Pick-your-own sushi: 5 great spots in Christchurch

Ready to ditch prepackaged sets and select your own sushi? Here's where to go in Christchurch.

City cafes and restaurants trial smokefree outdoor dining

Twenty Canterbury cafes will ban smoking at their outdoor tables from Tuesday as part of a research project.

Italian restaurant fundraise for quake-striken Amatrice

A Christchurch Italian restaurant is giving back in the only way they know how - with pizza and pasta.

Stuff's pick of dog-friendly Christchurch cafes... and cakes

Stuff finds five Christchurch cafes that welcome your four-legged friend, and a place that photographs pooches and smashing cakes.

Three food spots doing things differently in Christchurch

Neat Places finds two food containers and one food truck doing things a bit differently in Christchurch.

Cheese tourists could be attracted by South Island factory tours, academic says

Opening farms and factories to cheese-lovers could attract tourists to South Island food trails.

Hospo industry votes on the best

The Christchurch hospitality industry has announced its picks for the best in the business.

Bringing dumplings to Christchurch

A love of dumplings led this couple to set up shop in the garden city.

Review: Khao San Road

The drinks are poured at the bar, but the bar snacks come fresh from the Spice Paragon kitchen.

Best food truck tucker

Avenues tracked down the second wave of food trucks popping up on our street and gave them a test drive.

The healthiest way to enjoy Easter

Healthy eating choices over Easter about quantity consumed, rather than the type.

Restaurant review: Shop Eight Christchurch

Shop Eight offers an exciting taste of Canterbury's best food and wine

Review: Mexico

The North Island restaurant chain finally comes to Christchurch, and while the food is not strictly authentic, it's just the spot for a party atmosphere.

Did this taco truck set the trend?

Before Mexican food trucks were found on most Christchurch corners, two guys called Tom quit their full-time jobs, bought a truck on Trade Me and learned to whip up some Mexican favourites.

Best sandwiches in town

Some days all you need is something between bread.


Not only did Bakermans have the best selection, but it had all the retro favourites, too.

Rangoon Ruby: Bland and rather pricey

Rangoon Ruby

While dipping sauces bring flavour to some bland dishes, Rangoon Ruby is 'a rather pricey lesson in Burmese'.

Cafe of the month: The Shroom Room

Shroom room

Two meat eaters still find plenty on the menu at this vegetarian cafe in Lyttelton.

Pass the salad

La di da

What makes the perfect salad? Victoria St's La Di Da's concoction came pretty close.

Review: Corianders


Even before mounting the steps and entering the double doors, the beautiful mural on the side of the building, filigree balcony and lights on the verandah welcome us with open Indian arms, in modern, Bollywood-style.

Meet the Vanilla Ice man

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.

Christmas cake - to ice, or not to ice?

Christmas cake recipe divides the whole family

We have a festive problem in our household - or rather, the wider family group.

The best of 2014: Food in Christchurch

It's that time of the year when we look back on the best meals we have sampled in 2014.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch in the gardens

REVIEW: Lush green surrounds and perfect portion sizes make Ilex Cafe a top spot for lunch.

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.

The best brunches

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.

Food on the run

Avenues discovers the best luxe fast food places.


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

Review: Chinwag Eathai


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.

Culinary tiki tour

Costas Taverna

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

Spring 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.

Stars of 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.

The humble 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.

Seeing red

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.

Review: Chong's Restaurant


Hot pots might be a novel restaurant accessory, but when dining out offers a DIY option, expect stray ladles, splashing and an inevitable mess.

The best breakfasts in town


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

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.

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.

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: Sakimoto


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

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.

Mexicano's review: A true amigo


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

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.

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.

Room with a view

We put hotel lunch menus through their paces


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