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


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


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


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

Review: Sumner's 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


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


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


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


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?


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.

A toasting we will go


Zest rounds up a quartet of toasted items and checks out the breads, the fillings, the service, the prices.

The city's best butter chicken

Butter chicken

Who serves up Christchurch's best butter chicken takeaway? Ewan Sargent tries six and discovers the field varies widely.

A solid experience

Under the red verandah

Under the Red Verandah is a classic Linwood offering with survival instinct in spades.

Stack 'em high

The Town Ball

The Town Ball menu boldly claims to have the "town's best burgers". They are right.

Eating out: Fiddlesticks


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This restaurant and bar has made a name for itself since opening day in October 2012.

Taking a leap of faith

Roots restaurant

I haven't felt so uneasy, yet so excited, at a restaurant table for a long time.

A Merivale institution


OPINION: Despite Brigittes being a Merivale institution, we had passed it by many times, always meaning to go.

Meals on wheels in Chch

Taste test of Mexican, Thai and pizza delights

Base Woodfired Pizza

Zest reviews three Christchurch takeaway joints and finds they all offer tasty delights.

More cafe than grand

The Grand Cafe

The Grand Cafe is more cafe than grand but it's a fun place and was very busy.

Welcome return

Straits Cafe

Straits has some hiccups to fix, but it has the style, the service and the food a city hotel restaurant needs.

Likeable Sumner


Clink is cosy and warm and merges the bar and restaurant concept better than most places in Christchurch.

A touch of the Orient

Ace Wasabi

Ace Wasabi's menu is a big step up from food court sushi, but nowhere near the world of blowfish.

Gustav's unmasked

Gustav's Kitchen and Wine Bar

Gustav's food was presented well, with very good flavours, and everything was cooked to perfection.

Dinner at the club


With Baretta's bar overflowing and high-volume live music, the ambience was more club than restaurant.

Dux Dine shines


Dux Dine's pizzas are good and their desserts are satisfying, but there are dishes I wouldn't order again.

Italian fix


Venuti is the place for an Italian fix, though the team takes a broad approach.

A Turkish delight


Topkapi delivers a clean and pleasant dining environment, and food that is fresh and tasty.

Great buzz at JDV


A friend says you can sum up the ambience at JDV on a Friday night in four words: "Loud real-estate agents."

Warming the cockles

Belgian Beer Cafe

More than two years on, the Belgian Beer Cafe is back, rebooted like a tired old Hollywood franchise.

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