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


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?


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?


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.


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


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


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

Chocolate time: The best desserts


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


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.

Review: Madam Kwong's Restaurant

A grand feast

Madam Kwong's

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.

What's the best Thai restaurant in Christchurch?


Expecting sweet, sour and spicy dishes, we explored the city for the tastes of Thailand.

The best f 'n' c


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.

Mexicano's review: A true amigo


Jax Hamilton decides Tony Astle's latest venture is worthy of becoming her new local.

Nobanno review


Jax Hamilton can't remember a time when she lived in London that wasn't an occasion for a curry and a pint.

Gustav's Kitchen and Wine Bar


Margaret Agnew is impressed by the English-Kiwi granny style dishes served up at Gustav's.

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