Reviews

Review: The Institution

The Institution

This cute wee bar, tucked away in New Regent St, excels with its service and drinks and food offerings.

Review: Riccarton House Bistro

Bistro

Featuring an atmospheric venue and local products, this place has plenty of potential.

Review: Joe's Garage

Joe's Garage

OPINION: If asked to sum up this place in a word I'd say "generous". The vibe is good and the menu matches the mood.

Review: Nobanno

Nobanno

There may be no chilli in Nobanno's cuisine but the dishes hum with flavour.

Review: The Beach Bar

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.

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.

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.

Review: Costas Taverna

Costas Taverna Greek Restaurant

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

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: Pomeroy's

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.

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.

REVIEW: Lemontree Cafe

lemon tree cafe

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

Review: Sema's Thai

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.

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.

Review: O'Sheas

O'Sheas Public House

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

It's all about trust

Passengers and Co

Dinner at Passengers and Co is all about trust. Even the waitstaff don't know what's coming as there's no menu.

Tofu dish the highlight

Sala Sala

REVIEW: Sala Sala offers an unhurried atmosphere away from the Papanui rush hour.

Cafe of the month: Pure Cafe Co

Pure Cafe

Offering protein smoothies and paleo-approved foods, Pure Cafe Co strikes us as a health-conscious cafe we'd expect to find in a trendy New York City neighbourhood. Imagine our surprise when we stumbled upon it in Birmingham Dr.

Bar review: The Bog is back

The Bog

Every day is St Patrick's Day at the new Irish pub in Victoria St.

Review: Cortado

Cortado Restaurant Bar Cafe

The tapas selection ranges far and it would be a fussy woman who didn't find a plate or three she wanted.

Review: Civil and Naval

Civil and Naval

Civil and Naval is a tapas bar; this makes deciding easy - a little of what you fancy.

Review: Waipara Hills Cafe

Waipara Hills winery

Great winery restaurants work hard to present their wines in the best possible light - Waipara Hills ticks this box.

Review: Savoire Cafe, Bishopdale

savoire

They say first impressions last but not so at Savoire Cafe and Wine Bar.

Review: The Station

The Station restaurant

The Station doesn't grandstand, and delivered the best service we've had for some time.

Review: The Headless Mexican

The Headless Mexican

Seated on long benches at our table near the open kitchen, we could see the chef cooking up a storm

Review: Purple Weka

purple weka

In a former life, Purple Weka was a bland little cafe but it's had a fantastic makeover.

Review: Sakimoto

Sakimoto

You are looking at a tapas-style evening with everyone sharing at this new restaurant.

Review: The Square

Christchurch Novotel

Looking around the quiet gentility of The Square in the Novotel, it seems a lifetime since the The Press moved in after the September 2010 quake.

Review: Browsers

browsers

The first word that springs to mind as you wander into Browsers Garden Cafe is oasis.

Review: The Carlton

The Carlton

A masculine setting with a menu specialising in steak - two pages are devoted to various cuts, breeds and weights.

Punakaiki's Jacobs Grill

Jacobs Grill Punakaiki

Choices range from Thai green curry to beef fillet and pan seared turbot.

Review: Hummingbird

hummingbird

Hummingbird's container cafe has a surprisingly large capacity and makes a top breakfast.

Review: Sumner's Bamboozle

Bamboozle

Doing business in the seaside suburb post-quake is not easy, but this place is buzzing.

Review: The Trading Rooms

The Trading Rooms

The old wooden building has been decorated to capture the feel of the past yet it's open and inviting.

Vespa Bar is back

Vespa

An old Poplar Lanes favourite has reopened in High St and gets top marks for ambience.

Steakhouse food fit for a queen

Bloody Mary's

Bloody Mary's is not a cocktail bar per se although hearsay has it they mix a mean cocktail of the same name.

Review: Mainline Station Cafe

Mainline Station Cafe

We sit outside amid miniature roses and archwayswith the lawn the perfect play area for little ones.

Review: Mexicano's

Mexicano's

A street-style Mexican eatery/bar, Mexicano's has the essentials down pat: atmosphere, service, innovative menu.

Review: Gustav's Kitchen

Gustav's Kitchen

Exemplary service, good food and chic decor are all good reasons why Gustav's has pulled customers early and kept them.

Hinton's disappoints

Hinton's Vineyard

REVIEW: Hinton's Vineyard had generous portions and good service, but the fish was dry and the brulee wasn't good.

Not a 'secret jewel' any more

Kinji

REVIEW: The popularity of Japanese restaurant Kinji is taking some shine off the experience.

Review: Black Estate Winery

Black Estate

Spectacular views served up with tasty shared plates in this Waipara vineyard.

Cafe review: Salt on the Pier

Salt on the Pier

REVIEW: Great food, outstanding coffee and unrivalled views in New Brighton.

Eating Out: Vangionis

Vangionis

REVIEW: There's much to like about Vangionis in Akaroa.

Latino lust

Tequila Mockingbird

Clever tweaks and smart design impress at Tequila Mockingbird, but cold steak disappoints.

Chocka-full sandwiches

Addington's New York Deli a hit

New York Deli

REVIEW: Lincoln Road in Addington has become the new place to eat, gather and enjoy the delights of Christchurch cuisine.

That's a wrap folks

Christchurch souvlaki

Christchurch has embraced souvlaki and Abbie Napier is on a mission to find the best in the city.

Thai as they might . . .

Pad thai

Pad thai takeaways in Christchurch have a workmanlike approach rather than excitement.

The cocktail hour

Which city bar makes Christchurch's best?

mojito

REVIEW: With the city's night life regenerating, Abbie Napier visited three bars, and tested two cocktails at each, to see what was going down.

Slice of heaven

The Cornershop Bistro

The Cornershop Bistro has one of the best meals of french toast I have had the pleasure of trying.

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