Forget chefs and business owners. Meet some of Christchurch's hospitality stars - the ones going the extra mile to get our orders just right.
Who's baking the best pies?
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?
Dinner gets a perfect score at Addington's newest restaurant, where an open kitchen reveals the kitchen's secrets.
We entered carnivore mode to discover dishes primed for meat lovers.
One Good Horse served up the ultimate ribeye steak when Avenues decided to embrace the carnivore within.
The vegetable samosas and breads were among the best, but the curries lacked real spice.
On cool winter days, there's nothing better than a bowl of piping hot soup. Avenues trials some of the city's best brews.
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.
Avenues searches the city for the dishes worth waking up for.
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.
This petite Japanese tapas-style restaurant is bringing life to the Cathedral Junction precinct.
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.
A grand feast
This Riccarton restaurant brings new meaning to going out for Chinese. Its large banquet room definitely has the wow factor and its menu has more than 200 options.
Expecting sweet, sour and spicy dishes, we explored the city for the tastes of Thailand.
We all have our local fish and chip shop, but are some worth crossing town for? We cast our net wide to see which chip shop would reel us in.
Jax Hamilton decides Tony Astle's latest venture is worthy of becoming her new local.
Jax Hamilton can't remember a time when she lived in London that wasn't an occasion for a curry and a pint.
Margaret Agnew is impressed by the English-Kiwi granny style dishes served up at Gustav's.
This 1920s-style cocktail lounge is innovative and inviting.
In search of the healthy choice, we found a salad with grunt.
We couldn't go past these cabinets
We tracked down cafés with look-at-me cabinets that could not be resisted.