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.

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.

Room with a view

We put hotel lunch menus through their paces


Dining in the city.

A bite to eat at Harlequin Public House


This 1920s-style cocktail lounge is innovative and inviting.

What makes a great salad?

The best salad in town.

In search of the healthy choice, we found a salad with grunt.

Irresistible cabinet food

We couldn't go past these cabinets

Passengers and co

We tracked down cafés with look-at-me cabinets that could not be resisted.

Roots Restaurant

A mystery dining experience


There's no menu at Roots, so expect the unexpected.

Hunting for the best steak

In search of the city's top meat


We found a cut above the rest.

Winnie Bagoes in the city

An old favourite is back

Winnie Bagoes

It's been a while, but Winnies is back in the CBD.

A lunchtime pub crawl

The hunt for the most satisfying pub lunch

One Good Horse

Nothing says "winter" quite like a pub meal. We scoped out the best ones in town.

Sala Sala, back on the map

An old favourite lives up to its past

Sala Sala

The return of Sala Sala to Christchurch is a morale booster like no other.

Duo Restaurant

A new restaurant in Hereford St

Duo Restaurant

Kamala finds new restaurant Duo to be rather uninspiring.

Plates to warm your insides

Fend off winter with something warming for lunch

King of Snake

The Avenues team went searching for spicy dishes to warm the core and lift spirits.

Best $10 lunches in town

Proving you can get quality at a low cost

@ Tony's

It wasn't easy, and many didn't make the cut, but we found some great $10 lunches in the end.

Venuti Cucina Italiana

The city's newest Italian restaurant


The owners Portofino have a opened a new Italian restaurant.

Chillingworth Road

More than just a restaurant

Chillingworth Road

Chef Darren Wright's new restaurant offers a fine-dining experience in Cranford St.

Trying pasta for lunch

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.

Cafe Valentino

New to St Asaph St

Cafe Valentino

Cafe Valentino is back, now on St Asaph St. Is it living up to its Colombo St days?

Platters to share

Enjoy, or fight over, these delicious dishes


We found the perfect combination of delectable ingredients, all on one plate.

Dux Dine: as good as the old one?

Dux Dine

The latest reincarnation of Dux de Lux, Dux Dine is drawing vegetarians to Riccarton.

The smoothest of smoothies

Tank Juice Bar

Looking for an alternative to a hot caffeine-filled drink this summer?

Fiddlesticks reviewed


A newcomer to the city showed plenty of promise.

Avenues' favourite 2012 treats

beef burger

Avenues looks back at our favourite dishes from a year of eating and drinking in the city.

Beckenham beckons


There's a new reason to head to the hills - Cortado is en route.

Bust out the brunch

Holy Smoke

Looking for sustenance somewhere fascinators and fedoras won't stand out?

Best burgers in town

Where are Christchurch's best burgers?

beef burger

We found the tastiest burgers being served in the city.

A Japanese delight


Kinji is quite at home in Bishopdale.

Gorilla gets grilled


MasterChef finalist Jax Hamilton judges Gorilla.

Food with a conscience

Herb Centre

Looking for an inspiring, healthy-ish lunch?

Eating on the run

We put the semi-permanent food vans to the test

Coq Au Van

We put the semi-permanent food vans to the test.



Tucked in beside Aikmans in Merivale is a bar with restaurant-quality food.

Just desserts for winter


The bonus to winter's chill? Digging into bowls of steaming hot pudding.

Spice Paragon

Spice Paragon

There's a flash addition to the Bush Inn Centre that proved well worth checking out.

A quick pit stop

Joe's Garage

Yvonne Martin found Joe's Garage in Upper Riccarton excelled at making things snappy.

The slice is right


Who serves up the best slices in town?

To have here


Can you choose a place for its coffee and expect a good lunch?

Chocoholics delight


Easter is the perfect time to up the chocolate intake. That's our excuse, anyway!

Super sammies


The perfect sandwich doesn't happen by accident. We went searching for sandwich nirvana.

Cream of the crop


When the heat is on, the most difficult decision is one scoop or two?

Pre-race party time

Grand Cafe


We mix bubbles with our brekkies and imagine we are off to the races.

Cool cafes

Honey Pot

Wondering where all the cool kids go for lunch?

Fush 'n' chups


Restaurants have been asked to dish up their own version of the classic Kiwi "fush 'n' chups".

Soup it up

The best bowls in town


Thai pumpkin and coconut soup at Scarborough Fare received top marks.
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