Eat and Drink

Giving tea a break from tradition

Dilmah mixologists

The time-honoured cuppa is making a new appearance in cocktails and canapes.

Review: The Beach Bar, Sumner

The Beach Bar, Sumner

The menu is definitely extensive but the cafe is so busy it is possible to see the kitchen really does produce the many options.

Cafe chat: Brick Farm opens doors

Brick farm

OPINION: Johnny Moore's latest venture promises something a little different with its local produce and bistro-style menu.

New Zealand expands into skinny wine


People want to drink wine, but be skinny and a little less drunk - at least that's the theory behind $17m research project.

Whole new world for artisanal doughnuts

Donut Boutique

The Donut Boutique sets up new Riccarton store and while the central city gets an Argentinian-style polo bar and hotel.

Review: The Monday Room

The Monday Room

The Japanese fried chicken is by far the best dish of the night - cooked in crispy spicy batter, it is moist and flavoursome.

New Lyttelton eatery, Sullivans reopens

The Shroom Room

A new vegetarian eaterie has opened in Lyttelton while former city favourite Sullivans is now in Addington.

Hachi Hachi: Fancy a sushi burger?

Hachi Hachi

The sushi burger offers two flat cylinders of rice instead of bread around a beef pattie and teriyaki sauce.

It's a thing: Gummy bear sausages

New World Ilam launches gummy bear hybrid


Gummy bears in a pork sausage sound like your bag? Well New World Ilam are selling the interesting banger.

Make sure 'free range' is for real


Free-range products are taking off in supermarkets but an expert says buyers should look deeper.

No punishment for food blunder


Council unlikely to face consequences for a blunder which left food outlets unlicensed.

$110k to fix Botanic Gardens tea kiosk

Botanic Gardens' tea kiosk

A quake-prone tea kiosk looks may be strengthened and re-opened in time for summer.

Press brewer aims for a 'cool' ale


Reporter Abbie Napier gets stuck into her final brew for the annual Beervana festival media brew competition.

Cooking classes a recipe for success

 Maddox Wright

Cooking classes are the new must-do activity and Cantabrians are lining up.

Cafe chat: Cakes, truffles and winter warmers

Jamie Prouting and Amber Silberry

A session for whiskey lovers in Cashmere and truffle tasting at Mercatos will help keep winter misery at bay.

Ruth Reichl: Food critic turns novelist

Ruth Reichl

Many restaurants do not understand how much rests on whether the customer feels good or not, says food critic Ruth Reichl.

Couchsurfing at Smash Palace


Couchsurfing is proving so popular that local bar Smash Palace hosts weekly drinks for couchsurfers every Wednesday night.

Goat meat tickles the taste buds of Kiwis

goat meat

Goat meat is becoming popular among foodies who want high-quality products and something a little bit different.

Rotherhams chef may have had seizure

Martin Weiss

Restaurateur Martin Weiss drowned while drunk and incapacitated by a probable seizure, a coroner found.

Christchurch food businesses all unlicenced

Council delays leave food firms unregistered

'An extra-hot latte please'

Christchurch cafes have gained outlaw status, after council delays leave every food business unregistered.

'Exciting' plans for Cardrona whisky distillery

Cardrona distillery

A new whisky distillery near Queenstown has been given the go-ahead in the Cardrona Valley.

Victoria St up, High St struggling

Johnny Moore

OPINION: Why Christchurch's Victoria St is on the up, and High St is struggling.

Review: Costas Taverna Greek Restaurant

Costas Taverna Greek Restaurant

The overwhelming impression from entrance to departure is the excellence of the service.

Chinwag Eatthai makes comeback

Chinwag Eatthai

After much waiting and wondering and hoping, Chinwag Eatthai will return to Victoria St.

Paint problem delays bars' opening

Strange’s Building

Cantabrians will have to wait to get three new restaurant bars after contractors used the wrong paint.

Lingerie shop now craft beer bar

The Institution

A Christchurch entrepreneur has transformed her lingerie shop into a craft beer and cocktail bar.

New rustic eatery for New Regent St

Akaroa's Little Bistro owners move into Chch

Posh Porridge

The couple behind Akaroa's popular Little Bistro are opening a new venture in New Regent St.

Belgian Beer Cafe proves classy

Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof

From the outside, it is not much to look at, but inside the feel is classy and the service fantastic.

Review - The Wobbly Kea

wobbly kea

The Wobbly Kea is surprisingly sophisticated for an alpine cafe.

More choice for diners means more eating out

Pure Cafe

Cantabrians spend a record average of $1632 a year on dining out as new venues pop up over the region.

Review: Pomeroy's Old Brewery Inn

Pomeroy's pulled pork

I don't use the word exquisite lightly, but what I expected to be a pub meal was fine dining at a pub price.

Food back on the table at Volstead

Volstead Trading Co platter

Volstead steps up its game with a new menu, and both The Twisted Hop and Roots are set to host unique tasting nights.

A toast to Pink Ribbon breakfasts

Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Pink Ribbon Breakfasts around Canterbury have raised an impressive amount for breast cancer this year.

Book weeks ahead, Christchurch diners told

Some Chch spots have waitlist of up to a month

bar and restaurant

Christchurch diners face longer waits to get into popular restaurants with restaurateurs advising they book weeks in advance to be sure of a table.

Hands off our cheese rolls, Timaru

cheese rolls

Timaru's claim to the cheese roll is worse than Australians stealing our pavlova, says Tim Shadbolt.

Review: The Old Vicarage

The Old Vicarage

The Old Vicarage gives its diners what they want, and that must be why they arrive in waves from noon on.

The Colombo gets souped up

Soop at The Colombo

The Colombo welcomes a new soup kitchen, while Lyttelton restaurant Roots wins a coveted award.

Lyttelton eatery wins Cuisine recognition

Roots restaurant staffst

New post-quake eateries have been honoured at Cuisine's Good Food awards.

Home brew puts coffee on a high


We're drinking more coffee thanks to the rise of at-home espresso machines, according to new research.

REVIEW: Lemontree Cafe

lemon tree cafe

Almost six months into central city residency, the cafe owners could definitely branch out into more exciting territory.

Eat your veges? No worries

Clements family

Birthday parties catered with hot dogs and sausage rolls can derail even the most resolute vegetarian child.

A toast to the places that warm our hearts


OPINION: While mulling over my favourite spot in Christchurch over a beer in Pomeroy's, it hits me - i'm in it.

Twin review: The Carlton and Monday Room

The Monday Room

Saturday night: one good cocktail, one bad set, two beers and a toast to the management.

Nor'Wester Cafe changes direction

Nor'Wester Cafe

The North Canterbury stalwart is set for another reincarnation after its previous owners sell up after 17 years.

Review: Sema's Thai Cuisine

Sema's Thai Cuisine

I can't confirm the authenticity of Sema's Thai food, but it certainly hits all the right spots for two hungry Kiwis.

Johnny Moore's new city-centre venture

Brick Farm High St

Smash Palace's Johnny Moore is opening another venture on High St, which will grow its produce on a neighbouring site.

Porridge a perfect winter warmer


After years spent on the outskirts of the culinary world, porridge is trendy, tasty and, above all, lump-free.

Review: Harlequin Public House

Harlequin Public House

It's not every day you see a timed 10 minutes with a big cookie jar as a dessert option.

Chch chef takes top honours

Monique Garnett

Tequila Mockingbird chef Monique Garnett won the Chef of the Southern Lights title at an annual culinary competition.

Review: O'Sheas Public House

O'Sheas Public House

Apleasant spot where, once you get the nod of approval from the veterans, you feel comfortable.
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