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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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...
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Food and wine match experts Cloudy Bay are turning their expert eyes towards one of the world’s most quintessential culinary pairings this month with  the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc & Seafood Trail. More than 20 of New Zealand’s top restaurants around the country are participating in the trail, which follows up on the success of Cloudy Bay's similarly-premised duck-and-pinot trail earlier in the year. They join restaurants in a number of countries  around the world also particpating, including Australia, Singapore, Japan, China, and Hong Kong. Christchurch restaurants particpating include local faves JDV, Aikmans, Baretta, King of Snake and Chinwag, each of which will in offer up a signature seafood dish paired with a glass of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc for a set price.  Foodies are invited to share their trail experience through the Cloudy Bay Facebook app. The app invites people to create and organise their very own tasting events. People...
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After an all-too-long absence, Christchurchs' perennial Thai-fusion fave Chinwag Eathai is back! Keeping a cosy local feel to his eatery empire, city hospitality maven Tony Astle has re-opened Chinwag at 104 Victoria Street (where it sits close to exisitng venues Mexicanos and King of Snake). Lurking subtly behind street front greenery, the spacious new Chinwag rocks a slick new look. It's all about the food though really, and one of the hot new features (literally) is the made-to-order street grill, where the likes of spiced lamb ribs, Udon pork sausages and charred beef sirloin with "crying tiger" chilli sauce are whipped up before your eyes. The main menu offers a wide selection of both popular Thai favourites (such as Massamun chicken curry) as well as the more exotic, including the caramelised pork hock with chilli vinegar, and you can go lighter with a tasy Thai salad or tuck into a whole...
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Looking to get your Flintstones on, cooking a slab of meat to your liking on a scorching hunk of rock? Then you can’t go past spending a winter’s afternoon or evening stone-grilling your heart out fireside in the comfy surrounds of Belfast’s Styx and Stone. Think leather couches and a cosy/moody ambience, peppered with antiques (ramping up the nostalgic funk), while Monteiths on tap and stellar Kiwi wines are available alongside a glittering display of top shelf tipples. Hit them up on the weekend when the tables are moved after the dinner service to make way for the dance floor and the party really gets started – yabba dabba doo! www.styxandstone.co.nz...
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A pleasant wee culinary ripple has hit the city throughout July as Cloudy Bay Wines works with five top chefs in Christchurch for the 4th international Cloudy Bay Pinot & Duck Tasting Trail, giving gourmands the chance to feast on fowl. Local favourites King of Snake (local Canter Valley duck leg, marinated, steamed, boned, pressed, crisp-fried and served with wok fried greens and plum sauce), The Monday Room (their entry is still under wraps), JDV (Sichuan spiced crispy duck, steamed bread, daikon, cucumber and hoisin, pictured above) Baretta (duo of roast Canterbury duck breast and orange anise braised duck leg with hazelnut gnocchi, pomegranate molasses and apple, pictured below), Bloody Mary’s (duo of Canterbury duck with pickled mushrooms, pomme sauté and cherry jus) and Aikmans (two choices: confit duck with tamarillo and chocolate ravioli and a wild mushroom medley and smoked duck breast supreme on a bed of spinach, roasted carrot...