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.
Hot pots might be a novel restaurant accessory, but when dining out offers a DIY option, expect stray ladles, splashing and an inevitable mess.
Avenues searches the city for the dishes worth waking up for.
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.
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.
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.
This petite Japanese tapas-style restaurant is bringing life to the Cathedral Junction precinct.
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.
We put hotel lunch menus through their paces
Dining in the city.
Margaret Agnew is impressed by the English-Kiwi granny style dishes served up at Gustav's.
In search of the healthy choice, we found a salad with grunt.
This 1920s-style cocktail lounge is innovative and inviting.
A mystery dining experience
There's no menu at Roots, so expect the unexpected.
We couldn't go past these cabinets
We tracked down cafés with look-at-me cabinets that could not be resisted.
In search of the city's top meat
We found a cut above the rest.
An old favourite is back
It's been a while, but Winnies is back in the CBD.
The hunt for the most satisfying pub lunch
Nothing says "winter" quite like a pub meal. We scoped out the best ones in town.
An old favourite lives up to its past
The return of Sala Sala to Christchurch is a morale booster like no other.
A new restaurant in Hereford St
Kamala finds new restaurant Duo to be rather uninspiring.
Fend off winter with something warming for lunch
The Avenues team went searching for spicy dishes to warm the core and lift spirits.
Proving you can get quality at a low cost
It wasn't easy, and many didn't make the cut, but we found some great $10 lunches in the end.
The city's newest Italian restaurant
The owners Portofino have a opened a new Italian restaurant.
More than just a restaurant
Chef Darren Wright's new restaurant offers a fine-dining experience in Cranford St.
Where to go before the Italian restaurants open
Finding a good dish of pasta to enjoy at lunch wasn't as easy as we expected.
New to St Asaph St
Cafe Valentino is back, now on St Asaph St. Is it living up to its Colombo St days?
Enjoy, or fight over, these delicious dishes
We found the perfect combination of delectable ingredients, all on one plate.
The latest reincarnation of Dux de Lux, Dux Dine is drawing vegetarians to Riccarton.
Looking for an alternative to a hot caffeine-filled drink this summer?
A newcomer to the city showed plenty of promise.
Avenues looks back at our favourite dishes from a year of eating and drinking in the city.
There's a new reason to head to the hills - Cortado is en route.
Looking for sustenance somewhere fascinators and fedoras won't stand out?
Where are Christchurch's best burgers?
We found the tastiest burgers being served in the city.
Kinji is quite at home in Bishopdale.
Looking for an inspiring, healthy-ish lunch?
MasterChef finalist Jax Hamilton judges Gorilla.
We put the semi-permanent food vans to the test
We put the semi-permanent food vans to the test.
Tucked in beside Aikmans in Merivale is a bar with restaurant-quality food.
There's a flash addition to the Bush Inn Centre that proved well worth checking out.
The bonus to winter's chill? Digging into bowls of steaming hot pudding.
Who serves up the best slices in town?
Yvonne Martin found Joe's Garage in Upper Riccarton excelled at making things snappy.
Can you choose a place for its coffee and expect a good lunch?
Easter is the perfect time to up the chocolate intake. That's our excuse, anyway!