Review: Twenty Seven Steps

Twenty Seven Steps is one for the wish list.

REVIEW: Twenty Seven Steps must go on your wish list.

Review: The Daisy Theatre

The Daisy Theatre opened at the Christchurch Arts Festival on Thursday night.

The Daisy Theatre is an act of magic. The cast is comprised of inanimate objects, but they come alive.

Review: The Cuban

The Cuban's decor is bold and beautiful

REVIEW: The Cuban ticks a lot of boxes but the food needs work.

Full-flavoured food saves the day

Under The Red Verandah's lamb kebabs with couscous and raita.

REVIEW: Under the Red Verandah covers the traditional brunch lineup but also boasts more sophisticated options.

New look RSA restaurant delivers

Trenches restaurant at Christchurch Memorial RSA is a modern take on a classic.

REVIEW: Trenches restaurant is a welcome step into the 21st Century.

Hooked on simple pleasures

Sakura's tofu steaks and mushroom sauce dish.

REVIEW: Sakura wasn't easy to find but afterwards I'm full yet still feel as light as a feather.

Review: The Laboratory

The Laboratory in Lincoln serves up great food and great atmosphere.

REVIEW: The Laboratory is a pub with real atmosphere.

Review: Pegasus Arms

Great pub grub, a roaring fire - there's a lot to like about the Pegasus Arms.

The Peg's top-notch comfort food ticks all the boxes on a cold winter night.

Review: Zaffron

Zaffron's Thai and Vietnamese cooking hits the spot.

Wines are jumbled together to match the food's spiciness.

Supermarket beers hit the spot

Two Thumb Brewery bottles are available in supermarkets.

Packaged beer shouldn't mean surrendering desire for flavour.

Review: Supreme Supreme

Supreme Supreme has wicked smoothies and cool decor.

The apple pie milkshake tasted just like ... an apple pie.

Review: Engineers Bar

Engineers has a cute rooftop terrace.

REVIEW: Engineers has a great bar snacks menu and a beautiful rooftop terrace.

Review: Five Stags Rangiora

Five Stags Rangiora offer game-inspired meals.

REVIEW: Five Stags offers game-inspired fare in North Canterbury.

A wobbling steak on fantastic fries

The Villas successfully makes the leap from day cafe to evening dining.

REVIEW: Eating Out with Ewan Sargent

UFOs spotted at Spice Paragon

Spice Paragon on Victoria St.

Spice Paragon

Fun and games at Fiddlesticks

Fiddlesticks Salted Caramel Delice delivered on its promise.

REVIEW: The on-to-it staff are engaging and obviously properly prepared about what's on offer.

All about smoke and slow cooking

Bootleg BBQ is a new arrival in Welles St.

REVIEW: Bootleg is one of the first places to open on the up-and-coming Welles St.

Imperial times at White House Black

White House Black glitters like a jewel at night.

REVIEW: Great service and a wide-ranging menu among the high points at Halswell's White House Black.

Italian flavours in Ferrymead

Casa Nostra restaurant in Ferrymead offers rustic homely food.

REVIEW: Casa Nostra is middle-of-the-road, rustic, warm and friendly, with a lengthy lineup of Italian-style dishes.

Old-fashioned charm

A rabbit, chicken and bacon roulade at The Oaks Mid, Darfield.

REVIEW: Dinner at The Oaks in Darfield is like snuggling up with a warm blanket - familiar and reassuring.

Fun food at Yamagen

PLENTY OF PERSONALITY: An entertaining chef is part of the appeal at teppanyaki restaurants.

REVIEW: Getting food flicked at you is all part of the fun at teppanyaki restaurant Yamagen.

Review: Boo Radley's

GENT'S RETREAT: Boo Radley's owner Brett Giddens chills out at his "selfish bar".

OPINION: Owner Brett Giddens says Boo Radley's was always going to be his "selfish bar", filled with the things he loves.

Industrial grit with glam

Mama Hooch will soon have its own cocktail mixologist.

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

Dishes worth the wait

FULL OF FLAVOUR: The mushroom arancini had a nice crisp outside and a generous pile of sauteed mushrooms.

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

Cafe Valentino: Big and busy

Puttannesca pizza had a lovely charred thin base and gutsy topping.

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

Old tree's new branch

OLD FRIEND: The shredded chicken salad is just the same and just as good.

REVIEW: If you love the Bodhi Tree, you'll love Rangoon Ruby. The opposite probably also applies.

Raspberry Cafe now an institution

The Tai Tapu cafe is becoming an institution after 15 years in the business.

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

Buddha Stix proves family-friendly

Buddha Stix restaurant

REVIEW: Buddha Stix offers super accessible Asian food. Only a diehard meat-and-three-veg type would not like.

Feeling the rush

HIGH-ENERGY: Chinwag Eathai at 104 Victoria Street, Christchurch.

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

Leisurely lunch in the gardens

LOCATION, LOCATION: The undulating white building fits softly into the lush green surrounds.

REVIEW: Lush green surrounds and perfect portion sizes make Ilex Cafe a top spot for lunch.

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