Eat and Drink

Review: Mama Hooch - industrial grit with glam

Mama Hooch is the little sister to Italian restaurant Venuti just down the block.

Cafe chat: Coffee bar kicks off precinct

Coffee Traders is the first tenant to open at new foodie spot and Lyttelton Bakery finds a permanent home.

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'.

Review: Engineers and Merchants

Food is 'off-the-charts good' at new eatery


Engineers, the roof-top bar and restaurant, and Merchants, the downstairs bar and dance hub, are newbies to city nightlife.

Cafe chat: Next stop for Smash Palace bus

Owner Johnny Moore plans to combine Smash Palace with his new venture Brick Farm on High St.

Can Christchurch service compete with Melbourne?

Fig, proscuitto and mozzarella Italian flatbread

Melbourne's hospitality workers put Christchurch to shame.

Going loco for Mexican food

Mexican food is taking off, but what makes it so appealing at the moment?

How to make healthy, yummy school lunches

A nutritionist and mum tells us what parents should think about when packing a school lunch.

Town Tonic: Dishes are worth the wait

REVIEW: It was a long wait at Town Tonic, but when our food finally arrived, it was exciting and full flavoured.

Cafe Chat: Say hello to Holy Grill

New food truck offers cheap and healthy southern-style lunches and Coffee Supreme is coming back to CBD.

Cafe Valentino: Big menu and vast wine list

Cafe Valentino offers a big menu, a vast wine list and ample staffing.

Vegetables return to star of show

Robert Koller wins vegetarian category for NZ in the Gourmand World Cookbook awards.

Valentine's dinner: How much will you pay?

Romantic diners can pay as much as $400 for a special Valentine's Day dinner in Christchurch.

Mexican craze sweeps Christchurch

A new restaurant simply named Mexico opens Friday adding to the city's growing love affair with central American fare.

The daily battle for a perfect coffee

OPINION: Despite four years of daily practice, I am still fighting for the perfect water to coffee ratio. 

Bodhi Tree's new branch worth a try

Burmese flavours shine at Rangoon Ruby

REVIEW: If you love the Bodhi Tree, there's a good chance you'll love Rangoon Ruby.

Cafe Chat: Bahn mi, beer and berries

Street Food brings Vietnamese flavours to the food truck truck scene while Cassels gets all nostalgic with its latest beer.

The culinary art of the chip buttie

fish and chips

OPINION: Some of the best summer meals I have eaten did not involve cloth napkins.

Cafe Chat: New Mexican restaurant, pool hall reopens

Newcomers to Christchurch's night-life include a Mexican restaurant and the reopening of a late-night pool hall.

The Raspberry Cafe now an institution

OPINION: It's hard to imagine a nicer place to be on a hot summer's day than The Raspberry Cafe at Tai Tapu.

It's time to set those culinary goals


Better eating habits? More well-rounded cook? It's time for some food-related resolutions.

Baking is bigger than ever, says Jo Seagar

When it comes to baking, you can't just wing it and see what happens, says Jo Seagar.

Kiwis don't want sugar tax

Few Kiwis want to see sugar taxed despite most seeing it as a health vice, a survey shows.

Summer brew: Yorkshireman who dreamed of a soaring Eagle

Winning his first homebrew competition with an all-NZ recipe proved spurred one man to switch from engineering to the beer industry.

The Country Pub: Southbridge Hotel

'Carter country' is for sale

Russell Guenole

The Southbridge Hotel, self-declared ''Carter country'', is for sale.

The Country Pub: The South Rakaia Hotel

South Rakaia Hotel

The 142-year-old pub has had a new lease of life since a civil servant from Wellington moved in.

The Country Pub: Little River Hotel

Publicans want to sell and 'cruise' NZ

Mark Smith

A black and white sign with an arrow points to a spearmint-coloured building on the edge of State Highway 75.

The Country Pub: The Waiau Lodge Hotel

Blair Allpress

Locals can rack up a hand-written tab ahead of pay day at this place, where the publican is never "grumpy".

'Tradie day' booming in Christchurch

Bars busy as workers break up for Christmaas

Christchurch bars are preparing for an influx of holiday revellers this afternoon when many workers are knocking off for Christmas. 

Christmas this year is all about the BBQ

BBQ corn on the cob

We have a long, proud history of standing around a grill with a few beers. Christmas Day should be no exception.

Review: Chinwag Eathai a burst of energy

Crowd brings a buzz to Chinwag Eathai

REVIEW: If you could somehow tap the energy bouncing around the walls inside Chinwag Eathai, you could light the city with it.

Lyttelton Coffee Company back in action

Four years after the quakes and 'serious safety strengthening', a popular Lyttelton cafe is back.

Glazed ham is the way to go


OPINION: I don't want to hear a word out of you turkey eaters - Christmas is all about the ham.

Casual food with southern vibe at Boo Radley's

Boo Radley's a mix of owner's favourite things

Brett Giddens has brought Bourbon, sticky ribs and a Mississippi vibe to his new bar.

Honeypot Cafe opens Mondays for charity

The Honeypot Cafe will be serving up a pot of gold to Christchurch charities every week from today.

Terra Viva named cafe of the year

Burnside cafe named best in Christchurch while Dunedin's Ironic Cafe is top cafe in NZ.

Wine punters well prepared for festival

Who needs a picnic rug when you have a blow-up couch?

Town Tonic's a real pick-me-up

Town Tonic has open kitchens, fresh produce and a cheekily written menu. What's not to love?.

Who should bring what to Christmas lunch?


OPINION: The debate about who will bring the pav or whether Aunty Mildred will insist on her overcooked pudding can be tricky.

Cafe chat: Steamed buns and a swish new Tony's

Original @Tony's finally reopens, while funky Asian food stall gets noticed for its steamed buns.

Review: Jagz of Styx Mill

It's not fine dining, but it was hearty, casual dining with good flavours, some nice touches and good service.

'Froyo' craze sweeps city

Doubts raised over 'guilt free' claims

Frozen yoghurt is the latest craze to hit Christchurch with four stores opening in the city in the last year. Abbie Napier finds out why it is so popular.

Friday night food trucks a success

Fridays in the square 'like old Christchurch'

OPINION: It's like the surrounding devastation isn't even there any more. Food trucks in the square are a hit.

The many joys of asparagus season


It's that glorious time of year - asparagus season. Here's how to make the most of it.

My Food Bag: 10,000 Kiwi subscribers

About 10,000 Kiwi homes subscribe to My Food Bag, a weekly delivery of five meals in a bag.

Cafe Chat: Different place, same great food

Give a warm welcome to a different style of Coriander's, a new Dux venture and some Movember dishes.

Top 10 treats to try at A&P

A wonderland of earthly delights is on offer at the food and wine pavilion. Make sure to try these ones.

Tips to help you get on top of hosting Christmas

Christmas ham

OPINION: This year I'm hosting a Christchurch Christmas, which means at least 13 people will be coming to my place for the meal.

Christchurch nightlife boosted by club-cum-pub

In Engineers and Merchants, upstairs is all about good food and atmosphere, while downstairs caters to the late-night dancing crowd

Review: Madam Kwong's Restaurant

The menu at Madam Kwong's is almost an overload of good taste.
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