Cafe chat: Brick Farm opens doors

05:07, Jul 30 2014
Brick Farm
JOHNNY'S NEWEST BABY: Brick Farm is in a classy restored brick building on High St near the old Poplar Lane area.


Johnny Moore owns Smash Palace - the bar decked out in graffiti'ed canvas on the corner of Bealey Ave and Victoria St.

His new venture promises something vastly different.

Brick farm
THE BAR: If you're not in the mood for food, you can prop yourself up here.

Brick Farm is located in a restored brick building on High St near the old Poplar Lane area. The produce for the restaurant will be grown on neighbouring vacant lots for as long as possible.

The restaurant is about local produce and a lovely dining experience. It will have a Euro-style bistro menu, often changing with a produce to plate focus.

Check out Brick Farm on Facebook. It opened last week.



The Riccarton House Bistro is also open now having gone from zero to hero thanks to earthquakes. Taste Events, which is involved with Town Tonic and Passengers and Co, is the team behind the new-look bistro. The menu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in the setting of the very old and famous house, right on the doorstep of the Christchurch Farmers' Market (which Taste also owns). There will be a daily roast and the menu is very seasonal, in keeping with the Taste philosophy. So many places to eat from this particular culinary empire! Check out Riccarton House Bistro on Facebook.


Seriously, The Duck Course currently appearing on menus in Canterbury restaurants is a contest organised by Bidvest food service company in conjunction with Canter Valley Farm. It sees chefs and restaurant proprietors creating a unique duck dish that best represents their food style and presents diners with the opportunity to try something new. Those judging the Duck Course will be looking for food that shows knowledge and skills, but diners are likely to be more concerned with taste, style and price. This contest allows diners to judge accordingly by completing the in-house Duck Course entry forms, thereby becoming eligible to win a duck dinner for two at the winning establishment. The winning restaurant picks up prizes from Bidvest. But! time is of the essence. The Duck Course closes on August 3. For a list of participating restaurants go to the Bidvest Foodservice Christchurch Facebook page.


There are definitely a lot more tradies around Christchurch at the moment and Thomas Williams is catering specifically to them with Smokorun Riccarton. Williams has set up a container at Placemakers Riccarton on Mandeville St where he sells proper coffee (Caffe L'affare) and food to tradies and DIY-ers coming in and out of Placemakers. For Williams, the emphasis is on nice food and good coffee. They're open tradie hours (7am weekdays, 9am weekends) and are all about food and drink on the go. Check out Smokorun Riccarton on Facebook or just swing by in the ute.


For those of you who love gin, and you know who you are, James Hayman is in town today. You may remember him from such spirits as Haymans Gin, of which he is the second generation owner. His father is the longest standing Master Gin distiller in England and the gin itself is also collecting accolades and prizes around the world. Gin is in right now so if you spot James, maybe ask him for a few tips on your next cocktail evening!


The NZ Truffle Association is meeting in Motueka this weekend for its annual conference. The public are invited to attend a one-off, five-course truffle degustation dinner prepared by Michelin- trained chef Matt Bouterey. Truffles will feature in each course with wine matches. There are a few spaces left and you don't need to be an association member to go. This would be well worth a drive north. Email for ticket info.

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