Eat and Drink

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.

Shroom Room cafe is a vege delight

Do you know how hard it is for a vegan to dine out in Christchurch? The Shroom Room just made it easier.

How to make pasta from scratch

Homemade pasta

From the outside it seems so complicated and out of reach. Truth is, it's really not that hard.

Lyttelton square gets a makeover

Redesigned Lyttelton space to open on weekend

La Di Da

Lyttelton's Albion Square has been completely redesigned while a new cafe/wine bar is about to open on Victoria St.

White House Black's menu full of colour

A restaurant setting that reminds you of The Notebook offering a cheeky menu that's fresh and delicious.

Lots of hot air in our sports drinks

If you're exercising for less than 90 minutes, then sugar, sodium and potassium-laden "endurance" drinks are just damaging your health.

Online reviews a growing force

Online word of mouth is a powerful form of communication the hospitality industry needs to take seriously.

Cooking more rewarding with homegrown veges

Tomato plantings

OPINION: Cooking with your own produce is awesome - you know where it comes from plus you get to be totally smug.

Gym branches out into coffee with a kick

Caffeine Kick

Lineup of top chefs announced for South Island food festival and Les Mills launches coffees with a protein hit.

Spat over negative review becomes abusive


Consumer affairs show distances itself from nasty restaurant review spat.

King of Snake wins Zest Food Awards

Tony Astle

Ten restaurants vied for the title of 2014 Zest restaurant of the year. Today we reveal the winner.

Vanilla Ice truck returns to Victoria Square

Raewyn Taylor of the Vanilla Ice truck

The much-loved Vanilla Ice truck is returning to Victoria Square on Saturday for the first time since the quakes.

Coconut oil seen as health hazard

Coconut oil shouldn't be used as regular cooking oil despite being trendy, says the heart foundation.

How to cater for vegetarians


OPINION: Don't make them mushroom risotto, but you can make tofu taste good.

Market madness by the beach


Get into the summer groove with the Sunday Sumner Market, a Sauvingon Blanc and Seafood Trail.

Raise a glass to Volstead

Zest names top spot for 2014


We've done the rounds, checked the reviews and named Volstead Trading Company as this year's Best Bar.

What's so shameful about eating alone?

Passengers & Co breakfast

OPINION: If you've never enjoyed a meal with a dog-eared novel at a table for one, you're missing out.

Couchsurfing being used for 'sexual grooming'

Smash Palace

Men infiltrated Christchurch couchsurfing group with alleged "sexually charged motivations".

Artisan bakehouse rises up in Woolston

Terra Viva Bake

Delicious bake shop and cafe opens in old Holy Smoke building, while Addington gets set for a cute new espresso bar.

Black Betty named Christchurch's best cafe

Black Betty

The man who refused to be beaten by quakes and consent battles wins top cafe award.

This year's top sausage? Beef and blue cheese

Top sausages

An Ashburton butcher took out this year's top prize for sausages with a beef and blue cheese combo.

Which coastal spot has the best icecream?

Which coastal spot has the best icecream?

Redcliffs Dairy

Nothing says Kiwi summer like devouring a double scoop of goody goody gumdrops and hokey pokey icecream.

The Colombo plots cool new expansion

The Colombo

New cooking school and wine shop set to arrive at city's boutique-style mall.

Dragons Den sets Chch night scene on fire

Welcoming staff, good chat and addictive bar snacks make for a good night spot in Christchurch.

Sweet treat or white poison?

Seven facts you should know


Apart from the plainly obvious sources, where else is sugar hiding in our food?

Decadent simplicity in fairytale Chch setting

The storybook setting of Christchurch's Brick Farm cafe was the perfect backdrop for its delicious food.

Stranges Lane crowd eases

Be warned: sold-out Hollie Smith gig tomorrow

Strange's Lane crowds smaller

Chaotic crowd numbers at popular nightspot Stranges Lane have eased after introducing new entry restrictions, its manager says.

Girl meets food: Bring the barbecues


OPINION: It's time to put away the crock pot, fire up the barbecue and grab yourself a summer cocktail.

Auckland fruit boosts food banks

fruit boxes

Abundance of citrus fruit heads from Auckland charity to Christchurch food banks.

The good and bad of eating out in Chch

Queues and tight time slots among the bugbears

Tequila Mockingbird

Our reviewers have trawled their notebooks, recalling some "wow" moments as well as the not-so-good.

Who makes Christchurch's best sandwich?

We see what three cafes serve up between slices

Serious Sandwich, The Colombo

Back in the old days a sandwich was Marmite and lettuce (tossed aside), but thanks to bakers producing better bread than ever, good sandwiches are being built.

The bar where your wine matches the music

The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery

An "oenosthetic" wine and sound bar in New Regent St is believed to be the first of its kind in the world.

Cafe chat: Sandwiches, brunch and beer

Pizza Parlour Victoria St

Grocery store becomes sandwich shop, Brick Farm does brunch and Volstead gears up for Hoptoberfest.

A taste of authentic Thai cuisine in Chch

Thai review

Who needs an overpriced holiday in Bangkok when you can simply dine at Chinwag Eathai?

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.

Black burger brings the wow factor

black burger

The burger bar has been set pretty high with the latest crazy creation from Burger King.

Want a healthy lunch on the go?

The Cup's Thai salad

Not all salads are created equal, but there are some tasty standouts if you shop around.

The perfect drink for icy climes


Wigram brewery came up with this rich and fresh pilsener when asked to create a couple of beers to celebrate IceFest.

Refurbished Switch opens in New Brighton

Switch Espresso New Brighton

After a winter working out of a coffee cart in the mall, the Switch team are back in action in an expanded and updated New Brighton cafe.

The Zest Food Awards are back

Zest Food Awards 2014

The Zest Foods Awards are back, and we want to know your top restaurant, bar and cafe.
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