweries in the country increasing from just 3 around 1980 to closer to 80 today, it’s fair to say our beer horizons have massively expanded, and with increasing numbers of bustling brew-pubs, beer-focussed bars/cafes/restaurants, boutique beer stores and local craft breweries popping up, Christchurch might just be getting ideas about giving Wellington and Nelson run for their money in the contest to be the nation’s craft beer capital. Local brewers all agree that New Zealand is part of a worldwide surge of interest in craft beer at present, perhaps spurred on in particular locally by the sense that there’s a bit of catching up to do. “I think...
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Fresh, feisty and wildly authentic, Hello Vietnam Restaurant is the latest offering along what is fast becoming known as the city’s multi-cultural dining hotspot – Riccarton Road. While its address lists it as Riccarton Road, you’ll find this calling card to Saigon tastiness tucked under Stellar Restaurant & Bar, with its entrance (and car park) around on Euston Street. We arrive on a Saturday night and it’s obvious that its round-the-corner location isn’t fooling Christchurch’s foodie masses as this clean, sleek and perfectly-presented eatery is packed to its lacquered gills. Buzzing with bustling efficiency, and with the excited chatter of a clientele clearly enjoying themselves and the piquant promise of things to come both teasing the air, we’re seated by owner and man-about-Hello-Vietnam-Restaurant Bruce Tran.Sipping our BYO bottle of Brancott Estate Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, we peruse a menu that spoils us for choice and combines Vietnamese classics spanning fresh rice...
Cityscape The Drinks List
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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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