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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Iconic Australian foodie event the Night Noodle Markets are crossing the ditch this summer to set-up shop in Christchurch for the first time. For five nights in February, a range of high-quality food vendors will offer delicious, authentic Asian meals from a hawker-style market based in North Hagley Park. The inaugural New Zealand market will showcase over 20 local and international food stalls, including the renowned Melbourne-based Hoy Pinoy.  James Meehan, the chef behind Hoy Pinoy, will introduce Cantabrians to his signature Filipino barbecue skewers. There are two flavours available – chicken and pork belly –both served with rice and Achara (pickled papaya). Local favourites turning out at the market will include Fusion at The Asiatique, Chi Kitchen, Dragons Den Social Lounge (whose seriously tasty-sounding special dish for the event, "Wontonachoes" - with fried wonton chips, Szechuan spiced beef, wasabi sour cream & kaffir lime coriander salsa – is pictured...
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With a nearby car park in busy Victoria Street secured, the Cityscape team heads into Aroy Thai on a grey afternoon to find several tables full of people already enjoyably munching away. We park up with a table in the quiet, relaxed environment and eye up the menu of traditional Thai classics including curries, noodle dishes and soups – there’s a good range on offer on the $12 lunch menu. We kick off with hot, crunchy spring rolls, fish cakes and chicken satay sticks, with a creamy peanut sauce that positively screams out for the slight impropriety of at-table finger-licking. A choice of rice or egg noodles is offered with each dish; important for connoisseurs of classic noodle dishes such as Pad Thai, which at Aroy can unusually also be ordered with a delicious crispy pork, and the Drunken Noodles, brim-full of generous servings of juicy chicken and coated in...
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Cityscape hits up Cashmere Cuisine's Kurt Robinson for some BBQ pointers. DRY-AGED RIB-EYE Salt, pepper and a BBQ is all you need. Why Rich and beefy this fatty cut, dry-aged to perfection, is the BBQ king pin. How Sear over medium-high, direct heat until charred, 3–4mins perside. Move to medium-low, indirect heat and continue grilling before searing edges. Pro tip Let the meat reach room temperature before cooking. FRESH SALMON A light alternative to red meat. Why A rich yet delicate protein and excellent source of Omega 3. How Place on tinfoil and sprinkle with a small amount of brown sugar, salt, pepper, squeeze of lemon juice and sweet chilli sauce. Wrap tightly to seal and cook for about 20mins on medium heat with BBQ lid down. Pro tip Get boneless salmon to avoid those pesky pin bones. MEATY STICKY PORK RIBS No knife and fork required! Why A tasty moreish pork cut perfect for the whole family. How Marinate ribs overnight in a good smoky BBQ...
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Basking in the sun with a cooling sea breeze and stunning views out across the port – Freemans' celebrated deck is one of Christchurch’s top spots for a summer tipple. Literally minutes from the city but miles from care in portside town Lyttelton, this Italian institution combines hearty home-made fare (their zucchini fries and gnocchi with pan-fried chorizo are worth walking over the Bridle Path for!) with lush house-made sodas, fine Nelson wines and perfectly chilled beers dispensed from their funky new bar. A brightly coloured mural courtesy of local artist Wongi brings the port action right up on the deck, while on Sundays, live music from local jazz legend Carmel Courtney and friends from 3.30pm ends the weekend on the perfect note – just get their early as the tables are gobbled up as quickly as the exquisite fare. www.freemansdiningroom.co.nz...
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Up your gourmet game with Dragons Den Social Lounge’s international award-winning chef. Canterbury Spring Lamb Rack with warm green bean Parmesan salad (Serves 4) SHOPPING LIST  Rack of Canterbury spring lamb (4 chops) Salad 20-30 fresh green beans (trimmed & sliced) ¼ cup green peas 20-30 broad beans (shelled) ¼ cup Italian parsley ¼ cup Parmesan cheese Dressing 200ml extra virgin olive oil 2tsp parsley 2 cloves roasted garlic 2 anchovy fillets 1tsp capers 1 lemon (fine zest and juice) Flaky sea salt and fresh ground black pepper MAKING IT HAPPEN Sear the lamb rack in a hot frying pan and then roast in the oven for approximately 12 minutes at 200˚C. Cover loosely with foil and rest for 10 minutes before carving into individual chops. For the green bean salad, blanch green beans, peas and broad beans in boiling salted water for 20 – 30 seconds. Strain the beans...
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Christchurch takes its coffee very seriously– in fact, we probably have one of the highest proportions of coffee-roasters-per-population on the planet. With that in mind, Cityscape stepped up its never-ending pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee and caught up with the people behind the grinds who are blending and roasting the city’s favourite coffees. From the fine art of selecting and blending beans through to the importance of origin and the alchemy of precision roasting, Cityscape discovers what goes into Christchurch’s premium coffees.“Anyone can roast coffee beans; the skill is getting up to 7 different single origins each individually-roasted to perfection and masterfully blended to create a really great cup of coffee,” says Hummingbird Coffee’s general manager Nick Cowper. “I think it’s important to have a wide range of unique, special and, above all, memorable coffees. It could be a beautiful single origin, or a complex blend.” Having spent more...
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One of the best things about going on holiday is getting to try exotic new foods, but for the owners of passports gathering dust this summer, Cityscape is charting an international culinary adventure without leaving the city. Join us for an intercontinental tour to treat the taste buds as we traverse through Christchurch’s finest examples of international cuisine. EUROPE From bangers and mash in the West to the thousand-year-old tradition of shchi (Russian cabbage soup) in the East, European cuisine is as diverse as the different cultures of the more than 50 countries in the continent. While countless French and Italian staples in particular have, of course, become favourites all over the world, a host of other European nations have given one or more famously and epically tasty gifts to the globe. ITALY Baretta Describing itself as “a little piece of Italy in Christchurch”, Baretta offers an air of European...
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OK Christchurch. bib up and grab some crackers (you heard us) – Orleans is bringing their popular Crab Shack concept back for a night on Sunday the 6th of December after a hugely successful event earlier this year.This exciting concept event comes at you from two angles: the Orleans team will be serving up delicious seafood dishes in the style of the oceanside crab shacks that are hugely popular in New Orleans, and Sal Valentine and the Baby Shakes will be on hand and belting out live music to keep the party atmosphere going throughout the afternoon and evening. So it's a feast for the ears as well as one of the more traditional kind!It's suggested you get in fast for tickets to this one, as the first Crab Shack event earlier this year sold out! Call 03 365 7312 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to make sure you dont miss out. The Crab Shack...
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The salted caramel crystals are glowing like amber jewels scattered over the perfectly-formed xócolate and rosemary crema pyramids, themselves nestled alongside the golden crusted, (and heavily cinnamon-sugar-dusted), spiced churros. We’ve come to the end of a languorous Friday lunch (is there a better kind?) at Mexico Food & Liquor, where the cares of the world have melted away while we sipped perfectly mixed – and suitably summery – frosty coconut margaritas and the lychee, passionfruit and ginger stunner blanco sangria under the Halloween-esque day of the dead memorabilia radiating off the walls. Inside, the fit-out is all Tarantino-cool, and the restaurant is buzzing with hip and friendly staff and an authentic south of the border soundtrack, while outside the rebuilding city is also starting to buzz with the promise of the weekend. But it’s the promise of a killer new summer menu courtesy of Mexican maestro Javier Carmona that’s inspired our...
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A tram rattles past, revealing the Wizard reverse parking (though we can’t be sure, given his pushmi-pullyu double-fronted Volkswagen Beetle), as I reach for another heavenly smoked pork rib sticky with chancaca.We’re lunching at Casa Publica, James ‘Carlton’ Murdoch’s love letter to all things South American – including the mysterious Señor Hugo Chile – and it’s a perfect spring day in the city. Sitting in the sun at the Armagh Street end of the always buzzing New Regent Street, it’s the perfect spot to withdraw from (but still keep an eye on) the city’s hustle and bustle, kick back, and enjoy sensational sipper Casa Luana – a premium, smooth rum infused in-house with a heady mix of cardamom, orange and brown sugar – while grazing on exotic fare.With a theme based around the legend of the aforementioned Señor Chile, who became a rum runner during prohibition, then switched to cocaine...