Although many of Christchurch's favourite ethnic haunts are cordoned off, we found plenty outside the CBD.
Rogan josh combo at Little India
A medley of two very different curries makes this the perfect dish for someone who can't decide what to order. A rogan josh, full of melt-in-your-mouth lamb pieces and packing just the perfect amount of spicy punch, provided oodles of sauce in which to douse our rice. Meanwhile, a much lighter vegetable curry, full of tender roasted vegetables and chickpeas, was scooped up with pieces of poppadom. Tying the whole meal together was a wee dish of chopped tomato, red onion, cucumber and coriander - very tasty!
Price: $14.50 Address: 38A, Merivale Mall, Merivale
Butter chicken at Corianders
This perennial favourite is perfect for lovers of a large lunch. Boneless, succulent tandoori chicken cooked to the requested "medium-hot" was engulfed in a deliciously spicy and creamy tomato sauce, with a pinch of fenugreek and coriander. The butter chicken was served in a balti dish with a side of beautifully fragrant basmati rice and gargantuan naan bread. For a mere $10, this is a surprisingly substantial and scrumptious banquet.
Price: $10 lunch special Address: 76 Edgeware Rd, Edgeware
Heo xao cary (pork curry) at Five Star Vietnamese
A Vietnamese curry is certainly a different take on what New Zealanders usually think of as curry. It's drier, for starters. However, what it lacks in sauce it makes up for in the meat department. A mountain of meat, essentially resembling posh bacon, was lightly fried and drizzled in a mild peanut sauce. Some chunky onions were tossed through and the dish was served on a bed of lettuce. Rice can be ordered as a side. A different, yet delicious curry.
Price: $14, plus $2 for rice Address: Cnr Ilam and Clyde roads, Ilam
Red curry at Merry Thai
Although more watery and soup-like than a traditional Indian curry, this Thai red curry wasn't short on flavour. We asked for "mild" and that's just what we got - a curry cooked with coconut cream and Thai herbs, afloat with frilly-edged carrots, green peppers, broccoli and, in our case, chunks of tofu. (Chicken, pork and beef are the other options). A generous pile of rice, shaped like an upturned boat hull, accompanied the curry. Our gluten-free friends can enjoy this one, too.
Price: $13 Address: 231 Papanui Rd, Merivale