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Christchurch's favourite icecream

Vanilla Ice

"We're so happy you're back" is the comment George Taylor and his wife, Raewyn, hear most often since their Vanilla Ice cart returned to Victoria Square.

Review: White House Black

White House Black

This Halswell restaurant is set well back from a busy arterial road, in a two-storey, 1880s homestead with an impressive fit-out.

Best city brunch spots

Mrs Hucks

To start the day the right way, Avenues searched the city for some brunch favourites.

Restaurant review: Spice Paragon

Spice Paragon

Spice Paragon has branched out from its popular Bush Inn base to extend owners Bundit and Bo's upmarket Asian cuisine empire to the city centre.

Top five takeaways

Avenues discovers the best luxe fast food places.

Simo's

When you are busy about town, but food cannot wait, it pays to know the best pit stops.

Review: Chinwag Eathai

Chinwag

The pre-quake Victoria and High streets favourite is back. Grab a park where Victoria meets Salisbury St, then follow the garlic, galangal and lemongrass aromas.

Your guide to dining out: Part II

Costas Taverna

Take a culinary journey through The Americas and Europe without leaving Christchurch city limits.

Best chicken dinners

Chicken

A generous smoked chicken salad at The Carlton was the dish to beat.

Review: Hachi Hachi

Hachi Hachi

Hachi Hachi, Victoria St, is reminiscent of pre-quake Japanese eatery Wagamamas, with communal tables, served-when-ready dishes and wallet-friendly prices.

How important is good service?

Coffee

Forget chefs and business owners. Meet some of Christchurch's hospitality stars - the ones going the extra mile to get our orders just right.

Life of pie

Who's baking the best pies?

Pie

It's the pastry you smell first, then the filling. Both reeling you in. And one every now and again is fine, right? But, who's baking the best?

Restaurant review: Town Tonic

Town Tonic

Dinner gets a perfect score at Addington's newest restaurant, where an open kitchen reveals the kitchen's secrets.

Prime cuts: The city's best meat dishes

We entered carnivore mode to discover dishes primed for meat lovers.

Steak

One Good Horse served up the ultimate ribeye steak when Avenues decided to embrace the carnivore within.

Review: La Tandoor

La Tandoor

The vegetable samosas and breads were among the best, but the curries lacked real spice.

Soup of the day

Sasuke

On cool winter days, there's nothing better than a bowl of piping hot soup. Avenues trials some of the city's best brews.

Cafe of the month: Pure Cafe Co

Pure Cafe

Offering protein smoothies and paleo-approved foods, Pure Cafe Co strikes us as a health-conscious cafe we'd expect to find in a trendy New York City neighbourhood. Imagine our surprise when we stumbled upon it in Birmingham Dr.

The best breakfasts in town

Beans

Avenues searches the city for the dishes worth waking up for.

Chocolate time: The best desserts

Brownie

Some weekdays, a slab of chocolate goodness is all that is required to get over the 3pm hump. Which chocolate dessert satiated the cravings? We tried a few of the favourites.

Review: Sakimoto

Sakimoto

This petite Japanese tapas-style restaurant is bringing life to the Cathedral Junction precinct.

Cafe of the month: Lemon Tree Cafe

Lemon Tree

Every month, we scour the city for the best cafes. This time, it was dining among potted flowers and antiques that made us feel this lunchtime haunt was a little bit fancy.

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